November 02, 2005

Greetings from jury duty. I'm in the lounge of the Kings County Supreme Court, waiting for my name to be called and enjoying the free wifi. With all this downtime I can catch up on fun stuff like news feeds, including this one from Binary Bonsai about an underground city in the UK:

The subterranean complex that was built in the 1950s to house the Conservative prime minister Harold Macmillan’s cabinet and 4,000 civil servants in the event of a Soviet nuclear attack is being thrown open to commercial use. Just four maintenance men are left.

Already two uses are being considered: a massive data store for City firms or the biggest wine cellar in Europe. More outlandish ideas put forward include a nightclub for rave parties, a 1950s theme park or a reception centre for asylum seekers. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has ruled out any suggestion of using it to store nuclear waste or providing open public access because of the dangers that still lurk below.


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