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Sunday, October 30, 2005

[cue Evil Overlord theme music] Muaah-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!

Courtesy of /., news that a Cold War-era underground bunker complex has come onto the market:

WELCOME to Cold War City (population: 4). It covers 240 acres and has 60 miles of roads and its own railway station. It even includes a pub called the Rose and Crown. The most underpopulated town in Britain is being put on the market. But there will be no estate agent’s blurb extolling the marvellous views of the town for sale: true, it has a Wiltshire address, but it is 120ft underground. The subterranean complex that was built in the 1950s to house the Conservative prime minister Harold Macmillan’s cabinet and 4,000 civil servants in the event of a Soviet nuclear attack is being thrown open to commercial use. Just four maintenance men are left. [...] "It was like a set from The Avengers," said Nick McCamley, author of Secret Underground Cities, who lived locally and first discovered the existence of the site in the 1960s.
Of course, there are a couple of catches... First, the asking price of UK£ 5m (approx. US$ 8.9m or EU€ 7.34m); second, you must also buy or otherwise invest in the entire decommissioned military base aboveground (not included in the price); third, no mention of lab space sufficient for the creation of robot zombie armies. If I'm gonna shell out US$ 9m, it bloody well better include robot zombie armies. A starter set, at the very least. Or winged monkies. Winged monkies would be a perfectly lovely compromise.


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