Ballard Geocoded

A map of the locations in JG Ballard's fiction, by Mike Bonsall (m dot bonsall at gmail dot com).

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The 60 Minute ZoomLloret de Mar Spain
Source: Lloret de Mar, Apartamentos California. I am looking into a silent world. Through the viewfinder of this cine-camera, set at its maximum field, I can see the Hotel Coral Playa three hundred yards along the beach, covered by a desert light so glazed that it would embalm Pharoah.
The Air DisasterAcapulco Mexico
Source: The news that the world's largest airliner had crashed into the sea near Acapulco with a thousand passengers on board reached me while I was attending the annual film festival at the resort.
The Atrocity ExhibitionQattara Depression Egypt
Source: (5) Photograph taken at noon, August 7th, 1945, of the sand-sea, Qattara Depression, Egypt;
The Atrocity ExhibitionTsingtao China
Source: (2) thoracic: the rusting shells of U-boats beached in the cove at Tsingtao, near the mined German forts where the Chinese guides smeared bloody handprints on the caisson walls;
The Atrocity ExhibitionStaines, Surrey UK
Source: Later, escaping from Catherine Austin, and from the forbidding figure of the bomber pilot, who now watched him from the roof of the lion house, Travis took refuge in a small suburban house among the reservoirs of Staines and Shepperton.
Answers to a QuestionnaireTerminal 3, Heathrow Airport
London UK
Source: 3) c/o Terminal 3, London Airport, Heathrow.
The Assassination WeaponTenerife Spain
Source: The spinal landscape, revealed at the level of T-12, is that of the porous rock towers of Tenerife, and of the native of the Canaries, Oscar Dominguez, who created the technique of decalcomania and so exposed the first spinal landscape.
The Beach MurdersCote d’Azur France
Source: . In spite of her efforts, the months of summer bathing on the Cote d’Azur before her meeting with Stat, her skin remained as white as the jasmine blossoms in the lobby.
The Comsat AngelsParis France
Source: Charles Whitehead, producer of BBC TV's science programme Horizon, asked me to fly over to France with him and record a press conference being held by a fourteen-year-old child prodigy, Georges Duval, who was attracting attention in the Paris newspapers.
The Comsat AngelsJodrell Bank
Cheshire UK
Source: And Jodrell Bank is building an enormous new radio-telescope. One day soon we shall be seeing signs in the skies.
Cocaine NightsGibraltar UK
Source: I had always avoided Gibraltar, with its vague air of a provincial England left out too long in the sun. But my reporter's ears and eyes soon took over, and for an hour I explored the narrow streets with their quaint tea-rooms, camera shops and policemen disguised as London bobbies
Cocaine NightsMarbella Spain
Source: As always, when I drove along the coast to Marbella, I seemed to be moving through a zone that was fully accessible only to a neuroscientist, and scarcely at all to a travel writer.
Cocaine NightsCosta del Sol Spain
Source: Here on the Costa del Sol nothing would ever happen again, and the people of the pueblos were already the ghosts of themselves.
Cocaine NightsFuengirola Spain
Source: Ten miles to the east the hotel towers of Fuengirola faced the sinking sun, their curtain walls like huge screens waiting for the evening's son et lumiere performance.
Cocaine NightsMarbella Spain
Source: We drove along the lower corniche towards Marbella, past the beach bars, boutiques and creperies. At the western limits of Estrella de Mar a mole of concrete blocks jutted into the sea. A truck loaded with fairground booths sped towards us, and Crawford seized the wheel, turning the Porsche into its path. His foot crushed mine against the accelerator, throwing the car forward as the truck's klaxon blared past us.
Concrete IslandLa Grande Motte, Languedoc-Roussillon France
Source: It was no coincidence that when he had first taken Helen Fairfax to the south of France they had gone straight to La Grande Motte, the futuristic resort complex on the coast a few miles away. Helen had quietly hated the hard, affectless architecture with its stylized concrete surfaces, nervous of Maitland's buoyant humour.
Concrete IslandWestway Interchange, M4
London UK
Source: Soon after three o'clock on the afternoon of April 22nd 1973, a 35-year-old architect named Robert Maitland was driving down the high-speed exit lane of the Westway interchange in central London. Six hundred yards from the junction with the newly built spur of the M4 motorway, when the Jaguar had already passed the 70 m.p.h. speed limit, a blow-out collapsed the front nearside tyre.
CrashShepperton UK
Source: The walls of his apartment near the film studios at Shepperton were covered with the photographs he had taken through his zoom lens each morning as she left her hotel in London, from the pedestrian bridges above the westbound motorways, and from the roof of the multi-storey car-park at the studios.
CrashWestern Avenue, M4
London UK
Source: I drove back towards the airport. The lights along Western Avenue illuminated the speeding cars, moving together towards their celebration of wounds.
CrashHeathrow Airport
London UK
Source: The harsh blue lights of police cars revolved within my mind during the next three weeks as I lay in an empty ward of the casualty hospital near London Airport. In this quiet terrain of used-car marts, water reservoirs and remand centres, surrounded by the motorway systems that served London Airport, I began my recovery from the accident.
CrashAshford, Surrey UK
Source: The sunlight picked at the scars on his forehead and mouth. As he looked up at me I recognized the young doctor I had last seen leaving Helen Remington's room at the Ashford casualty hospital.
The Cage of SandCape Canaveral
Florida US
Source: Later, using the promontory at Cape Canaveral, where the old launching gantries and landing ramps reared up into the sky like derelict pieces of giant sculpture, he had calculated by triangulation that the advance was little more than thirty yards per year.
The Cage of SandCocoa Beach, Florida US
Source: At this rate -- without wanting to, he had automatically made the calculation -- it would be well over five hundred years before the Atlantic reached its former litoral at Cocoa Beach.
Dream CargoesCaribbean UK
Source: Reflected in the metallic surface of the lagoon, the tropical foliage seemed to concentrate the Caribbean sunlight, painting on the warm air a screen of electric tones that Johnson had only seen on the nightclub facades of Miami and Vera Cruz.
Dream CargoesPuerto Rico US
Source: It pleased Johnson that she was so openly impressed by this once barren island, a left-over of nature seven miles from the north-east coast of Puerto Rico.
Dream CargoesKingston Jamaica
Source: At Kingston, Jamaica, a television launch trailed them to the ten-mile limit, at Santo Domingo a spotter plane of the Dominican navy was waiting for them when they tried to slip into harbour under the cover of darkness.
Dream CargoesSanto Domingo Dominican Republic
Source: At Kingston, Jamaica, a television launch trailed them to the ten-mile limit, at Santo Domingo a spotter plane of the Dominican navy was waiting for them when they tried to slip into harbour under the cover of darkness.
Dream CargoesTampa, Florida US
Source: Greenpeace power-boats intercepted them outside Tampa, Florida, when Captain Galloway tried to dump part of his cargo.
Dream CargoesGulf of Mexico US
Source: Firing flares across the bridge of the freighter, the US Coast Guard dispatched them into the Gulf of Mexico in time to meet the tail of Hurricane Clara.
Deep EndHamilton Bermuda
Source: Twenty miles away he could see the symmetrical peak of Hamilton, nearest of the Bermuda Islands, rising off the dry ocean floor like a flat-topped mountain , the narrow ring of white beach still visible in the sunset, a scum-line left by the sinking ocean.
Deep End Saint Helena
Source: This was the migration officer's last trip, his final circuit from the deserted cities near St Helena up through the Azores and Bermudas and on to the main Atlantic ferry site at the Canaries.
Deep End Azores
Source: This was the migration officer's last trip, his final circuit from the deserted cities near St Helena up through the Azores and Bermudas and on to the main Atlantic ferry site at the Canaries.
Deep End Canary Islands
Source: This was the migration officer's last trip, his final circuit from the deserted cities near St Helena up through the Azores and Bermudas and on to the main Atlantic ferry site at the Canaries.
Deep End Atlantic Ocean
Source: Lake Atlantic, a narrow ribbon of stagnant brine ten miles in length by a mile wide, to the north of the Bermuda Islands, was all that remained of the former Atlantic Ocean, and was, in fact, the sole remnant of the oceans which had once covered two-thirds of the Earth's surface.
Deep EndFlorida US
Source: To the west, just above the long bulk of the Florida coastline, rising from the ocean floor like an enormous aircraft carrier, were the first dawn thermal fronts. ‘Will it be all right to leave it until this evening?‘
The Day of ForeverTrondheim Norway
Source: For five years Halliday had been living in the international settlement at Trondheim in Norway, a zone of eternal snow and ice, of pine forests whose arbours, fed by the unsetting sun, rose even higher around the fringes of the towns, shutting them into their own isolation.
The Day of ForeverTripoli Libya
Source: This music was the first sound Halliday heard when he arrived at the desert town. In the abandoned car park near the quay at Tripoli he found a new Peugeot left behind by a French refinery technician and set off south along the seven o'clock line, passing through the dusty towns and the half-buried silver skeletons of the refineries near the drained river.
My Dream of Flying to Wake Island Wake Island
Source: Melville's dream of flying to Wake Island -- a hopeless ambition, given all his handicaps -- came alive again when he found the crashed aircraft buried in the dunes above the beach-house.
The Dead TimeSoochow China
Source: An hour later we had loaded the fifty corpses on to the two trucks and after a trial circuit of the stadium had set off in the direction of Soochow.
The Dead TimeShanghai China
Source: For myself, I was content to make this circuit of Shanghai, as I had no wish to drive the truck with its cargo of corpses through the centre of the city on my way to my parents‘ camp.
Empire of the SunShanghai China
Source: Wars came early to Shanghai, overtaking each other like the tides that raced up the Yangtze and returned to this gaudy city all the coffins cast adrift from the funeral piers of the Chinese Bund.
Empire of the SunThe Bund
Shanghai China
Source: Wars came early to Shanghai, overtaking each other like the tides that raced up the Yangtze and returned to this gaudy city all the coffins cast adrift from the funeral piers of the Chinese Bund.
Empire of the SunYangtze River China
Source: Wars came early to Shanghai, overtaking each other like the tides that raced up the Yangtze and returned to this gaudy city all the coffins cast adrift from the funeral piers of the Chinese Bund.
Empire of the SunHungjao China
Source: There would be the drive through the Japanese lines to Hungjao, and then Chinese conjurors, fireworks and yet more newsreels, but Jim had his own reasons for wanting to go to Dr Lockwood's party.
Empire of the SunSzechwan Road
Shanghai China
Source: At the beginning of December, when school ended for the day, Jim joined his father on the roof of his office block in Szechwan Road and helped him to set fire to the crates of records which the Chinese clerks brought up in the elevator.
Empire of the SunNanking Road
Shanghai China
Source: Nearby, along the windows of the Sun Sun department store in the Nanking Road, a party of young European Jews were fighting in and out of the strolling crowds with a gang of older German boys in the swastika armbands of the Graf Zeppelin Club.
Empire of the SunPootung China
Source: Tung-stained junks with eyes painted on their bows sailed past the opium hulks beached on the Pootung shore.
Empire of the SunWoosung China
Source: He could see that neither the sergeant nor the Japanese driver had any idea of the whereabouts of Woosung, an agricultural district at the mouth of the Yangtze that lay beyond the northern suburbs of Shanghai.
Empire of the SunSoochow Road
Shanghai China
Source: When they stopped at the military checkpoint on the Soochow Road he was impatient to move on. He sat next to Basie, kicking his heels as a sergeant in the kempetai checked the list of prisoners and Dr Ransome protested about the condition of the missionary women.
Empire of the SunNantao China
Source: ‘Well ... there might be a long way to go.‘ The second potato had comforted Jim, and for the first time he felt sorry for the infected wounds on Dr Ransome's face. Returning the favour, he confided: ‘If you ever go to the funeral piers at Nantao, don't drink the water.‘
Empire of the SunLunghua China
Source: A new group of prisoners had arrived. Invariably this meant that others would leave. Jim was sure that he would be on his way within minutes, probably to the new camps at Hungjao or Lunghua. In the store-room he and the old men still able to stand waited by their mats, mess-tins in hand.
Empire of the SunNagasaki Japan
Source: Uncle Sam threw a piece of the sun at Nagasaki and Hiroshima, killed a million people. One great big flash ...‘ ‘I saw it.‘
Empire of the SunHiroshima Japan
Source: Uncle Sam threw a piece of the sun at Nagasaki and Hiroshima, killed a million people. One great big flash ...‘ ‘I saw it.‘
Empire of the Sun Guam
Source: ‘From Guam, Basie ...‘ Jim was impressed by the

thought of these four-engined bombers making the long journey across the Pacific, in order to attack the Shanghai dockyards where he had spent so many happy hours playing hide and seek.

The Gentle AssassinGreen Park
London UK
Source: The Cornonation Day crowds had waited in their places along the procession route for almost twenty-four hours, and Green Park was deserted as Dr Jamieson slowly made his way up the sloping grass towards the Underground station below the Ritz.
The Gentle AssassinPiccadilly
London UK
Source: All the way down Piccadilly the office blocks were crammed with people leaning out of windows, and the street was a mass of colour and noise.
The Gentle AssassinBond Street
London UK
Source: Edging along behind the crowds packed on to the pavement, the metal suitcase bumping painfully against his knees, he reached the entrance to Bond Street, there deliberated carefully and began to walk to the taxi rank fifty yards away.
The Gentle AssassinOxford Street
London UK
Source: Stepping out at the hotel, he went in through the temporary entrance, pushed among the throng of people in the small rear foyer, the noise from Oxford Street dinning in his ears.
The Gentle AssassinGrosvenor Place
London UK
Source: Two hundred yards down Grosvenor Place, he turned into Hallam Street, a small thoroughfare interspersed with minor art galleries and restaurants. Sunlight played on the striped awnings and the deserted street might have been miles from the crowds along the Coronation route.
The Gentle AssassinHallam Street
London UK
Source: Two hundred yards down Grosvenor Place, he turned into Hallam Street, a small thoroughfare interspersed with minor art galleries and restaurants. Sunlight played on the striped awnings and the deserted street might have been miles from the crowds along the Coronation route.
The Gentle AssassinOxford Circus
London UK
Source: Then came more Horse Guards, and there was a tremendous roar farther down the street as the spectators near Oxford Circus saw the royal coach approaching.
The Great American NudeYangtse
Shanghai China
Source: Various landscapes preoccupied Talbert during this period: (1) The melancholy back of the Yangtse, a boom of sunken freighters off the Shanghai Bund. As a child he rowed out to the rusting ships, waded through saloons awash with water. Through the portholes, a regatta of corpses sailed past Woosung Pier.
The Great American NudeWoosung Pier
Shanghai China
Source: Various landscapes preoccupied Talbert during this period: (1) The melancholy back of the Yangtse, a boom of sunken freighters off the Shanghai Bund. As a child he rowed out to the rusting ships, waded through saloons awash with water. Through the portholes, a regatta of corpses sailed past Woosung Pier.
The Gioconda of the Twilight NoonGozo Malta
Source: ‘Give it to me.‘ Maitland felt the card in his hands. ‘Gozo -- that was Calypso's island. She kept Ulysses there for seven years, promised him eternal youth if he'd stay with her forever.‘
The Greatest Television Show on EarthPrinceton US
Source: After a few brief journeys to verify the Crucifixion, the signing of Magna Carta and Columbus's discovery of the Americas, the government-financed Einstein Memorial Time Centre at Princeton was forced to suspend operations.
The Greatest Television Show on Earth Egypt
Source: To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Time Vision, preparations began for a stupendous joint venture -- the flight of the Israelites from Egypt and the crossing of the Red Sea. A hundred camera units and several thousand producers and technicians took up their positions in the Sinai Peninsula.
The Greatest Television Show on EarthRed Sea Egypt
Source: To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Time Vision, preparations began for a stupendous joint venture -- the flight of the Israelites from Egypt and the crossing of the Red Sea. A hundred camera units and several thousand producers and technicians took up their positions in the Sinai Peninsula.
The Greatest Television Show on EarthSinai Peninsula Egypt
Source: To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Time Vision, preparations began for a stupendous joint venture -- the flight of the Israelites from Egypt and the crossing of the Red Sea. A hundred camera units and several thousand producers and technicians took up their positions in the Sinai Peninsula.
A Guide to Virtual DeathDallas, Texas US
Source: Virtual Reality TV presents ‘The Kennedy Assassination.‘ The Virtual Reality head-set takes you to Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. First you fire the assassin's rifle from the Book Depository window, and then you sit between Jackie and JFK in the Presidential limo as the bullet strikes.
Hello AmericaManhattan
New York, New York US
Source: Later, when they beached the SS Apollo against the derelict Cunard pier at the lower tip of Manhattan, Wayne was to remember with some amusement how excited McNair had been as he burst into the sail locker. The chief engineer gesticulated wildly, his beard glowing like an overlit lantern.
Hello AmericaPlymouth UK
Source: . While he slept through the afternoon -- he had come off the long night watch at eight that morning -- the Apollo had anchored half a mile from the Brooklyn shore, presumably to give Professor Summers and the scientific members of the expedition time to test the atmosphere. Now they were ready to make way again and enter New York harbour, their first landfall after the voyage from Plymouth.
Hello AmericaBrooklyn
New York, New York US
Source: . While he slept through the afternoon -- he had come off the long night watch at eight that morning -- the Apollo had anchored half a mile from the Brooklyn shore, presumably to give Professor Summers and the scientific members of the expedition time to test the atmosphere. Now they were ready to make way again and enter New York harbour, their first landfall after the voyage from Plymouth.
Hello AmericaAppalachian Mountains US
Source: But the dunes were at least ten feet deep, reaching up to the second floors of the office buildings. Half the Appalachians had been destroyed by the sun to yield this deluge of rock and dust. Street signs and traffic lights protruded from the sand, a rusty metallic flora, old telephone lines trailed waist-high, marking out a labyrinth of pedestrian catwalks.
Hello AmericaNew Jersey Turnpike
New Jersey US
Source: But now, as the column of riders and animals moved south along the New Jersey Turnpike, the time for self-indulgence was over. Deliberately, Wayne immersed himself in the landscape around him, the endless dusty towns separated by salt pans, the terrain of sage-brush and burrow-weed.
Hello AmericaTrenton, New Jersey US
Source: Later that day, however, as they approached the empty city of Trenton, Wayne discovered that they were by no means alone in this apparently deserted land.
Hello AmericaConstitution Avenue
Washington US
Source: By the time they reached Washington, and rode down Route 1 towards Constitution Avenue, Wayne had reflected more than once that none of them had discussed the journey back to Europe. The possibility of leaving America and making the return voyage had ceased to exist in their minds.
Hello AmericaLexington, Virginia US
Source: June 9. Lexington, Virginia. Four long days, up into the Appalachians -- camels are fine and it's our turn to feel weary. Down through the Shenandoah Valley into the Blue Ridge country. No mountain music here or fightin‘ McCoys, just blazing rock and sand.
Hello AmericaInterstate 64
Louisville, Kentucky US
Source: June 18. Louisville, Kentucky. Interstate 64. Camping in a dusty Howard Johnson on the banks of what was once the Ohio River -- now a sand-filled wadi like a huge drainage ditch, yachts and power-boats embedded in shallow dunes.
Hello AmericaInterstate 64
Mount Vernon, Illinois US
Source: July 10. Mount Vernon, Illinois. Interstate 64. 1.30 P.M. Too hot to travel in the middle of the day. While Steiner disappears into the town we're resting here in a shady hangar out at the airport.
Hello AmericaInterstate 70
St Louis, Missouri US
Source: July 28. St Louis, Missouri. Interstate 70. At last we've reached the banks of the Mississippi. Writing this on the bridge of the great Admiral riverboat. If and when we reach California I won't be surprised if the Pacific Ocean itself is drained dry.
Hello AmericaInterstate 70
Kansas City, Kansas US
Source: August 19. Kansas City, Kansas. Interstate 70. Moving through a kind of dream, an embalmed yellow world of sand and amber-like air. We have entered the area of deepest desert, an almost abstract landscape.
Hello AmericaInterstate 70
Topeka, Kansas US
Source: August 28. Topeka, Kansas. Interstate 70. An unhappy day. Things are starting to fall apart, we're spending almost all our time hunting for water. Everything is arid here, an endless thirstland, I've never seen so many drained swimming-pools.
Hello AmericaInterstate 70
Abilene, Kansas US
Source: September 8. Abilene, Kansas. Interstate 70. Letting myself get overtired. We're camping in the bus depot. Apart from Steiner, who's gone off looking for the ghost of Wild Bill Hickock, everyone is sitting on the floor under the tables, too exhausted to search for water.
Hello AmericaRoute 56
Dodge City, Kansas US
Source: September 21. Dodge City, Kansas. Route 56. 11.45 A.M. Out of water here. This was the end of the old Texas Trail, and it looks like it might be ours.
Hello AmericaSangre de Cristo Mountains
Colorado US
Source: Higher ground now, and cooler dust-free air in which they all breathed more freely. They were moving along an empty highway that switchbacked through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of southern Colorado, transformed by the climatic reversal into a landscape more like the Utah that Wayne remembered from the library slides in Dublin.
Hello AmericaSan Juan Mountains
Colorado US
Source: The next morning they took the high road into the San Juan Mountains, the great divide between the eastern and western halves of the American continent. The deep-hearted engines pulled at the gradient with the guts of old Pacific locos, up into the mountains past abandoned ski-lodges like the villa-fortresses of some race of latterday Incas.
Hello AmericaWolf Creek Pass
Colorado US
Source: At Wolf Creek Pass, nearly eleven thousand feet or three OPEC Towers above sea level, Wayne leaned forward over the rear windshield and pounded Heinz on the shoulder. ‘Heinz, hold it for a second!‘ He stood up and signalled the cars behind to halt. In the cold, thin air the steam from the panting engines condensed in a wet mist that soaked the ancient road.
Hello AmericaDurango, Colorado US
Source: Durango was a jungle town. They sped down the empty streets, along a rain-washed pavement lined by a forest wall three storeys high, a mass of tropical oaks that had shouldered aside the ramshackle houses. Palm trees split the store-fronts, lifted through the plate-glass windows into the leaning sky and jostled with the rusty neon signs.
Hello AmericaLas Vegas, California US
Source: And so they arrived at the electric paradise. Dusk had fallen as they drove the last miles, down through the mountains to Las Vegas. Wayne sat forward, hands gripping the rear windshield of the Chrysler, listening to the beat of pistons and valve-gear echo among the dark trees.
Hello AmericaMcCarran International Airport
Las Vegas, California US
Source: November 5. Sands Hotel, Las Vegas. In many ways this is a very strange place. Spent this morning at McCarran International Airport, the main engineering base of the Manson operation, and at the old Hughes Executive Air Terminal, which handles the communications set-up.
Hello AmericaSands Hotel
Las Vegas, California US
Source: November 16. Sands Hotel, Las Vegas. A slight unpleasantness. It's now two weeks since I last saw Manson alone, and I've begun to feel that Paco is keeping me away from him.
Hello AmericaBeverly Hills Hotel
Las Vegas, California US
Source: November 23. Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles. Manson finally appeared yesterday! He materialised out of the humid Las Vegas sky like a distracted angel, at the start of an exhilarating three-day trip to California.
Hello AmericaHollywood and Vine
Las Vegas, California US
Source: Palm trees rise through the crown of the Brown Derby, pumas prowl the corner of Hollywood and Vine, waiting for unwary tourists, hyenas and jackasses have left their footprints in the silt outside Mann's Chinese Theatre.
Hello AmericaMalibu Beach
Malibu, California US
Source: November 25. Malibu Beach. A strange night. Did I believe myself when I suggested to Manson that we should destroy the Bering Straits Dam? Or was I being infected by his obsessions?
Hello AmericaPhoenix, Arizona US
Source: While recovering in Phoenix, Steiner was approached by emissaries of the Miami survey fleet, and offered weapons, vehicles and spotter aircraft if he would lead a second expeditionary force across the Colorado River. Steiner accepted the command, recognising that his own solitary nature had been partly responsible for the deaths of Ricci and Orlowski, and that his quest for an empty continent was as much a delusion as any of Manson's crippled dreams.
A Host of Furious FanciesVence France
Source: You've seen them now? Then you will agree it's hard to believe that these two are married, and have even achieved a stable union, though of a special kind, and governed by a set of complex rituals. Once a week she drives him from Vence to Monte Carlo in their limousine that gold-tinted Cadillac parked across the square.
A Host of Furious FanciesMonte Carlo Monaco
Source: You've seen them now? Then you will agree it's hard to believe that these two are married, and have even achieved a stable union, though of a special kind, and governed by a set of complex rituals. Once a week she drives him from Vence to Monte Carlo in their limousine that gold-tinted Cadillac parked across the square.
A Host of Furious FanciesNice France
Source: As I drove back to Nice, leaving behind that strange mansion with its kindly nuns and obsessed heiress, I found myself revising my opinion of the Mother Superior. This sensible woman was right in believing that all the dermatologists in the world would be unable to free Christina Brossard from her obsession.
Having a Wonderful TimeLas Palmas Spain
Source: 3 July 1985. Hotel Imperial, Playa Inglaterra, Las Palmas. We arrived an hour ago after an amazing flight. For some reason of its own the Gatwick computer assigned us to first-class seats, along with a startled dentist from Bristol, her husband and three children.
The IndexAcapulco Mexico
Source: Acapulco, 143
The IndexAvignon France
Source: Avignon, birthplace of HRH, 9-13; childhood holidays, 27; research at Pasteur Institute of Ophthalmology, 101; attempts to restore anti-Papacy, 420-35
The IndexBalliol College
Oxford UK
Source: Balliol College, Oxford, 69-75, 231
The IndexBiarritz France
Source: Biarritz, 123
The Index Cambodia
Source: Cambodia, HRH plans journey to, 188; crashes aircraft, 196; writes book about, 235; meetings with Malraux, 239; capture by insurgents, 253; escape, 261; writes second book about, 283
The IndexAntibes France
Source: Cap d'Antibes, 218
The IndexCharing Cross Hospital
London UK
Source: Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, 78-93
The IndexCharterhouse
Godalming, Surrey UK
Source: Charterhouse, HRH enters, 31; academic distinction, 38; sexual crisis, 43; school captain, 44
The IndexDealey Plaza
Dallas, Texas US
Source: Dealey Plaza (Dallas, Texas), rumoured presence of HRH, 435
The IndexGstaad Switzerland
Source: Gstaad, 359
The IndexHarry's Bar
Venice Italy
Source: Harry's Bar, Venice, 256
The IndexHiroshima Japan
Source: Hiroshima, HRH observes atomic cloud, 258
The IndexInchon Korea
Source: Inchon, Korea, HRH observes landings with Gen. MacArthur, 348
The IndexInterlaken Switzerland
Source: Interlaken, Bruno Walter lends villa to HRH, 401
The IndexJerusalem Israel
Source: Jerusalem, HRH establishes collegium of Perfect Light Movement, 453; attempted intercession by HRH in Arab-Israeli war, 444; HRH designs tomb, 478
The IndexMenninger Clinic
Topeka, Kansas US
Source: Menninger Clinic, HRH confined, 477; receives treatment, 479-85; discharged, 491; re-admitted, 495
The IndexOberammergau Germany
Source: Oberammergau, 117
The IndexOld Bailey
London UK
Source: Old Bailey, first trial of HRH, 531; prosecution case, 533-7; hung jury, 541; second trial, 555; surprise intervention of Attorney-General, 561; acquittal of HRH, 564
The IndexQuai d'Orsay
Paris France
Source: Quai d'Orsay, expresses alarm at HRH initiatives in Third World, 651; concludes secret accords with Britain, United States and USSR, 666
The IndexTangier Morocco
Source: Tangier, secret visit by HRH, 653-5
The IndexUnited Nations
New York, New York US
Source: United Nations Assembly, seized by Perfect Light Movement, 695-9; HRH addresses, 696; HRH calls for world war against United States and USSR, 698
The IndexPalace of Versailles
Versailles France
Source: Versailles, Perfect Light Movement attempts to purchase, 621
The IndexWestminster Abbey
London UK
Source: Westminster Abbey, arrest of HRH by Special Branch, 704
The IndexIsle of Wight UK
Source: Wight, Isle of, incarceration of HRH, 712-69
The Illuminated Man Puerto Rico
Source: As I write, here within the safety and peace of the garden of the British Embassy at Puerto Rico, I see a report in today's New York Times that the whole of the Florida peninsula, with the exception of a single highway to Tampa, has been closed and that to date some three million of the state's inhabitants have been resettled in other parts of the United States.
The Illuminated ManTampa, Florida US
Source: As I write, here within the safety and peace of the garden of the British Embassy at Puerto Rico, I see a report in today's New York Times that the whole of the Florida peninsula, with the exception of a single highway to Tampa, has been closed and that to date some three million of the state's inhabitants have been resettled in other parts of the United States.
The Illuminated ManMiami Airport
Miami, Florida US
Source: Although these sightings by now seem commonplace, and at least half a dozen ‘double constellations‘ can be picked from the night sky on any evening of the week, four months ago when the party of scientific attaches landed at Miami Airport on a conducted tour of the stricken area there was still widespread ignorance of what the Hubble Effect (as the phenomenon had been christened in the Western Hemisphere and the English-speaking world) actually involved.
The Illuminated Man Madagascar
Source: It so happened that the focal area discovered by Professor Auguste LePage in Madagascar -- in the Matarre Valley, far into the hinterland of the island -- was about 150 miles from the nearest road-head and totally inaccessible, while the Soviet authorities had clamped a security cordon as tight as Los Alamos's around their own affected area in the Pripet Marshes of Byelorussia, where a legion of scientific workers under the leadership of the metabiologist Lysenko (all, incidentally, chasing a complete red herring) was analysing every facet of the inexplicable phenomenon.
The Illuminated Man Belarus
Source: It so happened that the focal area discovered by Professor Auguste LePage in Madagascar -- in the Matarre Valley, far into the hinterland of the island -- was about 150 miles from the nearest road-head and totally inaccessible, while the Soviet authorities had clamped a security cordon as tight as Los Alamos's around their own affected area in the Pripet Marshes of Byelorussia, where a legion of scientific workers under the leadership of the metabiologist Lysenko (all, incidentally, chasing a complete red herring) was analysing every facet of the inexplicable phenomenon.
The Illuminated ManMiami Airport
Miami, Florida US
Source: As we drove westwards from Miami Airport it was immediately obvious that in a sense the newspapers had been right, and that there was far more to the Hubble Effect than the official handouts had let us believe.
The Insane OnesAlexandria Egypt
Source: Ten miles outside Alexandria he picked up the coast road that ran across the top of the continent through Tunis and Algiers to the transatlantic tunnel at Casablanca, gunned the Jaguar up to 120 and burned along through the cool night air, letting the brine-filled slipstream cut into his six-day tan.
The Insane OnesTunis Tunisia
Source: Ten miles outside Alexandria he picked up the coast road that ran across the top of the continent through Tunis and Algiers to the transatlantic tunnel at Casablanca, gunned the Jaguar up to 120 and burned along through the cool night air, letting the brine-filled slipstream cut into his six-day tan.
The Insane OnesAlgiers Algeria
Source: Ten miles outside Alexandria he picked up the coast road that ran across the top of the continent through Tunis and Algiers to the transatlantic tunnel at Casablanca, gunned the Jaguar up to 120 and burned along through the cool night air, letting the brine-filled slipstream cut into his six-day tan.
The Insane OnesCasablanca Morocco
Source: Ten miles outside Alexandria he picked up the coast road that ran across the top of the continent through Tunis and Algiers to the transatlantic tunnel at Casablanca, gunned the Jaguar up to 120 and burned along through the cool night air, letting the brine-filled slipstream cut into his six-day tan.
The Insane OnesEl Alamein Egypt
Source: Lolling back against the headrest as the palms flicked by, he almost missed the girl in the white raincoat waving from the steps of the hotel at El Alamein, had only three hundred yards to plunge the car to a halt below the rusting neon sign.
The Insane OnesTobruk Libya
Source: For three hours they sat back silently in the speeding car, until the lights of Tobruk came up ahead, the long curve of the harbour. ‘It's 2 A.M.,‘ Gregory said. ‘There's a motel here. I'll pick you up in the morning.‘
The Killing GroundWindsor Castle
Windsor, Berkshire UK
Source: To the north, near the ruined castle at Windsor, columns of smoke rose below the helicopters as they plunged and dived, firing their rockets into the ragged forests that had grown among the empty surburban streets. In this immense plain of violence only the meadow below with its leaking river seemed quiet.
The Killing GroundRunnymede
Surrey UK
Source: The captain was looking down over his shoulder at the river. ‘Do you know where we are?‘ Pearson asked him. The captain turned himself round, trying to ease the wounds on his wrists. He looked up at Pearson with his sharp eyes. ‘I guess so. Runnymede, on the Thames River.‘
Kingdom ComeM4
London UK
Source: I steered the Jensen into the slow lane of the M4, and began to read the route signs welcoming me to the outer London suburbs.
Kingdom ComeBrooklands
Weybridge, Surrey UK
Source: At nine that morning, a fortnight after my father's funeral, I set off from London towards Brooklands, the town between Weybridge and Woking that had grown up around the motor-racing circuit of the 1930s.
Kingdom ComeSydney Australia
Source: Knowing nothing of my father, he was forced to recite the endless scheduled routes that Captain Pearson had flown. ‘The next year Stuart found himself flying to Sydney ...‘ Even I let out a giggle at this.
Kingdom ComeChelsea
London UK
Source: After returning to London I had slept uneasily in my Chelsea flat, and was woken by an early phone call from David Carradine. He was helpful and concerned, eager to tell me everything he knew about the circumstances of my father's death.
Kingdom ComeAshford, Surrey UK
Source: As I left the motorway and approached the outskirts of Ashford I could see the tasselled pennants flying from an out-of-town hypermarket, transforming this ugly metal shed into a caravel laden with treasure.
Kingdom ComeHeathrow Airport
London UK
Source: Already there's talk of a new ‘republic‘ stretching from Heathrow to Brooklands, the whole M3/M4 corridor. A new kind of dictatorship based on the Metro-Centre.
Low-Flying AircraftCosta Brava Spain
Source: The runway had been built thirty years earlier for the well-to-do Swiss and Germans bringing their private aircraft to this vacation complex on the Costa Brava. By now, in the absence of any maintenance, the concrete pier jutting into the sea had been cut to a third of its original length by the strong offshore currents.
Low-Flying AircraftEmpuriabrava
Girona Spain
Source: Forrester had come across traces of the paint at various points around the town -- on the footbridge over the canal dividing the marina and airstrip at Ampuriabrava from the beach hotels in Rosas, at the corners of the streets leading to Gould's hotel.
Low-Flying AircraftRosas, Girona Spain
Source: Forrester had come across traces of the paint at various points around the town -- on the footbridge over the canal dividing the marina and airstrip at Ampuriabrava from the beach hotels in Rosas, at the corners of the streets leading to Gould's hotel.
Low-Flying AircraftEmpordà Spain
Source: Eight hundred feet below them was a wide valley that led inland towards the foothills of the Pyrenees. The line of low mountains marked the northern wall of the plain of Ampurdan, a rich farming area where even now there were small areas of cultivation.
Low-Flying AircraftPerpignan Spain
Source: Since the winter. Somehow one herd escaped the farmers‘ machetes. Flying down from Perpignan through the Col du Perthus, I noticed them following the aircraft.
The Lost LeonardoLouvre
Paris France
Source: The disappearance -- or, to put it less euphemistically -- the theft of the Crucifixion by Leonardo da Vinci from the Museum of the Louvre in Paris, discovered on the morning of April 19, 1965, caused a scandal of unprecedented proportions.
The Lost LeonardoNational Gallery
London UK
Source: A decade of major art thefts, such as those of Goya's Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery, London, and collections of impressionists from the homes of millionaires in the South of France and California, as well as the obviously inflated prices paid in the auction rooms of Bond Street and the Rue de Rivoli, might have been expected to accustom the general public to the loss of yet another over-publicized masterpiece, but in fact the news of its disappearance was received by the world with genuine consternation and outrage.
The Lost LeonardoBond Street
London UK
Source: A decade of major art thefts, such as those of Goya's Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery, London, and collections of impressionists from the homes of millionaires in the South of France and California, as well as the obviously inflated prices paid in the auction rooms of Bond Street and the Rue de Rivoli, might have been expected to accustom the general public to the loss of yet another over-publicized masterpiece, but in fact the news of its disappearance was received by the world with genuine consternation and outrage.
The Lost LeonardoRue de Rivoli
Paris France
Source: A decade of major art thefts, such as those of Goya's Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery, London, and collections of impressionists from the homes of millionaires in the South of France and California, as well as the obviously inflated prices paid in the auction rooms of Bond Street and the Rue de Rivoli, might have been expected to accustom the general public to the loss of yet another over-publicized masterpiece, but in fact the news of its disappearance was received by the world with genuine consternation and outrage.
The Lost LeonardoCadaqués Spain
Source: He left his address in case any difficulty came up.‘ Georg took a silver-embossed card from his pocket and read out: "Count Enrique Danilewicz, Villa d'Est, Cadaques, Costa Brava." Across the card was enscribed: ‘Ritz Hotel, Paris.‘
The Largest Theme Park in the WorldMálaga Spain
Source: Soon this brought them into direct conflict with local hoteliers and apartment owners, who found themselves housing a huge population of non-paying guests. The police were called in, and the first open riots occurred on the beaches of Malaga, Menton and Rimini.
The Largest Theme Park in the WorldMenton France
Source: Soon this brought them into direct conflict with local hoteliers and apartment owners, who found themselves housing a huge population of non-paying guests. The police were called in, and the first open riots occurred on the beaches of Malaga, Menton and Rimini.
The Largest Theme Park in the WorldRimini Italy
Source: Soon this brought them into direct conflict with local hoteliers and apartment owners, who found themselves housing a huge population of non-paying guests. The police were called in, and the first open riots occurred on the beaches of Malaga, Menton and Rimini.
The Largest Theme Park in the WorldMarbella Spain
Source: The 1996 holiday season brought a welcome respite and millions of new recruits, whose purses were bulging with ecus. When they arrived at Marbella, Ibiza, La Grande Motte and Sestri Levante they found themselves eagerly invited to join the new beach communities.
The Largest Theme Park in the WorldIbiza Spain
Source: The 1996 holiday season brought a welcome respite and millions of new recruits, whose purses were bulging with ecus. When they arrived at Marbella, Ibiza, La Grande Motte and Sestri Levante they found themselves eagerly invited to join the new beach communities.
The Largest Theme Park in the WorldLa Grande Motte France
Source: The 1996 holiday season brought a welcome respite and millions of new recruits, whose purses were bulging with ecus. When they arrived at Marbella, Ibiza, La Grande Motte and Sestri Levante they found themselves eagerly invited to join the new beach communities.
The Largest Theme Park in the WorldSestri Levante Italy
Source: The 1996 holiday season brought a welcome respite and millions of new recruits, whose purses were bulging with ecus. When they arrived at Marbella, Ibiza, La Grande Motte and Sestri Levante they found themselves eagerly invited to join the new beach communities.
The Largest Theme Park in the WorldBuckingham Palace
London UK
Source: The prospect appeared that the Louvre and Buckingham Palace might be sold to a Japanese hotel corporation, that Chartres and Cologne cathedrals would become subsidiaries of the Disney Company.
The Largest Theme Park in the WorldChartres Cathedral
Chartres France
Source: The prospect appeared that the Louvre and Buckingham Palace might be sold to a Japanese hotel corporation, that Chartres and Cologne cathedrals would become subsidiaries of the Disney Company.
The Largest Theme Park in the WorldCologne Cathedral
Cologne Germany
Source: The prospect appeared that the Louvre and Buckingham Palace might be sold to a Japanese hotel corporation, that Chartres and Cologne cathedrals would become subsidiaries of the Disney Company.
The Largest Theme Park in the WorldSaint-Tropez France
Source: By day their scuba teams hunted the coastal waters for fish, while at night raiding parties moved inland, stealing sheep and looting the fields of their vegetable crops. Large sections of Malaga, St Tropez and Corfu were now occupied by exiles, while many of the smaller resorts such as Rosas and Formentera were wholly under their control.
The Largest Theme Park in the WorldCorfu Greece
Source: By day their scuba teams hunted the coastal waters for fish, while at night raiding parties moved inland, stealing sheep and looting the fields of their vegetable crops. Large sections of Malaga, St Tropez and Corfu were now occupied by exiles, while many of the smaller resorts such as Rosas and Formentera were wholly under their control.
The Largest Theme Park in the WorldFormentera Spain
Source: By day their scuba teams hunted the coastal waters for fish, while at night raiding parties moved inland, stealing sheep and looting the fields of their vegetable crops. Large sections of Malaga, St Tropez and Corfu were now occupied by exiles, while many of the smaller resorts such as Rosas and Formentera were wholly under their control.
The Largest Theme Park in the WorldGolfe-Juan France
Source: The first open conflict, at Golfe-Juan, was typically short-lived and indecisive. Perhaps unconsciously expecting the Emperor to come ashore, as he had done after his escape from Elba, the police were unable to cope with the militant brigade of bronzed and naked mothers, chanting green and feminist slogans, who advanced towards their water-cannon.
The Largest Theme Park in the WorldPort-Vendres France
Source: At Port-Vendres, Sitges, Bari and Frejus the police fell back in confusion, unable to distinguish between the exiles and authentic visiting holidaymakers.
The Largest Theme Park in the WorldSitges Spain
Source: At Port-Vendres, Sitges, Bari and Frejus the police fell back in confusion, unable to distinguish between the exiles and authentic visiting holidaymakers.
The Largest Theme Park in the WorldBari Italy
Source: At Port-Vendres, Sitges, Bari and Frejus the police fell back in confusion, unable to distinguish between the exiles and authentic visiting holidaymakers.
The Largest Theme Park in the WorldFréjus France
Source: At Port-Vendres, Sitges, Bari and Frejus the police fell back in confusion, unable to distinguish between the exiles and authentic visiting holidaymakers.
The Largest Theme Park in the WorldTorremolinos Spain
Source: The resistance within these enclaves reflected their national identity -- a rabble of drunken British hooligans roamed the streets of Torremolinos, exposing their fearsome buttocks to the riot police. The Germans devoted themselves to hard work and duty, erecting a Siegfried Line of sand bunkers around the beaches of Rosas, while the massed nipples of Juan were more than enough to hopelessly dazzle the gendarmerie.
The Largest Theme Park in the WorldRosas Spain
Source: The resistance within these enclaves reflected their national identity -- a rabble of drunken British hooligans roamed the streets of Torremolinos, exposing their fearsome buttocks to the riot police. The Germans devoted themselves to hard work and duty, erecting a Siegfried Line of sand bunkers around the beaches of Rosas, while the massed nipples of Juan were more than enough to hopelessly dazzle the gendarmerie.
The Largest Theme Park in the WorldJuan-les-Pins France
Source: The resistance within these enclaves reflected their national identity -- a rabble of drunken British hooligans roamed the streets of Torremolinos, exposing their fearsome buttocks to the riot police. The Germans devoted themselves to hard work and duty, erecting a Siegfried Line of sand bunkers around the beaches of Rosas, while the massed nipples of Juan were more than enough to hopelessly dazzle the gendarmerie.
The Largest Theme Park in the WorldRimini Italy
Source: As they stood on the beaches of Marbella, Juan, Rimini and Naxos they swung their arms in unison, chanting their exercise songs as they heard the call to march north, expel the invading tourists and reclaim their historic heartlands.
The Largest Theme Park in the WorldGiardini Naxos Sicily
Source: As they stood on the beaches of Marbella, Juan, Rimini and Naxos they swung their arms in unison, chanting their exercise songs as they heard the call to march north, expel the invading tourists and reclaim their historic heartlands.
The Message from MarsEdwards Air Force Base
California US
Source: he successful conclusion of NASA's Mars mission in 2008, signalled by the safe touch-down of the Zeus IV space vehicle at Edwards Air Force Base in California, marked an immense triumph for the agency.
Millennium PeopleKing’s Road
London UK
Source: Like a visitor to an abandoned film set, I stood by the entrance to Chelsea Manna and listened to the morning traffic in the King’s Road, a reassuring medley of car stereos and ambulance sirens.
Millennium PeopleGrosvenor Place
London UK
Source: I crossed the road to Grosvenor Place, Kay's raffish cul-de-sac and a reminder of another, older Chelsea. The short road had been home to a convicted antiques dealer, two lesbian marriages and an alcoholic Concorde pilot, and was a haven of bad company and good cheer.
Millennium PeopleTerminal 3, Heathrow Airport
London UK
Source: I had booked the car to arrive two hours before our Miami flight from Terminal 3, but the usually reliable Mr Prashar was already twenty minutes late.
Millennium PeopleAshford, Surrey UK
Source: e had reached Ashford Hospital. Outside the Accident and Emergency entrance the ambulance lights rotated ceaselessly, hungry radars eager to suck any news of pain and injury from the sky. Paramedics sipped their mugs of tea, ready to be recalled to Heathrow.
Millennium PeopleHammersmith Road
London UK
Source: The young woman with the ‘CAT IN HELL'S CHANCE‘ banner gripped me around the waist. Bent double in the scrum of police and protesters, I joined the retreat across Hammersmith Road, limping and hopping on one leg.
Millennium PeopleHighgate
London UK
Source: Now my mother was an elderly patient in a Highgate hospice, dying of inoperable ovarian cancer. Her huge and still swelling abdomen made her look pregnant, a seventy-year-old woman still unaware that she was with child.
Millennium PeopleTwickenham
London UK
Source: We turned off the high street and entered a residential area of Twickenham, tree-lined roads of large detached houses, gardens deep enough to hold a tennis court or a wedding marquee. I noticed a Bentley in a drive, white-wall tyres set in the freshly washed gravel.
Millennium PeopleSt John's Wood
London UK
Source: I was an actor standing in for the real self who lay asleep beside Sally in St John’s Wood. A dream of violence had escaped from my head into the surrounding streets, driven on by the promise of change.
Millennium PeopleWaterloo Bridge
London UK
Source: A hose played on the charred timbers, sending a plume of vapour over the Hayward Gallery. Engineers on a trestle below Waterloo Bridge were examining the damage to the arches.
Millennium PeoplePortland Place
London UK
Source: The police snatch squads had entered Broadcasting House through a side door in Portland Place. They were waiting for us, truncheons warm and at the ready, and made short work of any protesters lost in the mazelike corridors.
Millennium PeopleNorth Wessex Downs UK
Source: After an hour's drive, we reached a small gliding school high in the Marlborough Downs. Gould had enrolled by e-mail for a course of lessons, but the school's secretary seemed surprised by the undernourished and unkempt appearance of this odd young doctor with his white skin and shabby suit.
Millennium PeopleKensington Gardens
London UK
Source: As we walked near the Round Pond I heard the sound of fire engines and saw cerise smoke rising from the roof of the Albert Hall. By the time we reached Kensington Gore the entire street was filled with promenaders in their end-of-season costumes, orchestra players holding their instruments, police and firemen.
Millennium PeopleAlbert Hall
London UK
Source: As we walked near the Round Pond I heard the sound of fire engines and saw cerise smoke rising from the roof of the Albert Hall. By the time we reached Kensington Gore the entire street was filled with promenaders in their end-of-season costumes, orchestra players holding their instruments, police and firemen.
Millennium PeopleKensington Gore
London UK
Source: As we walked near the Round Pond I heard the sound of fire engines and saw cerise smoke rising from the roof of the Albert Hall. By the time we reached Kensington Gore the entire street was filled with promenaders in their end-of-season costumes, orchestra players holding their instruments, police and firemen.
Millennium PeopleFulham Palace Road
London UK
Source: I reached Fulham Palace within five minutes, and waited in the visitor's car park, listening to the clamour of traffic in the Fulham Palace Road. Police cars sped across Putney Bridge, sirens cutting through the air.
Millennium PeoplePutney Bridge
London UK
Source: I reached Fulham Palace within five minutes, and waited in the visitor's car park, listening to the clamour of traffic in the Fulham Palace Road. Police cars sped across Putney Bridge, sirens cutting through the air.
Miracles of Life31 Amherst Avenue
Shanghai China
Source: We lived at 31 Amherst Avenue, in the western suburbs of Shanghai, about eight hundred yards beyond the boundary of the International Settlement, but within the larger area controlled by the Shanghai police. The house is still standing and in 1991, when I last visited Shanghai, was the library of the state electronics institute.
Miracles of LifeTsingtao China
Source: Summers were spent in the northern beach resort of Tsingtao, away from the ferocious heat and stench of Shanghai. Husbands were left behind, and the young wives had a great time with the Royal Navy officers on shore leave from their ships.
Miracles of LifeNanking Road
Shanghai China
Source: In the Nanking Road the Chinese begging boys ran after our car and tapped the windows, crying ‘No mama, no papa, no whisky soda ...‘ Had they picked up the cry thrown back at them ironically by Europeans who didn't care?
Miracles of LifeLunghua
Shanghai China
Source: Then Lunghua Camp appeared, my last real childhood home, where I would spend the next two and a half largely happy years. As we drove past sections of brand-new barbed-wire fencing, the camp resembled a half-ruined college campus.
Miracles of LifeHolland Park Avenue
London UK
Source: A name wonderfully of its time, and far grander than Peter Wyngarde. I met him in the early fifties in the Mitre pub in Holland Park Avenue in London, and he was in a poor way, with bad teeth and tired eyes.
Miracles of LifeHangchow-Shanghai railway line
Shanghai China
Source: After an hour I reached the Hangchow-Shanghai railway line, which circled the western perimeter of Shanghai. No trains were running, and I decided to walk along the embankment. Half a mile in front of me was a small wayside station, no more than a concrete platform and a pair of telegraph poles.
Miracles of LifeYangon Myanmar
Source: We docked briefly at Rangoon, and the captain told us that a party of thirty British commandos were joining us. He warned mothers of teenage daughters to be on their guard. These violent and ruthless men had been fighting the Japanese, and would pose a danger to any young English women they came across.
Miracles of LifeSouthampton UK
Source: The Arrawa docked at Southampton, under a cold sky so grey and low that I could hardly believe this was the England I had read and heard about. Small, putty-faced people moved around, shabbily dressed and with a haunted air.
Miracles of LifeWest Bromwich UK
Source: We travelled to London, and then went on to West Bromwich, where I met my grandparents. Our mutual suspicion was probably instant. After a month or so I entered The Leys School in Cambridge as a boarder, and my mother rented a house at Newton Ferrers, about ten miles from Plymouth, near Shanghai friends.
Miracles of LifeThe Leys School
Cambridge UK
Source: We travelled to London, and then went on to West Bromwich, where I met my grandparents. Our mutual suspicion was probably instant. After a month or so I entered The Leys School in Cambridge as a boarder, and my mother rented a house at Newton Ferrers, about ten miles from Plymouth, near Shanghai friends.
Miracles of LifeNewton Ferrers UK
Source: We travelled to London, and then went on to West Bromwich, where I met my grandparents. Our mutual suspicion was probably instant. After a month or so I entered The Leys School in Cambridge as a boarder, and my mother rented a house at Newton Ferrers, about ten miles from Plymouth, near Shanghai friends.
Miracles of LifeAldwick Bay UK
Source: My mother returned to England with my sister in 1949, and rented a house in the Aldwick Bay estate, to the west of Bognor. After my father's escape from China, when I was at King's College, Cambridge, they moved to Manchester. When he left the Calico Printers Association they bought a house in Claygate, near Esher, and in the early 1960s retired to the New Forest.
Miracles of LifeClaygate UK
Source: My mother returned to England with my sister in 1949, and rented a house in the Aldwick Bay estate, to the west of Bognor. After my father's escape from China, when I was at King's College, Cambridge, they moved to Manchester. When he left the Calico Printers Association they bought a house in Claygate, near Esher, and in the early 1960s retired to the New Forest.
Miracles of LifeNew Forest UK
Source: My mother returned to England with my sister in 1949, and rented a house in the Aldwick Bay estate, to the west of Bognor. After my father's escape from China, when I was at King's College, Cambridge, they moved to Manchester. When he left the Calico Printers Association they bought a house in Claygate, near Esher, and in the early 1960s retired to the New Forest.
Miracles of LifeSouthampton UK
Source: The Southampton that greeted me as I carried my suitcase down the gangway had been heavily bombed during the war, and consisted largely of rubble, with few signs of human settlement.
Miracles of LifeBirmingham UK
Source: Travelling around the Birmingham area, I was amazed at how bleakly they lived, how poorly paid they were, poorly educated, housed and fed. To me they were a vast exploited workforce, not much better off than the industrial workers in Shanghai.
Miracles of LifeThe Leys School, Tmpington Road
Cambridge UK
Source: I once said that The Leys reminded me of Lunghua Camp, though the food was worse. In fact, by the standards prevalent among English public schools, The Leys was liberal and progressive.
Miracles of LifeAuschwitz
Oświęcim Poland
Source: There was also a boy called Frank who was an Auschwitz survivor and had his number prominently tattooed on his arm. He was adopted after the war by an emigre Cambridge physicist and his wife, and attended The Leys as a day boy.
Miracles of LifeKing's Parade
Cambridge UK
Source: In October 1949 I moved half a mile down Trumpington Street to King's, and began my study of anatomy, physiology and pathology.
Miracles of LifeAddenbrooke's Hospital
Cambridge UK
Source: The ethos of the college was homosexual, and a heterosexual like myself who brought in his girlfriends (mostly Addenbrooke's Hospital nurses and free-livers all) was viewed as letting the side down, as well as having made a curious choice in the first place.
Miracles of LifeQueen Mary College, Tower Hamlets
London UK
Source: I managed to get a place at London University, at Queen Mary College, and started the degree course in October 1951.
Miracles of LifeChelsea
London UK
Source: I liked London, and particularly the Chelsea area, with its lesbian pubs and rich friends of friends who took me to expensive nightclubs like the Milroy and Embassy in Mayfair.
Miracles of LifeOnslow Gardens
London UK
Source: Everything was still very shabby and much of South Kensington, where I had a room in Onslow Gardens, was semi-derelict. People lived in dilapidated flats but bought their clothes in Bond Street.
Miracles of LifeBond Street
London UK
Source: Like most people living in London for the first time, I spent many of my free hours visiting art galleries and museums, especially the National Gallery and the Tate, as well as the commercial galleries off Bond Street.
Miracles of LifeKingsway
London UK
Source: Through a Cambridge friend who was working for Benson's advertising agency in Kingsway, where Dorothy Sayers had worked and which housed the spiral staircase that appeared in one of her novels, I found a job as a novice copywriter with a small London agency.
Miracles of LifeTrafalgar Square
London UK
Source: Surprisingly, given my passion for the new, I spent a huge amount of time in the National Gallery, and would often go every day. By a touching coincidence, my future partner Claire Walsh, then a hyper-bright 12-year-old Claire Churchill, would also visit the National Gallery, as part of her intellectual roaming around London.
Miracles of LifeUffizi Gallery
Florence Italy
Source: Years later, standing in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence in front of another Annunciation, by Leonardo, I found my view blocked by a huge party of Japanese tourists.
Miracles of LifeThe Mall
London UK
Source: In 1955 there was a modest retrospective of Francis Bacon's paintings at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, followed in 1962 by a far larger retrospective at the Tate Gallery, which was a revelation to me.
Miracles of LifeMillbank
London UK
Source: In 1955 there was a modest retrospective of Francis Bacon's paintings at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, followed in 1962 by a far larger retrospective at the Tate Gallery, which was a revelation to me.
Miracles of LifeCovent Garden
London UK
Source: I needed the daylight to write my own fiction, so I took a job as a Covent Garden porter, working in the chrysanthemum department of a large wholesaler.
Miracles of LifeKingsway
London UK
Source: I signed on at the RAF recruitment offices in Kingsway, passed the assessment tests at RAF Hornchurch, near Dagenham, and started my three-month basic training at Kirton in Lindsey, in Lincolnshire.
Miracles of LifeHornchurch
London UK
Source: I signed on at the RAF recruitment offices in Kingsway, passed the assessment tests at RAF Hornchurch, near Dagenham, and started my three-month basic training at Kirton in Lindsey, in Lincolnshire.
Miracles of LifeKirton in Lindsey
North Lincolnshire UK
Source: I signed on at the RAF recruitment offices in Kingsway, passed the assessment tests at RAF Hornchurch, near Dagenham, and started my three-month basic training at Kirton in Lindsey, in Lincolnshire.
Miracles of LifeLondon, Ontario Canada
Source: In the autumn of 1954 we sailed for Canada on one of the Empress liners, and then spent a month at an RCAF base near London, Ontario, not far from Detroit and Niagara Falls.
Miracles of LifeDetriot USA
Source: In the autumn of 1954 we sailed for Canada on one of the Empress liners, and then spent a month at an RCAF base near London, Ontario, not far from Detroit and Niagara Falls.
Miracles of LifeNiagra Falls
Ontario Canada
Source: In the autumn of 1954 we sailed for Canada on one of the Empress liners, and then spent a month at an RCAF base near London, Ontario, not far from Detroit and Niagara Falls.
Miracles of LifeMoose Jaw, Saskatchewan Canada
Source: We arrived at our training base in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, as the first snow was falling, and I think it was still falling when I left the following spring.
Miracles of LifeToronto, Ontario Canada
Source: Accordingly, I resigned my commission, and was soon installed in my tiny couchette on the Canadian Pacific Railway train to Toronto, a long journey of endless lakes and pine forests that I spent with pad and pencil. In a real sense I wrote my way across Canada, and then across the Atlantic to England.
Miracles of LifeRAF High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire UK
Source: On arrival I was sent to RAF High Wycombe, where RAF personnel were demobilised.
Miracles of LifeLadbroke Grove
London UK
Source: As soon as I left RAF High Wycombe I travelled straight to London, and booked myself into the hotel near Ladbroke Grove where Mary and I had first met.
Miracles of LifeStanley Crescent
London UK
Source: Friends had brought us together at a party held in the large communal garden behind Stanley Crescent, an untended wilderness that I remember as a cross between Arcadia and a jungle-warfare training range.
Miracles of LifeRillington Place
London UK
Source: Yet this was Christie country, and Rillington Place (later renamed), where the ghastly John Christie committed his murders, was only a few hundred yards away.
Miracles of LifeHolland Park Avenue
London UK
Source: Back in 1953, soon after my meeting with Peter Wyngarde at the Mitre in Holland Park Avenue, I was walking up Ladbroke Grove when I found a huge crowd outside the police station.
Miracles of LifeNotting Hill
London UK
Source: I preferred Notting Hill, for its general raffishness and unexpected delights, chief among them Mary Matthews.
Miracles of LifeDyserth
Prestatyn Wales
Source: At the time I met them in 1955 they were living in a modest cottage in Dyserth, a village near Prestatyn in north Wales.
Miracles of Life Cyprus
Source: Only a few years earlier they had been stationed in Cyprus, with a large house and servants.
Miracles of LifeThe Strand
London UK
Source: The editor, E.J. Carnell, was a thoughtful and likeable man who worked in a pleasant basement office near the Strand.
Miracles of LifeBelgrave Square
London UK
Source: After six months I too moved on to a better-paid post as deputy editor of the weekly journal Chemistry & Industry, published by the Society of Chemical Industry in Belgrave Square.
Miracles of LifeBarrowgate Road
Chiswick, London UK
Source: After our wedding, Mary and I lived, first, in a flat in Barrowgate Road, Chiswick, and then for several years in a larger flat in Heathcote Road, St Margarets, near Twickenham.
Miracles of LifeHeathcote Road
Twickenham, London UK
Source: After our wedding, Mary and I lived, first, in a flat in Barrowgate Road, Chiswick, and then for several years in a larger flat in Heathcote Road, St Margarets, near Twickenham.
Miracles of LifeOld Charlton Road
Shepperton, Surrey UK
Source: In 1960, as our toddlers found their legs, we decided we needed a home with a garden, and bought a small house in Shepperton, where I live to this day.
Miracles of LifeShepperton Studios
Shepperton, Surrey UK
Source: Shepperton Studios were easy to enter in those wonderful summers nearly fifty years ago, and I would take the children past the sound stages to the field where unwanted props were left to the elements: figureheads of sailing ships, giant chess-pieces, half an American car, stairways that led up to the sky and amazed my three infants.
Miracles of LifeWhitechapel High Street
London UK
Source: In 1956, the year that I published my first short story, I visited a remarkable exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, This is Tomorrow.
Miracles of LifeSan Juan
Alicante Spain
Source: She was keen to go on holiday, and the following summer we drove to a rented flat at San Juan, near Alicante.
Miracles of LifeKeats Grove
Hampstead, London UK
Source: Kingsley Amis made a point of inviting me out to lunch, and in the evening I would often visit Keats Grove, where he and Elizabeth Jane Howard had rented a flat. Jane was unfailingly kind, though my presence was probably a nuisance.
Miracles of LifeBushey Park
Teddington, London UK
Source: In private, surprisingly, Chris was a very different man: quiet, thoughtful and even rather shy, a good listener and an excellent drinking companion. Some of the happiest hours in my life have been spent with him in the riverside pubs between Teddington and Shepperton.
Miracles of LifePhoenix, Arizona USA
Source: He was a great lover of America, and especially the Midwest states, and liked nothing better than flying into Phoenix or Houston, hiring a convertible and setting off on the long drive to LA or San Francisco. He liked the easy formulas of American life.
Miracles of LifeHouston, Texas USA
Source: He was a great lover of America, and especially the Midwest states, and liked nothing better than flying into Phoenix or Houston, hiring a convertible and setting off on the long drive to LA or San Francisco. He liked the easy formulas of American life.
Miracles of LifeLos Angeles, California USA
Source: He was a great lover of America, and especially the Midwest states, and liked nothing better than flying into Phoenix or Houston, hiring a convertible and setting off on the long drive to LA or San Francisco. He liked the easy formulas of American life.
Miracles of LifeSan Fransisco, California USA
Source: He was a great lover of America, and especially the Midwest states, and liked nothing better than flying into Phoenix or Houston, hiring a convertible and setting off on the long drive to LA or San Francisco. He liked the easy formulas of American life.
Miracles of LifeDuke University
Durham, North Carolina USA
Source: After taking his PhD in psychology at Reading University, Chris specialised in computers, and spent a year at Duke University, home to Professor Rhine and the ESP experiments that involved closed rooms and volunteers guessing each other's card sequences.
Miracles of LifeDover Street
London UK
Source: I still remembered the 1956 exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, This is Tomorrow, and I regularly visited the ICA in Dover Street.
Miracles of LifeDovehouse Street
London UK
Source: He and I became firm friends for the next thirty years, and I regularly visited his studio in Dovehouse Street. I think we felt at ease with each other because we were both, in our different ways, recent immigrants to England. Paolozzi's Italian parents had settled in Edinburgh before the war, where they ran an ice cream business.
Miracles of LifeKing's Road
London UK
Source: I think he was aware of this, and sometimes he would say: ‘Right, Jim ... let's go out.‘ And we would prowl the side streets off the King's Road, where he would search the builders‘ skips, his huge hands feeling some piece of discarded wood or metalwork, as if looking for a lost toy.
Miracles of LifeCharing Cross Road
London UK
Source: Soon after we met, she underwent a major kidney operation at a London hospital, and I remember walking with her down the Charing Cross Road on the day she was discharged, on the way to Foyle's to buy the ‘book‘ of her operation, a medical text of the exact surgical procedure.
Miracles of LifeChartres France
Source: We have spent thousands of the happiest hours with our children (she has a daughter Jennifer) on beaches and under poolside umbrellas, in hotels and restaurants, walking around cathedrals from Chartres to Rome and Seville.
Miracles of LifeRome Italy
Source: We have spent thousands of the happiest hours with our children (she has a daughter Jennifer) on beaches and under poolside umbrellas, in hotels and restaurants, walking around cathedrals from Chartres to Rome and Seville.
Miracles of LifeSeville Spain
Source: We have spent thousands of the happiest hours with our children (she has a daughter Jennifer) on beaches and under poolside umbrellas, in hotels and restaurants, walking around cathedrals from Chartres to Rome and Seville.
Miracles of LifeDealey Plaza
Dallas, Texas USA
Source: It seemed obvious that the deaths of famous people in car crashes resonated far more deeply than their deaths in plane crashes or hotel fires, as one could see from Kennedy's death in his Dallas motorcade (a special kind of car crash), to the grim and ghastly death of Princess Diana in the Paris underpass.
Miracles of LifePont de l'Alma
Paris France
Source: It seemed obvious that the deaths of famous people in car crashes resonated far more deeply than their deaths in plane crashes or hotel fires, as one could see from Kennedy's death in his Dallas motorcade (a special kind of car crash), to the grim and ghastly death of Princess Diana in the Paris underpass.
Miracles of LifeRobert Street
London UK
Source: Crash would clearly be a challenge, and I was still not completely convinced by my deviant thesis. Then in 1970 someone at the New Arts Laboratory in London contacted me and asked if there was anything I would like to do there.
Miracles of LifeChiswick Bridge
London UK
Source: Two weeks after finishing the novel I was involved in a car crash of my own, when my tank-like Ford Zephyr had a front-wheel blowout at the foot of Chiswick Bridge. The car swerved out of control, crossed the central reservation and rolled onto its back.
Miracles of LifeCannes France
Source: David Cronenberg's film of Crash was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1996.
Miracles of LifeWardour Street
London UK
Source: Curious to see how the British film world worked, I turned up at the Wardour Street offices of Hammer, to be greeted in the foyer by a huge Tyrannosaurus rex about to deflower a blonde-haired actress in a leopard-skin bikini.
Miracles of LifeCanary Islands Spain
Source: I remembered that the surrealists had made field trips to the Canaries, fascinated by the black volcanic beaches and the extraordinary fauna and flora.
Miracles of LifeJerez Spain
Source: Most of the film was shot in Shanghai and near Jerez, in Spain, where Lunghua Camp was recreated, but a few scenes were shot in and near London.
Miracles of LifeSunningdale, Berkshire UK
Source: The Ballard house in Amherst Avenue was divided between three houses in Sunningdale, to the west of London, and Spielberg invited me to play a walk-on part at the fancy-dress party that opens the film.
Miracles of LifeStudios Road
Shepperton, Middlesex UK
Source: Several of my neighbours in Shepperton worked as extras, drawn by the nearby film studios, and took part in the scenes shot in England.
Miracles of Life9876 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, California USA
Source: The Los Angeles premiere of the film in December 1987 was a Hollywood epic in its own right. Claire and I stayed at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, just within sight of the Hollywood sign, where we met Tom Stoppard, the writer of the script, a pleasant but intensely nervous man.
Miracles of LifeViareggio Italy
Source: In 1991 I was invited to serve on the jury at MystFest, an Italian film festival of crime and mystery films, which was then held at Viareggio, near the beach where the drowned Shelley was cremated by his friends.
Miracles of LifeNanking Road
Shanghai China
Source: The Nanking Road seemed unchanged, Sincere's and the great Sun and Sun Sun department stores crammed with Western goods.
Miracles of LifeThe Bund
Shanghai China
Source: The Bund was intact, the same vista of banks and trading houses still faced the Whangpoo river, crowded with ships and sampans.
Miracles of Life250 Hua Shan Road
Shanghai China
Source: But the Cathay, where Noel Coward had written Private Lives, lacked fax links to the outside world, and we moved to the Shanghai Hilton, a tall tower not far from the former Cathedral Girls‘ School.
Myths of the Near FutureCocoa Beach, Florida USA
Source: But Sheppard sat calmly at the controls, thinking of his dead wife and all the drained swimming pools of Cocoa Beach, and of the strange nightclub he had glimpsed that afternoon through the forest canopy now covering the old Space Centre.
Myths of the Near FutureAlgonquin Park
Ontario Canada
Source: Before their divorce, oddly enough, Elaine had always enjoyed their weekend expeditions from Toronto to Algonquin Park, proudly roughing the wilderness in the high-chrome luxury of their Airstream trailer, as incongruous among the pine cones and silver birch as this latter-day fragment of a neon Versailles.
Myths of the Near FutureToronto, Ontario Canada
Source: Before their divorce, oddly enough, Elaine had always enjoyed their weekend expeditions from Toronto to Algonquin Park, proudly roughing the wilderness in the high-chrome luxury of their Airstream trailer, as incongruous among the pine cones and silver birch as this latter-day fragment of a neon Versailles.
Myths of the Near FutureNew Jersey USA
Source: As he moved south into the steeper sunlight the landscapes of New Jersey, Virginia and the Carolinas seemed both lurid and opaque, the half-empty towns and uncrowded highways perceived on a pair of raw retinas inflamed by LSD.
Myths of the Near FutureVirginia USA
Source: As he moved south into the steeper sunlight the landscapes of New Jersey, Virginia and the Carolinas seemed both lurid and opaque, the half-empty towns and uncrowded highways perceived on a pair of raw retinas inflamed by LSD.
Myths of the Near FutureSouth Carolina USA
Source: As he moved south into the steeper sunlight the landscapes of New Jersey, Virginia and the Carolinas seemed both lurid and opaque, the half-empty towns and uncrowded highways perceived on a pair of raw retinas inflamed by LSD.
Memories of the Space AgeSab Road
Cape Canaveral, Florida USA
Source: From his balcony Mallory watched the ancient biplane circle the rusty gantries of Cape Kennedy.
Memories of the Space AgeVancouver, British Columbia Canada
Source: In the two months since they set out from Vancouver on the slow, nervous drive back to Florida, he and Anne had each lost more than thirty pounds, as if their bodies were carrying out a re-inventory of themselves for the coming world without time.
Memories of the Space AgePerth Australia
Source: ‘I looked it up -- western Australia is as far from Florida as you can go. It's almost the exact antipodes. Edward, my sister lives in Perth. I knew there was a reason why she invited us there.‘
Memories of the Space AgeVancouver, British Columbia Canada
Source: He remembered the mongol and autistic children he had left behind in the clinic in Vancouver, and his firm belief -- strongly contested by his fellow physicians and the worn-out parents -- that these were diseases of time, malfunctions of the temporal sense that marooned these children on small islands of awareness, a few minutes in the case of the mongols, a span of micro-seconds for the autistics.
Memories of the Space AgeSan Francisco, California USA
Source: Mallory had travelled down to San Francisco to see the waterlogged craft, a curious ornithopter built from the yew trees that Hinton had been allowed to grow in the prison island's stony soil, boosted by a home-made rocket engine powered by a fertiliser-based explosive.
The Man who Walked on the MoonCopacabana Beach
Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Source: I, too, was once an astronaut. As you see me sitting here, in this modest cafe with its distant glimpse of Copacabana Beach, you probably assume that I am a man of few achievements.
News from the SunNevada USA
Source: The symptoms are so widespread, there's virtually an invisible epidemic, one in a hundred of the population involved, probably another five unaware that they've been affected, certainly out here in Nevada.‘
Notes Towards a Mental Breakdown61 Glenburnie Road
London UK
Source: Recent inspection of the in-patients‘ records at Springfield Hospital (cf. footnote 3) indicates that Dr Robert Loughlin has been in continuous detention in the Unit of Criminal Psychopathy since his committal at Kingston Crown Court on 18 May 1975.
Notes Towards a Mental BreakdownCrowthorne, Berkshire UK
Source: Dr Loughlin had at no time in his ten-year career been either a patient or a member of the staff at Broadmoor Hospital.
Notes Towards a Mental BreakdownMildenhall, Suffolk UK
Source: From the remaining documents -- tape-recordings made in Suite B17 of the Inn on the Park Hotel (part of the floor occupied by the millionaire aviation pioneer Howard Hughes and his entourage during a visit to London) and cine-films taken of the runways at an abandoned USAAF base near Mildenhall -- it is clear that Dr Loughlin believed he was taking part in a ritual of profound spiritual significance that would release his wife forever from the tragedy of her inoperable cancer.
Notes Towards a Mental Breakdown66 Lancaster Gate
London UK
Source: From the remaining documents -- tape-recordings made in Suite B17 of the Inn on the Park Hotel (part of the floor occupied by the millionaire aviation pioneer Howard Hughes and his entourage during a visit to London) and cine-films taken of the runways at an abandoned USAAF base near Mildenhall -- it is clear that Dr Loughlin believed he was taking part in a ritual of profound spiritual significance that would release his wife forever from the tragedy of her inoperable cancer.
Notes Towards a Mental Breakdown20 Devonshire Place
London UK
Source: What was the role of the young lexicographer and ice-dance champion, Richard Northrop, whom Loughlin treated at the London Clinic for migraine?
Notes Towards a Mental BreakdownElstree, Heartfordshire UK
Source: GRUMMAN: You say that you then drove to Elstree. Why?
One Afternoon at Utah BeachSainte-Marie-du-Mont, Normandy France
Source: ‘Do you realize that we're looking down at Utah Beach?‘
One Afternoon at Utah BeachSainte-Mère-Église, Normandy France
Source: ‘Utah Beach was the closest of the landing grounds to Sainte-Mere-Eglise, where the 82nd Airborne came down.
The Object of the AttackWindsor, Berkshire UK
Source: In 1982, during the state visit of President Reagan to the United Kingdom, an unsuccessful aerial attack was made upon the royal family and their guest at Windsor Castle.
The Object of the Attack61 Glenburnie Road
London UK
Source: The pilot was never charged or brought to trial, but detained under the mental health acts in the Home Office observation unit at Springfield Hospital.
The Object of the AttackHighbury
London UK
Source: For the past eight months he had been living in a lock-up garage behind a disused Baptist church in Highbury, north London, where he had constructed his flying machine.
The Object of the AttackPersian Gulf
Source: Childhood in the Gulf area, Alaska and Aberdeen.
The Object of the AttackAlaska USA
Source: Childhood in the Gulf area, Alaska and Aberdeen.
The Object of the AttackAberdeen UK
Source: Childhood in the Gulf area, Alaska and Aberdeen.
The Object of the Attack UK
Source: Worked as scaffolder and painter, Jodrell Bank Radio-Observatory, 1977; prosecuted for malicious damage to reflector dish.
The Object of the AttackKensington Gardens
London UK
Source: Fined for being drunk and disorderly during ‘Sculpture of the Space Age‘ exhibition at Serpentine Gallery, London.
The Object of the AttackBrigham City, Utah USA
Source: Colonel Thomas Jefferson Stamford, USAF (ret.). Born 1931, Brigham City, Utah. Eagle scout, 1945. B.S. (Physics), Caltech, 1953. Graduated US Air Force Academy, 1957. Served Vietnam, 1964-9. Enrolled NASA 1970; deputy ground controller, Skylab III.
The Object of the AttackPasadena, California USA
Source: Colonel Thomas Jefferson Stamford, USAF (ret.). Born 1931, Brigham City, Utah. Eagle scout, 1945. B.S. (Physics), Caltech, 1953.
The Object of the AttackParc des Princes
Paris France
Source: There is an eerie contrast between the vast revivalist rally being televised at this moment from the Parc des Princes in Paris, dominated by the spotlit figure of the former astronaut, and the darkened nave of the Abbey where an escaped mental patient prayed over a stolen space-suit smeared with his own blood.
The Object of the AttackEarls Court
London UK
Source: Easter Day, 1988. This evening Col. Stamford's rally will be held at Earls Court.
A Question of Re-EntryAmazonia
Source: Fifty yards away, on either side of the patrol launch, the high walls of the jungle river rose over the water, the unbroken massif of the mato grosso which swept across the Amazonas from Campos Buros to the delta of the Orinoco.
A Question of Re-EntryPort-of-Spain Trinidad and Tobago
Source: His final re-entry orbit should have brought him down into the landing zone 500 miles to the east of Trinidad, but the last radio contact before the ionization layers around the capsule severed transmission indicated that he had under-shot his trajectory and come down somewhere on the South American land-mass along a line linking Lake Maracaibo with Brasilia.
A Question of Re-EntryMaracaibo Venezuela
Source: His final re-entry orbit should have brought him down into the landing zone 500 miles to the east of Trinidad, but the last radio contact before the ionization layers around the capsule severed transmission indicated that he had under-shot his trajectory and come down somewhere on the South American land-mass along a line linking Lake Maracaibo with Brasilia.
Running WildReading, Berkshire UK
Source: The twenty-eight-minute film was taken by officers of Reading CID soon after eleven o'clock on the morning of June 25, 1988, some three hours after the murders.
Running WildPangbourne, Berkshire UK
Source: The small Berkshire town of Pangbourne lies five miles to the northwest of Reading and approximately thirty miles to the west of London. Despite its title, the Pangbourne Village estate was not built near the site of any former or existing village. Like the numerous executive housing estates built in the 1980s in areas of deregulated farmland between Reading and the Thames River, Pangbourne Village has no connections, social, historical or civic, with Pangbourne itself.
Running WildHarley Street
London UK
Source: Dr. Harold Maxted, 54, psychiatrist, Harley Street. Dr. Edwina Maxted, 48, psychiatrist, High Street, Kensington.
Running WildHigh Street
Kensington, London UK
Source: Dr. Harold Maxted, 54, psychiatrist, Harley Street. Dr. Edwina Maxted, 48, psychiatrist, High Street, Kensington.
Running WildSlough, Berkshire UK
Source: Ernest Sanger, 57, chairman, Sanger Finance. Proprietor, Windsor World Theme Park, Slough. Deirdre Sanger, 54, managing director, She-She Fashions, Brent Cross.
Running WildBrent Cross, London UK
Source: Ernest Sanger, 57, chairman, Sanger Finance. Proprietor, Windsor World Theme Park, Slough. Deirdre Sanger, 54, managing director, She-She Fashions, Brent Cross.
Running WildMarylebone Road
London UK
Source: One of the children -- Roger Sterling, the fifteen-year-old -- was due to have his wisdom teeth out and was brought home for the weekend from the London Clinic.
Running WildGreat Ormond Street
London UK
Source: Needless to say, Marion Miller was never to see the film. During the next two weeks, as I waited for the Home Office to reply to my request, she continued to lie in her guarded room at the Children's Hospital on Great Ormond Street.
Rushing to ParadisePapeete French Polynesia
Source: Already irritated by the island, which she had described so passionately during the three-week voyage from Papeete, Dr Barbara raised two fingers in a vulgar gesture that shocked even Neil.
Rushing to ParadiseMoruroa French Polynesia
Source: Yet without Kimo they could never have carried out this protest raid on Saint-Esprit. The disused nuclear–test island was a junior and more accessible cousin of the sinister Mururoa, which Dr Barbara had wisely decided to leave alone.
Rushing to ParadiseMidway Atoll USA
Source: ‘On Midway the Air Force killed thirty thousand goonies last year. They get into the jet intakes.‘
Rushing to ParadiseHonolulu, Hawaii USA
Source: The protest rally at the University of Hawaii campus had reached a climax, its rhetoric as inflated as the helium balloons, emblazoned with ecological slogans, that rose from their cradles beside the podium.
Rushing to ParadiseTeddington
London UK
Source: He swam the Thames, despite the efforts of the River Police to stop him, from Chelsea Bridge to the first lock at Teddington.
Rushing to ParadiseChelsea Bridge
London UK
Source: He swam the Thames, despite the efforts of the River Police to stop him, from Chelsea Bridge to the first lock at Teddington.
Rushing to ParadiseOahu, Hawaii USA
Source: During his spare time he prepared for the challenge he had set himself, the thirty-mile swim across the Kaiwi Channel from Makapuu Head to the neighbouring island of Molokai.
Rushing to ParadiseMolokai, Hawaii USA
Source: During his spare time he prepared for the challenge he had set himself, the thirty-mile swim across the Kaiwi Channel from Makapuu Head to the neighbouring island of Molokai.
Rushing to ParadiseGreenham Common, Berkshire UK
Source: Once, Neil rode out on a borrowed motorcycle to the cruise missile base at Greenham Common, moved by the memory of the nuclear weapons in their silos and by the few women protesters still camping against the wire.
Rushing to ParadiseHammersmith, London UK
Source: ‘I certainly am. I was a Hammersmith GP for six years. Still, I don't think you'll ever need a gynaecologist -- unless you use too many steroids.‘
Rushing to ParadiseSouthwark, London UK
Source: ‘My father was a radiologist at Guy's. Once he took an X ray photo of my skull.‘
Rushing to ParadiseRongelap Marshall Islands
Source: In 1985 he volunteered to sail aboard the Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior, which resettled the islanders of Rongelap Atoll, 100 miles to the east of Bikini.
Rushing to ParadiseBikini Marshall Islands
Source: In 1985 he volunteered to sail aboard the Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior, which resettled the islanders of Rongelap Atoll, 100 miles to the east of Bikini.
Rushing to ParadiseKwajalein Marshall Islands
Source: The Rainbow Warrior moved the islanders to Kwajalein Atoll, and later sailed for New Zealand, where she was sunk by French agents hoping to put an end to anti-nuclear protests in the South Pacific.
Rushing to Paradise New Zealand
Source: The Rainbow Warrior moved the islanders to Kwajalein Atoll, and later sailed for New Zealand, where she was sunk by French agents hoping to put an end to anti-nuclear protests in the South Pacific.
Rushing to Paradise Malawi
Source: Years of exile followed, in Malawi, South Africa and New Zealand, where clandestine medical work was inevitably followed by the exposure of her past, until she came to rest in Honolulu.
Rushing to Paradise South Africa
Source: Years of exile followed, in Malawi, South Africa and New Zealand, where clandestine medical work was inevitably followed by the exposure of her past, until she came to rest in Honolulu.
Rushing to ParadiseHonolulu, Hawaii USA
Source: Years of exile followed, in Malawi, South Africa and New Zealand, where clandestine medical work was inevitably followed by the exposure of her past, until she came to rest in Honolulu.
Rushing to Paradise New Zealand
Source: Years of exile followed, in Malawi, South Africa and New Zealand, where clandestine medical work was inevitably followed by the exposure of her past, until she came to rest in Honolulu.
Rushing to ParadisePyrenees France
Source: She and her father had set up a wild-life sanctuary in the Pyrenees for an endangered colony of bears.
Rushing to ParadiseTokyo Japan
Source: A young Japanese couple broke off their work in the galley to bow to Neil. Both professional botanists, they had flown in from Tokyo the previous day after abandoning their careers at the University of Kyoto and placing themselves at the service of Dr Barbara's vision.
Rushing to ParadiseKyoto Japan
Source: A young Japanese couple broke off their work in the galley to bow to Neil. Both professional botanists, they had flown in from Tokyo the previous day after abandoning their careers at the University of Kyoto and placing themselves at the service of Dr Barbara's vision.
Rushing to ParadiseStuttgart Germany
Source: The two young men were drop-outs from a Stuttgart architect's office, and their passengers were a pair of German women and a small child whom they had picked up in Vancouver.
Rushing to ParadiseVancouver Canada
Source: The two young men were drop-outs from a Stuttgart architect's office, and their passengers were a pair of German women and a small child whom they had picked up in Vancouver.
Rushing to Paradise Indonesia
Source: Finally Professor Saito agreed to be interviewed about the first endangered species to be air-freighted to Saint-Esprit, now occupying temporary quarters in the plant laboratory -- a pair of slow loris from Indonesia and a dwarf lemur from Madagascar displaced by a logging project
Rushing to Paradise Madagascar
Source: Finally Professor Saito agreed to be interviewed about the first endangered species to be air-freighted to Saint-Esprit, now occupying temporary quarters in the plant laboratory -- a pair of slow loris from Indonesia and a dwarf lemur from Madagascar displaced by a logging project
Rushing to Paradise Madagascar
Source: Saint-Esprit was now a moored ark filled with bizarre specimens -- tenrecs and dwarf lemurs from Madagascar, palm civets from Java, Texan kangaroo rats and musk-shrews from Zimbabwe.
Rushing to ParadiseTexas USA
Source: Saint-Esprit was now a moored ark filled with bizarre specimens -- tenrecs and dwarf lemurs from Madagascar, palm civets from Java, Texan kangaroo rats and musk-shrews from Zimbabwe.
Rushing to Paradise Zimbabwe
Source: Saint-Esprit was now a moored ark filled with bizarre specimens -- tenrecs and dwarf lemurs from Madagascar, palm civets from Java, Texan kangaroo rats and musk-shrews from Zimbabwe.
Rushing to ParadiseIslas Canarias Spain
Source: There were dragon trees from the Canary Islands, rajah pitcher plants from Borneo, the camellia-like Franklinia that was a Georgia neighbour of Neil's mother, peacock moreas from Cape Town and spiral aloes from remote Lesotho.
Rushing to Paradise Borneo
Source: There were dragon trees from the Canary Islands, rajah pitcher plants from Borneo, the camellia-like Franklinia that was a Georgia neighbour of Neil's mother, peacock moreas from Cape Town and spiral aloes from remote Lesotho.
Rushing to ParadiseGeorgia USA
Source: There were dragon trees from the Canary Islands, rajah pitcher plants from Borneo, the camellia-like Franklinia that was a Georgia neighbour of Neil's mother, peacock moreas from Cape Town and spiral aloes from remote Lesotho.
Rushing to ParadiseCape Town South Africa
Source: There were dragon trees from the Canary Islands, rajah pitcher plants from Borneo, the camellia-like Franklinia that was a Georgia neighbour of Neil's mother, peacock moreas from Cape Town and spiral aloes from remote Lesotho.
Rushing to Paradise Lesotho
Source: There were dragon trees from the Canary Islands, rajah pitcher plants from Borneo, the camellia-like Franklinia that was a Georgia neighbour of Neil's mother, peacock moreas from Cape Town and spiral aloes from remote Lesotho.
Rushing to ParadiseStockholm Sweden
Source: He watched Dr Barbara laying out the photographs like a set of tarot cards, her cracked nails tapping at the friendly, open faces -- a blonde dentist from Stockholm, a thirty-year-old croupier from Atlantic City, members of a lesbian cooperative in Sydney, south London schoolgirls, a Sorbonne physics graduate, a Florida cocktail waitress, two nuns.
Rushing to ParadiseAtlantic City, New Jersey USA
Source: He watched Dr Barbara laying out the photographs like a set of tarot cards, her cracked nails tapping at the friendly, open faces -- a blonde dentist from Stockholm, a thirty-year-old croupier from Atlantic City, members of a lesbian cooperative in Sydney, south London schoolgirls, a Sorbonne physics graduate, a Florida cocktail waitress, two nuns.
Rushing to ParadiseSydney Australia
Source: He watched Dr Barbara laying out the photographs like a set of tarot cards, her cracked nails tapping at the friendly, open faces -- a blonde dentist from Stockholm, a thirty-year-old croupier from Atlantic City, members of a lesbian cooperative in Sydney, south London schoolgirls, a Sorbonne physics graduate, a Florida cocktail waitress, two nuns.
Rushing to ParadiseSorbonne
Paris France
Source: He watched Dr Barbara laying out the photographs like a set of tarot cards, her cracked nails tapping at the friendly, open faces -- a blonde dentist from Stockholm, a thirty-year-old croupier from Atlantic City, members of a lesbian cooperative in Sydney, south London schoolgirls, a Sorbonne physics graduate, a Florida cocktail waitress, two nuns.
Rushing to ParadiseFlorida USA
Source: He watched Dr Barbara laying out the photographs like a set of tarot cards, her cracked nails tapping at the friendly, open faces -- a blonde dentist from Stockholm, a thirty-year-old croupier from Atlantic City, members of a lesbian cooperative in Sydney, south London schoolgirls, a Sorbonne physics graduate, a Florida cocktail waitress, two nuns.
Rushing to ParadiseMaluku Islands Indonesia
Source: Looking down at the camp, he could see Nihal, the fourteen-year-old Moluccan, standing under the open-air shower behind the clinic.
Rushing to ParadiseAmsterdam Netherlands
Source: The van Noorts, an amiable Amsterdam architect and his handsome wife, set sail before dawn, much to their daughters‘ surprise, passing a message to Dr Barbara that they would return from Tahiti by the month's end.
The SmileChelsea
London UK
Source: Now that a nightmare logic has run its course, it is hard to believe that my friends and I thought it the most innocent caprice when I first brought Serena Cockayne to live with me in my Chelsea house.
The Smile488 King's Road
Chelsea, London UK
Source: I first saw Serena Cockayne at the World's End, in that area at the lower end of the King’s Road now occupied by a cluster of high-rise apartment blocks but which only three years ago was still an enclave of second-rate antique shops, scruffy boutiques and nineteenth-century terrace housing over-ripe for redevelopment.
The Sudden AfternoonHampstead Heath
London UK
Source: He decided to take a brisk walk across Hampstead Heath after lunch, returning in time to tidy everything away before Judith arrived that evening.
The Sudden AfternoonKolkata India
Source: He had been brought up in India, and remembered being rowed across a river by his father, the great placid back of the Ganges turning crimson in the late afternoon light. The burnt-earth colours of the Calcutta waterfront were still vivid after an interval of thirty years.
The Sudden Afternoon259 Harley Street
London UK
Source: ‘Two fifty-nine Harley Street? Now who the devil works there?‘ Elliott stood up and went over to the window, staring out across the Heath, then paced into the kitchen and savoured the residue of the curry aroma.
The Sound SweepBayreuth Germany
Source: She waited for Mangon, who had swept out a thousand honeymoon hotel suites, to nod and then continued: ‘How well I remember that first season at Bayreuth, when Hector and I ...‘
The Sound SweepHôtel de Paris
Monte Carlo Monaco
Source: ‘ ... memoirs too, don't forget, Hector. Frank exposure, no holds barred. I mean ... damn, have to get a ghost. Hotel de Paris at Monte, lots of pictures. Oh yes, I kept the photographs.‘
The Sound SweepBasilica of San Francesco d'Assisi
Assisi Italy
Source: The Dean had recently imported some rare thirteenth-century pediments from the Church of St Francis at Assisi, beautiful sonic matrices rich with seven centuries of Gregorian chant, overlaid by the timeless tolling of the Angelus.
The Sound SweepSt. Joseph Cathedral
San Diego, California USA
Source: Only two years earlier the entire north transept of Rheims Cathedral, rose window intact, purchased for a record 1,000,000 dollars and re-erected in the new. Cathedral of St Joseph at San Diego, had been drained of its priceless heritage of tonal inlays by a squad of illiterate soundsweeps who had misread their instructions and accidentally swept the wrong wall.
The Sound SweepReims Cathedral
Reims France
Source: Only two years earlier the entire north transept of Rheims Cathedral, rose window intact, purchased for a record 1,000,000 dollars and re-erected in the new. Cathedral of St Joseph at San Diego, had been drained of its priceless heritage of tonal inlays by a squad of illiterate soundsweeps who had misread their instructions and accidentally swept the wrong wall.
The Sound SweepBermuda UK
Source: ‘ ... Bermuda Hilton. Private Island, with anchorage, have the beach cleaned up, last time the water was full of fish ... I don't care, poison them, hang some nets out ... Imogene will fly in from Idlewild as Mrs Edna Burgess, warn Customs to stay away ...‘
Super-CannesSuper Cannes
Cannes France
Source: The first person I met at Eden-Olympia was a psychiatrist, and in many ways it seems only too apt that my guide to this ‘intelligent‘ city in the hills above Cannes should have been a specialist in mental disorders.
Super-CannesCôte d'Azur France
Source: Rather than fly from London to Nice, a journey as brief as a plastic-tray lunch, Jane and I decided to drive to the Cote d’Azur and steal a few last days of freedom before we committed ourselves to Eden-Olympia and the disciplines of the Euro-corporate lifestyle.
Super-CannesFontainebleau France
Source: Rather than overheat either Jane's imagination or the Jaguar's elderly engine, I decided to avoid the Autoroute du Soleil and take the RN7. We bypassed Paris on the Peripherique, and spent our first evening at a venerable hotel in the forest near Fontainebleau, spelling out the attractions of Eden-Olympia to each other and trying not to notice the antique hunting rifle on the dining-room mantelpiece.
Super-CannesHauterives France
Source: At a hotel in Hauterives, south of Lyons, Jane and I sat in the same high-ceilinged breakfast room, unchanged after thirty-five years, where the stags‘ heads still gazed over shelves stocked with the least enticing alcohol I had ever seen.
Super-CannesValbonne France
Source: Ten miles to the north-east of Cannes, in the wooded hills between Valbonne and the coast, it was the latest of the development zones that had begun with Sophia-Antipolis and would soon turn Provence into Europe's silicon valley.
Super-CannesIle St Marguerite France
Source: The first office buildings in the Eden-Olympia complex were emerging from the slopes of a long valley filled with eucalyptus trees and umbrella pines, Beyond them were the rooftops of Cannes and the Iles de Lerins, a glimpse of the Mediterranean that never failed to lift my heart.
Super-CannesCannes – Mandelieu Airport
Cannes France
Source: ‘In fact, Paul, once you've settled in I strongly recommend a heart attack. Or a nervous breakdown. The paramedics will know everything about you -- blood groups, clotting factors, attention-deficit disorders. If you're desperate, you could even have a plane crash -- there's a small airport at Cannes-Mandelieu.‘
Super-CannesGrasse France
Source: ‘Grasse and Le Cannet aren't far away, but you'll find all this handy. There's everything you need, Jane -- sports equipment, video-rentals, the New York Review of Books ...‘
Super-CannesLe Cannet France
Source: ‘Grasse and Le Cannet aren't far away, but you'll find all this handy. There's everything you need, Jane -- sports equipment, video-rentals, the New York Review of Books ...‘
Super-CannesMarina Baie des Anges
Villeneuve-Loubet France
Source: To the east, beyond Cap d'Antibes, the ziggurat apartment buildings of Marina Baie des Anges loomed larger than the Alpes-Maritimes, their immense curved facades glowing like a cauldron in the afternoon sun.
Super-CannesGolfe-Juan
Vallauris France
Source: ‘I'll give you a list of interesting restaurants,‘ Penrose told her. He sat by himself in the centre of the wicker sofa, arms outstretched in the pose of a Hindu holy man, surveying us in his amiable way. ‘Tetou in Golfe-Juan does the best seafood. You can eat Graham Greene's favourite boudin at Chez Felix in Antibes.
Super-CannesAntibes France
Source: ‘I'll give you a list of interesting restaurants,‘ Penrose told her. He sat by himself in the centre of the wicker sofa, arms outstretched in the pose of a Hindu holy man, surveying us in his amiable way. ‘Tetou in Golfe-Juan does the best seafood. You can eat Graham Greene's favourite boudin at Chez Felix in Antibes.
Super-CannesCagnes-sur-Mer France
Source: She loosened her robe, then noticed a light aircraft that was circling Eden-Olympia, advertising a satellite-dish agency in Cagnes-sur-Mer. She retreated into her bedroom and stood by the window, smearing face cream onto her cheeks with an automatic hand.
Super-Cannes Republic of Maldives
Source: During our Maldives honeymoon she snorkelled on the outer, and dangerous, side of the reef, and befriended a female conger eel.
Super-CannesLe Cannet France
Source: ‘I thought everyone was killed at Eden-Olympia? Dr Serrou lived in Le Cannet.‘
Super-CannesArles France
Source: I remembered her under the roadside plane trees near Arles, calmly sucking a peach as the engine steamed and I rigged an emergency fan belt from a pair of her tights.
Super-Cannes38, rue des Serbes
Cannes France
Source: On the steps of the Palais des Festivals the orthopaedic surgeons were emerging from their lecture. I followed Frances into the narrow streets to the west of the Gray d'Albion Hotel, happy to be in the company of this distracted but glamorous woman.
Super-CannesPalais des Festivals et des Congrès
Cannes France
Source: On the steps of the Palais des Festivals the orthopaedic surgeons were emerging from their lecture. I followed Frances into the narrow streets to the west of the Gray d'Albion Hotel, happy to be in the company of this distracted but glamorous woman.
Super-CannesPort de la Galere
Theoule-sur-Mer France
Source: ‘For ever‘ was a difficult concept to grasp along this ever-changing coastline. Port-la-Galere, where the chauffeurs‘ widows now lived, lay between Theoule and Miramar, five miles to the west of Cannes.
Super-CannesVieux-Port
Marseille France
Source: I set out along the beach road from the Vieux Port towards La Napoule. A midnight storm had covered the sand with driftwood carried across the water from the Iles de Lerins, where legend had imprisoned the man in the iron mask for ten years in the grim Ste-Marguerite fortress.
Super-CannesMandelieu-la-Napoule France
Source: I set out along the beach road from the Vieux Port towards La Napoule. A midnight storm had covered the sand with driftwood carried across the water from the Iles de Lerins, where legend had imprisoned the man in the iron mask for ten years in the grim Ste-Marguerite fortress.
Super-CannesJuan-les-Pins France
Source: I imagined this rather proud and strained woman moving among the holiday-makers in the streets of Juan-les-Pins, staring into the windows of the boutiques as she held tight to her memories of David Greenwood. Her apartment at Antibes-les-Pins was a decompression chamber, where the explosive forces set off on May 28 were allowed to leak away.
Super-CannesBoulevard d'Alsace
Cannes France
Source: In the nexus of narrow streets beyond the Boulevard d'Alsace congregated another constituency of the night: Maltese whores and their pimps, transvestites from Recife and Niteroi, runners for the dealers waiting in their cars off the Avenue St-Nicolas, smartly dressed matrons who seemed never to find a client but returned evening after evening, teenage boys waiting for the limousines that would ferry them to the villas of Super-Cannes, the mansions of light that rose above the night.
Super-CannesRecife Brazil
Source: In the nexus of narrow streets beyond the Boulevard d'Alsace congregated another constituency of the night: Maltese whores and their pimps, transvestites from Recife and Niteroi, runners for the dealers waiting in their cars off the Avenue St-Nicolas, smartly dressed matrons who seemed never to find a client but returned evening after evening, teenage boys waiting for the limousines that would ferry them to the villas of Super-Cannes, the mansions of light that rose above the night.
Super-CannesNiterói Brazil
Source: In the nexus of narrow streets beyond the Boulevard d'Alsace congregated another constituency of the night: Maltese whores and their pimps, transvestites from Recife and Niteroi, runners for the dealers waiting in their cars off the Avenue St-Nicolas, smartly dressed matrons who seemed never to find a client but returned evening after evening, teenage boys waiting for the limousines that would ferry them to the villas of Super-Cannes, the mansions of light that rose above the night.
Super-CannesAvenue St-Nicolas
Cannes France
Source: In the nexus of narrow streets beyond the Boulevard d'Alsace congregated another constituency of the night: Maltese whores and their pimps, transvestites from Recife and Niteroi, runners for the dealers waiting in their cars off the Avenue St-Nicolas, smartly dressed matrons who seemed never to find a client but returned evening after evening, teenage boys waiting for the limousines that would ferry them to the villas of Super-Cannes, the mansions of light that rose above the night.
Super-CannesToulon France
Source: ‘Toulon ...‘ She seemed thrown by this. ‘I told you they'd leased a lot of cars. Why bring an ambulance from Toulon?‘
Super-CannesMenton France
Source: ‘I felt the same.‘ I tried to find her eyes under the dipping brim of the straw hat. ‘Where did you go?‘ ‘Menton. A small hotel near the old town. There's a friend I had to see, a retired judge. I needed his advice.‘
The Terminal BeachDakar Senegal
Source: Later, with the attacks of beri-beri, the nightmare passed and the waves began to remind him of the deep Atlantic rollers on the beach at Dakar, where he had been born, and of watching from the window in the evenings for his parents to drive home along the corniche road from the airport.
The Terminal BeachAbaiang Kiribati
Source: He had come ashore at midnight, after a hazardous search for an opening in the reef. The small motorboat he had hired from an Australian pearl-diver at Charlotte Island subsided into the shallows, its hull torn by the sharp coral.
The Terminal BeachEnewetak Marshall Islands
Source: August 6. He has the eyes of the possessed. I would guess that he is neither the first, nor the last, to visit the island. -- from Dr C. Osborne, ‘Eniwetok Diary.‘
The Terminal BeachLos Alamos, New Mexico USA
Source: Goodbye, Los Alamos. Again, a block seemed to vanish. The corridors around him remained intact, but somewhere in his mind had appeared a small interval of neutral space.
The Terminal BeachHiroshima Japan
Source: Goodbye, Hiroshima.
The Terminal BeachAlamagordo, New Mexico USA
Source: Goodbye, Alamagordo.
The Terminal BeachMoscow Russia
Source: ‘Goodbye, Moscow, London, Paris, New York ...‘
The Terminal BeachLondon UK
Source: ‘Goodbye, Moscow, London, Paris, New York ...‘
The Terminal BeachParis France
Source: ‘Goodbye, Moscow, London, Paris, New York ...‘
The Terminal BeachNew York, New York USA
Source: ‘Goodbye, Moscow, London, Paris, New York ...‘
The Terminal BeachOsaka Japan
Source: Your sister's children in Osaka in '44, the exigencies of war, I hate to plead them. Most known motives are so despicable, one searches the unknown in the hope that ...
The Enormous SpaceCroydon
London UK
Source: In a sense, the lack of any response reflects the tranquil air of this London suburb. If I were living, not in Croydon but in the Bronx or West Beirut, my action would be no more than sensible local camouflage.
The Enormous SpaceBronx
New York, New York USA
Source: In a sense, the lack of any response reflects the tranquil air of this London suburb. If I were living, not in Croydon but in the Bronx or West Beirut, my action would be no more than sensible local camouflage.
The Enormous SpaceBeirut Lebanon
Source: In a sense, the lack of any response reflects the tranquil air of this London suburb. If I were living, not in Croydon but in the Bronx or West Beirut, my action would be no more than sensible local camouflage.
The Enormous SpaceHeathrow Airport
London UK
Source: Fortunately, an Air India 747 ambles across the sky, searching none too strenuously for London Airport. Mrs Johnson, who shares something of its heavy-bodied elegance, gazes up at the droning turbo-fans.
The Enormous SpaceBrooklands
Weybridge, Surrey UK
Source: I close the windows that face the street, and then step with relief into the open bedrooms above the garden. The walls form sections of huge box-antennae tuned to the light. I think of the concrete inclines of the old racing track at Brooklands, and the giant chambers excavated from the bauxite cliffs at Les Baux, where Margaret first began to distance herself from me.
The Enormous SpaceLes Baux-de-Provence France
Source: I close the windows that face the street, and then step with relief into the open bedrooms above the garden. The walls form sections of huge box-antennae tuned to the light. I think of the concrete inclines of the old racing track at Brooklands, and the giant chambers excavated from the bauxite cliffs at Les Baux, where Margaret first began to distance herself from me.
The Crystal World Cameroon
Source: Politically, this isolated corner of the Cameroon Republic was still recovering from an abortive coup ten years earlier, when a handful of rebels had seized the emerald and diamond mines at Mont Royal, fifty miles up the Matarre River.
The Crystal WorldLibreville Gabon
Source: During the three-day journey from Libreville he had kept to himself, evidently distracted by some private matter, and only began to talk to his table companion when he learned of Dr. Sanders's post at the Fort Isabelle leper hospital.
The Crystal WorldFlorida USA
Source: At this moment at least two other sites exist -- one in the Florida Everglades, and the other in the Pripet Marshes of the Soviet Union.
The Crystal WorldPinsk Marshes Belarus
Source: At this moment at least two other sites exist -- one in the Florida Everglades, and the other in the Pripet Marshes of the Soviet Union.
The Day of CreationRiver Kotto Central African Republic
Source: In the darkness the ivory dust played against the beach in a ghostly surf. Nomads had built small fires, refugees from the Sudan who rested here on their way south to the green forest valleys of the River Kotto.
The Day of Creation Chad
Source: Chance alone, I guessed, had not brought me to this war-locked nation, that lay between the borders of Chad, the Sudan and the Central African Republic in the dead heart of the African continent, a land as close to nowhere as the planet could provide.
The Day of Creation Sudan
Source: Chance alone, I guessed, had not brought me to this war-locked nation, that lay between the borders of Chad, the Sudan and the Central African Republic in the dead heart of the African continent, a land as close to nowhere as the planet could provide.
The Day of CreationToronto Canada
Source: Three months later I joined the World Health Organization, and by a roundabout route -- Toronto, Puerto Rico, Lagos -- I found myself in central Africa.
The Day of Creation Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Source: Three months later I joined the World Health Organization, and by a roundabout route -- Toronto, Puerto Rico, Lagos -- I found myself in central Africa.
The Day of CreationLagos Nigeria
Source: Three months later I joined the World Health Organization, and by a roundabout route -- Toronto, Puerto Rico, Lagos -- I found myself in central Africa.
The Day of CreationNairobi Kenya
Source: When I protested, he informed me that he was concerned with a more interesting project, and at the first opportunity flew to Nairobi.
The DroughtHamilton, Ontario Canada
Source: As he approached the entrance to the river, steering the houseboat among the stranded yachts and fishing boats, the lakeside town of Hamilton was deserted.
The DroughtSaskatchewan Canada
Source: One by one, areas as far apart as Saskatchewan and the Loire valley, Kazakhstan and the Madras tea country were turned into arid dust-basins.
The DroughtLoire valley France
Source: One by one, areas as far apart as Saskatchewan and the Loire valley, Kazakhstan and the Madras tea country were turned into arid dust-basins.
The Drought Kazakhstan
Source: One by one, areas as far apart as Saskatchewan and the Loire valley, Kazakhstan and the Madras tea country were turned into arid dust-basins.
The DroughtChennai India
Source: One by one, areas as far apart as Saskatchewan and the Loire valley, Kazakhstan and the Madras tea country were turned into arid dust-basins.
The DroughtKhartoum Sudan
Source: At Khartoum, in lower Egypt, the White Nile was twenty feet below its mean level ten years earlier, and lower outlets were bored in the concrete barrage of the dam at Aswan.
The DroughtAswan Egypt
Source: At Khartoum, in lower Egypt, the White Nile was twenty feet below its mean level ten years earlier, and lower outlets were bored in the concrete barrage of the dam at Aswan.
The Drowned WorldPiccadilly
London UK
Source: On the Beach at the Ritz .Soon it would be too hot. Looking out from the hotel balcony shortly after eight o'clock, Kerans watched the sun rise behind the dense groves of giant gymnosperms crowding over the roofs of the abandoned department stores four hundred yards away on the east side of the lagoon.
The Drowned World Greenland
Source: The biological mapping had become a pointless game, the new flora following exactly the emergent lines anticipated twenty years earlier, and he was sure that no-one at Camp Byrd in Northern Greenland bothered to file his reports, let alone read them.
The Drowned WorldFranz Josef Land Russia
Source: He had been born and brought up entirely within what had once been known as the Arctic Circle -- now a sub-tropical zone with an annual mean temperature of eighty-five degrees -- and had come southward only on joining one of the ecological surveys in his early 30‘s.
The Drowned World Antarctica
Source: Under the direction of the United Nations, the colonisation began of the Antarctic plateau and of the northern borders of the Canadian and Russian continents.
The Drowned WorldNorthwest Territories Canada
Source: Under the direction of the United Nations, the colonisation began of the Antarctic plateau and of the northern borders of the Canadian and Russian continents.
The Drowned WorldCoventry Street
London UK
Source: ‘Coventry Street, Haymarket ...‘ Kerans read off the rusting Street signs. They stepped quickly into a doorway as Strangman and his pack charged back across the square in a blaze of light and noise, machetes slashing at the rotting boards over the shop-fronts.
The Kindness of WomenThe Bund
Shanghai China
Source: Every afternoon in Shanghai during the summer of 1937 I rode down to the Bund to see if the war had begun.
The Kindness of WomenPudong
Shanghai China
Source: My father's voice had an edge of temper that I had noticed since the labour troubles at his cotton mill in Pootung, on the east bank of the river.
The Kindness of WomenMinghong Road
Shanghai China
Source: Lunghua pagoda was now a heavily armed flak tower equipped with powerful searchlights and rapid-fire cannon.
The Kindness of WomenQingdao China
Source: I tried to explain all this to Peggy, while she waited for her parents to sail from Tsingtao.
The Kindness of WomenWusong China
Source: The Arrawa paused at Woosung, readying itself to join the great tide of the Yangtse as it flowed into the China Sea.
The Kindness of WomenHills Road
Cambridge UK
Source: Women dominated my years at Cambridge -- fellow medical students, the cheerful Addenbrookes nurses I took drinking on the Cam and the moody demonstrators in the Physiology Department, forever polishing their cracked nails behind the jars of embryos -- but none more than Dr Elizabeth Grant.
The Kindness of WomenLakenheath, Suffolk UK
Source: . ‘By the way, you've been to Lakenheath? The big American base?‘ ‘A few times.‘
The Kindness of WomenMoose Jaw, Saskatchewan Canada
Source: Snow lay across Moose Jaw airfield, draped like overnight laundry on the windsocks and the grilles of the landing lights.
The Kindness of WomenSwift Current, Saskatchewan Canada
Source: Officially, I was to practise stalls and spins, and navigate a course to Swift Current before returning to Moose Jaw, but like most of the trainee pilots I had no intention of following my instructions.
The Kindness of WomenWinnipeg Canada
Source: Winnipeg, Regina and Saskatoon were cities of the northern desert, Samarkands of ice.
The Kindness of WomenRegina Canada
Source: Winnipeg, Regina and Saskatoon were cities of the northern desert, Samarkands of ice.
The Kindness of WomenSaskatoon Canada
Source: Winnipeg, Regina and Saskatoon were cities of the northern desert, Samarkands of ice.
The Kindness of WomenMedicine Hat Canada
Source: The two planes had crept behind me as I cruised over the snow-covered wastes of Deer Lake, listening to the country music broadcast from a Medicine Hat radio station.
The Kindness of WomenOld Charlton Road
Shepperton, Surrey UK
Source: The modest houses in Charlton Road sat in their quiet suburban gardens, but seeing them through the dog's and the children's eyes transformed the rose bushes and rockeries, the freshly painted front doors and forgotten roller skates.
The Kindness of WomenRosas Spain
Source: I was swimming strongly, four hundred yards from the beach at Santa Margarita, when I saw the Estartit ferry steering towards me. Loaded with holiday-makers on their way to Cadaques and the Dali mansion at Port Lligat, it cut through the dark water where the Bay of Rosas met the open sea.
The Kindness of WomenPort Lligat Spain
Source: I was swimming strongly, four hundred yards from the beach at Santa Margarita, when I saw the Estartit ferry steering towards me. Loaded with holiday-makers on their way to Cadaques and the Dali mansion at Port Lligat, it cut through the dark water where the Bay of Rosas met the open sea.
The Kindness of WomenL'Estartit Spain
Source: I was swimming strongly, four hundred yards from the beach at Santa Margarita, when I saw the Estartit ferry steering towards me. Loaded with holiday-makers on their way to Cadaques and the Dali mansion at Port Lligat, it cut through the dark water where the Bay of Rosas met the open sea.
The Kindness of WomenCadaqués Spain
Source: I was swimming strongly, four hundred yards from the beach at Santa Margarita, when I saw the Estartit ferry steering towards me. Loaded with holiday-makers on their way to Cadaques and the Dali mansion at Port Lligat, it cut through the dark water where the Bay of Rosas met the open sea.
The Kindness of Women Gibralta
Source: A new Europe had sprung up along the beaches of the Mediterranean, in effect a linear city 3000 miles long and 300 metres deep, that stretched from Gibraltar to Glyfada Beach beyond the eastern suburbs of Athens.
The Kindness of WomenGlyfada Greece
Source: A new Europe had sprung up along the beaches of the Mediterranean, in effect a linear city 3000 miles long and 300 metres deep, that stretched from Gibraltar to Glyfada Beach beyond the eastern suburbs of Athens.
The Kindness of WomenRegent Street
London UK
Source: ‘Peter Lykiard. You're from London? Good. I teach at Regent Street Poly.‘ He pointed to the couple in the water. ‘Robert and Muriel Joubert, from Nanterre.
The Kindness of WomenNanterre France
Source: ‘Peter Lykiard. You're from London? Good. I teach at Regent Street Poly.‘ He pointed to the couple in the water. ‘Robert and Muriel Joubert, from Nanterre.
The Kindness of WomenAvenida Atlantica
Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Source: ‘A film festival,‘ Dick Sutherland remarked over our third rum collins at the Copacabana Palace Hotel, ‘gives you a fair idea of what the future will be like.‘
The Kindness of WomenRunnymede, Surrey UK
Source: Two hours later we moored at Runnymede and walked across the meadow towards the hills that rose through the woods.
The Unlimited Dream CompanyShepperton, Surrey UK
Source: Above the film studios helicopters are circling. Soon the police will land on this empty shopping mall, no doubt keen to question me about the disappearance of Shepperton's entire population.
The Unlimited Dream CompanyWalton Bridge
Shepperton, Surrey UK
Source: At last I was about to escape from this suffocating town. I sat impatiently beside Stark as we queued to cross Walton Bridge. It was now late afternoon, and the bridge approaches were filled with traffic returning from London.
The Wind from NowhereHeathrow Airport
London UK
Source: Donald Maitland noticed it as he rode back in the taxi from London Airport, after waiting a fruitless forty-eight hours for his Pan-American flight to Montreal.
The Wind from NowhereMontreal Canada
Source: Donald Maitland noticed it as he rode back in the taxi from London Airport, after waiting a fruitless forty-eight hours for his Pan-American flight to Montreal.
The Wind from NowhereCherbourg France
Source: QUEEN MARY AGROUND NEAR CHERBOURG High Winds Hamper Rescue Launches
The Wind from NowhereLancaster Gate
London UK
Source: At Lancaster Gate they turned into Hyde Park and drove slowly through the windswept trees toward Knightsbridge.
The Wind from NowhereHyde Park
London UK
Source: At Lancaster Gate they turned into Hyde Park and drove slowly through the windswept trees toward Knightsbridge.
The Wind from NowhereKnightsbridge
London UK
Source: At Lancaster Gate they turned into Hyde Park and drove slowly through the windswept trees toward Knightsbridge.
The Wind from Nowhere25 Lowndes Square
London UK
Source: ‘29 Lowndes Square! Looks as if you've been having some pretty rough weather here.‘
The Wind from NowhereNew Delhi India
Source: Our correspondent in New Delhi has stated that the Indian government is to introduce a number of relief measures ...
The Wind from NowhereTunis Tunisian Republic
Source: FROM: ADMIRAL HAMILTON, CIC U.S. SIXTH FLEET, USS EISENHOWER, TUNIS. TO: COMMANDER LANYON, USS TERRAPIN, GENOA GENERAL VAN DAMM NOW IN U.S. MILITARY HOSPITAL, NICE. MULTIPLE SPINAL FRACTURES. COLLECT TROOP CARRIER FROM NATO TRANSPORT POOL, GENOA. EXPECTED WIND SPEED: 85 KNOTS.
The Wind from NowhereGenoa Italy
Source: FROM: ADMIRAL HAMILTON, CIC U.S. SIXTH FLEET, USS EISENHOWER, TUNIS. TO: COMMANDER LANYON, USS TERRAPIN, GENOA GENERAL VAN DAMM NOW IN U.S. MILITARY HOSPITAL, NICE. MULTIPLE SPINAL FRACTURES. COLLECT TROOP CARRIER FROM NATO TRANSPORT POOL, GENOA. EXPECTED WIND SPEED: 85 KNOTS.
The Wind from NowhereNice France
Source: FROM: ADMIRAL HAMILTON, CIC U.S. SIXTH FLEET, USS EISENHOWER, TUNIS. TO: COMMANDER LANYON, USS TERRAPIN, GENOA GENERAL VAN DAMM NOW IN U.S. MILITARY HOSPITAL, NICE. MULTIPLE SPINAL FRACTURES. COLLECT TROOP CARRIER FROM NATO TRANSPORT POOL, GENOA. EXPECTED WIND SPEED: 85 KNOTS.
The Wind from NowhereOkinawa Japan
Source: ‘ ... no news available on the Pacific area, but heavy flooding and winds of hurricane force are believed to have caused thousands of casualties in islands as far apart as Okinawa and the Solomons.
The Wind from Nowhere Solomon Islands
Source: ‘ ... no news available on the Pacific area, but heavy flooding and winds of hurricane force are believed to have caused thousands of casualties in islands as far apart as Okinawa and the Solomons.
The Wind from NowhereSanremo Italy
Source: They passed through San Remo, the lines of hotels shuddering as the wind thrashed across the hundreds of shuttered balconies.
The Wind from NowhereTokyo Japan
Source: TOKYO: 174 mph. 99% of the city down. Explosive fires from Mitsubashi steelworks spreading over western suburbs.
The Wind from NowhereRome Italy
Source: ROME: 176 mph. Municipal and office buildings still intact, but Vatican roofless, dome of St. Peter's destroyed.
The Wind from NowhereNew York, New York USA
Source: NEW YORK: 175 mph. All skyscrapers in Manhattan windowless and abandoned. TV aerial and tower of Empire State Building down.
The Wind from NowhereVenice Italy
Source: VENICE: 176 mph. City abandoned. Casualties: 2,000. Heavy seas have demolished Grand Canal palazzos. St. Mark's Square under water, campanile down. All inhabitants on mainland.
The Wind from NowhereArkhangelsk Russia
Source: ARCHANGEL: 68 mph. No casualties. Intact. Airfield and harbour closed.
The Wind from NowhereCape Town South Africa
Source: CAPE TOWN: 74 mph. 4 casualties. Intact.
The Wind from Nowhere Singapore
Source: SINGAPORE: 178 mph. City abandoned. Government control nonexistent. Casualties: 25,000.
The Wind from Nowhere Greenland
Source: However, the weather ship Northern Survey off the coast of Greenland, where the wind speed is down to a mere 85 mph, has reported data indicating, as one would expect, that the velocity of the global air stream declines with decreasing density, and that at 45,000 feet the air speed is approximately 45 mph at the equator and 30 mph over this latitude.‘
The Wind from NowhereRussell Square
London UK
Source: ‘What are the latest casualties at Russell Square?‘ Marshall asked a young lieutenant sitting at a desk in front of a TV set, watching the screen as he talked rapidly into a boom mike jutting from his shoulder.
The Wind from NowhereTrafalgar Square
London UK
Source: They made their way into Trafalgar Square, turned up the west side toward the National Gallery.
The Wind from NowhereHaymarket
London UK
Source: Along the north side a tunnel of sandbags ran from the Haymarket and turned up into Charing Cross Road.
The Wind from NowhereCharing Cross Road
London UK
Source: Along the north side a tunnel of sandbags ran from the Haymarket and turned up into Charing Cross Road.
The Wind from NowhereShaftesbury Avenue
London UK
Source: As they moved up Shaftesbury Avenue toward Holborn, Marshall waved Deborah forward and she joined him and rested her elbows on the traverse.
The Wind from NowhereKingsway
London UK
Source: Searchlights played across Kingsway as they crossed the road, shone into the observation window and momentarily dazzled them.
The Wind from NowhereSouthampton Row
London UK
Source: Ahead, along Southampton Row, was a group of vehicles -- three Centurion tanks, each pulling a steel trailer.
The Wind from NowhereRussell Square
London UK
Source: Musgrave joined them, and together the column moved slowly up toward Russell Square
The Wind from NowherePark Lane
London UK
Source: They reached Marshall's house in Park Lane in half an hour, towed by one of the Centurions.
The Wind from NowhereHampstead
London UK
Source: ‘There's a big navy crawler on its way down from Hampstead,‘ the guard told Maitland curtly. ‘They'll tow you back to the Green Park base.‘
The Wind from NowhereGreen Park
London UK
Source: ‘There's a big navy crawler on its way down from Hampstead,‘ the guard told Maitland curtly. ‘They'll tow you back to the Green Park base.‘
The Wind from NowhereLondon Bridge Road
London UK
Source: Avery smiled sombrely. ‘London Bridge is falling down,‘ he said quietly.
The Wind from NowhereHyde Park Corner
London UK
Source: They stopped just past Hyde Park Corner in the entrance to Knightsbridge. Maitland pressed his face to the window slit, looked out at the dim outlines of the office blocks and apartment buildings in the darkness.
The Wind from NowhereKnightsbridge
London UK
Source: They stopped just past Hyde Park Corner in the entrance to Knightsbridge. Maitland pressed his face to the window slit, looked out at the dim outlines of the office blocks and apartment buildings in the darkness.
The Wind from NowhereBrompton Road
London UK
Source: Harrod's department store lay in ruins, brownstone facing tiles lying thickly across the roadway, the wind picking like a thousand vultures at the tangle of girders and masonry, detaching fragments of furniture and tattered drapery and carrying them away in its fleeting clasp.
The Wind from NowhereHammersmith Broadway
London UK
Source: ‘Take that back to Knightsbridge Underground,‘ he barked at them. ‘Follow the Piccadilly Line to Hammersmith and you'll be picked up there. Got it?‘
The Wind from NowherePelham Street
London UK
Source: They were steered onto the platform, jumped down between the rails and began to walk along to the next station, South Kensington. Electric bulbs strung along the tunnel shone down onto the track.
The Wind from NowhereSloane Street
London UK
Source: Two hundred yards down Sloane Street the tunnel ended in a short flight of steps into a small fortified basement below one of the office blocks.
The Wind from NowherePortsmouth UK
Source: ‘Portsmouth, England, eh? Do you think they've got any more corpses for us to collect?‘
The Wind from NowhereNew Jersey USA
Source: ‘Had a signal in from a USAF field in New Jersey. Apparently New York is a total write-off.
The Wind from NowhereBirmingham UK
Source: ‘This is the provincial set-up. Birmingham: an estimated 300,000 people are sheltering in the coal mines around the city. Ninety-nine per cent of the city is down.
The Wind from NowhereWest Bromwich UK
Source: Tremendous fires from the refineries at West Bromwich swept across the ruins yesterday, finished off what little the wind had left. Estimated casualties: 200,000.‘
The Wind from NowhereLondon Road
Manchester UK
Source: ‘Manchester: heavy casualties were caused yesterday when the roof of London Road station caved in. For some reason the authorities have been concentrating people there, there were something like 20,000 packed between the platforms.‘
The Wind from NowherePortsmouth UK
Source: ‘A few navy units are operating bases around the Portsmouth and Plymouth areas -- the defences and arsenals there are tunnelled deep underground, but in general military control is breaking down.
The Wind from NowherePlymouth UK
Source: ‘A few navy units are operating bases around the Portsmouth and Plymouth areas -- the defences and arsenals there are tunnelled deep underground, but in general military control is breaking down.
The Wind from NowhereWindsor, Berkshire UK
Source: Driven into the estuary by the wind, powerful seas were flooding into the Thames and being carried up as far as Windsor, sweeping away the locks and spilling over the banks, where they completed the task of destruction started by the wind
Theatre of WarLambeth Road
London UK
Source: Inner London, a back street in Lambeth, where confused street-fighting is taking place. Tank engine noise forms a continuous background to heavy machine-gun fire and intercom chatter.
Theatre of WarManchester UK
Source: GIs relax during a weekend of R & R. Two days ago they were fighting off a Liberation Front offensive in the suburbs of Manchester.
Theatre of WarGrosvenor Square
London UK
Source: COMMENTATOR IN GROSVENOR SQUARE American Embassy in background, surrounded by tanks. GIs and British troops patrol. Muted gunfire near distance, but civilians go about their ordinary lives without concern.
Theatre of WarCookham, Berkshire UK
Source: Here at Cookham, only twenty miles or so from the centre of London, the ‘windfall benefits‘ of the war are more likely to be a sniper's bullet or a barrage of enemy mortar shells. This is one of the so-called pacified villages.
Theatre of WarWindsor, Berkshire UK
Source: By day the British and American forces occupy the bunkers and pillboxes. In the evening they withdraw with the local administrators to a fortified enclave near the American base at Windsor.
The Volcano DancesAcapulco Mexico
Source: ‘He was here,‘ Vandervell corrected. ‘He won't be here any longer. I was with Springman in Acapulco when he looked at the map. He came here.‘
The Volcano DancesIztaccihuatl Mexico
Source: They lived in a house on the mountain Tlaxihuatl half a mile below the summit. The house was built on a lava flow like the hide of an elephant.
The Volcano DancesMexico City Mexico
Source: ‘You should take him back to Mexico City and put him in one of the cabarets. He'd make more than a dollar.‘
The Voices of TimeJodrell Bank
Holmes Chapel, Cheshire UK
Source: A computer at the observatory breaks them down. They were first picked up at Jodrell Bank about twenty years ago. Nobody bothers to listen to them now.‘
War FeverBeirut Lebanon
Source: Ryan's dream of a ceasefire first came to him during the battle for the Beirut Hilton. At the time he was scarcely aware of the strange vision of a city at peace that had slipped uninvited into a corner of his head.
War FeverHalifax, Nova Scotia Canada
Source: ‘You, Ryan? Your parents lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia. You were three months old when they were killed in a car crash. Sadly, there are some deaths we can't yet stop ...‘
The Secret History of World War IIIArlington County
Virginia USA
Source: The other extraordinary feature of World War 3 is that I am virtually the only person to know that it ever occurred. It may seem strange that a suburban paediatrician living in Arlington, a few miles west of Washington DC, should alone be aware of this unique historical event.
The Secret History of World War IIIWashington, Washington DC USA
Source: In January 1993 more than a million people turned out to cheer his inaugural drive through the streets of Washington, while the rest of the world watched on television. If the cathode eye could weep, it did so then.
The Secret History of World War IIIKarachi Pakistan
Source: ‘What's the latest from Pakistan? There's a rumour that the Soviets have dropped paratroops into Karachi. The Delta force is moving from Subik Bay ...‘
The Secret History of World War IIISubic Bay Philippines
Source: ‘What's the latest from Pakistan? There's a rumour that the Soviets have dropped paratroops into Karachi. The Delta force is moving from Subik Bay ...‘
The Secret History of World War IIIKabul Afghanistan
Source: Light rain is forecast for the DC area tonight, and the 8th Air Cavalry have exchanged fire with Soviet border patrols north of Kabul.
The Secret History of World War IIIPennsylvania Avenue
Washington, Washington DC
Source: ‘The traffic in Pennsylvania Avenue is seizing up again, while F-16s of the 6th Fleet have shot down seven MiG 29s over the Bering Strait.
The Secret History of World War IIIBering Strait USA
Source: ‘The traffic in Pennsylvania Avenue is seizing up again, while F-16s of the 6th Fleet have shot down seven MiG 29s over the Bering Strait.
The Secret History of World War IIIOmaha, Nebraska USA
Source: SAC headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, report all B-52 attack squadrons airborne.
The Secret History of World War IIIAlaska USA
Source: The news that nuclear bombs had landed in the deserted mountains of Alaska and eastern Siberia was lost in the torrent of medical reports that covered President Reagan's recovery from his cold.
The Secret History of World War IIISiberia Russia
Source: The news that nuclear bombs had landed in the deserted mountains of Alaska and eastern Siberia was lost in the torrent of medical reports that covered President Reagan's recovery from his cold.
You and Me and the ContinuumDieppe France
Source: Readers will recall that the little evidence collected seemed to point to the strange and confusing figure of an unidentified Air Force pilot whose body was washed ashore on a beach near Dieppe three months later.
You and Me and the ContinuumQueen Mary Reservoir
Staines, Surrey UK
Source: The Madonnas move across London like immense clouds. Painted on clapboard in the Mantegna style, their composed faces gaze down on the crowds watching from the streets below. Several hundred pass by, vanishing into the haze over the Queen Mary Reservoir, Staines, like a procession of marine deities.
You and Me and the ContinuumOmaha, Nebraska USA
Source: An isolated incident at the Strategic Air Command base at Omaha, Nebraska, December 25th, 197 --, when a landing H-bomber was found to have an extra pilot on board. The subject carried no identification tags and was apparently suffering from severe retrograde amnesia.
You and Me and the ContinuumFylingdales, North Yorkshire UK
Source: Even now, through the afternoon sunlight over this provincial city, he could read the comsat relays and the radar beams of Fylingdales and the Norad line in northern Canada, and hear the answering over-the-horizon probes of the Russian sites near Murmansk, distant lions roaring their fear at each other, marking their claims to impossible territories.
You and Me and the ContinuumBaffin Island, Nunavut Canada
Source: Even now, through the afternoon sunlight over this provincial city, he could read the comsat relays and the radar beams of Fylingdales and the Norad line in northern Canada, and hear the answering over-the-horizon probes of the Russian sites near Murmansk, distant lions roaring their fear at each other, marking their claims to impossible territories.
You and Me and the ContinuumMurmansk Russia
Source: Even now, through the afternoon sunlight over this provincial city, he could read the comsat relays and the radar beams of Fylingdales and the Norad line in northern Canada, and hear the answering over-the-horizon probes of the Russian sites near Murmansk, distant lions roaring their fear at each other, marking their claims to impossible territories.
The Dying FallTower of Pisa
Pisa Italy
Source: Three years have passed since the collapse of the Tower of Pisa, but only now can I accept the crucial role that I played in the destruction of this unique landmark.
The Dying FallFlorence Italy
Source: I suggested a holiday in Italy. I had arranged to give three lectures at the University of Florence, which would pay for our air fares, and then we would be free to enjoy ourselves in the Tuscan countryside.
The Secret Autobiography of J.G. B******Shepperton, Surrey UK
Source: On waking one morning, B was surprised to see that Shepperton was deserted. He entered the kitchen at 9 o'clock, annoyed to find that neither his post nor the daily newspapers had been delivered, and that a power failure prevented him from preparing his breakfast.
The Secret Autobiography of J.G. B******Walton-on-Thames, Surrey UK
Source: Leaving Shepperton, B crossed the Thames to the nearby town of Walton. There again he found the streets completely silent.
The Secret Autobiography of J.G. B******Birmingham UK
Source: He drove as far north as Birmingham without seeing a soul, then drove down to the south coast and followed the road from Brighton to Dover.
The Secret Autobiography of J.G. B******Brighton UK
Source: He drove as far north as Birmingham without seeing a soul, then drove down to the south coast and followed the road from Brighton to Dover.
The Secret Autobiography of J.G. B******Dover UK
Source: He drove as far north as Birmingham without seeing a soul, then drove down to the south coast and followed the road from Brighton to Dover.
The Secret Autobiography of J.G. B******Calais France
Source: At Calais he wandered for an hour through the deserted streets, and in the silent shops listened in vain to telephones that never replied. Then he retraced his steps to the port and returned to England.
The Side-Effects of Orthonovin GChicago, Illinois USA
Source: I was born in Chicago, Illinois, and lived there until I went away to college. But I have had anything but a protected life.
The Side-Effects of Orthonovin GSt. Louis, Missouri USA
Source: I was born and educated in St. Louis, Missouri. I lived at home with my family while attending Washington University.
The Side-Effects of Orthonovin G Brazil
Source: One year later I was accepted as a member of an exchange-student programme to Brazil. I quickly resumed my new interest in their national sport.
The Violent NoonKuala Lumpur Malaysia
Source: The heavy fetid stench of growth and decay hung in the humid air, slowly swirling round the car as it laboured over the bumps and potholes towards Kuala Lumpur.
The Violent Noon India
Source: Look at India, Burma, Ceylon. Just given away. Given away. And we've collapsed like a pricked balloon.
The Violent NoonHong Kong China
Source: It's rubber and tin and big trading centres like Singapore and Hong Kong. You can't talk of throwing them away."
What I BelieveWake island USA
Source: I believe in the forgotten runways of Wake Island, pointing towards the Pacifics of our imaginations.
What I BelieveTokyo Japan
Source: I believe in Tokyo, Benidorm, La Grande Motte, Wake Island, Eniwetok, Dealey Plaza.
What I BelieveBenidorm Spain
Source: I believe in Tokyo, Benidorm, La Grande Motte, Wake Island, Eniwetok, Dealey Plaza.
What I BelieveLa Grande-Motte France
Source: I believe in Tokyo, Benidorm, La Grande Motte, Wake Island, Eniwetok, Dealey Plaza.
What I BelieveWake island USA
Source: I believe in Tokyo, Benidorm, La Grande Motte, Wake Island, Eniwetok, Dealey Plaza.
What I BelieveEnewetak Atoll Marshall Islands
Source: I believe in Tokyo, Benidorm, La Grande Motte, Wake Island, Eniwetok, Dealey Plaza.
What I BelieveDealey Plaza
Dallas, Texas USA
Source: I believe in Tokyo, Benidorm, La Grande Motte, Wake Island, Eniwetok, Dealey Plaza.
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