Baarle-Hertog

Must be fun living in the bit of Holland that's within the bit of Belgium that's within Holland, especially if you were in a police car chase. Despite that, here's another Wikipedia discovery that's not going to make it onto my holiday list... Baarle-Hertog is a municipality belonging to the Belgian ... Read More...

Reality Checkpoint

Are there any Dabblers who have personal acquaintance with the reality checkpoint unearthed in today's unusual wikipedia article? Reality Checkpoint is the name given to a large lamp-post in the middle of Parker's Piece, Cambridge, England, located at the intersection of the park's diagonal paths. The name comes from an unofficial ... Read More...

Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport

I very much like the fact that the alien airport featured in today's unusual wikipedia article was named by the local council. Opened in 1963, Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport is located about four nautical miles (7.4 km) south of the central business district of Green River, Wyoming on a mountain known ... Read More...

Britain’s Shanty Towns

Worm guides us through the jerry-built plotlands of Great Britain... Plotlands began in the 1870's as a way for speculators to offload marginal farmland as Britain's agrarian populace uprooted en masse to the big cities. Whether barren or dangerously flood prone, worthless land was portioned up and sold off square by ... Read More...

The Cabazon Dinosaurs

Time was when my idea of a decent American film seemed to involve someone like Nicholas Cage (back when he was human) gunning a beat-up Dodge Charger into the Californian desert before having a strange dreamy pre-dawn sequence involving some hollow concrete dinosaurs in a parking lot. Sadly we don't ... Read More...

The Old Ways- Winners!

The lucky winners of the latest Dabbler Book Club selection… Free books. What’s not to like? Especially when the book in question is Robert Macfarlane's The Old Ways, a book that has deservedly been sitting in the bestseller lists for weeks now. Told in Macfarlane’s distinctive and celebrated voice, the book ... Read More...

Book Review: City by P.D. Smith

For the first time in history, more than half the population - 3.3 billion people - is now living in cities. Elberry reviews 'the ultimate guidebook to our urban centres'... From the sky, England still looks green. On the ground, it's another story, all cancerous conurbations and serial ghettos. Most people ... Read More...

Mr Slang’s Diary

In which Mr Slang takes stroll through Great Wen, calls for Armageddon... Some Lord’s day. I know not which and care less for I have no time for man-made jacks-in-boxes and believe but in a single rule: that after A comes B and thence to C and thus is the tale ... Read More...

Location, location

Kensington Gore: Luke Honey takes us on a trip around some London landmarks captured on film and uncovers some strange and groovy goings on down the King's Road... I first noticed him one Saturday morning; about a week or so after moving into my new house in Battersea: a man with ... Read More...