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Saturday 05 December 2009

Actor Richard Johnson, star of Hollywood films, stage and radio, was interested in environmental issues long before they became a widespread concern. He talks to Sandi Toksvig about his latest real-life role as the founder of a responsible tourism website which enables people to find and compare green destinations. He has also taken up travel writing for a newspaper and reveals how it has led him to go white water rafting at the age of 82.

Angola is often described as war-torn although the civil war, which ravaged the country for decades, is now over. Sandi meets Mike Stead, formerly 'our man in Luanda', about why he has written a guide to a country where there are few tourists and whose facilities for them can be measured by the fact that it has, apparently, only one working escalator.

  • Richard and Lynne Johnson

    Richard Johnson is an actor. A Hollywood star in the fifties and sixties, he starred in many famous films including Khartoum with Laurence Olivier and Charlton Heston, Moll Flanders with his then wife Kim Novak and Deadlier than the Male as Bulldog Drummond. Richard’s more recent roles include parts in the film The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and in the Radio 4 Dickens spoof comedy Bleak Expectations, currently in its third series.

    Richard first got interested in green issues in the early 1960s inspired by a book called Silent Spring by the American marine biologist Rachel Carson. In the seventies, Richard turned his hands to organic gardening and in the late eighties with his wife Lynne, he started an organic hotel.

    He’s also the founder of It’s a Green Green World an independent directory of places which provide green holidays or accommodation all over the world. His wife Lynne, a software engineer is also member of the GGW team.

    Find out more about It's a Green Green World
  • Mike Stead

    Mike Stead has worked in the diplomatic service of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for 30 years. Mike was Deputy Head of Mission and Consul at the British Embassy in Luanda the capital of Angola for a twelve month tour. Mike talks about his experiences of a chaotic country with spectacular waterfalls and scenery but also his encounters with wildlife and being detained by over zealous police. He is co-author of the new Bradt Guide to Angola.

    Angola (Bradt Guide)
    by Mike Stead (Author), Sean Rorison (Author)
    Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 1 edition
    ISBN-10: 1841623040
    ISBN-13: 978-1841623047

    Eco Tur “a young Angolan company registered locally with the Ministry of Tourism and pioneering development in the specialist Eco Tourism sector”

    Find out more about Eco Tur


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