The distant islands fantasy travel thread


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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by humblebee » Thu May 22, 2014 3:29 pm

Back up the thread I posted about North Brother Island, in the East River in the middle of New York City. It was uninhabited until a smallpox hospital was built there in the 1880s, and then abandoned again in the 1960s.

Well, there's a photographer who's been allowed to visit and document the island, and there's a wonderful little video piece about him on the BBC website today:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27509955

The eerieness of all that abandonment, just across a bit of water from the Bronx and Manhattan, seems quite delicious.

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by crystalball » Thu May 22, 2014 3:57 pm

That's wonderful. <3

When I visited New York a few years ago, it struck me just how many places felt abandoned, especially by the water. Not in a horrible way - just in a natural, edgelands kind of way, when a place's had its turn and then it's just left to be. I liked that. It made me trust the place. In London, nothing breathes; everything is turned into luxury flats.

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by crystalball » Wed May 28, 2014 1:22 pm

Been mourning the demise of the Eshaness live webcam since the days started getting longer. It was the best thing. Why?

Please send emergency images of midnight daylight from Shetland to this account.

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by humblebee » Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:28 am

Not actually an island, but.

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Villa Las Estrellas is a town in Antarctica. Apparently there are two actual towns - civilian settlements, as opposed to military or scientific bases - in Antarctica. Its summer population is 120, winter 80. There's a hospital, a school, a post office, a souvenir shop, a chapel, a bank and a gym. They've got the internet, telly and radio, and mobile phone reception. They're probably getting a Tesco Metro soon as well.

Villa Las Estrellas, ladies and gentlemen.

I'll go when they build a pub.
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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by Trev » Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:44 pm

I want to go and live in Australia. It's a very big and very distant island.
not really here

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by humblebee » Thu Jun 19, 2014 2:42 pm

Some good new St Kilda photos shot from a boat. A lot of views of Dun which I haven't seen anywhere before.

http://murrayfoote.com/2014/06/18/arrival-at-st-kilda/

Need to see some of Boreray now. Anyone found pics of Boreray online?

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Post by crystalball » Thu Jun 19, 2014 3:01 pm

Oh God. Those are amazing. This one... oh God:

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There are loads of photos of Boreray on Flickr, although it's mostly the usual view from afar. I say 'usual' - I die every time.

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Post by humblebee » Thu Jun 19, 2014 3:16 pm

crystalball wrote:There are loads of photos of Boreray on Flickr, although it's mostly the usual view from afar. I say 'usual' - I die every time.
Wonderful. Thankyou. I think it must be nice to go over to Boreray for a bit of peace and quiet when you're tired of all the congestion and hubbub on Hirta.

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Post by crystalball » Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:37 pm

Emergency midsummer live webcam update: Stromness harbour, if anyone asks where I am.

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by crystalball » Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:48 pm

I'll just keep posting here until something happens and I don't have the internet any more because I'll be on an island. Today I was looking at Femø, an island in Denmark with 154 inhabitants. Then I found a field recording from it. I'm into field recordings in a big way right now and this is why: https://soundcloud.com/xixo-bebe/1000-s ... -live-femo.

The Svalbard recordings will have to wait until I get there and do them myself.

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by humblebee » Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:25 am

crystalball wrote:I'll just keep posting here until something happens and I don't have the internet any more because I'll be on an island. Today I was looking at Femø, an island in Denmark with 154 inhabitants. Then I found a field recording from it. I'm into field recordings in a big way right now and this is why: https://soundcloud.com/xixo-bebe/1000-s ... -live-femo.

The Svalbard recordings will have to wait until I get there and do them myself.
Well now, that's a bit lovely, isn't it?

I'm going to Oslo in October! There are islands in the fjord!

Also daily flights to Longyearbyen... but that's why this is the fantasy travel thread.

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by tompony » Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:27 am

I've been to the Oslo islands! They're pretty great. ALTHOUGH - don't do what I did, and read that one of them is known as the Rabbit Island, and then go looking for the rabbits there.

Because, erm, they killed all the rabbits :(

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by humblebee » Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:51 am

tompony wrote:I've been to the Oslo islands! They're pretty great. ALTHOUGH - don't do what I did, and read that one of them is known as the Rabbit Island, and then go looking for the rabbits there.

Because, erm, they killed all the rabbits :(
Thanks for the tip, Tom. I feel a bit like my day is ruined, but not as much as if I'd found out the hard way, like you did. So yeah.

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Post by tompony » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:39 am

We looked for those rabbits for AGES.

On the plus side I got to eat all of the carrot sticks we had taken for them. And I wrote a song about it.

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by humblebee » Thu Jun 26, 2014 1:57 pm

Abandoned village on far-flung archipelago? Once inhabited by more than a hundred people, then abandoned after a war? Fishing made difficult by an inadequate natural harbour? Inhabitants survived by catching and curing puffins? Romanticised and visited today by islomaniacs?

Yeah, that's Mostad, on the Lofoten archipelago in Norway.

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Eerily familiar to Kildaphiles, you will doubtless agree.


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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by crystalball » Thu Jul 03, 2014 3:45 pm

It's all happening in St Kilda: A bat has been discovered on island of St Kilda for the very first time

And this is the best quote ever:
Lindsey MacKinlay, nature advisor for the National Trust for Scotland wrote:This is absolutely brilliant. It's fantastic. We are well chuffed.

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by soft revolution » Thu Jul 03, 2014 4:39 pm

I'm not really in to bats or surveying, but being part of a systematic bat survey on St Kilda sounds like a dream job.
And by me, I mean, Flexo.

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by crystalball » Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:00 pm

So there is an online magazine about islands: http://www.theislandreview.com. Not as magically esoteric as our lovely thread but still. It's even got some good poetry in it.

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