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City of Big Stories
Posted on: Sunday, November 19, 2017 Category: Cities

Looking trim, exuding cool, 81-year-old Buddy Guy dips his head to the microphone. 'They don't play this kinda blues on the radio no more,' he growls. The audience in his eponymous bar in downtown Chicago whoops in anticipation. Then this doyen of the Blues guitar, mentor and hero of Keith Richards (one of whose guitars hangs behind the bar) and Robert Plant ('Inspiring me since I was a kid,' says a note on the wall from the Led Zep frontman) launches into Love Her With a Feeling: 'The woman I love, man, she kinda big and fat...'

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La Paz: cable car as therapy
Posted on: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 Category: Cities

views in the world. The Andes mountains in widescreen, inverted cones of streets, shimmers of colour through the high, thin air. This is La Paz, Bolivia's principal city, as you have never seen it before - until last year, at least, when the world's longest urban cable-car network was strung up across its perpendicular topography.

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New Orleans' ground zero - 10 years after Katrina
Posted on: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 Category: Cities

Preservation Hall, in the French Quarter of New Orleans, is a lowlit capsule of whirring ceiling fans and crumbling walls - cosily monochrome save for the Exit signs in red neon. At the front (there is no stage) Shannon Powell, 'the King of Treme', and the Preservation All Stars are serving jazz as hooch - neat blasts of Panama Rag and Mood Indigo that go straight to my head.

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