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Allegre Street

The barman grins and points to the mirrored wall behind him, where familiar and unfamiliar bottles of alcohol form a disorderly line on a shelf along the length of the room. Among the boozy kaleidoscope, three dolls in party dresses slouch next to a faded black and white photograph of the bar 40 years ago.

Driving Namibia

Palmwag Oasis

The hard-packed gravel road is deserted - a snaking sliver of insignificance in the great Namibian expanse of dusty scrubland and distant shimmering sand dunes. The only movement under the vast blue sky is the leisurely progress of the little car.

Cuba - Go Before Castro Goes

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In the 1940s and 50s Frank Sinatra and his Mafia friends treated the sumptuous Hotel Na├žional in Havana as their playground. Sinatra provided the cloak of respectability under which dodgy deals took place, and the rich and famous - including Winston Churchill - flocked to the hotspot to gamble, have fun and be seen. 

It Ain't Half Easy

Amazon Peru

We did it. We scraped our weary bones off Finsbury Pavement, jutted a rigid finger at the Gherkin and hitched a ride to Havana.

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Cuba - Go Before Castro Goes

In the 1940s and 50s Frank Sinatra and his Mafia friends treated the sumptuous Hotel Na├žional in Havana as their playground. Sinatra provided the cloak of respectability under which dodgy deals took place, and the rich and famous - including Winston Churchill - flocked to the hotspot to gamble, have fun and be seen. 

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