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AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 ICONIC ITEMS - THE SMARTPHONE

There was a time, not so very long ago, when you could gauge whether your cruise had arrived at somewhere rather special by the click of shutters and the whir of camera motor drives. From Miami to Mumbai and Singapore to Sydney the Nikon’s, Pentax, Olympus and Leica held sway, capturing the world’s most alluring ports of call onto real, tactile, film.

 
 

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 ICONIC ITEMS - ESPADRILLES

Is there a shoe that comes close to the espadrille: a universal, inexpensive shoe that is utterly fit for purpose and yet still manages to conjure its own, inimitable, sense of style? Modern contenders (as opposed to pretenders) might include Crocs or, reaching further back and, perhaps, especially for those in the UK, ‘Doc’ Martens. Yet, compared with the espadrille, these are veritable ‘Johnny come lately’ entrants in the contest to find a completely iconic shoe for everyone.

 

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 ICONIC ITEMS - THE ROULETTE WHEEL

Nothing epitomises the chic, high-rolling lifestyle of the world’s top casinos like roulette and the famous roulette wheel. From a James Bond thriller to Elvis’ Vegas and the old Music Hall classic ‘The Man Who Broke The Bank at Monte Carlo’; all classic casino scenes require a roulette table and a spinning wheel.

 

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 ICONIC ITEMS - THE GUITAR

From the fado music that trickles from bars in Lisbon’s Alfama quarter, to the sharp and brilliant tones of Andalusian flamenco, the guitar sits right at the heart of traditional Mediterranean folk culture. Likewise, Jamaican reggae, American blues, jazz, rock and many classical pieces are just as reliant on the guitar.
But can we trace the origins of this iconic and versatile instrument, or have they been lost in the mists of time? Luckily, our musical ancestors have left us both linguistic and physical evidence that, although not always conclusive, suggests that the guitar or something very much like it, has been around for a very long time indeed.