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Living longer on a Greek island and Venice's Jewish cemetery

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First broadcast:
Thursday 10 January 2013

Good things come to those who wait. That’s what Andrew Bomford learned when he visited the Greek island of Ikaria, where the residents live, on average, ten years longer than most other Europeans. Their longevity has been put down to healthy diet, the local wine, but most of all – as Andrew found – to their relaxed attitude to life. But will a laid-back approach fit with the pressures of modern journalism?

Also on the programme, we visit Venice. Lachlan Goudie skipped the well-known Isola di San Michele, the city’s atmospheric cemetery which visitors pass on their way to the airport. Instead he sought out a burial ground which was used by Venetian Jews during the height of the city’s trade power in the Middle Ages. Until relatively recently the Lido cemetery was in a state of disrepair. So why did Venetians turn their back on the financiers who made them rich?

Presented by Pascale Harter.


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