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02 AUGUST 2008

SCOTTISH CYCLING – HOT SPOTS

Benedict Allen
examines the pleasures of gentle adventure close to home with Richard Guise who has cycled the West Coast of Scotland, from the Mull of Kintyre to Cape Wrath; and talks to writer Andrew Mueller who travelled to some of the worlds most troubled places from Basra to Kosovo to get a closer understanding of the reasons behind political and social conflict.


Presented by Benedict Allen

Scottish Highlands


Photo: Scottish Highlands - photographer: Jeff Barnes

This week’s guests: 

Richard Guise undertook a 600 or so mile ride from April 2006 to July 2007 as a physical challenge inspired by his friend running a marathon.  Much of his route is relatively little known and Richard found some attractive and remote spots on the Scottish West coast.  He has recounted his experiences of rain, remoteness and midge-free cycling in his new book From The Mull to the Cape: A Gentle Bike Ride on the edge of Wilderness.

From the Mull to the Cape- A Gentle Bike Ride on the edge of Wilderness
Publisher: Summersdale Publishers
ISBN-10: 184024674X
ISBN-13: 978-1840246742

Andrew Mueller is a rock journalist and writer.  At the turn on the millennium he looked forward to ‘the century he would die in’ and wondered why people couldn’t just get it together for a more peaceful century.  In his latest book I Wouldn’t Start From Here, Andrew muses on what he sees as the lunacy of cultural/religious/political hatred and dispute and talks to a wide range of people on his enquiring travels.

I Wouldn’t Start From Here: 21st Century And Where It All Went Wrong
Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd
ISBN-10: 1846271517
ISBN-13: 978-1846271519

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