Posts from year 2012

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New Years Eve in Manchester

New Years Eve in Manchester

Much has happened since the Roman fort of Mamucium was established in 79 AD. After becoming the world’s first industrialised city, Manchester went on to become one of the most famous music cities of the world.

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Aliens in Nevada and New Mexico

Aliens in Nevada and New Mexico

I recently went for a road trip through the presumably alien-infested territory of the American Southwest. First quest of the day: Area 51. In order to get to Area 51 you will have to drive through the Nevada desert along Route 375, aptly named the Extraterrestrial Highway.

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Road trip across the American Southwest

Road trip across the American Southwest

After driving over 3800 miles across five states and two time zones, it feels good to be home. It had been almost a decade since last time I drove a car along the busy streets of Los Angeles, but it was just as chaotic as I remembered.

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In the footsteps of the Blade Runner

In the footsteps of the Blade Runner

“Los Angeles, November, 2019”. That is the opening text for the classic movie Blade Runner from 1982. Well, this is Los Angeles 2012, and I guess that replicants and flying cars are simply not going to happen within 7 years. But I digress.

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Odd lifeforms in the Californian deserts

Odd lifeforms in the Californian deserts

Deserts are a magical place where you can find things that you wouldn’t expect. They are also areas that attract a certain kind of people, who are able to endure and even thrive in the open wastes. Slab City is…

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Bombay beach and beyond

Bombay beach and beyond

The desert wastes of eastern California is a special place. There are few places so distant from the American Dream, yet so alluring at the same time. As we left El Centro in the morning, the day would turn out to be something out of the ordinary. We arrived at Bombay Beach, a derelict ghost town situated at the Salton Sea.

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Having pie in Pie Town

Having pie in Pie Town

New Mexico is truly the land of wonders. Or should I say bonkers? There is something strange, bizarre or wonderful around every corner. After taking a shortcut along dirt roads with cattle guards we arrived at our destination, the aptly named Pie Town.

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Presidential election in Utah

Presidential election in Utah

I’m currently in the small town of Kanab, Utah. Tonight is the presidential election and Obama squares off against Romney. The state of Utah is pro-Romney as expected, and there was much about it on the local radio.

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Driving through Death Valley

Driving through Death Valley

As I drove into Death Valley in the dark hours before sunrise, I silently pondered why the area got its name. It’s one of the hottest places on the planet and the record temperature of 56 degrees Celsius was measured here in 1913. As gold diggers struggled to cross the area in the 19th century, their fatal attempts made the valley earn its name.

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The silver screen memory of Los Angeles

The silver screen memory of Los Angeles

It feels good to be back in Los Angeles, the city of angels, devils and Hank Moody. Even though I started the morning by dipping my pale toes in the Pacific at Malibu, near the house where the opening scene of Californication was shot in 2007, I’m not doing Venice this time around.

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