Atlanta Nostalgia 2014
Atlanta is a city I love and one that I have visited many times, I was thinking about these previous trips the other day and became quite nostalgic; so I contacted the Georgia Travel Office to request a brochure, yes, I know you can read them online but I still like the real ones. The brochure arrived from the USA in just a few days and immediately the cover reminded me that 2014 is not only the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta –see here, but also the 75th anniversary of the Premiere of Gone with the Wind! Now those are reasons enough to go back.
Battle of Atlanta, 1864
The first time I visited Atlanta I had twenty students following me around, I had taken them on an exchange visit to the USA and one of the golden rules of the trip was that we all “do” one cultural thang every day. I had laid down these rules before we left as part of our student teacher contract. Of course it became quite a game as I always managed to lose a few somewhere in the nearest Nike store. However, the outing to the Atlanta Cyclorama proved to be the most successful and I even had problems getting the students to leave; everybody particularly enjoyed the map making activity as the actual site of the battle has been eaten up by Atlanta city.
Gone With the Wind
My lifelong love affair with “Gone with the Wind”, both the novel and the film, didn’t get off to a very good start. I can remember, back in the 60s when my first date invited me to the cinema, there were two films showing at the local cinema, “Poor Cow”, the kitchen sink drama and a re- release of “Gone With The Wind”; there was no choice at all in fact, as my parents had forbidden me to see the unsavoury,” Up the Junction”, my apologies to Ken Loach. Rather than sit through three hours of some romantic Southern saga Nick I think his name was managed to convince me that the end of part one was in fact the end of the film. Now don t ask me how that happened. Worse still, fate made me wait another decade almost until I had to read the novel for a class I was taking in Southern Literature which , of course is when I discovered the dreadful truth- I often wonder what happened to Nick , whatever he became I am sure he was very successful at it.
There is an online version of the guide here
“Tomorrow is another day”, but it’s going to be the day I buy that ticket to Atlanta just in time for the 75th anniversary of GWTW. I am determined not to miss anything this time.
Many Thanks to Georgia! One of the most exciting states in the USA.
Further Reading @ the Guardian Travel Section