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I was trying to make a semiotic connection to the Nickel deposits of the Kola peninsula, but the brain flagged.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri May 9th, 2008 at 04:49:08 PM EST
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The where? Where do you find peninsulas in Hungary? Or a large island?
by PIGL (stevec@boreal.gmail@com) on Sat May 10th, 2008 at 07:57:25 AM EST
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Where do you find peninsulas in Hungary?

Tihany, in Lake Balaton, with a smaller lake on top.

Or a large island?

Well, large or not, there is a prominent one between Buda and Pest (Margit-sziget = Margharet Island).

</thread hijack by the Hungarian Tourist Office>

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

by DoDo on Sat May 10th, 2008 at 08:31:21 AM EST
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I was referring to this Kola peninsula, which is somewhat closer and better known to NordicStorm and myself.

It s not a place that is attractive to tourists, unless you enjoy seeing the rotting hulks of undecommissioned nuclear-powered ships and submarines sitting in the tidal river in downtown Murmansk. Or the obliterated nature within 50 kms of the nickel smelters. Or the people with an average life span below 50.

It's the most depressing place I've visited.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Sat May 10th, 2008 at 08:52:18 AM EST
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The tourism bit was in jest. I know about the Kola peninsula. (Though I think I first learnt of it in literary class when we had some Russian short story about a boy's holiday titled "On the White Sea" or something, so I originally had a more romantic picture it.)

But what I'm not sure about is how your circle was supposed to close around buying Budapest-nickel-Nickel mines-Kola peninsula; or why PIGL sees peninsulas or islands necessary for closing the circle :-)

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

by DoDo on Sat May 10th, 2008 at 08:59:41 AM EST
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As I admitted above to NS, I started out wih the intention of making a leap to bring in the Kola nickel smelters in some wild triple allusion, but the 'brain flagged' ie failed to perform as required. It smelted. What a pest!

Those acid pollution caused by those Kola smelters have had a rather disastrous effect on N. Finnish forests. In fact that was why I was there in Kola in '95, with a team of forest scientists. I just found the book based on the research while clearing out some dusty shelves.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Sat May 10th, 2008 at 10:05:38 AM EST
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Could you diary?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat May 10th, 2008 at 01:36:43 PM EST
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I will think about it. It is an interesting subject, especially since the Finnish paper industry is in deep shit - about a million tonnes of paper will be removed from production. But, as I have said, that is only 20% max of total fibre usage - most of the rest going into packaging.

The latest move is to increase the amount of timber burnt domestically for energy - currently running at about 5 million tonnes, with about 70 million cubic metres surplus currently reaching maturity annually. (I am not sure how to correlate those figures)

The technology for burning fibre has made huge strides regards water/air pollution by-products. Boiler techonology using fluid beds + highly efficient scrubbers has seriously reduced pollution - but only at the most modern plants. The same can be done for coal - but it requires the building of new plant. Circularized Fluid Bed technology decimates almost anything ecept for heavy metals that are easier to catch with the latest scrubbers. I am not a coal advocate, but there is technology to handle it's fairly clean use for energy production.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Sat May 10th, 2008 at 03:32:52 PM EST
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Thank you for the lovely photos. I've never been to Hungary, though I have a nice oil of a 1920s Budapest street scene hanging on my wall.
by PIGL (stevec@boreal.gmail@com) on Sat May 10th, 2008 at 09:30:40 AM EST
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