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22 NOVEMBER 2008

HUNGARY

John McCarthy is joined by the British jazz bass player Arnie Somogyi who with his friend the Hungarian guitarist Zsolt Bende travelled recently through the Carpathian mountains, only eating what they were given in exchange for playing their music.  With Arnie's double bass squeezed into a tiny hire car, they went in search of Hungarian and other specialities, including Hungary’s staple dish, goulash.

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
This year Raja Shehadeh, author of the highly praised When the Bulbul Stopped Singing and Strangers in the House, was awarded the prestigious Orwell Prize for Political writing for his acclaimed book Palestinian Walks.  Raja shares his experiences of hill walking in the ever changing landscape of Palestine.


Presented by John McCarthy

Photo: Goulash in a traditional "bogrács" (cauldron) (Ljubomir Radosavljević ©)


Photograph: Photo: Goulash in a traditional "bogrács" (cauldron) (Ljubomir Radosavljević ©)

This week’s guests: 

Arnie Somogyi is a British jazz bass player. Arnie and his friend Zsolt Bende, a Hungarian guitarist, travelled from Budapest in Hungary, across Romania and Transylvania to the Carpathian Mountains. Food was an important part of the journey. Arnie and Zsolt did not want to pay for it but instead tried to exchange music for their meals.

Arnie and Zsolt recount their adventures and share the recipes they brought back in a two part Radio 4 programme called The Goulash Archipelago.

The Goulash Archipelago
BBC Radio 4 - Friday 21 and 28 November
11.00-11.30am
“Arnie Somogyi and Zsolt Bende journey from Budapest to the Carpathian Mountains, sampling food, music and friendship along the way.”

Raja Shehadeh is a Palestinian lawyer and an acclaimed writer who lives in Ramallah. He is a founder of the pioneering human rights organisation, Al-Haq, an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists.

His latest book Palestinian Walks: Notes on a vanishing landscape, was awarded The Orwell Prize in 2008. Raja began hill walking in the Palestinian Territories more than twenty five years ago. In his book Raja describes the developments and changes he has witnessed in a landscape of great natural beauty and shares some of his encounters with the inhabitants of the hills.

Palestinian Walks
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN-10: 1861978995
ISBN-13: 978-1861978998

Palestine Walks: Vanishing Landscape
"Slide show with Raja Shehadeh narrating excerpts from his book: "Palestinian Walks: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape".

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