An unexpected side effect of writing this blog has been that it has inadvertently improved my geography. Despite having O’ Level Geography it never was my strongest subject. Yet I have found myself tracking the global location of “hits” using the site meter.
I have regular hits from America and readers from US states including Georgia, California, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Connecticut, Texas, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Oklahoma, Florida and Virginia. I was puzzled by one regular hit from
until I discovered it was actually the Google search engine. California had sounded so exotic up until that point. Mountain View California
I have received “hits” from
and, for the very first time this week, one from Canada South America in the shape of someone from . Peru and New Zealand have also registered on my site meter as has Australia Scandinavia and most of Europe including former Eastern bloc countries such as , the Poland and Czech Republic . Rather intriguingly I have also had hits from Slovakia , Hong Kong, Vietnam and Indonesia . Singapore
However, the most fascinating for me has been from
in Yerevan . Not only is Armenia the capital, it is also one of the world’s oldest continuously occupied cities, dating back to 800 b.c. In one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century, the Armenian people were targeted by the Yerevan Ottoman Empire for deportation and massacre. The current has vigorously refuted the idea that genocide ever took place. Their political stance has been deemed by some modern scholars to be mere semantics. The deaths of so many hundreds of thousands (and some believe the death toll runs into well over a million and a half Christian Armenians gives the lie to the idea that only Muslim countries have shown religious tolerance towards other faiths within their own borders as opposed to Christian countries. Republic of Turkey
Tate Modern is currently holding an exhibition of the work of the influential American artist, Arshile Gorky (c.1904-1948). An Armenian exile,