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Post-apocalyptic British government to be run from secret tunnel complex under Medieval castle

Really. There’s a network of rooms and tunnels 150 feet under Dover Castle — WWII era, from the look of it — that was dusted off to be used as a seat of regional government in the event of a nuclear war.

They’re opening it up for tours for the two weeks marking the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. We won’t be going. Dover is a fur piece up the coast from us, but it’s still impossibly cool.

Ian Fleming was from Kent, which probably explains why I sometimes feel like I’ve fallen through a trapdoor into a Bond villain’s secret lair.

Enjoy the debates tonight. As usual, they start about 2am my time, so I’ll catch them in the replay in the morning. To be honest, watching these things in real time makes me nervous as a cat, anyway. Drop by and give me some good news to wake up to, hm?


Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: October 16, 2012, 10:51 pm

Wowser, that’s some kind of castle, alright…

Will try to give you a bulletin later provided Da Flap-Eared One holds true to course and The Mitten stays on the beam – gotta grit the choppers a bit, so-called “town hall” face-to-face politickin’ is ugly bidness, especially with a “moderator” who’s pitching for the Lefties.

Comment from Redd
Time: October 17, 2012, 12:03 am


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 17, 2012, 12:21 am

Good news? About the “debate?” HAH!

Well, I suppose if the theater were struck by a meteorite that might be taken as good news.

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: October 17, 2012, 12:35 am

We went in the tunnels when we were there. It was totally cool!!!!

And it’s like the ONLY thing to do in Dover beside walk the cliffs which is totally cool too but in a different sort of way.

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: October 17, 2012, 3:05 am

After-action report: Well, they both brought their top game this time out, but I’d have to give Romney the edge on points. He scored a couple of fairly solid shots in the middle game, and at one point went toe-to-toe with Flap-Ears at spittin’ and hissin’ range, over the drilling licenses on Fed lands thingy. Near the end, Romney also scored a very solid shot when he called Da Prez out on what amounted to a flat lie: Obama claimed to have called the Benghazi incident as a “an act of terrorism” the very next day after – not so (as backed by transcript), said Romney – took 14 days for him to make such an admission.

I make it Romney 55 to Obama 45 – but both sides will undoubtedly call it a win.

Let the Demonrat dissembling begin…

Comment from dissent555
Time: October 17, 2012, 4:12 am

Yeah, I’m pretty much with Bridges on this one. Obama came out swinging; didn’t hang his head this time. So on style points his score improves over the debacle in Denver. But Romney counterpunched pretty effectively. Barry was flat out wrong on the oil production on federal lands info and Romney was right; didn’t help him that he peevishly kept on disputing it. And his Benghazi statement the day after mentioned “acts of terror” in a very general way, very different than proclaiming from the beginning that the attack on the consulate was an planned and organized attack by terrorists. The fact that they trotted out all sorts of flunkies to blame demonstrations about the video for many days afterwards doesn’t help Obama here. And he owned responsibility, same day as Hillary did. That’s good, and expected, but the problem was that Obama didn’t even address the question that was asked about why the requests to increase security were turned down by State. He tried to sound tough, but he ought to know that the facts are against him here.

Should make for a very interesting next debate on foreign policy.

ABC talking head (and DNC vice chairwoman) Donna Brazile gave Obama A’s all the way around. Surprise!!

Comment from Oceania
Time: October 17, 2012, 8:16 am

Those tunnels?

Never would have survived – built in the wrong sedimentary rock … nasty.

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: October 17, 2012, 2:41 pm

Forgot to add, the castle itself is pretty amazing. But…. they have people pretending to be the king of that time period and he’s downright creepy beyond creepy. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough. When he started coming towards me I had to hold myself back from yelling pedo! pedo! Rapist!!! Shivers.

Comment from Redd
Time: October 17, 2012, 5:43 pm

I saw a documentary that because of the high calcium levels in the grass/grains, the Dover area produces superior race horses. They are just so much larger than your average race horse.

Comment from Redd
Time: October 17, 2012, 5:55 pm

documentary that claimed…

Comment from mojo
Time: October 17, 2012, 7:01 pm

It’s only a model…

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: October 17, 2012, 7:36 pm

I walked up that bloody ramp, is not a model!!!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 17, 2012, 7:48 pm

Not a model, but it totally looks like one because of the way I blurred the background.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: October 18, 2012, 2:08 am

I wonder where the new hidden emergency base is.

The effect you used is like the intro to Sherlock, its such an interesting technique.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: October 18, 2012, 3:55 pm

The nerd in me gets a huge kick out of tilt shift photography. Here’s a link to a simply jaw-dropping video of the Rio carnival which looks like the most elaborate stop-motion miniature animation in history. The music is amazing, too. I order you to go and watch it if you haven’t seen it already.

That part of the world is beautiful. Dover Castle needs to be appreciated close up to understand how vast it is. Dover itself is just another English town, but there’s a lot of stuff nearby. And you can take the ferry to France in the morning, wander around Calais (or even better Boulogne, when they still had a line there), eat a cheap and astounding meal, buy much duty free hooch, and be back by the evening.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 18, 2012, 4:26 pm

Tilt shift! Thank you, David…I was trying desperately to remember what that’s called. “Forced perspective” was the closest I came, and that ain’t it.

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