Nice and greasy

The workingman’s cafe has a long and respectable tradition in England, selling an unfashionable cuisine: the fry up. John Bishop visits three of London’s finest Nice and greasy
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Civil Rights still centre stage

The last stop on a tour of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis has the visitor looking through a large glass window into a motel room, No.306, where the bed clothes are neatly folded back, a cup and saucer are on the bedside table. view as PDF
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New Orleans Good Times and Better Times

New Orleans is one of those places that everyone wants to go to, based largely on its reputation as a fun, party town with jazz, blues, southern food, and a laidback vibe associated with its tagline of The Big Easy. Just about everything you have heard about New Orleans is, or has been, true at some point. New Orleans Good Times and Better Times
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Telling the Slavery Story

Of the more than a hundred plantations recalling the history of Louisiana as a French settlement, with the white settlers growing wealthy from harvesting sugar with slave labour, there is only one place that tells the story of slavery from the perspective of the enslaved people. Telling the Slavery Story
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The Robert Johnson Mystery

Eric Clapton, arguably the greatest living blues-rock guitarist, called Robert Johnson “the most important blues musician who ever lived”. Quite a compliment from a living legend whose own status was marked out with ‘Clapton is God’ graffiti on buildings in the 1960s and 70s. The Robert Johnson Mystery
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Old slave law still relevant in Louisiana tourist trade

Race was, and still is, a major flashpoint in the United States, and nowhere more so than in the South where, as William Faulkner put it, the past is not dead yet. Essentially, many Southerners want to deny their own past. Presenting slavery in Louisiana.
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Poor service reflects bad organisation in Day’s Bay Cafés

When you’re eating a rather indifferent toasted sandwich at ten past two on a fine September afternoon having first tried to order to order food at 12.45, you know things have not gone well. We called into Chocolate Dayz in Day’s Bay for lunch, a place which served me a stale, partly uncooked vegetable frittata the last time I was there. I stood in the queue to order food. I was tenth in line, and the line doesn’t move quickly. Twenty minutes later I am finally in front of the lady taking the orders. (Two other customers had abandoned the
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A Walking tour of Boston published

A piece I wrote about the joys of walking around Boston has been published in Rotary Downunder, the magazine that goes to 61 000 Rotarians in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands
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