From the archive, originally posted by: [ spectre ]

KEEPING IT REAL
http://www.reuters.com/news/video/videoStory?videoId=40075

Sep 28 – Guides are taking tourists on simulated illegal border
crossings from Mexico to the USA, complete with tunnels, swamps and
border guards.

Organisers deny the game is designed to train people to make the
illegal dash, instead saying it draws attention to the terror of an
illegal border crossing.

SOUNDBITE: Javier Garcia, Border Run Game leader, saying (Spanish):
”Many people have said that we train people, but it’s not like that.
We just do it so that people can see the suffering that every
immigrant experiences trying to cross to the United States.”

SOUNDBITE: Tania Fuentes Prieto, participant in game, saying (Spanish):
”I’ve no desire to go to the other side, but it shows people that here
in Mexico we can do lots of things without having to go anywhere else.”

LESS REAL
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Water (1 litre) $7.00
Toilet roll (1) $99.99
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Arrive at London’s Heathrow or Gatwick Airport, where a friendly taxi
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Prices (subject to change)

3 nights (accommodation only) $7,150.89 (transfers not included,
payment on a strictly no-cash no-stash basis).

Optional extras:-

authentic cardboard box (sleeps one) $47.00 Plus VAT
Compulsory Health Insurance (covers repatriation of remains or local
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MORE REAL
http://www.cbc.ca/news/viewpoint/vp_kassam/20050323.html

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