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    Default Man-made "living mountain" proposal in the Netherlands

    This looks ambitious at best, but I am sure the Dutch could make it happen.

    The Netherlands is to spend thirty years and as much as £270 billion building a fake mountain to help the famously flat country become a winter sport superpower.

    The idea came from a Dutch sports journalist called Thijs Zonneveld, who suggested in a tongue-in-cheek article that a man-made mountain should be built to help overcome the lack of decent hills in his homeland.

    "This plan is serious," insisted Zoneeveld. "All kinds of big companies have now stepped in, various municipalities and investors are interested."

    The project is provisionally named "Die Berg Komt Er", or "The Mountain Comes", presumably in a reference to the phrase, "bring the mountain to Mohammed".

    A working group has already been set up to look further at the feasibility of the project, which is projected to cost anywhere between £40bn and £270bn and take up to 30 years to build.

    The basic plan is to construct a skeleton which would then be covered in organic material using technology which already exists to create a truly living mountain - one which, perhaps even more unbelievably, could be located on land or out at sea.

    Even more surprising, perhaps, the hollow mountain could become a city in itself, with houses, shops, arenas and even roads and railways within.

    And while the mountain will eventually be used for power production, housing and water supply, Zonneveld insists that it is the love of sport which will make it happen.
    http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/...article/66194/
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    Default Re: Man-made "living mountain" proposal in the Netherlands

    The Dutch live in a different, man-made world and see things differently to the rest of us. Without their engineering, most of the state would be under sea water.

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    Default Re: Man-made "living mountain" proposal in the Netherlands

    presumably in a reference to the phrase, "bring the mountain to Mohammed".
    Dangerous reference.

    Plenty man-made mountains in Germany, although of a different kind.
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    They've invited Harney over to the conference I hear. I'd be very suspicious of their motives if I were her.
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    Default Re: Man-made "living mountain" proposal in the Netherlands

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Con O'Sullivan View Post
    They've invited Harney over to the conference I hear. I'd be very suspicious of their motives if I were her.
    Can we stop paying her bloated pension if she becomes a permanent engineering fixture in a foreign country?
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    Default Re: Man-made "living mountain" proposal in the Netherlands

    Wouldn't like to be paying the rates on Mount Harney. I think she has a part time job in Wicklow at the moment.

    Progressive Democrat pilgrims shuffle along her to her peak in penance for their sins. Have to be careful though as the weather closes in on her very fast.
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