Wednesday, 23 September 2015

JJ Cale Cocaine

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  1. Most users of this website [Orwell Today] will be aware that Orwell's father, Richard Blair, was an opium collector for the British colonial government; the warehouse was where the opium was stored after collection from the local farmers who were forced to grow the crop, before being freighted to Calcutta and thence to China for sale to the thousands of addicts. (When the Chinese Emperor attempted to stop this, the Royal Navy blasted the Chinese into submission - an episode curiously missing from most school history books.) The warehouse has now lost much of its roof, but its size is still impressive.