The Interview

DAVID SHUKMAN

Posted in Interviews, Journalism, Travel, UK by rosalindbrabner on January 12, 2009

david_shukmanLast year I caught up with BBC correspondent David Shukman at a travel conference in Birmingham:

 

 

MY FAVOURITE PLACE

David Shukman

The Isle of Eigg

 

As BBC News Science and Environment Correspondent, David Shukman has travelled all over the world but one of his favourite places is one of the UK’s best kept secrets, The Isle of Eigg in the inner Scottish Hebrides.

 

“You’ll probably get sea sick trying to get there, and you’ll most definitely get rained on but if you get the weather it is just fantastic!”

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

The remote Island which only has 82 inhabitants was introduced to 24 hour power thanks to renewable energy in February. The island which previously ran on diesel generators for only a few hours of the day now has a system which uses a mix of solar, hydro and wind power. Maggie Fyffe, the islands heritage trust sectary explains “the new system has been totally valuable; it’s made a whole world of difference. From everyone relying on their own diesel generators which weren’t at all environmentally friendly to this really has made a huge difference”.

 

For more information about the Isle of Eigg visit http://www.isleofeigg.org/

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The Nicholas Crane Interview

Posted in Interviews, Journalism, Travel, UK by rosalindbrabner on January 12, 2009

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Last year I interviewed the BBC’s Nicholas Crane about all things British:

 

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Adventurer, author and television presenter Nicholas Crane has trekked across Europe, cycled through Asia and has even slept in a tent on the top of the Alps but still regards the UK as one of the most interesting travelling destinations.

 

I haven’t flown recreationally for ten years. I’ve not taken holiday flights, and I’ve stopped writing about places that will encourage people to fly airplanes but I have for work. As it happens I’ve not been on a plane for two years.

 

Ten years ago is somebody said to me can you come to a meeting in Glasgow I’d have flown, well I went to Glasgow on Wednesday, I got up at five in the morning did five hours work on the train got back on the train at four thirty in the afternoon did another five hours work. Train is you can do it is a much more efficient way of travelling than airplane. It’s four hours of completely wasted work time and it costs the nation a fortune.

 

No one is going to tell me that flying internally is a better use of work time, it’s a complete hoax put out by the airline companies. I don’t know how modern companies trying to make money can possibly think that it’s efficient to fly employees internally in Britain.

 

By taking flying out of the equation you become much more inventive and the travelling becomes part of the holiday, part of the fun. The actual business of moving from A to B is fun; nobody can convince me flying is fun.

 

One of the joys of travelling in Britain is the pubs. Modern pubs are absolutely brilliant, you can get great food, if you’re into beer and I am then its great.

 

I feel very strongly that pubs are a national institution worth supporting because they are closing very, very fast. We are loosing hundreds a year.

 

My favourite place in Britain really depends on my mood. There are some really beautiful places to visit along the coast.