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Christopher Ondaatje

Christopher Ondaatje

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First broadcast: Sun 17 Nov 2002

Businessman, Explorer, Philanthropist

Christopher Ondaatje was born in the British colony of Ceylon and educated at Blundell's School in Tiverton, Devon. He moved to Canada and in 1964 was a member of the Canadian Olympic Bobsled team. He is a retired businessman with a taste for adventure, philanthropy and cricket (he is a patron of Somerset County Cricket Club). He is a member of the exclusive club of Labour's 'million plus' donors and his philanthropy does not stop there - he has also given over a million pounds to the Royal Geographical Society and the National Portrait Gallery, who named a wing of the gallery after him.

Married with three children and 12 grandchildren, Mr Ondaatje is now based in London when he is not travelling the world. His lust for adventure has fuelled several books - most famously Journey to the Source of the Nile.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Richard Strauss

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Castaway's favourite

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Einleitung / Introduction

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic

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Kathleen Ferrier

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Blow the Wind Southerly

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Bessie Smith

4.

Bessie Smith

Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out

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Richard Strauss

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Richard Strauss

Marie Theres'! Hab' mir's gelobt (Act 3 Trio) (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Soloist: Agnes Baltsa, Anna Tomowa-Sintow & Janet Terry

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Book

Anthology of Poetry by Robert Service

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Luxury item

The Blue Nude by Justin Deranyagala

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