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Sunday, September 11, 2005

Soviet ghost town

Yesterday on BBC's "From Our Own Correspondent", an account of what it is like visiting the area around Chernobyl:

Everywhere we go near Chernobyl, there are red apples. Here too, in the centre of Pripyat, there is a crimson carpet of windfalls under one tree: fairy-tale apples, poisoned by the wicked stepmother of nuclear technology. If you bit one of these, you might sleep for 30,000 years.
Sobering, and well worth a read in full, even without the gems of phrasing such as the Snow White reference.


Blogger Carnacki said...

That's a scary thought. Poisonous fruit. Wonder if the wildlife eats it?

9/11/2005 04:57:00 PM  
Blogger protected static said...

Probably not; unless the author was being very flowery, I can't think of an orchard gone wild that I've ever seen with 'crimson carpets'... Deer like apples too much for that to happen.

My guess is that they did, once... and now they sleep. A very, very, very long sleep.

9/11/2005 06:15:00 PM  
Blogger Carnacki said...

Talk about your rotten apple. ;)

9/11/2005 06:31:00 PM  

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