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The Coconut Viola and an Alpine Party for 36,000

Duration:
11 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 30 August 2013

Justin Rowlatt goes to meet Vinh Bao, the 95 year old thought to be one of Vietnam's greatest traditional musicians and the last guardian of the genre known as Nhac Tai Tu Nam Bo or the Music of Amateurs. Rowlatt finds its embellished notes and ornamentation a hard listen, but acknowledges his western ear may be limiting his appreciation. He also discovers that Vinh Bao is now a computer whizz, teaching students across the world on Skype.

Alex Marshall parties with the Royal Family of Liechtenstein and another 36,000 people. First he hears a downbeat, rather depressing speech from the Prince of Liechtenstein acknowledging the realities of economic global recession, to be followed by a lavish, extravagant party.

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