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Nagaland - Kosovo - Skiing in Iran

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 14 May 2011

John McCarthy hears from architectural journalist Jonathan Glancey about the little visited state of Nagaland in north east India. Although concerned with buildings in his profession, Jonathan has returned several times to a land that has little of the built environment but much stunning mountain scenery - and the wildness of this frontier region gives it the air of a lost kingdom.

When Elizabeth Gowing went to Kosovo to live she found that one way to getting know this country of mixed cultures in the years after its civil war was through beekeeping. John talks to her about how she fell in love with a nation that is finding its feet in modern Europe whilst still holding on to the past - and honey.

John also meets Henry Iddon a British speed skier who grabbed the chance recently to go skiing in Iran where his experiences included the descent of a volcano.

Producer: Harry Parker.

  • Jonathan Glancey

    is a journalist, author and broadcaster. Jonathan’s family had connections with India and Jonathan had read widely about the area as a child so he was keen to visit the region. When he was 20 he first went to Nagaland, a self governing state of North India between Assam and Burma. He has now written about his journeys to what he regards as a kind of lost kingdom.

    Nagaland – A Journey to India’s forgotten Frontier
    Publisher: Faber and Faber
    ISBN-10: 9780571221486
    ISBN-13: 978-0571221486

    Find out more about Jonathan Glancey
  • Elizabeth Gowing

    is a writer, translator. She also teaches and works for The Ideas Partnership, an NGO she founded and acts as educational consultant in Kosovo to UNICEF. In 2006 Elizabeth’s partner became British government advisor to the Kosovo Prime Minister and the couple now live in Kosovo. Elizabeth recounts the story of her first two years in Kosovo in a book entitled Travels in Blood and Honey. She contrasts the violence of the recent past with the peace of the present - and beekeeping in the Balkans.

    Travels in Blood and Honey – becoming a beekeeper in Kosovo
    Publisher: Signal Books Ltd
    ISBN-10: 1904955908
    ISBN-13: 978-1904955900

    Find out more about Elizabeth Gowing
  • Henry Iddon

    is a professional photographer. He started skiing in Scotland at the age of 5. He has since been a member of the Great Britain Speed Skiing Team and been involved with mountaineering exploits across Europe, North America and Asia. Last month Henry made a two week skiing trip to Iran with four other skiers.

    Find out more about Henry Iddon



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