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eggshaped
171706.  Thu May 03, 2007 4:33 am Reply with quote

Sorry, my fault for not posting both sources. The reason I said "all the sex shops" and "all the firework shops" was because of this from The Telegraph:

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The most thriving trade in the Belgian parts of Baarle is in fireworks (I counted half a dozen fireworks shops in the town centre), which can be legitimately sold all year in Belgium, but only on Christmas Eve in Holland.

The Dutch bits of the town respond with numerous sex shops - not allowed near public buildings in Belgium, but thriving on the Dutch territory, next door to the Belgian town council in Baarle.


From that source I thought the official website may not be exhaustive, which was why I put "mostly specialises" in the other lists. Of course, I've not been there, so I dunno either way.

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Dr Bob Said:
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The Netherlands (to give it its correct name)


...D'oh!

 
Flash
171732.  Thu May 03, 2007 6:29 am Reply with quote

The thing about fireworks and sex shops is a great angle which we should definitely exploit. Might even be the question.

 
eggshaped
172893.  Wed May 09, 2007 4:09 am Reply with quote

Check out this map blog for a great map (too big to post here) and history of the 198 enclaves/exclaves on the india-bangladesh border.

I like this caveat for cartographers everywhere:

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Note: Small chhits are neither to scale, nor in their correct geographical position.

 
Flash
172942.  Wed May 09, 2007 5:59 am Reply with quote

From that site, a nice Catch-22:
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In a classic example of a vicious circle, residents of enclaves need visa to cross the other country’s territory towards the ‘mainland’, but since there aren’t any consulates in the enclaves, they should go to one in the ‘mainland’ - which they can’t because they don’t have a visum. Illegal border crossings are frequent, but dangerous – a number of transgressors have been shot by border guards. Furthermore, the enclaves remain a haven for criminals who are thus immune from the justice system of the country surrounding the enclave – exactly as it was back in 1814. These and other problems have rendered the enclaves pockets of lawlessness and poverty compared to their already relatively poor motherlands.

 

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