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Linking up distant lands is a fascinating concept at the work, for me. Toulouse-Seoul in a TGV => mind-boggling (then again, as a question to myself, is transporting people as profitable as transporting merchandise, on such long distances? ... mmmn, I'm not sure)

Anyhow, I'm already all excited about the fact that one day a high-speed TGV line will link Toulouse to the rest of France (and to Barcelona).

by Alex in Toulouse on Sat Mar 18th, 2006 at 06:41:58 PM EST
And from Barcelona Zaragoza, Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla and Cordoba.

Toulouse and Seoul are 5800 miles apart (in a straight line), which the TGV would traverse in 29h. Definitely exciting. I think it'd be a matter of preparing oneself to stay up for 48 hours (with stops, and not in a straight line) watching Eurasia go by.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Mar 18th, 2006 at 06:47:06 PM EST
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Personally the day it's made, I'll be the first to kick and bite my way onto the train.

For such a trip I'd wager that travelling by train would be so much more fascinating. The scenery would be better experienced. That said, flying can be wonderful too, but half of the time there are clouds, and beyond mountain ranges nothing really stands out.

by Alex in Toulouse on Sat Mar 18th, 2006 at 07:26:54 PM EST
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Toulouse-Seoul in a TGV => mind-boggling

Heh, that would be something like 1.5 days even with a 350 km/h non-stop train :-)

(And a high-speed line for that would cost, what, anything upwards from €100 billion...)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat Mar 18th, 2006 at 06:54:17 PM EST
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How much would the ticket cost?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Mar 18th, 2006 at 06:56:13 PM EST
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Anything upwards of €1000, I fear. (More likely upwards of €10,000...)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Mar 18th, 2006 at 06:58:37 PM EST
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€1000 is not too bad... you can fly around the world for about that much, at the right time.

And a Wagon-Lit on a TGV is much spiffier than first class on an airplane, so €10000 also seems reasonable.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Mar 18th, 2006 at 07:01:24 PM EST
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So, less than the war in Iraq?
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Mar 18th, 2006 at 07:04:47 PM EST
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This tells you how much easier it is to allocate money for destruction than for construction.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Mar 18th, 2006 at 07:10:35 PM EST
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Just a reminder that annual defence spending is around $1.5 trillion.

Annual meaning every damn year.

Just imagine what could be done with that if it wasn't wasted. With a peace dividend of that magnitude you could fund a scheme like this, solve world hunger, and barely notice the difference.

Throwing a few tens of billions a year at sustainables wouldn't be a bad thing either.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Mar 18th, 2006 at 07:46:51 PM EST
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one day a high-speed TGV line will link Toulouse to the rest of France (and to Barcelona).

At the current rate of construction, expect it when you're a granddaddy :-)...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat Mar 18th, 2006 at 06:56:25 PM EST
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