Like most of the USA, New Orleans in Louisiana is very much a mixture of races, ethnicities.
Large portions of North America, including Louisiana, were claimed by Spain and France as colonies from the mid-1600s until the Louisiana Purchase from France in 1803.
Louisiana people descended from those earliest colonial times were known as ‘Creoles’. Continue reading
Most people interested in popular music, and soul music in particular, will have heard of Stax. And of Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Stax Records (originally Satellite Records), was created in 1957 by two ‘white’ siblings, Jim Stewart and his sister Estelle Axton – hence the name ST-AX.
Stax soon relocated their studio to an old movie theatre in a ‘black’ neighbourhood in South Memphis – at the time (1961), Memphis was still completely racially segregated. Continue reading
The Thar Desert or Great Indian Desert, in NW India, occupies half of the state of Rajasthan.
Prior to the 18th Century, spice and silk trade using camel-caravans from the West, enriched the Mughal empire & the fortified city of Jaisalmer in westen Rajasthan. Continue reading
Srinagar in Kashmir, north India, is a magical place. A beautiful valley, full of lakes and waterways with the Himalayan backdrop, sandwiched between Pakistan and China. Continue reading
Last month, 35 years after the events, 2 members of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime were convicted of crimes against humanity.
In total, only 3 of the Khmer Rouge leaders have been brought to justice. Continue reading
Today, 69 years ago…..70,000 men, women and children died instantly, when an atomic bomb was dropped onto Hiroshima city, Japan.
Another 50,000 were similarly killed in Nagasaki city, 400km away, when another bomb was dropped 3 days later.
A few more shots from my OM-1 files… Gendarmes relaxing beneath the Chestnut trees.