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In this post Geoff Manaugh writes about the Kafkaesque status of the Australian Islands, and about Cocktail Glaciers.

http://bldgblog.blogspot.co.uk/2010/02/island-excision-gourmet-cocktail.html

If, as Tim Maly of Quiet Babylon, points that for the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, an island is “a naturally formed area of land, surrounded by water, which is above water at high tide”, this definition falls short of telling the full story. Islands intrigue and attract.
He tells of the artificial survival of the coveted Japanese Islands, of their fragility, of data havens and lands outside the law…

http://quietbabylon.com/2010/islands-in-the-net/