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03 MAY 2008

ARCHITECTURE
John McCarthy
talks to architectural historian Dan Cruickshank about the journeys he’s made to and from the architectural treasures he visits all over the world.

AUVERGNE
Following in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson, Andy Merrifield travels the Auvergne region of France by donkey and meditates on the benefits of slow, thoughtful travel.


Presented by John McCarthy

Auvergne Volcanoes (Photo by/©: Reciprocity/flickr.com)


Photo: Auvergne Volcanoes (twin peaks of Roche Tuilière and Roche Sanadoire, Auvergne – France) (Photo by/©: Reciprocity/flickr.com)

This week’s guests:

Dan Cruickshank
is an architectural historian. His latest television series Dan Cruickshank’s Adventures in Architecture started on BBC Two at the beginning of April. Dan Cruickshank journeyed around the world to tell the history of mankind in architecture, from an igloo in Greenland to a 12th-century minaret in remote Afghanistan. Dan discusses the planning, organisation and pleasures involved in travelling for his recent series and other trips he’s made.

Dan Cruickshank’s Adventures In Architecture
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
ISBN-10: 029784444X
ISBN-13: 978-0297844440

Dan Cruickshank’s Adventures in Architecture on BBC Two
eight part series: episodes 6, 7, 8 on Wed 7, 14, 21 May
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Andy Merrifield is a former geography teacher from Liverpool who also writes books about philosophy and philosophers. Andy went to live in New York to fulfil a boyhood dream but, weary of the pace of life there, moved to the Auvergne in France. To combat the debilitating speed of everything Andy decided to take a tour following in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson, who in 1878 made a journey around the Auvergne region of France with a donkey called Modestine.

With his own donkey called Gribouille (Scribble) Andy travelled very slowly around Southern France; he has recounted his tranquil trip in a book entitled The Wisdom of Donkeys.

The Wisdom of Donkeys
Publisher: Short Books
ISBN-10: 1906021244
ISBN-13: 978-1906021245

Further reading:

Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes
Robert Louis Stevenson
Publisher: The Echo Library
ISBN-10: 1406830488
ISBN-13: 978-1406830484

Slowness
Milan Kundera
Publisher: Faber and Faber
ISBN-10: 0571179436
ISBN-13: 978-0571179435

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John McCarthy John McCarthy is a widely travelled journalist and presenter with a particular interest in the Middle East.
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