Netherlands

The Moving Island of the Grey Monks (Island Week 3)

It’s Island Week 3 here at GSS, which means we’ll mostly be posting about Islands. For about a week. Schiermonnikoog is a small island off the coast of the Netherlands, that only 758 years ago was actually 2 kilometres north…

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Monday, 1st September 2008

Hidden in Holland

The town of Brummen in The Netherlands is perhaps the last place you would expect to find a secret government conspiracy in action, but any other explanation would be naïve: Google have obviously been forced to disguise the structure with…

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Monday, 25th August 2008

The Homomonument

This is the Homomomomonument, er… we mean the Homomonument, in Amsterdam. Unveiled in 1987, the humorously-named monument serves as a very serious memorial to the many thousands of gay men and women who were murdered during the Second World War.…

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Friday, 18th July 2008

Star Fort Megapost

A star fort or trace italienne is a type of military fortification first introduced in Italy around the mid-fifteenth century. Traditional medieval castles, towers and ring forts had proved extremely vulnerable to increasingly mobile cannons, and star forts were introduced…

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Thursday, 1st May 2008

Panopticon Prisons

Originally conceived by the philosopher Jeremy Bentham in 1785, the panopticon was intended to be a type of prison that allowed the guard to observe any of the inmates without them knowing if and when they were being watched. The…

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Monday, 4th February 2008

Intimate Rooftop Moment?

On a rooftop in the Netherlands we find a blurry picture that may, possibly, if-you-squint-your-eyes, might appear to be two people that are lying very close to each other. Now, I’m not going to speculate what these people are doing…

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Friday, 1st February 2008
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Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

Solar Power Towers

We’ve visited a few solar power generation facilities in the past, but here is a roundup of solar power towers…

On this day: The Empire State Building was dedicated

On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was dedicated. The 103-storey skyscraper was the tallest building in the world…

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