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03 December 2005

A WINTER WALK

Walking in the winter was a pastime much appreciated by American naturalist and author, Henry Thoreau, "For in the coldest day, and on the bleakest hill, the traveller cherishes a warmer fire within the folds of his cloak than is kindled on any hearth."
Sandi Toksvig discovers many good reasons to resist staying indoors over the winter months with the help of writer, broadcaster and notorious rambler, Mike Harding and well-travelled walker Helen Todd from the Scottish Ramblers' Association.

ARCHITECTURAL TOURISM - THE MODERN DAY GRAND TOUR
Architect and African architecture specialist, Leslie Lokko and journalist Jonathan Lee, author of 50 Great Adventures: Extraordinary Places and the People who Built Them share their knowledge of some of the world's most amazing man-made places.


Presented by Sandi Toksvig

winter walking


This week's guests: 

Mike Harding  is a writer and broadcaster and currently presenter of a weekly folk show on Radio 2.  He is a Fellow Of The Royal Geographical Society, was short-listed for The Boardman Tasker Award For Mountaineering Literature. His new book Yorkshire Transvestite Found Dead on Everest is a collection of columns written for The Great Outdoors magazine.

Yorkshire Transvestite Found Dead on Everest
Publisher: Hayloft
ISBN: 1904524435

Helen Todd has walked all over the world, including the Himalayas and has lived in Japan and Budapest, both countries are amazing for walking as well.
She is the Access Campaign Officer at the Scottish branch of The Ramblers' Association and this year she has been involved in the implementation of the recent Land Reform ( Scotland ) Act 2003, which became fully operational in February 2005.  Helen has been involved in the development of new path networks and the promotion of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. 
 
Ramblers' Association's Annual Festival of Winter Walks
26 December 2005 - 3 January 2006

Leslie Lokko is an architect who built her own house in Ghana using traditional, environmentally-friendly and culturally-sustainable materials and local building techniques. She is also the author of two books, Sundowners and Saffron Skies.

Sundowners
Publisher: Orion mass market paperback
ISBN: 0752859218

Saffron Skies
Publisher: Orion
ISBN: 0752864424 

Jonathan Lee has been travelling for around fifteen years and often goes out of his way to see particular places and buildings.  His interest for architecture and unusual buildings is compliled in a new book 50 Great Adventures: Extraordinary Places and the People who Built Them.

50 Great Adventures: Extraordinary Places and the People who Built Them
Publisher: Prestel Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 3791334344

Architourism: Authentic, Escapist, Exotic, Spectacular
Joan Ockman (Editor), Salomon Frausto (Editor)
Publisher: Prestel Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 379133297X

MUSIC:
Album Title: Ashkhabad : City Of Love
Track (8): Aisha
Composer: G Mamedov
Performer: Ashkhabad
Record label: Realworld CDRW34

ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY 175 TH ANNIVERSARY
On Monday 12th December Excess Baggage is recording a special programme to celebrate the 175th anniversary of The Royal Geographical Society.
Founded originally for the advancement of geographical science, over the years the Society has supported many famous explorers and expeditions, including those of Darwin, Livingstone, Scott and Shackleton.
Sandi Toksvig will be joined by writer and explorer, Redmond O'Hanlon, intrepid geographer, Nick Middleton and the Society's Director, Rita Gardner.

Excess Baggage has several pairs of complimentary tickets to give away. For the opportunity to get hold of a pair, please email Excess Baggage your address and telephone number; or send a postcard with your details to: Excess Baggage, BBC Radio 4, London W1A 1AA

Ticket allocation will take place by random draw on Wednesday 7th December.

Ticket holders should arrive by 6pm at: The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore London SW7 2AR
The Society's entrance is on Exhibition Road . Nearest underground station is South Kensington .

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