Kakestuff

"Canary Wharf around 1995 with the Jubilee Line tube station being constructed and the empty land around it which is today a forest of skyscrapers."

Compare with Google satellite view.

”[…] she began to talk about the Egyptian approach to disability - in the culture of the time of the burial of the wee babe. She said that Egyptians were one of the few people who saw disabled children to be equal in value to typical children. They were not left to the elements, they were not dropped over cliffs, they were welcomed in and loved in the family. She said that there was all sorts of evidence of disability as part of every day life in Egypt. Crutches, canes and walking sticks along with crude prosthetic limbs were found all over Egypt. Disability was clearly not conceptualized in the way that it was in other cultures, or even, she said somewhat archly, today.”

"For 9 years, from 1964 to 1973, the people of Vieng Xai lived a twilight life in their cave homes. How terrifying it must have been to have this continual bombardment; the bombing was so heavy that farmers tended their rice and livestock at night to avoid the raids. No light-coloured fowl were allowed to be kept as these could be spotted by the pilots and bombing consequently directed to the farm or village and, of course, cooking with naked flame had to be done at certain times only and dark clothing only could be worn."

"In other words, it was a spy lair perched on top of a million cubic metres of war wreckage underneath which a nazi military technology academy lurked. See what I mean by giant metaphor?"

Cf. London’s Beckton Alp, which is not nearly as exciting.

"World War II did not neatly end with Japan’s surrender on September 2, 1945. At its height the Japanese Empire was more than 20 million square miles of land and sea. Soldiers in isolated regions fought on for years after the surrender[,] some unaware the war had ended, [others] refusing to believe. Some [hid] in the jungles alone, others fought in groups and continued to make attacks and conduct guerilla warfare."

The most famous of these holdouts is Hiroo Onoda, who wrote a book about his experiences. I’ve got the English translation, No Surrender: My Thirty-Year War — it’s pretty good, if you like survivalist stuff.

"Ruins of a 300 BC astronomical observatory was found at Namoratunga in Kenya. Africans were mapping the movements of stars such as Triangulum, Aldebaran, Bellatrix, Central Orion, etcetera, as well as the moon, in order to create a lunar calendar of 354 days."