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Explore #212: HFX Blast Furnaces and Steel works, Hayange / Florange, France – August 2017

Explore #4 of the ‘Greased Otters Tour’ Day Two was the centrepiece explore of our long weekend – the other sites we had lined up were all great in their own ways, but this one was an absolute beast – a huge decomissioned steel works which once boasted no fewer than six blast furnaces… History (translated and rewritten from here and here) The presence of iron ore in the region was exploited back to Roman times, if not earlier. The…

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Villa Directeur - the kangaroo room

Explore #79: Villa Directeur, Belgium – August 2014

Explore #1 of the Gigawatts & Megalolz Tour Another summer weekend, another trip to Europe. This time back to Belgium for a great 3 days packed full of varied and interesting locations and loads of laughs – megalolz even! We rolled off the ferry around 1am and were greeted with torrential rain and the fiercest lighting storm I’ve seen in a long long time – the kind where you can’t help but go “woah!……… WOAH!!!!!…… …… WOOOOOOOAAAAHHHH!!!” with each spectacular…

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Explore #55: The Superphosphate Factory, aka Mini Millennium Mills, Suffolk – May 2014

After our night time wanderings in an abandoned mental asylum, Darren of Desolate Nation and I decided to stop off to have a look around this former superphosphate factory on our way home. History This warehouse complex was originally built circa 1858-60 as a factory for the manufacture of superphosphate fertilizers for Joseph Fison. The two uppermost of the four storeys were added later in the 19th century. Most of the original windows in the timber-framed upper storeys are unaltered.…

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