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 Post subject: Stop the world, I want to get off.
PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:26 pm 
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Not the end of The World: the return of Dubai's ultimate folly


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Underwater bedrooms, ‘Lohan Island’ and snow all year round – a decade after it was scuppered by the financial crash, the fantasy archipelago of 300 artificial ‘countries’ is back in business. Has anybody learned anything?

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Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
Book I, Chapter X, Part II,


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 Post subject: Re: Stop the world, I want to get off.
PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:29 pm 
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The owners of Ireland were planning to rebuild the Giant’s Causeway, along with typical Irish streets, pubs and rolling green countryside...

...the owner of Ireland, John O’Dolan, killed himself in early 2009.


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 Post subject: Re: Stop the world, I want to get off.
PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:53 pm 
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It gets better. :D
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On the corridor outside his office hangs a satellite view that shows not only The World and the three palms, but a cacophony of other swirly shapes that fill the entire area of sea between the mainland and the existing islands. There are moon-shaped crescents, cosmic starbursts and wiggling worms, arranged in an indiscriminate muddle, as if someone had spilt a bowl of spaghetti shapes across the map. This is The Universe, an aborted plan for an additional 3,000 hectares of fantasy islands shaped like the Milky Way and the solar system. It was announced in January 2008, just as The World was completed, but was swiftly sucked into the great black hole of the financial crisis, never to be seen again. “We don’t talk about that one,” says the PR, chivvying me out of the office.

:shock: |O

Pro Tip: Don't play real life Sim City after a night on the sauce. :wink:

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Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
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