Category Archives: North America

The Boss

Of all the performers in the first rank of American music, it is Bruce Springsteen that I listen to almost purely on the strength of public acclaim. While perennially good reviews of Bob Dylan, the Beatles and others have tended

The Boss

Of all the performers in the first rank of American music, it is Bruce Springsteen that I listen to almost purely on the strength of public acclaim. While perennially good reviews of Bob Dylan, the Beatles and others have tended

Rollin’ Nashville

The Civil Wars, Shepherds Bush Empire, 19 March 2012 Harking to a couple of chorus’ from Nashville’s finest sure makes you think. The Civil Wars, fast becoming a runaway success on both sides of the Pond, have a lot going

Rollin’ Nashville

The Civil Wars, Shepherds Bush Empire, 19 March 2012 Harking to a couple of chorus’ from Nashville’s finest sure makes you think. The Civil Wars, fast becoming a runaway success on both sides of the Pond, have a lot going

South Carolina: Place, People, Primaries

Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the loveliest cities you will ever go to. On a Saturday night, the town is overrun by attractive young things in suits and ties, or expensive dresses, ready for a night on the town.

South Carolina: Place, People, Primaries

Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the loveliest cities you will ever go to. On a Saturday night, the town is overrun by attractive young things in suits and ties, or expensive dresses, ready for a night on the town.

Atlanta and Charleston

Entertaining and historical though they are, Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans are laced with so many tourist traps that only in escaping them does one really start to appreciate the South as it actually is. Compared to the ret of

Atlanta and Charleston

Entertaining and historical though they are, Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans are laced with so many tourist traps that only in escaping them does one really start to appreciate the South as it actually is. Compared to the ret of

Nashville

In the Tennessee State History Museum an exhibition on ‘The Common Man’ in the nineteenth takes pride of place, alongside artifacts belonging to the State’s most noted son, Andrew Jackson. It is an honest ensemble. Tennessee was founded by itinerant

Nashville

In the Tennessee State History Museum an exhibition on ‘The Common Man’ in the nineteenth takes pride of place, alongside artifacts belonging to the State’s most noted son, Andrew Jackson. It is an honest ensemble. Tennessee was founded by itinerant

New Orleans and Memphis

It is hard to believe that once upon a time, America was derided as a place that could not export its culture, and succeeded only in producing cheap imitations of art forms and products that Europeans believed that they had

New Orleans and Memphis

It is hard to believe that once upon a time, America was derided as a place that could not export its culture, and succeeded only in producing cheap imitations of art forms and products that Europeans believed that they had

Las Vegas

Chances are, if you know anything about Las Vegas, you will already have an opinion about the place. Sin City didn’t earn its name lightly. As one of the earliest states to legalise both gambling and prostitution, and with an

Las Vegas

Chances are, if you know anything about Las Vegas, you will already have an opinion about the place. Sin City didn’t earn its name lightly. As one of the earliest states to legalise both gambling and prostitution, and with an

Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles is one of the oddest in the United States. A conglomeration of many cities, some of them equally famous as the extended area, some of them less famous and many unknown, spread out over a

Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles is one of the oddest in the United States. A conglomeration of many cities, some of them equally famous as the extended area, some of them less famous and many unknown, spread out over a

San Francisco

The term ‘bellwether’ resonates more strongly on the American side of the pond than the European. Pundits use it to describe a political omen, so that a State that typically gives its electoral college votes to the eventual victor in

San Francisco

The term ‘bellwether’ resonates more strongly on the American side of the pond than the European. Pundits use it to describe a political omen, so that a State that typically gives its electoral college votes to the eventual victor in

Chicago

I have no idea whether George Orwell ever visited America, and if he did, whether he went in search of a drink and some mild entertainment. Orwell, whose essay on the humble pub inspired JD Wetherspoon to launch his franchise,

Chicago

I have no idea whether George Orwell ever visited America, and if he did, whether he went in search of a drink and some mild entertainment. Orwell, whose essay on the humble pub inspired JD Wetherspoon to launch his franchise,