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Burma - Egypt - World's longest climb

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 24 September 2011

John McCarthy asks the historian Thant Myint-U, who visits Burma regularly, about the recent political developments there and its role in south east Asia. Thant reflects on the how the country's relationship with tourism might also change. The author and traveller Anthony Sattin tells John how the history of Egypt has attracted traders and tourists and how the change of government there too has affected tourism. John also finds out from Pauline Sanderson about her part in the world's longest climb from the Dead Sea to Everest which involved an eight thousand kilometre cycle ride through countries like Iran and Pakistan topped of with an ascent of the highest mountain.

Producer: Harry Parker.

  • Thant Myint-U

    is a historian and previously the holder of several posts at the UN dealing with Cambodia and the former Yugoslavia. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma and The Making of Modern Burma and "The UN Secretariat: A Brief History". Thant is the grandson of U Thant, the United Nations Secretary General who died in 1974.

    Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia
    Publisher: Faber and Faber
    ISBN-10: 0571239633
    ISBN-13: 978-0571239634

    Find out more about Thant Myint-U
  • Anthony Sattin

    is a writer, critic and broadcaster. He has travelled extensively in the Middle East and North Africa and is the author of several books on those regions, particularly Egypt. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and sits on the editorial advisory board of Geographical Magazine.

    Lifting the Veil: Two Centuries of Travellers, Traders and Tourists in Egypt
    Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
    ISBN-10: 1848857691
    ISBN-13: 978-1848857698

    Find out more Anthony Sattin
  • Pauline Sanderson

    is a motivational speaker specialising in training and development. In 2005 she was a member of a team which cycled from the Dead Sea to Everest and then climbed the mountain.

    The World’s Longest Climb: Dead Sea to Everest Summit
    Publisher: Grafika Limited
    ISBN-10: 0954108949
    ISBN-13: 978-0954108946

    Find out more about Pauline Sanderson


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