With Bradshaw’s 1913 Continental Railway Guide in hand, Michael Portillo ventures east through Romania. He uncovers an unlikely fan of his Bradshaw’s. http://www.bbc.co.uk

Africa Seven Records presents volume two of their Africa Airways compilation, featuring 9 pure african funk tracks.

The compilation opens an absolute corker… ”Na Real Sekele Fo Ya” from Cameroonian-in-Paris Pasteur Lappe. Produced by Jacob Desvarieux of Kassav fame, this track is an instant grabber; Think of the Blockheads ”Rhythm Stick” goes Afro chant with deep, soulful moog grooves and on-point brass stabs.

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Visiting The Newgrange and Knowth Museum (known as Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site) was definitely not planned when we first set foot in the plane from Bucharest to Dublin, but I guess that for some trips we make, it’s good to be spontaneous and accept the invitation to do something else than what you were initially thinking of doing while in Ireland.

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Knowth mounds

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