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Cathy MacDonald Cathy MacDonald | 09:54 UK time, Friday, 20 July 2012

This Sunday my special guest is Dr Jim Swire, whose daughter Flora was killed in the Lockebie bombing, In the programme Jim talks about his deep love of the Isle of Skye where he grew up, as well as his connection with one of Scotland's greatest heroines.

30 years working in aid and development work in Africa has given author Chris McIvor a particular view of the way the continent has changed. He also joins me to talk about his latest book 'In The Old Chief's Country', a snapshot from the 1980s - when Zimbabwe was seen as a model country for other to follow.

For all the Olympic athletes, there have been years of training, sacrifice, and intensely hard work. But there's another challenge facing Muslim athletes this time round - in that the Games coincide with the month of Ramadan, the traditional period of Muslim fasting. Professor Mona Siddiqui will be explaining its impact on those involved.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel have always been exempted from military service, but that may be about to change. Journalist Phoebe Greenwood will be explaining why this is such a controversial issue.

The story of a crofter from South Uist, who chose not to talk for 50 years and wove intricate items from grass and leaves is being told in a new play which is touring Scotland. 'Angus - Weaver of Grasses' tells the story of Angus Macphee. I'm joined by Joyce Laing, an art therapist who's collected Angus's work, and Bob Frith, the artistic director of the theatre company who're touring the play.

There's another selection from the Listening Project, and a poem from Egypt in the Written World collection. Together with a great blend of music, listen in this weekend to Sunday Morning With Cathy Macdonald.

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