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3,248: Buildings the same age as me

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Obviously, one of the joys of Wikipedia is finding yourself trucking on through a load of info you didn’t know you were interested in and- oh look, it’s 2.30 a.m. I was looking at communication towers in Germany, ended up on the page for the Florianturm in Dortmund, which was part of a category of towers completed in 1959, which lead me to towers completed in 1970, which got me to Buildings and structures completed in 1970. That was the year of my birth, and I fancied having a look at me-aged buildings. Here are some nice ones. (All photos from the applicable Wikipedia page.)

No.1 Croydon, Croydon, UK

World Trade Center, Tokyo, Japan

Welbeck Street car park, London, UK

Tigran Petrosian Chess House, Yerevan, Armenia

Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute, Madrid, Spain

Mazar-e-Quaid, Karachi, Pakistan

Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center, Amherst, USA

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial, Dallas, USA

Hotel Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Edificio Colón, Barcelona, Spain

Dai Heiwa Kinen Tō, Tondabayashi, Japan

A wee bit of artwork
Welsh football person Gareth Bale done in pixels.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Cups by Underworld

On this day
Brasilia skies inverted and upside down, 3 March 2008

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Hyperboloid structure

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March 3rd, 2017 at 3:21 am

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3,247: Mauerpark 18, 19, 20, 21 and Am Falkplatz

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Five more local paintings. All acrylic on paper.

And here’s an updated map of all the paintings of Mauerpark and Falkplatz.

Previous local paintings here, here, and here.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Hey Now by the Regrettes

On this day
Dunny, 2 March 2007

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Oscar Niemeyer

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March 2nd, 2017 at 1:20 am

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3,246: Hopkins and Skegness

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Three paintings, all acrylic on paper. Two of a road near Hopkins in Belize that leads towards the sea, one of a wind farm in the sea near Skegness.

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Hey Now by the Regrettes. I’d not heard of them until a couple of days ago, but I’ve been really enjoying their album on Spotify. Also, that’s a great name for a band.

On this day
Stuff and nonsense, 1 March 2010

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Brasília

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March 1st, 2017 at 1:22 am

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3,245: Tree and woman

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Two drawings. First one is a rough representation of a woman on the U-Bahn who had a really nice colour combo of clothes. Second one is a tree I drew with my weak hand whilst lying in bed last night.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
A Little Less Conversation by Elvis Presley (not the awful remix)

On this day
A spot of rain, 28 February 2008

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UNESCO

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February 28th, 2017 at 2:37 am

3,244: Scribbling

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Backpack by Petite Meller

On this day
Adios, amigo, 27 February 2015. A short tale about (an unsuccessful attempt at) giving up smoking.

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Music of Mexico

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February 27th, 2017 at 1:42 am

3,243: Embedding the week

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Jorge

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Jorge took a good photo of me too. The good being the photo, not my dumb face.

Moritzplatz

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Mauerpark und Falkplatz, 12/2016-2/2017

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Three-Dee Melodie by Stereolab

On this day
Doooosseldorf, 26 February 2010

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Van Dyke Parks

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February 26th, 2017 at 3:17 am

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3,242: Morning views

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Previous morning views:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Sk8er Boi by Avril Lavigne again. I heard that song once, four days ago. And it keeps on popping into my head. Thanks, Canada.

On this day
Life is beautiful, 25 February 2011

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Yellow Magic Orchestra

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February 25th, 2017 at 3:11 am

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3,241: Watercolour and gouache sketches and Mauerpark Nr. 18

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A bit of a break from the Mauerpark project (here, here, and here). I’m still working on that stuff, and I feel like I’m getting closer to where I want my painting to be, but over the last week I needed to focus my painting on something else. (It’s not really a break, more of a wee sidestep to think things through before returning to the main job.) I did a couple of gouache sketches based on photos I took in Chiapas in 2005, a watercolour of something imaginary that just started with a purple circle and expanded from there, and a watercolour of Frankfurter Tor based on a quick sketch I did on Monday when I was down there, a few minutes early waiting for a friend. I wanted to try and get something of the feel of the pencil sketch into watercolour. Not entirely a success, but that in itself is some kind of success.

Here’s the pencil sketch the above watercolour is based on.

These have been useful. I feel that the Mauerpark project has been heading in the right direction. There have been some I’ve been happy with at the time, some not. But I’ve never worried too much about the ones I’ve not been happy with because they are part of the process, and it’s be wrong and freakish if everything made me happy. But the progress is clear, to me, from the first Mauerpark painting, through what I think of the end-of-part-one, the seventh Mauerpark painting. Part two has had more missteps, I think, but they were necessary missteps. If I’m continuing this TV episode analogy, I feel that the most recent one (number 18, below) is close to the end-of-part-two. Part three will be interesting, I think.

Other business
I listened to an episode of the Reply All podcast yesterday, and at about 19m 45s into the episode, there’s an interesting segment about the origins of words like yas and shade.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Crest by Stereolab

On this day
Strangely perceptive computer thesaurus, 24 February 2013

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Detroit techno

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February 24th, 2017 at 2:14 am

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3,240: edges2cats

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Well, gosh, edges2cats is a heck of a lot of fun.













The song in my head when I woke up this morning
How He Wrote Elastica Man by Elastica feat. Mark E. Smith

On this day
Joy/not joy, 23 February 2009

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Juan Atkins

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February 23rd, 2017 at 2:01 am

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3,239: Collage

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I did these in January. No real reason, just felt like a break from drawing and painting for a couple of days. And I had a couple of new, unused, notebooks that I’d brought with me from Mexico that were sat there glaring at me, so figured I’d give one of them over to something I’ve not done since the Nineties. Didn’t do many, but I quite enjoy seeing a dish of ripped bits of newspapers and magazines there just in case I wanna do some more.

Other business
Thoroughly interesting hearing Paul Gambaccini talk about his career and recent stuff on the Word Podcast. Worth a listen.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Sk8er Boi by Avril Lavigne

On this day
The moon landing, 22 February 2010

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Tresor

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February 22nd, 2017 at 3:54 am

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3,238: Mauerpark 15, 16, and 17

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All the other Mauerpark paintings here and here. And here’s an updated map:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Cigarette in Your Bed by My Bloody Valentine

On this day
Wet Northern Line map, 21 February 2014

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Music in Berlin

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February 21st, 2017 at 12:45 am

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3,237: Octagons and other Notes drawings

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I’m very much enjoying the drawing function in the iPad’s Notes app. (The first batch I did are here) Here’s some more, the first of which is available as a print:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Cybele’s Reverie by Stereolab

On this day
Nearly a US map in broken-off tiles, 20 February 2008

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Berlin School of electronic music

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February 20th, 2017 at 12:29 am

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3,236: Embedding the week

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Brand new notebooks (excellent Mexican notebook by @laikanotebooks ) are the best feeling. Free of the weight of the last one, full of the joy of this one hopefully being better.

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Brain vomit

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Paste

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Jenny Ondioline by Stereolab

On this day
Shakira, 19 February 2007

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Krautrock

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February 19th, 2017 at 3:37 am

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3,235: Morning views

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Previous morning views: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
French Disko by Stereolab (day nine)

On this day
The White Single Album, 18 February 2013. This was a good fun one to do: making an edited single album from the Beatles’ self-titled double album.

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Electronic music

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February 18th, 2017 at 12:54 am

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3,234: Easy

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This was, as I’m sure you will remember if you are British and a similar age to me (or if you watched it before reading these words), an advert for a building society from the 1980s. Not sure exactly when it was, but I guess it might’ve been 1986 or 1987. I remember when this was on telly a lot, it did some sort of job on me. That guy’s life seemed perfect. Firstly, he was clearly not living in Lincoln. London, when I was younger, seemed like the best possible place one could be. The flat he lived in was one massive room, with big open windows. He had bicycles hanging from the wall, trains outside the window (that seemed like a cool thing, somewhat inexplicably), blinds (not curtains!), a nice fridge with rounded corners. And he had a cash card. Something I didn’t have at that point in my life. He could go to a machine and get money out of a wall. How modern is that!? And afterwards, he’s sat by the massive open window with his coffee, newspaper, and cat and enjoying his Sunday morning. That level of relaxation is perfect in my head. Something I very rarely achieve.

A wee bit of artwork
Up until yesterday, I had no idea you could draw in the Notes app on an iPad. Always exciting to have something new to try out. Once I’d done a doodle of a giraffe, though, I spent most of the evening playing with the ruled lines tool.

Other business
Beatification of John Paul II

The songs in my head when I woke up yesterday and this morning
Lo Boob Oscillator by Stereolab
International Colouring Contest by Stereolab
That’s eight days in a row now

On this day and yesterday
Hello ∞, 16 February 2010
Flutlicht, 17 February 2011

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Joni Mitchell

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February 17th, 2017 at 2:51 am

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3,233: Stand By Me

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Stand by Me by Ben E. King was number one in the UK thirty years ago. It would be a heart-hearted person who doesn’t like this song, but it was part of something a little shitty about the pop charts in the late eighties and nineties: Levi’s.

I have nothing against Levi’s. Indeed, for most of my life I’ve bought them instead of other brands (so I guess these commercials worked). It’s just easier, innit? Need a new pair of jeans, go to the shop, find the 501s, find my size, no need to try them on, pay, leave. (Having said that, I did have a pair of the twisty Levi’s back in the early 2000s, and I loved them. Wish they still did ’em.

I had a quick google, and found this site, with its handy list of songs off the adverts. Back then, it really was a route to the higher end of the hit parade to be on a jeans advert.

Wonderful World by Sam Cooke got to No. 2 in 1986.
Dude gets in the bath with his jeans on, like a crazy person.

I Heard It Through the Grapevine by Marvin Gaye got to No. 8 in 1986.
Nick Kamen in the launderette.

Stand by Me by Ben E. King got to, as we have already noted, No. 1 in 1987.
Aaah, black Levi’s. The staple of every middle-aged man who likes real music. Tommy Saxondale types.

When a Man Loves A Woman by Percy Sledge got to No. 2 in 1987.
I remember quite fancying the girl in this one. Also of note: all songs by black artists so far, with white actors in everything. Yeah, Craig, we know says every person of colour.

C’mon Everybody by Eddie Cochran got to No. 14 in 1988.
I’ve got absolutely no memory of this advert. Eddie Cochran, though. Ooof, what a man.

The Joker by The Steve Miller Band got to No. 1 in 1990.
Should have been a number two hit. #TeamDeeeLite

Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash got to No. 1 in 1991.
The world’s most overrated band.

20th Century Boy by T-Rex got to No. 13 in 1991.
BrAd PiTt!

Mad About the Boy by Dinah Washington got to No. 41 in 1992.
It’s weird that this song didn’t get higher in the charts. This ad was on telly all the time. And it’s a cracking song, innit?

Piece of My Heart by Erma Franklin got to No. 9 in 1992.
Abs.

Inside by Stiltskin got to No. 1 in 1994.
Ew, gross.

Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out by Freak Power got to No. 3 in 1995.
This is one of those songs that does nothing, I think. It’s trying to be something, it’s just dull. Lifeless.

Boombastic by Shaggy got to No. 1 in 1995.
Plasticine. Seems a weird step for this series of ads to take. I can see that they must’ve felt like a change was necessary, but plasticine!?

Spaceman by Babylon Zoo got to No. 1 in 1996.
I worked in a record shop when this song came out. Never during my time there was a record so anticipated by the record-buying public of Lincoln. It’s a big old turd of a song, which is a shame, cos I really loved Jas Mann’s previous band, the Sandkings.

Underwater Love by Smoke City got to No. 4 in 1997.
Must’ve been watching less telly at this point in my life. Doesn’t ring any bells.

A Nanny in Manhattan by Lilys got to No. 16 in 1998.
I already loved the Lilys, and while I was a bit indie snob about a band I liked suddenly being liked for just one song, it was good that they got a bit of money. Saw them live a couple of times. Good band. Great song.

Whine and Grine by Prince Buster got to No. 21 in 1998.
Another one I have no memory of.

Flat Beat by Mr Ozio got to No. 1 in 1999.
Yeeeaaaah! Wonderful stuff. I think that’s about enough. Flat Eric seems like a good place to stop.

Previous posts about number ones from thirty years ago because this is a thing I will keep on doing:
3,205: Jack Your Body
3,219: I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)

A wee bit of artwork
Three drawings I did with the Paper app on my iPad in bed last night.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Les Yper-Sound by Stereolab

On this day
Play a silly game, 15 February 2009

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Saskatoon

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February 15th, 2017 at 2:50 am

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3,232: Middle-aged Fanclub

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The venue was smaller than I remembered. But the walk from the U-Bahn station was a big longer. I went to see Teenage Fanclub last week at Columbia Theater. Last time I went there it was called Columbia Fritz (after a local radio station). Getting to the venue on the other side of town felt like muscle memory, but once out of the station, my brain expected to be at the venue in a few metres. It was about 200 metres, at a guess. After being in Mexico, it felt really nice not to be searched when we entered the venue. Here’s my ticket, person at the door wishes me “Viel spaß!”

I can’t remember the last time I went to Columbia Theater. Might’ve been for a Phoenix show. I think I saw The Mission (yes!) and Franz Ferdinand there, too. Difficult to clearly remember others, cos there’s another venue a few metres along the street called Columbia Halle. That one is bigger and the place where I saw more concerts in Berlin than anywhere else. Always loved that venue. It was a functional box, with a fairly small balcony area.

My mate and I got a beer, caught up on six years of our lives. And it was nice. It is nice to see a band that are not as popular as they once were, and where most of the people in the audience are in the same age bracket. Indeed, there were several moments there where I saw people whose faces I recognised. Not friends or acquaintances, just people who went to the same sort of concerts that I went to back in the day.

People seemed cool to have a wee bit of personal space. There’s a wee door to the left of the stage, and we nipped in there to watch the band. Middle-aged audience so no mental crush down the front, and we hung out, enjoyed the old songs and didn’t know the new songs. Feet were tapped. Hands clapped.

Obviously Teenage Fanclub (and let’s pause for a moment to salute the greatness of that band name) have a sound but when they are filleting 22 songs out of their back catalogue, there’s a samey-ness in terms of tempo. Here’s the setlist.

The last song they played was Everything Flows, their first single from 1990. I wondered how it must feel to be 27 years into a career and still ending a show with the first song you released. Then I thought about Minipops for a second pushed that thought into the knot in my stomach.

A wee bit of artwork
An iPad drawing of the boxes.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Wow and Flutter by Stereolab. Five days in a row for Stereolab now, which seems a lot, but looking back at my records, there was a time in May 2015, where I had the songs of Taylor Swift in my head for sixteen consecutive mornings.

On this day
Hermosillo, 14 February 2013

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Aircraft boneyard

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February 14th, 2017 at 3:15 am

3,231: Some artwork

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If you’re too busy to eat a hot dog AND brush your teeth…

Some lines

A friend has one of those huge iPads and the apple pencil thingy. I had a quick go, drawing tulips on the table

And, sorry, this is disgusting. Sorry sorry sorry

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Des étoiles électroniques by Stereolab again. Been on a bit of a Stereolab binge lately, which is why I’ve had their songs in my head for the last four mornings. I decided to listen to every album in chronological order, which was fine from the beginnings of Peng! and Switched On through to Emperor Tomato Ketchup. That has always been my favourite period of their music. It’s pretty much perfect. After that, I still bought the records (up to and inc. Sound-Dust), I still liked them, but I didn’t really love them. I’m making an effort to give them all another go, though, cos I’ve not listened to them for ages, or listened to any of the last three post-Sound-Dust albums at all.

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Books and Kraftwerk, 13 February 2006

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Spacecraft cemetery

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February 13th, 2017 at 2:12 am

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3,230: Embedding the week

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Liza and Tom

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German mouse

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Des étoiles électroniques by Stereolab

On this day
Yardwork, 12 February 2015

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Pole of inaccessibility

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February 12th, 2017 at 1:17 am

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3,229: Morning views

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Metronomic Underground by Stereolab

On this day
Cuscatlán International Airport, 11 February 2011

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South Pole

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February 11th, 2017 at 1:28 am

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