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11-01-2018, 14:49   #3976
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is that not just a retelling of the same story about charlie chaplin?
What??? Charlie Chaplin entered a Dolly Parton lookalike compitition ???

I definitely didn't know that.






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11-01-2018, 15:02   #3977
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is that not just a retelling of the same story about charlie chaplin?
Doubt it, Charlie Chaplin looked nothing like Dolly Parton...
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11-01-2018, 15:51   #3978
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Doubt it, Charlie Chaplin looked nothing like Dolly Parton...
Not from the side anyway
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11-01-2018, 16:00   #3979
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Apparently the Berlin wall fell by mistake.

The soviets had decided to allow travel from east to west but it was still highly restricted travel which wouldn't change much for regular east Germans.

Guenter Schabowski was giving a press conference in east Berlin and was given this information at the last minute and was asked to announce it as part of his conference. He wasn't aware of the finer details of the decision and it wasn't meant to be a big deal.

When he did eventually announce it at the end of his conference he got confused and wasn't very clear about what was allowed. He also said it came into effect immediately.

Some reporters left the conference immediately and didn't wait for clarification.

Hanns Friedrichs a big news reporter announced that "This ninth of November is a historic day. East Germany has announced that, starting immediately, its borders are open to everyone."

Thousands started to gather at the wall. Initially the guards refused people to cross but the crowd became so big there was nothing they could do and didn't want to just start shooting people on mass so they started slowly allowing people through and eventually just opened the gates.

Anyone who was actually in significant power who would have ordered use of force to control and reject the crowd had no idea that this was happening because they were either in closed meetings or asleep in different time zones and by the time they did it know about it it was too late.

That night there was a huge party as everyone partied in the streets and freely flowed from east to west and visited family.
It would have been too difficult to restore order so the border remained open.

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11-01-2018, 16:26   #3980
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Due to the events of the War of 1812 the US started In 1816 to build a fort at Lake Champlain to protect againt invasion from British Canada. After 2 years of construction and considerable expense it was discovered that they were actually building on the Canadian side of the border. They had to abandon what they had built and start work again half a mile further south.
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11-01-2018, 16:55   #3981
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Apparently the Berlin wall fell by mistake.

The soviets had decided to allow travel from east to west but it was still highly restricted travel which wouldn't change much for regular east Germans.

Guenter Schabowski was giving a press conference in east Berlin and was given this information at the last minute and was asked to announce it as part of his conference. He wasn't aware of the finer details of the decision and it wasn't meant to be a big deal.

When he did eventually announce it at the end of his conference he got confused and wasn't very clear about what was allowed. He also said it came into effect immediately.

Some reporters left the conference immediately and didn't wait for clarification.

Hanns Friedrichs a big news reporter announced that "This ninth of November is a historic day. East Germany has announced that, starting immediately, its borders are open to everyone."

Thousands started to gather at the wall. Initially the guards refused people to cross but the crowd became so big there was nothing they could do and didn't want to just start shooting people on mass so they started slowly allowing people through and eventually just opened the gates.

Anyone who was actually in significant power who would have ordered use of force to control and reject the crowd had no idea that this was happening because they were either in closed meetings or asleep in different time zones and by the time they did it know about it it was too late.

That night there was a huge party as everyone partied in the streets and freely flowed from east to west and visited family.
It would have been too difficult to restore order so the border remained open.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...103001846.html
Wow. A great moment in modern history - accidentally so.

Thanks for posting that BA.
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11-01-2018, 17:12   #3982
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Doubt it, Charlie Chaplin looked nothing like Dolly Parton...
Turns out neither does Dolly Parton
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Still in the subject of the Berlin Wall, when it was built a "shortcut" was taken to save money, and a triangular patch of land (approx. 350 sq. m.) that technically belonged to East Berlin was left on the West side of the Wall. This land couldn't be used by either side because of its location, and was abandoned. In 1983 an Anatolian immigrant father of six, Osman Kalin, began clearing out the fallow land and built a single-storey hut and a vegetable garden there, and neither side could "legally" stop him, they only managed to limit the height of the building for fear that it might be used as an entry point. Kalin lived there for years (even after the fall of the Wall) and made his living in part by selling/smuggling goods to the East Berlin soldiers. The hut is known as "Baumhaus an der Mauer", or "Treehouse at the Wall", even though it's not built on a tree but between trees.

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12-01-2018, 08:09   #3984
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These are 2 brilliant Berlin Wall stories - fascinating both of them.

I have a chunk of it at home somewhere. A cousin of mine just happened to be in berlin on a school tour when it fell. He picked up a few chunks off the ground that people had smashed off with sledge hammers and pick axes as they vented their anger at the damn thing.

30 years or so it stood as the physical embodiment of the cold war and division in general, and it topples in hours because of a botched press conference. Absolutely amazing!
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Apparently the Berlin wall fell by mistake.
This story is covered in an excellent episode of BBC's Days that Shook the World
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The Berlin Wall has now been down longer than it was up (1961 to 1989).
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85 year old movie composer John Williams (Jaws, Star Wars, ET, Indy, Schlinder's List, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Home Alone, etc) has never upskilled with modern technology and is in fact a complete novice when it comes to anything modern. Therefore, he is the only major Hollywood composer who still uses just a piano, pencil and paper when writing scores without any use of any synth or computer programs. Most movie composers use computer based orchestra mockup tools before passing it to a real orchestra, but Williams has been composing in the same way as he did in the 1950s.
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