The World is Romantic: Oceania

  Please see the introduction if you haven’t already. Alternatively read on… AUSTRALIA – KOALA Songs of the same name by GYROSCOPE, STEVE HOWE, JONAS BROTHERS, THE KINKS, MANIC STREET PREACHERS, MANGO and SHINS *The Manics song is neither atmospheric or about Australia but a namesake song nonetheless. I STILL CALL AUSTRALIA HOME – PETER ALLEN […]

The World is Romantic: Europe

  Please see the introduction if you haven’t already. Alternatively read on… ALBANIA – GILDED YOUTH Song of the same name by JULIET JONESIN SYDAN ANDORRA – THE EAGLES (not the famed American band) *I had no idea there was a band from Bristol called The Eagles! ANDORRA STAR BLUES – CHRIS REA *Carabou’s album Andorra […]

The World is Romantic: Asia

  Please see the introduction if you haven’t already. Alternatively read on… AFGHANISTAN – BIG TROUBLE HOUSE Song of the same name by GARRY HAVRILLAY, KOMYTEA BACK TO AFGHANISTAN – UPSETS BICYCLING TO AFGHANISTAN – ROBERT FRIPP STRING QUINTET FAR AFGHANISTAN – JAMES TAYLOR AFGHAN BLACK – MUSLIMGAUZE AFGHAN TAXI DRIVER – MUSLIMGAUZE GIFTS FROM AN […]

The World is Romantic: Americas

  Please see the introduction if you haven’t already. Alternatively read on… ANTIGUA – SKY Songs of the same name by WAYNE SHORTER, SPYRO GYRA and TOM AND JOY BOSSA ANTIGUA – PAUL DESMOND DOWN FROM ANTIGUA – CHARLIE HADEN / JIM HALL THE ANTIGUAN GRAVEYARD – THE TEACUPS ARGENTINA – JEREMY HEALY AND AMOS DON’T […]

The World is Romantic: Africa

  Please see the introduction if you haven’t already. Alternatively read on… ALGERIA – JJ72 Song of the same name by GNAWA DIFFUSION ANGOLA – CARL CRAIG AND PEPE BRADOCK Song of the same name by CESARIA EVORA and WAYNE SHORTER HERE IN ANGOLA – AL STEWART CONTOS DE BENIN – ARA KETU PORT OF […]

The World is Romantic: Introduction

  A while back I did a blog called Around the World in 20 Plays and I had it in mind to do another one when I came up with this title and thought, that’s a better idea; not many lists on the internet deal with this subject (that I know of anyway). Of course […]

Guangzhou to Hong Kong: The Through Train

It is more common for me to visit Shenzhen. It is less common for me to visit Hong Kong unless I am doing so for official reasons. It is equally more common for me to travel by train from Guangzhou to Shenzhen and that is my intention, until that is I learn of an exhibition […]