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The Economist's cartogram with the observers about to fall from a crumbling
cliff echoes a famous story from Greek history concerning the women of
Souli. Here is the story from Wikipedia:
"During the Souliote
1803, the Souliotes began evacuating Souli after their defeat
by the forces of the local Ottoman-Albanian ruler, Ali
. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_of_Zalongo#cite_note-2> During the
evacuation, a small group of Souliot women and their children were trapped
by Ali's troops in the mountains of
order to avoid capture and enslavement, the women threw first their
children and then themselves off a steep cliff, committing
to the legend, they jumped down the precipice one after the other.
 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_of_Zalongo#cite_note-5> while
singing and dancing."
Will the story be repeated, with the E.U. technocrats replacing the troops
of Ali Pasha and the Greeks choosing economic suicide rather than submit?
> The image of the map of Greece and its islands as a fraying, crumbling
> cliff edge has become popular forobvious reasons sinnce 2007 - recent
> version in The Economist, URL above. This one also makes Italy and even
> Spain appear to crumble too. But was this image used before, perhaps in
> earlier economic crises? What other maps have been used as crumbling cliff
> edges? Turn the UK upside down and the N W of Scotland could be used this
> way, maybe the Canadian Arctic archipelago,or southern Chile. And cities
> if we map all the peri-urban areas at a fine enough resolution also have
> faryed edges, although cities can look more like high magnification photos
> of metastasising cancer cells.
> Dr Hillary Shaw
> School of Business, Management and Marketing
> Harper Adams University College
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