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Artist Guerra de la Paz’s The Rainbow At The End Of The Nuke

My fascination with the idea of living in a post-apocalyptic world started when I was a teenager. I read a couple of books about surviving in  the aftermath of nuclear war that have stayed with me a long time: Z for Zachariah and Children of the Dust. They’re both told from the perspective of children who have to grow up very quickly in order to survive, and in a warped way there was something really appealing to my teen brain about imagining a life where everything was stripped back to basics. No philosophising, no complicated relationships, no angst. Just one simple directive: I will survive. Great, now I have Gloria Gaynor stuck in my head.

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Here’s a pretty good list of some more post-nuke literature. And of course there have a been a zillion films about it too  (including the satire featured in ‘Apocalypse, Wow!’ on Monday, and the incredibly moving Where the Wind Blows which came in second in my ‘Top 5 Tuesday’ list this week). I’ve just discovered this gem from the 1960s – Nuclear War for Housewives:

Alternatively you could take your survival tips from John Hodgman:

Look at this photo tour of ‘the zero star hotel’, a nuclear bunker in Switzerland that’s been converted into an ‘eco-luxury’ hotel that can host 14 guests. They say ‘We want to be the opposite of seven-star palaces in Dubai.’ Just like my flat, you mean? Only joking – the hotel has way more character than my flat. For more full-time accommodation you could splash out on a three-storey underground building near Skendleby, Lincolnshire. For half a million pounds it offers 30,000 square feet of space underneath a  bungalow, designed to disguise it from the air. Or check out this list of 15 converted concrete bunkers. Once you’ve picked a bunker you’ll need to decorate. You could hang some art:

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Mixed media illustration: SASAN’S NUCLEAR WINTER by Sasan

For all your armageddon fruit-storing needs, you could pick up the ‘Enola Fruit⒝ fruit bowl, based in a mushroom cloud. Made in collaboration with Superego Editions by Fratelli Rigoni. Hmm.

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You’ll need some appropriate clobber in which to swan around your bunker. you could opt for Christopher Kane’s nuclear Cruise Collection:

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And finally, what else but ‘Atomic’ by the sublime Blondie to tap your toes to?

Pop by tomorrow for more ‘Apocablog Week’ goodness…

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