The Internet and an Inner-city Shepard

The transitional character of Baku was brought home to us this morning as we walked up the street from home in search of an Internet Café. Crossing the road by the gigantic statue of communist era hero Neriman Nerimanof, we passed an old man in the small and scruffy park below the space age Altes Plaza, tending his flock of sheep.

To our left, new Mercedes and BMW’s swished past while on our right the man fed his flock. They looked fat, healthy and contented as they munched their way through breakfast. He gave us a stare that combined vague curiosity with disinterest as we walked on.

Inside the basement Internet café, teens played shoot-‘em-up games like anywhere else in the world, while a bored looking manager looked on…

The contradictions of Baku seem to be mounting…


About stevehollier

Steve Hollier is the editor of AZ Magazine, an English language lifestyle magazine based in Baku, Azerbaijan. He began his career working for a firm of stockbrokers in the City of London then went on to attend the University of Essex where he was awarded an MA in Sociology in 1984. After a career in arts and cultural development work, he became a freelance arts consultant, writer and photographer.
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