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News, The Snitch Fire Truck Circling the Globe for Charity, Stops in San Francisco

Fire Truck Circling the Globe for Charity, Stops in San Francisco

There's no better way to shakedown people for money -- and be sure to get it -- than putting on firefighters hat and don the trouser-jacket combination. But here's a guy from London, England who has decided to skip wearing…
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News, The Snitch Traveling Ensemble From Kazakhstan Headed to Bay Area -- For Real

Traveling Ensemble From Kazakhstan Headed to Bay Area -- For Real

The adage about there being no such thing as bad publicity was certainly put to the test by the release of the film Borat. It's not that Sacha Baron Cohen had it in for Kazakhstan -- it's just that most…
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Film, Sergei Dvortsevoy has his way with camels and shepherds alike in <i>Tulpan</i>

Sergei Dvortsevoy has his way with camels and shepherds alike in Tulpan

A small mob of camels stampedes by a nomad's tent, with something that might once have been a tractor eating the kicked-up dust. Inside, a young guy in a sailor suit sits on the rug, cheerfully recounting his death struggle…
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While working as a translator in the oil fields of Kazakhstan, my friend Olga, who is Russian, was witness to a peculiar ritual. Among the Kazakhs, whose hearts are said to be wide open, like the steppe, business is often…
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