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05 November 2005

ROUTEMASTER
A modest but fascinating period of British history is about to come to an end.  After fifty years the Routemaster bus, London 's red painted mobile landmark, is soon to make its last run.

Sandi talks Freelance journalist Travis Elborough about his new book The Bus We Loved: London's Affair with the Routemaster and looks at its role in the capital's transport system. Can it really be bettered by the bendy bus?

EGYPT
Tourists have been visiting the antiquities of Egypt since time immemorial the ancient Greeks and Romans went on the classical equivalent of package tours to see the sphinx and the pyramids. Since then the civilisation has been rediscovered many times by tomb robbers, treasure seekers, archaeologists and sightseers.

Sandi Toksvig is joined by Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley and Bill Dixon an archaeological tourist to find out what attractions the statues of Rameses the second and the treasures of Tutankhamen still hold.



Presented by Sandi Toksvig

Egypt


This week's guests:

Travis Elborough, Freelance Journalist for the Guardian, Sunday times and the Oldie

The Bus We Loved: London 's Affair with the Routemaster
Travis Elborough
Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 1862077940

The Routemaster Association
known officially as the "Routemaster Operators and Owners Association" or RMOOA

Joyce Tyldesley, Freelance Egyptologist and author of Egypt, the book that accompanies the current BBC1 series of the same name.

Egypt, How A Lost Civilization Was Rediscovered
Joyce Tyldesley
Publisher: BBC Books
ISBN: 0563522577

Egypt
Sundays, 9pm, BBC ONE

Bill Dixon, retired pastor who is passionate about all things Egyptian 

BBC Ancient History - Egyptians

Egypt Exploration Society

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