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Somali Pirates - Montserrat - Languages

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First broadcast:
Saturday 09 July 2011

Sandi Toksvig meets journalist Colin Freeman who was kidnapped by pirates in Somalia whilst investigating them. He tells Sandi about how the total breakdown of law and order has led to piracy on the high seas and poverty on the land. David Edwards had barely arrived in Montserrat in 1995 when the volcanic eruptions took place that were to cover most of the island in ash. He went back 16 years later to see how life has changed for both visitors and residents. Language teacher Elisabeth Smith tells Sandi why the British are so bad at speaking foreign languages when travelling - and what they can do about it.

Producer: Harry Parker.

  • Colin Freeman

    is Chief Foreign Correspondent at the Sunday Telegraph and has visited most of the world’s trouble spots.
    Colin was kidnapped with a Spanish photographer José Cendon whilst in Puntland the semi autonomous region of Somalia on the horn of Africa in 2008; he has written about his experiences and his previous visits to the country in his book Kidnapped – life as a Somali Pirate Hostage.

    Kidnapped . Life as a Somali Pirate Hostage
    Publisher: Monday Books
    ISBN-10: 1906308209
    ISBN-13: 978-1906308209

    Find out more about Colin Freeman
  • David Edwards

    is a geologist and is currently a tutor at the University of West Scotland in Dumfries and also a public speaker on Montserrat. He first went to 1995 to work on wildlife conservation in Montserrat as the volcanic eruptions began which have covered most of the island in ash. He has since revisited Montserrat and explains how it has changed in the intervening years.

    Find out more about David Edwards
  • Elisabeth Smith

    was born and educated in Germany. She has travelled widely and lived for the last twenty years in Spain. Elisabeth is the language teacher behind a number of Teach Yourself courses to help the British embrace talking in tongues. Her latest publications are labelled “Fast…” and cover several languages.

    Fast German, French, Greek, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish
    Publisher: Hodder Education

    Find out more about Elisabeth Smith


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