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Things That Make You Go Hmmm... , December 2012

White Bits

December 18, 2012

It all started, believe it or not, in the mid-1950s.

A decade that began with Britain's recognition of Taiwan and troops from the North Korean Army crossing the 38th Parallel on their way to Seoul in June of 1950, and ended with the signing of the Antarctic Treaty, by which twelve countries including the USA and the USSR (remember them?) set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and banned all military activity on that continent, saw enormous changes take place in a post-WWII world that...

Le Grand Plan

December 4, 2012

Nestled in the foothills of the French Pyrenees lies a tiny town that boasts a mere 176 inhabitants.

The town centre consists of just two narrow streets, there is little agriculture in the surrounding area, wild orchids grow in abundance, and the air is as fresh and clean as you will find anywhere on earth.

Looking down upon the sleepy little hamlet is the mountain from which the village takes its name. At 1,320 m, Bugarach stands out against the skyline in stark relief to its...