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  • It's concerned mainly with a father (Viggo Mortensen) and son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) slogging across a slag-heap American landscape after the planet has suffered an unexplained apocalypse that killed the flora, the fauna and most of the spectrum (though the sickly light from a blighted sun does manage to produce one wan rainbow).

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  • Most of the flora and fauna that existed there for thousands or millions of years can no longer survive in the slag-heap once it's been "reclaimed" by invasive species.

    Our mountains are not for sale

  • Also, there is a lifeless moon orbiting this slag-heap in case you get lost.

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  • He made a big splash, but also amassed a slag-heap of debt--so much ballast after the old "new economy" bubble popped.

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  • For an hour the pageant wound through the dejected street, pursuing neither method nor set route, till it came to a deserted slag-heap, selected for the speech-making.

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  • Baudelaire, for instance, writing a poem about a slag-heap.

    The Road to Wigan Pier

  • The driver took no notice, He drove up to the top of the slag-heap, uncoupled the trucks, and ran the engine back to the pit, presently returning with a fresh string of trucks.

    The Road to Wigan Pier

  • Even when a slag-heap sinks, as it does ultimately, only an evil brown grass grows on it, and it retains its hummocky surface.

    The Road to Wigan Pier

  • A slag-heap is at best a hideous thing, because it is so planless and functionless.

    The Road to Wigan Pier

  • When the dirt comes up-from the pit it is loaded on to trucks and an engine runs these to the top of another slag-heap a quarter of a mile away and there leaves them.

    The Road to Wigan Pier

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