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Stonehenge - Eclipse

More than 20,000 people will have travelled to Stonehenge on Friday 20th June to experience its atmosphere on the longest day of the year. But how long has this ancient monument been a tourist attraction and what is its significance? John McCarthy is joined by Rosemary Hill, author of a new book entitled Stonehenge and Neil McDonald who takes parties of people interested menhirs, to see standing stones around UK and abroad. They discuss why the mystery of the stones has such a hold on travellers.

Total solar eclipses are extraordinary events which have awed and terrified people throughout history and until the 16th century the only way to experience one was to be in the right place at the right time. More recently people have been able to find out when and where eclipses happen and have been keen to travel to out of the way places all around the world see them.
John meets DJ Annie Nightingale and eclipse veteran Sheridan Williams to discover the kind of experiences, spiritual or otherwise, an eclipse chaser can expect to find.

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Sat 21 Jun 2008 10:00