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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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12 Nov 2008 / 0 Comments / in Journeys

At the Syrian Embassy I ask to see the Ambassador.

‘About what?’

‘A visa. It’s coming from London.’

They tell me I must pay again in Budapest. They explain the thinking behind the charges applied to citizens from different countries.

‘Americans pay around sixty pounds because it’s a rich country.’

‘Maybe not for much longer’ I observe. Things start to go more smoothly. I hand over the money.

‘Visa ready in a moment – a moment and half an hour. It’s a Syrian expression.’

A moment and two hours later I leave, my passport resplendent with a pale blue border pass showing an image of the ruins at Palmyra.

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