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Saturday 31 October 2009

John McCarthy explores Berlin with the head of tourism and a writer who lives there, and finds a forward-looking and vibrant city coming to terms with a turbulent past.

John also meets two former British soldiers who talk about their travelling life with the army.

  • Rory MacLean

    Rory MacLean is a travel writer who’s known Berlin for about thirty years and has lived there for the past twelve months. Rory wrote the forward to a new book City-Lit Berlin, a kind of literary travel guide where the reader can find snatches of literature relevant to Berlin.

    Berlin (City-Lit Series)
    by Heather Reyes (Editor), Katy Derbyshire (Editor)
    Publisher: Oxygen Books
    ISBN-10: 0955970040
    ISBN-13: 978-0955970047

    Find out more about Rory MacLean
  • Burkhard Kieker

    Burkhard Kieker is the Head of the Berlin Tourist Board

    Berlin Tourismus Marketing
    Am Karlsbad 11
    D-10785 Berlin
    e-mail: information@visitBerlin.de
    Tel: +49-(0)30-26 47 48-0

    Visit Berlin (on line information)
  • Music played at start of the programme

    Title: Berlin,du bist so wunderbar
    Artist: Kaiserbase
    Label: Hansa

  • Charlie Bell and Ian Deacon

    Charlie Bell and Ian Deacon are two former British soldiers who write under the non de plume Eddy Nugent. Their latest book The Map of Africa charts their army lives and travels. Charlie and Ian both trained in Harrogate for The Royal Corps of Signals but didn’t know each other until they met up in Belize. They recount some of their travel experiences and observations from their various tours of duty.

    The Map of Africa
    Eddy Nugent
    Publisher: Monday Books
    ISBN-10: 190630811X
    ISBN-13: 978-1906308117


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