Radio WMCA New York 1947
Gottlieb, William P., 1917-, photographer. [Portrait of Tommy Dorsey, Beryl Davis, Georgie Auld, Ray McKinley, Johnny Desmond, Vic Damone, Mel Tormé, Mary Lou Williams, and Josh White, WMCA, New York, N.Y., ca. Oct. 1947] 1 negative : b&w ; 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. Caption from Down Beat: Tommy Dorsey (top right) interviews the English pigeon, Beryl Davis, for his first disc jockey stint, with such names as Georgie Auld, Ray McKinley, Mary Lou Williams, Josh White and others visible in the background.
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Buhib baladak (I love your country)…

21 Nov 2008 / 0 Comments / in Journeys

The best advice I’ve had about Damascus is to throw away the map, soak up the atmosphere.  In this way I stumble across an atmospheric bar called the Gallery Cafe.  Inside it’s a mix of shish pipes, trailing ivy and a wooden mezzanine floor.

Some Orthodox Christian teenage Syrians ask me to join them.  They tell me how they tap out text messages in the Roman alphabet, but use the Arabic language – ie they transliterate their own language by foreign characters which are more compatible with the technology.

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