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14 January 2006

MARIA THERESA THALER
Sandi Toksvig discovers the Austrian coin that conquered the Middle East. The Maria Theresa Thaler was first minted in the 18th century in the reign of Maria Theresa of Austria, the Holy Roman Empress.  This common currency is still used across the Middle East and northern Africa and can be found in Arabian jewellery and in souks.  Sandi is joined by Clara Semple whose book A Silver Legend: The Story of the Maria Theresa Thaler uncovers the story of this remarkable coin.

MONEY
David Else, writer of Lonely Planet guides' to Africa and author of Africa on a Shoestring, has spent much time travelling in some of the more out of the way places on the continent. He shares some useful insights into managing money whilst touring.

AFRICAN ELEPHANTS
Elephants in the national parks of southern Africa are becoming too numerous for their own good and that of other wildlife.  What are the solutions to the problems caused by this excess of elephants?  Sandi Toksvig discusses with David Else, a travel writer specializing in Africa and Graham Boynton Group Travel Editor of the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, the proposed cull of several thousand of the Kruger Park's elephants.  The cull has raised objections from conservation groups around the world and they are now proposing a tourist boycott of South Africa.


Presented by Sandi Toksvig

African elephants


This week's guests:

Clara Semple is an Archeological Artist who worked in the Middle East for most of her life, in Egypt, the Sudan and Yemen.

A Silver Legend: The Story of the Maria Theresa Thaler
Publisher: Barzan Publishing Limited
ISBN: 0954970101 

David Else has travelled and trekked all over the Africa.  He is a travel writer specializing in Africa and a consultant tour leader for specialist trekking companies.

Africa On A Shoestring
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
ISBN: 1740594622

Southern Africa
David Else, Mary Fitzpatrick, Paul Greenway, Andrew Stone
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
ISBN: 1740592239

Lonely Planet: Africa - the South
David Else, Jon Murray, Deanna Swaney
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
ISBN: 0864424736

Graham Boynton grew up in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and lived in various parts of Southern Africa until he was deported from South Africa for his anti apartheid activities.  His book Last Days in Cloud Cuckooland explores the decline of white Africa.  Graham is currently the Group Travel Editor of the Daily and Sunday Telegraph.

Last Days in Cloud Cuckooland
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
ISBN: 0679432043 

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