Potemkin villages

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A 0;pretend” butcher shop in the village of Belcoo in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, near the site of next month’s G8 summit. Some vacant stores and shops in the village have large wraparound stickers on the windows to make them look occupied.

via Northern Ireland town turns into virtual Potemkin village ahead of G8 | Toronto Star.\

Just what is a Potemkin village? Let’s read from Wikedpedia:

The phrase Potemkin villages (an alternative spelling is Potyomkin villages, derived from the Russian???????????? ???????Potyomkinskiye derevni) was originally used to describe a fake village, built only to impress. The phrase is now used, typically in politics and economics, to describe any construction (literal or figurative) built solely to deceive others into thinking that some situation is better than it really is. It is unclear whether the origin of the phrase is factual, an exaggeration, or a myth.

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