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Abandoned Nuclear Missile Bases

Monday September 25, 2017

It’s not at the top of most people’s bucket lists, but this man realised his dream of photographing the world’s decommissioned nuclear missile bases. He located them with the help of Google Earth.  

The 900-Year-Old Manicule

Friday September 08, 2017

Calling all punctuation nerds: we offer you a brief history of the manicule, aka the creepy little hand-drawn pointer from old ‘Wanted’ posters. 

The Subterranean Mail Rail

Sunday September 03, 2017

Beneath the streets of London is a hidden subway that only carried mail. 

Board an international flight these days and unless it’s a truly budget affair, you’ll probably enjoy an endless selection of on-board films. But have any of them ever included live orchestral accompaniment? In 1925 there was a time when this was actually a thing, though quite literally ‘a time’, as it only happened once.

From an abandoned tower in deserted Russian swampland, a radio frequency is being emitted – only nobody knows who, or what, is causing it. 

Elvis: Dead… or Just Disappeared?

Wednesday August 23, 2017

This month marks the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ death – at least, it does for those who believe he is actually dead. 

Calling the Mojave Phone Booth

Friday August 18, 2017

For years, lonely people looking for a chat could call this mysterious pay phone in the middle of the Mojave Desert. 

Soldiers returning from war once turned to quilting to express themselves.

In 'The Prince and the Assassin', author Steve Harris shines a spotlight on the time Prince Alfred was gunned down by a would-be priest in Sydney. It’s a gripping, action-packed yarn – and we have some copies to give away.

Taken over 30 years ago, these photos show the New York train system in all its grimy, graffiti-clad glory.

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