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Chernobyl.

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by sbowler, Oct 18, 2005.

  1. sbowler

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    pause for thought...nice bike!
     
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    wow had a quick flick through at work, that was superb, really want to go check it out for myself now. she has guts!
     
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    That was a good read. Thanks.
     
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    Found some more...... Not that it makes the first article any less interesting mind....



    from:

    http://www.uer.ca/forum_showthread.asp?fid=1&threadid=8951


    "I've been biting my tongue about this one for a month now as I prepare my own website on the subject..

    On April 27, 2004 (18th anniversary + 1 day of the Chernobyl disaster) I did a tour of Chernobyl, the nuclear power station and the ghost town Pripyat. As part of this, I had lengthy discussions with my tour guide about Elena's website, and she told me a few things about it.

    1) Her father is NOT a scientist. She does NOT have an 'unlimited access' pass to Chernobyl.

    2) She has never been on a motorcycle inside Chernobyl. If you notice, the pictures including her bike stop when she gets to the access control point. They did NOT let her in.

    3) While she HAS been to Chernobyl, she did exactly the same tour I did, and she went with her husband.

    4) In her original website, she mentioned she never goes inside buildings without a girl who lives in Chernobyl, who "is familiar in the ways of the atom and has good taste in shoes" and makes her living showing people around. This person's name is Rimma Kiselitsa. She works for the group Chernobylinterinform (http://www.chernobyl.info) - and was my tour guide.

    Yes, I had the same tour guide in Chernobyl that Elena had.

    But there's more. I'll give an example - one of the pictures on her original site was inside a kindergarden. It's a picture of a baby's crib, with a photo of Lenin, a child's gas mask, and some toys. These photos were 'staged' by Elena's husband. He found the photo of Lenin elsewhere, put it in the cott and placed a gas mask alongside then took a photo of it.

    This annoyed Rimma immensely. She was not impressed from start to finish about Elena and her husband, as they seemed to be trying to take photos for shock value - not how the place really is. I had no intention of doing such things (in fact, I saw the very cott they took the picture of I mentioned above, still in the same state that they left it in), and Rimma picked up on this. She took me to MANY places she didn't even tell Elena about. As part of my day's tour, I took over 400 photographs. I watched Rimma remove the gas mask and photograph of Lenin, and put them back in their original homes.

    The reason I was told all of this was because Rimma is very annoyed about the whole affair - she's getting phone calls from movie producers wanting to make movies about this "heroic" girl. She's getting people demanding the same unlimited access pass that Elena supposedly has. These do not exist, and she's sick of explaining it to people. When I mentioned I too wished to create a website, she started to talk about it all. Rimma has been featured in Maxim magazine, a number of other magazines and newspapers, and indeed the day I did the tour she told me if I got back to my hotel in Kiev on time to turn on Channel 1 at 7:30pm - she was hosting a documentry on Chernobyl (which looked interesting, but I'm an Australian - I don't speak Ukrainian. I couldn't understand a word).

    As part of this, I have offered for her to proof read my website before it goes live, to make sure I have all the facts right. In return, Rimma has said that I may use an "Endorsed by Chernobylinterinform" logo on the page.

    So yes, Elena's website is fake, and much of the things she discusses are complete, utter, 100% bullsh*t.. such as you have to stand in the middle of the road. Rimma and I strolled through parks, across fields, around gardens, everywhere. At the end of it, the machine said I had as much radioactivity as when I arrived. Bugger all. This is Rimma's job, this is her life, and she's been doing it for 10 years. She KNOWS what she's talking about, and is truly one of the nicest people I've ever met.

    I'll just finish by giving a link to a panoramic photo I took on a rooftop in the centre of Pripyat - it also shows Rimma in it standing just below me (in fact, due to the way the photos were stitched together she's actually shown twice).

    http://www.web-axis.net/~pulse/chernobyl/prypyat-panoramic.jpg (4mb - 13,112 x 952 resolution)

    Details of the tour that I AND Elena did can be found at http://www.ukrcam.com/tour/tour_3.html - where you can also book your own tours if you're interested. By the way, it's not exactly a tour group - it was myself, my driver (in the fearsome Soviet Lada car) and Rimma. That's it. It's a private tour, not exactly a Greyhound tour of Chernobyl..

    It was quite simply the most AMAZING experience I've ever had.

    Tony Brown (pulse .. at .. web-axis.net)"
     
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    feel like a right prat now! :suicide:
     
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    you still wouldnt get me near the place, shame its a scam though, why do people do this. ahh well back to my 80ft yatch.
     
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    it's a well done piece of fiction though, I enjoyed reading it and looking at the pictures.

    Does it matter if it isn't true?
     
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    Remember seeing this a while back. Really rather good! :thumbsup:
     
  11. overkill

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    What, you mean like the anti MMR websites PJ? :D ;) Sorry, couldn't resist.............

    To answer the question, yes it does. She is getting hits on a website thats totally made up! People could be doing research based on that pile of S! It also shows why you should NEVER take anything on the web at face value.
     
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    I think the fact that you can go there is pretty cool and scary.

    Hey, whatever hapend to that PC game set in Chernobyl?
    What was it called again? A FPS/RPG where you run arround shooting mutated animals and stuff.
     
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    The game you're thinking of is S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, and seems to be approaching vapourware levels of delay. It was due to be released in February this year, but this obviously came and went. Current thinking suggests it may not ship until after the end of this current fiscal year, so we're looking at April 2006 onwards. I wouldn't be too optimistic though - this has been in development for well over 3 and a half years!
     

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