Iran in 1960

A visit to Iran, ancient and modern, looking at caviar and carpets, oil wells and airports.

June 15, 1960: British reporter Tim Brinton visits Iran on the New Golden Circle service from London to Tehran. Looking around the city of buildings and people Brinton travels north towards the Caspian Sea through the Karaj Valley and towards the Alborz Mountains. Brinton meets some nomads and shares some of their unleavened bread. Travelling onwards, past the construction of the Karaj Dam and visits locals in the village due to be swamped by the dam. There are many small farms on the plains towards the Caspian Sea and new motels are springing up around the Caspian. The Pahlevi Dynasty built hotels for royal guests, that are now available for paying guests and Brinton interviews one of the hotel managers.

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"They prefer rice to caviar"

by ghalam-doon on

Thank God the destitute prefers rice to caviar. Can you imagine what would have happened if it was otherwise? They should have fed them with caviar!


Tim Brinton

by rpRoshan on

is one cool cat! Love the translations!