Last updated: 9 february, 2010 - 13:14 GMT

Message in a Bottle

Message in a bottle. Pic credit: aturkus

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Nina Perry pulls together stories of communication against the odds, using the most unreliable of methods by sending a message in bottle.

One man, Donald Wylie of Orkney in Scotland, received a response to a long-forgotten message he had sent in a bottle 23 years previously. For isolated communities, such as the islanders who once lived on the now uninhabited St Kilda - one of the islands off the coast of Scotland - sending messages in bottles was a vital means of connection with the outside world.

But even now, tales of messages from the sea continue to intrigue and inspire in an age when we are, as Shetland poet Laureen Johnson describes, "trackable, traceable always contactable".

First broadcast 12 February 2010

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