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Offline Truthyness

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Catacombs Paris
« on: May 10, 2017, 10:03:48 PM »
Had the dilettante who churned out the pap on license payers' money audible in the BBC link below bothered to surf YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJAPgM0n5Ss he might have spared scarce resources, offered the listener a worthwhile production and found infinitely more valuable material from which to source his poorly presented slapdash effort!

The quality of broadcasting makes one weep!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01b9h73#play

Famously known as the City of Light, Paris is a diverse metropolis rich in architecture and steeped in history. But it has a dark alter ego that lies 30 metres under the ground, mirroring centuries of bloody wars, revolutions and riots on the surface. For Paris is porous - built on 177 miles of tunnels that were formed when limestone and gypsum were quarried to build the capital. Most people are only aware of just a tiny fraction of these tunnels - the world famous ossuary known as The Catacombs. The authorities have tried to keep a lid on the full extent of the labyrinthine remainder for hundreds of years. But there are little known entry points everywhere - in basements, in train stations, cellars and sewers. Throughout history, invaders have always found a way in, whether they were fighting Prussian soldiers, fleeing royalty of the French Revolution, the Nazis or The Resistance. Today they're home to the cataphiles - urban explorers who use the tunnels as an art space, a music venue or even a clandestine meeting point for secret societies.

The Guardian's architecture and design correspondent Jonathan Glancey investigates the underground maze of Paris, revealing a mysterious and intriguing history.

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Re: Catacombs Paris
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2017, 09:09:52 AM »
I loved this one when it first aired. I've listened a couple of times since, and recommended it to others more than once. Fascinating program.

As for the YT thingy, couldn't get past the intro music. :P
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