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Topic: Looking for a setting for a story?
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Apr 28, 2011 11:36PM)
Good food for thought...

Message: Posted by: Balaram (Apr 29, 2011 12:03AM)
Thank you, great information!
Message: Posted by: Stoltz (Apr 29, 2011 12:11AM)
Very creepy indeed. Thanks! Wonder if they even bother to try and keep squatters out?
Message: Posted by: Matthew St. Cyr (Apr 29, 2011 09:00AM)
Awesome find! Especially Oradour-sur-Glane......I can feel a story coming on now about a friend
of mine who was there, but didn't keep quiet while in the village.....tsk tsk tsk......it's unwise to upset the dead!
Message: Posted by: Bob Clayton (Apr 29, 2011 09:18AM)
Hashima Island should look familiar to anyone who watched the Japanese movie Battle Royale II. That’s were the filming took place for the movie. At that time the island was not open to the public and special permission was required to visit the island. They have since opened the island up for special tours. A photographer’s paradise if anyone ever had the chance. Possibly an excursion for my next trip to Japan if I have the time.

The Japanese nick name for the island is “Gunkanjima” (or "Battleship Island" in English) because of its profile when seen at a distance. The island, rich with coal deposits, was a booming mining time for the better part of the 20th Century. However the influx of cheap oil beginning in the 1960s caused the demand for coal to evaporate. In 1974 the decision came down from Mitsubishi to shut down their mining operations there and close the island. Everyone was promptly relocated to the mainland and virtually over night the island became a ghost town and a time capsule of an entire city.

Is the place haunted? Not to my knowledge, but I’m sure a little creative thinking could cure that.
Message: Posted by: weepinwil (Apr 29, 2011 09:50AM)
Wow! May be thinking of moving to one of these..... after all, my funeral business IS dying...
Message: Posted by: unclesamayen (Apr 29, 2011 12:42PM)
Wow, it's not usual to see Taiwan on the Caf?
However, the house in Sanzhi was removed by goverment last December.

Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Apr 29, 2011 07:30PM)
Awesome link Michael. Thanks for sharing!
Message: Posted by: The Curator (Apr 30, 2011 12:10AM)
Creeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeepy, but interesting.
Kolmanskop, Namibia, was used as a location in the both films "Dust Devil" and "the King is alive".