Month: September 2006

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Reading like the plot of a low-budget horror movie, the press was awash with the ghoulish story of the twins Nicholas and Alexander Grunke today, who were arrested after illegally excavating the corpse of Laura Tennesen: for the express purpose of sexually violating her remains. Waking the Dead has been running for about a year now and in that time we've covered some pretty horrible stuff: body-snatching, death in all its gruesome facets, murder and the dark history of surgical science. But all of this pales into insignificance in the face of an almost unbelievable story which made the press today. From the London Metro: 'Twin brothers and an accomplice have been arrested Wisconsin, America after they tried to dig up a girl's corpse and have sex with it. Police received an anonymous tip-off that the three men were on their way to the cemetary to dig up a grave...

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Bitton Train Graveyard can be found just outside Bristol city. The rusted remains found there are a fragmentary glimpse of another age, a lost time, when the singular vision of a man called Isambard Kingdom Brunel re-shaped the very landscape and cities of England. For a chap who smoked up to 40 cigars a day, Brunel was an energetic man. He built ships, roads, bridges and, of course, he built railways. From Wikipedia: 'Though Brunel's projects were not always successful, they often contained innovative solutions to long-standing engineering problems. During his short career, Brunel achieved many engineering 'firsts', including assisting in the building of the first tunnel under a navigable river and development of the first propeller-driven ocean-going iron ship, which was at the time also the largest ship ever built.' The Bitton railway museum is part of the Avon Valley Railway line which ran from Bristol to Bath, which...