Berry was known for being as colourful offstage as he was when he performed. Photograph by Chuckberry.com
On Saturday, 18 March, rock musician Chuck Berry died at the age of 90.
As music journalist and supervising producer of Netflix’s The Get Down, Nelson George says: “He’s one of the great American songwriters.”George spoke with Tom Power today, to discuss the legacy of Berry — both his musical innovation and his troubled personal past.
“His legacy in music is indisputable,” George states.
“But do you co-mingle the person with the art?
And that’s always a complicated question but there’s no question about how important he is.”
Street artist ROA is known for his realistic, larger-than-life murals of animals, and he’s taken his talents to the North West Walls Festival in Belgium.
He was invited to paint in the city of Werchter and utilized an unconventional canvas for his monochromatic illustrations. A giraffe, goat, bear, and more are found on shipping containers rather than on cement walls.
The impressive display features seven containers stacked on top of each other, with two that make up its base. ROA’s ingenious placement transforms the rectangular vessels into cages as we see the animals behind bars and enchained.
A painted rhino spans the height of two units as its belly rests above the doorway of one container and its legs in shackles.
Additionally, the skeleton of another animal is enclosed in another unit.
These elements together create a poignant series that’s a powerful depiction of creatures held in captivity.
Papillotes are a popular Christmas treat in France – the specially wrapped chocolates have romantic origins dating back to the 18th Century.
I tracked down some of the best in a small shop in Paris.
If Willy Wonka was real and a Frenchman, his name would be Philippe Bernachon.
Bernachon is a master chocolate maker. His Lyon kitchen creates the most mouth-watering delicacies – not least, his chocolate bars. Roll over, Wonka’s Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight.
Smooth, very dark or creamy milk – Bernachon bars are oozing with rich, salted caramel or stuffed with pistachio, roasted almonds, candied pineapple and kirsch, marzipan, or bitter orange and crystallised fruits soaked in Grand Marnier.
They’re usually found in only two places in the world – in Lyon or 400km (248 miles) north at a small sweet shop near Montmartre, A L’Etoile d’Or – At the Golden Star.
But last February, The Golden Star blew up, sending the exquisite 19th Century decor, the trays and jars of divine sweetmeats – and Bernachon’s incredible chocolate bars – sky-high.
A gas explosion smashed it all to smithereens.
The proprietor, shocked but unscathed, has been without her shop for months – and Paris is bereft of Bernachon.
Photo by Paul De Gaston/National Geographic Creative, Buddhist priests near Shanghai supping on noodles in 1931.
by Rebecca Rupp
We all know what food is for. Biologically, food is fuel, the stuff that provides us with the energy to do all the things we do.
Like every other animal on the planet-from protozoa to panda bears-we eat in order to live.
For us alone, however, out of all the animal kingdom, food plays a far greater role. Shared food promotes friendship, fellowship, and communication, and functions as social glue.
Food is an integral part of life’s transitions: we have wedding and birthday cakes, funeral casseroles, celebratory champagne, and that rite-of-passage first legal beer.
Food is symbolic: on New Year’s Day, for example, depending where and who we are, we eat grapes, lentils, black-eyed peas, or soba noodles for luck.
Christians celebrate Shrove Tuesday with pancakes and Good Friday with hot cross buns; Jews commemorate Passover with bitter herbs and unleavened bread; and Muslims, after Ramadan, traditionally break their long fast with dates.
Food forges our national and cultural identities. Almost every family has its special dishes that—collectively partaken of—solidify the sense of belonging to a tribe.
There’s a good argument that many of the characteristics that define us as human evolved from our peculiar custom of sitting down together for dinner.
Among these are kinship systems, spoken language, technology, and a sense of right and wrong—all of which may have their roots in food, brought home and divvied up among people gathered together around a primitive communal hearth.
Researchers guess that we (and our distant ancestors) have been sharing meals in this way for nearly two million years.
Afghan women share a meal of flatbread, goat, lamb, and fruit in the Women’s Garden, a refuge for conversation and confidences outside the city of Bamian.
The garden and surrounding park were created to promote leisure activities for women and families. For this group it includes the chance to bond over food. Lynsey Addario, Reportage by Getty Images/National Geographic