delta crime report

I’ve been harvesting odd stories and snapshots of life from the crime reports in the local papers here in the Mississippi Delta. Some criminals here have unusual names, like Fonda Fry Golden (contempt), Charles Dickens (domestic violence), or Kunte Kinta Blissett (contempt). Of the Delta newspapers, the Enterprise-Tocsin in Indianola does the best job with its…

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Richard Grant’s ideal US road trip

Let the dawn rise behind you, and drive on towards the sunset. The great American road trip goes west, not east, and it ends at the barrier of the Pacific Ocean. Westward like the pioneers, you travel through ever bigger, emptier and more dramatic landscapes. The skies get taller. The horizons stretch out. You reach…

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St Lucia’s warmest of welcomes

How strange to be in this vast, opulent villa in St Lucia by myself. I wander through the seven double bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. White walls, high ceilings, dark-wood floors, big airy rooms with ocean views – where in this wilderness of elegance shall I sleep? I settle on an upstairs room with…

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Radio

Some radio links to check out 🙂 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01bsmdg http://www.worldfootprints.com/info?info=authors-corner http://www.ricksteves.com/radio/protected/descriptions.cfm?showID=376

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Port Magazine

Check out Richard’s essay about fear and risk in issue 4 of Port magazine http://port-magazine.com/2012/01/port-issue-4-for-ipad/

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that’s so delta

‘That’s So Delta!’ is the marketing slogan adopted by the town of Greenwood, Mississippi. I think of it every time I see a camo golf cart, or drive past the dentist with the Coca-Cola sign. When a fifteen year old girl goes into wailing labor in the clothing aisle of Wal Mart: that’s so Delta.…

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Omo Child

Tribal infanticide is coming to an end in the Omo Valley in Ethiopia. See how in a short film I wrote and narrated The old link stopped working http://omochild.org/videos/omo-child-is-asking-for-your-support-today/

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Road trip USA: Mississippi

‘Nowhere on Earth is more American than the Mississippi delta’, according to journalist and author Richard Grant, which is why he decided to make it his home. In search of the spirit of the Deep South, he takes us on a road trip exploring the eccentricities of the region, from the lobby of the famous…

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Morocco: walking with Berber nomads

  The nomads were on the edge of the desert, sheltering from the sun in a camel-hair tent. Their dogs barked and snarled as we approached. Camels and mules swung their heads and stared. Men came striding out with curved daggers hanging down their backs and long Berber scarves wrapped around their heads and necks.…

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