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February 18, 2004 6:55 PM   Subscribe

Middle East Enders (3.94mb JPEG), courtesy of's gallery. Other wowsers include Singapore, Venice and the pyramids.
posted by armoured-ant (11 comments total)
[this is amazing]
posted by shoepal at 7:50 PM on February 18, 2004

the baghdad and venice ones actually do look like the eastenders beginning image, if you crop it right. (The black smoke is our bombs?)
and Hey, there's my building...see it? right over the left a little and down--that one!
posted by amberglow at 7:59 PM on February 18, 2004

I don't know what it is about these sorts of images, but they always give me enourmous vertigo, like I'm falling headfirst (because I feel "upside down" does that make any sense?).

Very, very nice find, beautiful!
posted by nelleish at 8:19 PM on February 18, 2004

Good thing there's a golf course next door to the Pyramids...
posted by Windopaene at 8:19 PM on February 18, 2004

I've actually made a beautiful/haunting wallpaper of a crop of the Baghdad image. This could be London.
posted by armoured-ant at 6:37 PM on February 19, 2004

These are astonishing! Thanks, armoured-ant, for pointing them out.

(Am I the only one who's amazed by how big Baghdad is? I honestly had no idea how sprawling it is...)
posted by JollyWanker at 7:54 PM on February 19, 2004

I believe that the black smoke over Baghdad is the oil they burned to cover up the city in an attempt to make bombs miss.
posted by romanb at 7:56 PM on February 19, 2004
"The image shows the Tigris River winding through the center of the city, bomb damage from coalition air attacks and large plumes of black smoke from Iraqi-set oil trench fires."
posted by Tubes at 9:36 PM on February 19, 2004

I can see my house from here!
posted by BinkyF at 1:44 AM on February 20, 2004

Good thing there's a golf course next door to the Pyramids...

What a surreal experience that must be.

I've often wondered what would become of a site like the Pyramids or the Great Wall if they resided in North America.

I assume we would have people dressed up in pharaoh outfits pretending to live there ala Williamsburg, or maybe just put a rollercoaster along one side of it.

Also how it goes from empty desert to dense development in such a (relatively) small space is intriguing.

I've never seen a top-down picture of Singapore before. Not at all what I would have imagined.

I am also certain I would become hopelessly lost in Venice in under an hour. I would simply have to take up residence. Which might not be so bad.
posted by Ynoxas at 1:49 PM on February 20, 2004

Superb stuff. I always thought Keyhole was the coolest thing ever, but these images are stunning.
posted by chrid at 1:55 PM on February 20, 2004

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