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01 April 2006

HITCHHIKING

Five years ago Tom Parry took on a marathon of hitchhiking around Australia. He has published an account of his journey in a new book called Thumbs Up Australia: Hitchhiking the Outback and now joins John McCarthy to share some of the highlights of his trip.

TRANSPORT DESIGN
John McCarthy looks at the way cabins and coaches of aircraft and trains are being constantly refined and redesigned.  John asks Anthony James, Editor of Aircraft Interiors International and Richard Bourne, Fleet Development Engineer for GNER who really benefits from the improvements, the fare paying travellers or the cost conscious transporters? 


Presented by John McCarthy

Thumbs Up Australia (copyright: Tom Parry)


Photo: Thumbs Up Australia

This week's guests:

Tom Parry is a staff writer on the Daily Mirror but five years ago he and Katia, his French girlfriend, now his wife, hitchhiked round the eastern half of Australia. They went from Adelaide to the north across the central desert to Darwin, east, across Queensland and then south down the east coast to Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

Thumbs Up Australia: Hitchhiking the Outback
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 185788390X

Anthony James is the editor of Aircraft Interiors International and Railway Interiors International .

Aircraft Interiors Expo 2006
Date: 4, 5 & 6 April 2006
Venue: Hamburg Messe and Congress ( Hamburg International Exhibition and Conference Centre)

Richard Bourne is Fleet Development Engineer for GNER and is in charge of the redesign of the interiors of the new generation of railway coaches on the line.

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