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Villages, Ordnance Survey and Finland

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 23 October 2010

John McCarthy talks to journalist Clive Aslet about the nature of British villages, how they've changed and whether they have become places to visit rather than to live and work in. He tells John some of the stories associated with them and where to find the most attractive villages in the country.
The academic Rachel Hewitt looks at the landscape as it has been mapped by the Ordnance Survey, the history of the organisation and it's impact on our appetite for rambling and hiking.
Rural Finland offers peace and quiet which is just to the businessman John Murolo's taste. A regular visitor to the country he tells John why it is one of the last unspoiled places within easy reach of the UK and how he became such a fan of Finland.

Producer: Harry Parker.

  • Clive Aslet

    is a writer and journalist. He is Editor at Large of the magazine Country Life. He’s also a well-known campaigner on the countryside and other issues. Clive toured 500 of the country’s villages and tells their stories in his latest book entitled Villages of Britain.

    Villages of Britain: 500 villages that made the countryside
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    ISBN-10: 0747588724
    ISBN-13: 978-0747588726

    Find out more about Clive Aslet
  • Rachel Hewitt

    is Leverhume Research fellow at Queen Mary College London. Rachel is the author of the award winning Map of a Nation: A biography of the Ordnance Survey” which recounts the story of the survey of the British Isles, the ‘geographical labourers’ that made it and the maps that they produced.

    Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey
    Publisher: Granta Books
    ISBN-10: 1847080987
    ISBN-13: 978-1847080981

    Find out more about Rachel Hewitt
  • John Murolo

    is a business consultant. John and his wife first went to Finland in 1993 on a holiday at Christmas time. Despite being Italian he has always liked the colder climate of the country as well as its peacefulness and emptiness. After a few days they decided to buy a house there. They have been going there ever since.

    Elks do not Speak English
    Publisher: AuthorHouse
    ISBN-10: 145200983X
    ISBN-13: 978-1452009834

    Find out more about Finland


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