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Somali Pirates - Montserrat - Languages

Sandi Toksvig meets Colin Freeman, kidnapped by pirates in Somalia, David Edwards, revisiting Montserrat after the volcanic eruptions and language teacher Elisabeth Smith.

Sandi Toksvig meets journalist Colin Freeman who was kidnapped by pirates in Somalia whilst investigating them. He tells Sandi about how the total breakdown of law and order has led to piracy on the high seas and poverty on the land. David Edwards had barely arrived in Montserrat in 1995 when the volcanic eruptions took place that were to cover most of the island in ash. He went back 16 years later to see how life has changed for both visitors and residents. Language teacher Elisabeth Smith tells Sandi why the British are so bad at speaking foreign languages when travelling - and what they can do about it.

Producer: Harry Parker.

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