Dubrovnik: GOT, The Lot.

This article originally appeared in Gafencu magazine, August 2015 There are two types of tourist currently flocking to Dubrovnik, the principal city in the Dalmatia region of Croatia. The first are discerning travellers, who appreciate the history, culture, architecture and location of this so-called Pearl of the Adriatic. The second are fans of a TV fantasy show – Game of Thrones (GOT) whose love of culture and architecture must remain a matter of conjecture. Dubrovnik has been used as a location for the series since 2011, doubling for King’s Landing, the capital of Westeros and one of the programme’s major settings. Despite […]

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A Singles Life

  Billboard has been charting music hits for 75 years.  Is it now out of tune? This article originally appeared in Gafencu Magazine, August 2015 Seventy-five years ago this summer, the US Billboard magazine launched the first-ever record – or music popularity – chart. Some long-forgotten employee came up with the wheeze of ranking the bestselling records nationally to produce a “Top Ten” of the records sold that week, a concept that has more than endured. If J. Alfred Prufrock – the time-conflicted protagonist of one of T. S. Eliot’s most-loved poems – measured out his life in coffee spoons, there’s […]

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