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Volume 16, No. 20 - July 26, 2010

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'Fringe': Bizarre, but enjoyable

By Caroline Nelissen in ERMELO, Gelderland, Netherlands -- Science fiction comes in all shapes and sizes, some even more incomprehensible than others. Fox’s Fringe, set to return on April 1, is surprisingly accessible – even when you’re not big on the sci-fi genre.

In this show from J.J. Abrams, who also made Lost, the so-called Fringe Division of the FBI investigates cases that are not your everyday crimes. Each episode starts off with some sort of inexplicable event, which has usually resulted in gruesomely disfigured victims.

All these events are part of ‘The Pattern,’ a series of strange, inexplicable occurrences around the world that are almost always traced back to a powerful corporation called Massive Dynamic.  Read more



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Deadly panic leaves no way out at Love Parade festival

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By Katie Grosser in Münster, Germany Partying at the Love Parade festival Saturday in Duisburg, Germany, Maya Argaman had no idea that not far from her, others in the audience were dying when the crowd stampeded.

In the outbreak of mass hysteria, the crowd trampled each other, crushing 19 to death and injuring more than 300, leaving Germans throughout the country in a state of shock and dismay.

“The festival site was higher up and we didn’t have a view of the tunnel,” where most of the people died, said Argaman, 20, of Essen.

Most of the crowd at the festival was also clueless.

“There was no announcement, no official information. I got a text from my mother, but we weren’t aware of the magnitude of what had happened, so we kept on partying,” said Argaman. “Everyone just kept on partying.”

What should have been a day of music, dancing and fun – a celebration of love and peace – turned into a tragedy and sparked an investigation into how such a catastrophe could happen.  Read whole story


Love Parade tragedy proves safety should be priority

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By Katie Grosser in Münster, Germany What happened at the Love Parade festival in Duisburg on Saturday is a tragedy.  The deaths of 19 and over 300 more injured shocked a whole nation and will dominate the news in the upcoming days and weeks.  But what makes this tragedy especially bitter is the fact that not far away from where people were being crushed to death, others who were unaware of what was happening just kept on partying in a grotesque clash of life and death.

The other fact which sheds a whole new light onto the catastrophe is that with a better security plan and a faster reaction on behalf of the police and the staffers on the site, all these deaths might have been prevented.  That is what makes a tragedy into a scandal. Read whole story

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Final resting place

The two old cemeteries of the Veldwijk psychiatric hospital in Ermelo provide a fascinating glimpse into history.

The first funeral took place in August 1887 at the so-called ‘Old Cemetery.’ In 1906, the ‘New Cemetery’ was taken into use, having its first funeral in 1908.

Some rather well-known people are buried at those graveyards, the most expressive example probably being Willemina van Gogh, sister of famous painter Vincent van Gogh.

The larger New Cemetery is much better kept, still looking much more like a cemetery, with recognizable lanes and different sections. Its weather-beaten gravestones of loved ones long forgotten provide an illustration of the unrelenting passing of time. 

Situated in the middle of the woods, there’s an incredible sense of peace and serenity. There’s no one around. People are cycling or walking at the paths nearby, but the graveyard itself is pretty much deserted. A small rabbit quickly crosses the path between two rows of graves and the only sounds are those of birds hopping through dry leafs. They’re signs of blooming life in this territory of the dead.

At the Old Cemetery, dilapidation is even more evident. Read whole story

By Caroline Nelissen in ERMELO, Gelderland, Netherlands They’re a silent testimony of lives once lived. Anything but untouched by time, yet carrying the impression of being timeless and unchanging.


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