Foreign Correspondence

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19971014

The first of six programmes.

Sydney.

On 29 December 1889, a letter from Sydney complained of suffering Christmas at 109 degrees in the shade.

Today, most Sydneysiders will be on the beach, a far cry from earlier visitors washed up on the barren shores of Botany Bay.

Red Harrison, the BBC's correspondent in Sydney, selects letters sent from the city over the past two centuries.

19971014

The first of six programmes.

Sydney.

On 29 December 1889, a letter from Sydney complained of suffering Christmas at 109 degrees in the shade.

Today, most Sydneysiders will be on the beach, a far cry from earlier visitors washed up on the barren shores of Botany Bay.

Red Harrison, the BBC's correspondent in Sydney, selects letters sent from the city over the past two centuries.

19971021

BBC correspondent Chris Nutall returns to Istanbul to compare notes with the writings of earlier visitors.

19971021

BBC correspondent Chris Nutall returns to Istanbul to compare notes with the writings of earlier visitors.

19971028

Athens.

As the BBC's Southern Europe Correspondent, Orla Guerin is based in Rome, but her patch extends as far as Athens.

She, along with much earlier correspondents, compares the two ancient cities and assesses how they have survived in the modern world.

19971028

Athens.

As the BBC's Southern Europe Correspondent, Orla Guerin is based in Rome, but her patch extends as far as Athens.

She, along with much earlier correspondents, compares the two ancient cities and assesses how they have survived in the modern world.

Berlin19971111

The first of six programmes.

`Berlin'.

George Eliot, Marx, Lenin and Wagner all corresponded from `this most right-angled of cities', while Harold Nicholson witnessed its post-war ruins.

The BBC's former Berlin correspondent, Caroline Wyatt, selects from their letters and gives her own view of the city today.

Berlin19971111

The first of six programmes.

`Berlin'.

George Eliot, Marx, Lenin and Wagner all corresponded from `this most right-angled of cities', while Harold Nicholson witnessed its post-war ruins.

The BBC's former Berlin correspondent, Caroline Wyatt, selects from their letters and gives her own view of the city today.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950101]

1: Brussels. James Robbins, the BBC's Europe correspondent, steps back to look at Brussels through the eyes of earlier correspondents. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950101]

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950108]

2: Paris. Kevin Connolly, the BBC's

Paris correspondent, finds his adopted city has been admired and disparaged by letter writers for centuries. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950108]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19950122]

4: Cairo. Stephen Sackur, the BBC's

Cairo correspondent, selects from the letters of Florence Nightingale, Flaubert and Edward Lear - all visitors to the city. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950122]

Unknown: Edward Lear

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950129]

5: Moscow. Angus Roxburgh, the BBC's man in Moscow, looks at letters sent home from his adopted city. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950129]
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New York. In the last of the series

Richard Quest compares immigrants' letters home from New York with the gleeful comments of British writers embarking on lucrative lecture tours. Producer Kate Whitehead

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Six foreign correspondents look back on past writings about the countries where they are posted.

1: Brussels. The BBC's Europe Correspondent, James Robbins , takes a step back from the daily news round to look at Brussels through the eyes of earlier correspondents, often writing home about their first foreign experience, whether it was for pleasure, business, or battle. Producer Kate Whitehead Rpt

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Unknown: James Robbins

Producer: Kate Whitehead Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950530]

2: Paris. The BBC's Paris

Correspondent, Kevin Connolly , finds his adopted city has been both admired and disparaged by letter writers for centuries. Queen Victoria, Dickens and Henry James find plenty of good things to write home about, while Mozart and Walpole are a little less complimentary. Producer Kate Whitehead Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950530]

Unknown: Kevin Connolly

Unknown: Henry James

Producer: Kate Whitehead Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950606]

3: Rome. Cicero on gladiators, Oscar Wilde and Florence Nightingale on the Pope, James Joyce on cafes... Letters from Rome provide a rich source of material for the BBC's veteran Rome correspondent, David Willey. Producer Kate Whitehead Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950606]

Unknown: Oscar Wilde

Unknown: Florence Nightingale

Unknown: James Joyce

Unknown: David Willey.

Producer: Kate Whitehead Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950613]

4: Cairo. This week Stephen Sackur , the BBC's Cairo correspondent, selects from the letters of Florence Nightingale, Flaubert and Edward Lear - all visitors to his adopted city. Readers Andrew Sachs and Juliet Aubrey. Producer Kate Whitehead Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950613]

Unknown: Stephen Sackur

Unknown: Edward Lear

Readers: Andrew Sachs

Readers: Juliet Aubrey.

Producer: Kate Whitehead Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950620]

5: Moscow. Angus Roxburgh, the BBC's man in Moscow, looks at letters sent home from his adopted city. Travellers have been marvelling at its foreignness since medieval times, but over the past few years its sense of mystery has given way to a more familiar quest for money. Producer Kate Whitehead Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950620]

Producer: Kate Whitehead Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950627]

The last programme of the series. New York. Letters home from New York are not just the jottings of tourists and travellers. They were often the only link with home for exiles and immigrants from all nations. Richard Quest compares these with the gleeful comments of British writers embarking on lucrative lecture tours of the United States. Producer Kate Whitehead Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950627]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19951217]

Five BBC correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities. Washington. For Bridget Kendall , Washington is still a divided city. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19951217]

Unknown: Bridget Kendall

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19951231]

Five BBC correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors. 3: Cape Town. George Alagiah finds the letters from both visitors and inhabitants of Cape Town compelling reading. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19951231]

Unknown: Cape Town.

Unknown: George Alagiah

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960107]

4: Calcutta. Mark Tully compares different views towards his birthplace. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960107]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19960114]

Last of the series in which BBC correspondents compare notes with earlier visitors to their adopted cities. Venice. Matt Frei finds that the ambiguity of Venice has struck letter writers for centuries. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960114]
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Five BBC correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cites through the writings of earlier visitors.

1: Washington. "I have now reached the region of Slavery, Spittoons and Senators". Charles Dickens 's letters home contrast with George Washington 's plans for the city which bears his name, while Walt Whitman 's and Louisa M. Alcott 's describe the agonies of the Civil War. For BBC Correspondent, Bridget Kendall , Washington is still a divided city. Producer Kate Whrtehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960216]

Unknown: Charles Dickens

Unknown: George Washington

Unknown: Walt Whitman

Unknown: Louisa M. Alcott

Unknown: Bridget Kendall

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960223]

Five BBC correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors.

2: Dublin. Leo Enright picks his way through the letters of writers, politicians and Queen Victoria herself to create a picture of his native country. Producer Kate Whitehead Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960223]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19960301]

Five BBC correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors. 3: Cape Town. George Bernard Shaw on the race war, Kipling on the Boer War and David Livingstone on the fruit - George Alagiah finds the letters from both visitors and inhabitants of Cape Town compelling reading, particularly from one enforced resident, Nelson Mandela on Robben island. Producer Kate Whitehead Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960301]

Unknown: George Bernard Shaw

Unknown: David Livingstone

Unknown: George Alagiah

Unknown: Nelson Mandela

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960308]

Five BBC correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors. 4: Calcutta. "Beautiful and enchanting" or "awkward and irregular"? Mark Tully compares the views of earlier correspondents with his own attitude towards his birthplace and occasional work place. Producer Kate Whitehead Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960308]

Unknown: Mark Tully

Producer: Kate Whitehead Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960315]

Last of the series in which BBC correspondents compare notes with earlier visitors to their adopted cities. Venice. With Matt Frei , the BBC's Southern Europe Correspondent. Producer Kate Whitehead Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960315]

Unknown: Matt Frei

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961215]

1: London. Michael Goldfarb remains ambivalent after 11 years as a foreign correspondent in Britain, and he finds other earlier correspondents were equally mixed in their views. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961215]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19961222]

Six BBC correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities. 2: Berlin. Caroline Wyatt compares the views of Marx, Lenin and Wagner with her own attitude towards "this most right-angled of cities." Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961222]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19961229]

Six BBC correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors. 3: Sydney. Red Harrison selects letters sent from the city over the past two centuries. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961229]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970105]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970105]

Six BBC correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors. 4: Istanbul. Chris Nuttall returns to the only city situated on two continents. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970105]

Six BBC correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors. 4: Istanbul. Chris Nuttall returns to the only city situated on two continents. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970105]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970105]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970105]

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970112]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970112]

Six BBC correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors. 5: Athens. Orla Guerin compares the ancient cities of Athens and Rome Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970112]

Six BBC correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors. 5: Athens. Orla Guerin compares the ancient cities of Athens and Rome Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970112]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970112]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970119]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970119]

The last in the series in which BBC correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities.

St Petersburg. Angus Roxburgh looks at Russia's second city in winter. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970119]

The last in the series in which BBC correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities.

St Petersburg. Angus Roxburgh looks at Russia's second city in winter. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970119]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970119]

Unknown: Angus Roxburgh

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970119]

Unknown: Angus Roxburgh

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971007]

The first of six programmes.

London, In 1869 it was "this murky metropolis". But by 1880 it had become "the best point of view in the world". Henry James 's opinion of London improved the longer he stayed. New Yorker Michael Goldfarb remains ambivalent after his 11 years as a foreign correspondent in Britain, and he finds earlier correspondents equally mixed in their views.

Producer Kate Whitehead Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971007]

The first of six programmes.

London, In 1869 it was "this murky metropolis". But by 1880 it had become "the best point of view in the world". Henry James 's opinion of London improved the longer he stayed. New Yorker Michael Goldfarb remains ambivalent after his 11 years as a foreign correspondent in Britain, and he finds earlier correspondents equally mixed in their views.

Producer Kate Whitehead Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971007]

Unknown: Henry James

Unknown: Michael Goldfarb

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971007]

Unknown: Henry James

Unknown: Michael Goldfarb

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971014]

The second of six programmes. Sydney. Red Harrison, the BBC's correspondent in Sydney, selects letters sent from the city over the past two centuries. Producer Kate Whitehead Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971014]

The second of six programmes. Sydney. Red Harrison, the BBC's correspondent in Sydney, selects letters sent from the city over the past two centuries. Producer Kate Whitehead Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971014]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19971014]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19971021]

Istanbul. BBC correspondent Chris Nuttall returns to Turkey's second city, one-time capital of a huge empire, to compare notes with the writings of earlier visitors. Producer Kate Whitehead Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971021]

Istanbul. BBC correspondent Chris Nuttall returns to Turkey's second city, one-time capital of a huge empire, to compare notes with the writings of earlier visitors. Producer Kate Whitehead Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971021]

Unknown: Chris Nuttall

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971021]

Unknown: Chris Nuttall

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971028]

Athens. As the BBC's southern Europe correspondent, Orla Guerin is based in Rome, but her patch extends as far as Athens. Along with much earlier correspondents, she compares the two ancient cities and assesses how they have survived in the modern world. Producer Kate Whitehead Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971028]

Athens. As the BBC's southern Europe correspondent, Orla Guerin is based in Rome, but her patch extends as far as Athens. Along with much earlier correspondents, she compares the two ancient cities and assesses how they have survived in the modern world. Producer Kate Whitehead Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971028]

Unknown: Orla Guerin

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971028]

Unknown: Orla Guerin

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971104]

St Petersburg. Angus Roxburgh , formerly the BBC's Moscow correspondent, looks back at earlier correspondents' views of Russia's second city in the depths of winter. Producer Kate Whitehead Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971104]

St Petersburg. Angus Roxburgh , formerly the BBC's Moscow correspondent, looks back at earlier correspondents' views of Russia's second city in the depths of winter. Producer Kate Whitehead Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971104]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19971104]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19971111]

The first of six programmes. Berlin. George Eliot, Marx, Lenin and Wagner all corresponded from "this most right-angled of cities", while Harold Nicholson witnessed its postwar ruins. The BBC's former Berlin correspondent, Caroline Wyatt. selects from their letters and gives her own view of the city today. Producer Kate Whitehead Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971111]

The first of six programmes. Berlin. George Eliot, Marx, Lenin and Wagner all corresponded from "this most right-angled of cities", while Harold Nicholson witnessed its postwar ruins. The BBC's former Berlin correspondent, Caroline Wyatt. selects from their letters and gives her own view of the city today. Producer Kate Whitehead Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971111]

Unknown: Harold Nicholson

Unknown: Caroline Wyatt.

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971111]

Unknown: Harold Nicholson

Unknown: Caroline Wyatt.

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971116]

Six programmes in which current correspondents compare notes with correspondence of the past.

1: San Francisco. Bridget Kendal heads west from the BBC Washington Bureau. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971116]

Six programmes in which current correspondents compare notes with correspondence of the past.

1: San Francisco. Bridget Kendal heads west from the BBC Washington Bureau. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971116]

Unknown: Bridget Kendal

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971116]

Unknown: Bridget Kendal

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971123]

Six BBC correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors. 2: Geneva. With Owen Bennett Jones. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971123]

Six BBC correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors. 2: Geneva. With Owen Bennett Jones. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971123]

Unknown: Owen Bennett Jones.

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971123]

Unknown: Owen Bennett Jones.

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971130]

Six correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors.

3: Edinburgh. With Colin Blane. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971130]

Six correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors.

3: Edinburgh. With Colin Blane. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971130]

Unknown: Colin Blane.

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971130]

Unknown: Colin Blane.

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971207]

Six correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities. 4: Madrid. With Adela Gooch. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971207]

Six correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities. 4: Madrid. With Adela Gooch. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971207]

Unknown: Adela Gooch.

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971207]

Unknown: Adela Gooch.

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971214]

Six correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities.

5: Khartoum. Fergus Nicoll presents a picture of the Sudanese capital through the letters of some of the most famous names in British history.

Producer Kate McAII

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971214]

Six correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities.

5: Khartoum. Fergus Nicoll presents a picture of the Sudanese capital through the letters of some of the most famous names in British history.

Producer Kate McAII

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971214]

Producer: Kate McAii

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971214]

Producer: Kate McAii

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971221]

Six correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors. In this last programme of the series, Lesley Downer presents a Picture of Tokyo. Producer Kate McAII

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971221]

Six correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors. In this last programme of the series, Lesley Downer presents a Picture of Tokyo. Producer Kate McAII

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971221]

Unknown: Lesley Downer

Producer: Kate McAii

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971221]

Unknown: Lesley Downer

Producer: Kate McAii

London19971007

The first of six programmes.

`London'.

In 1869 it was `this murky metropolis'.

But by 1880 it had become `the best point of view in the world'.

Henry James's opinion of London improved the longer he stayed.

New Yorker Michael Goldfarb remains ambivalent after his 11 years as a foreign correspondent in Britain, and he finds earlier correspondents equally mixed in their views.

London19971007

The first of six programmes.

`London'.

In 1869 it was `this murky metropolis'.

But by 1880 it had become `the best point of view in the world'.

Henry James's opinion of London improved the longer he stayed.

New Yorker Michael Goldfarb remains ambivalent after his 11 years as a foreign correspondent in Britain, and he finds earlier correspondents equally mixed in their views.

Programme Catalogue - Details: Calcutta19960107

Producer: K.WHITEHEAD

Next in series: VENICE

Previous in series: CAPETOWN

Description

Mark TULLY compares the views of earlier correspondents with his own attitude towards his birth place and occasional work place, Calcutta. Produced by Kate WHITEHEAD. TULLY paints a picture of Calcutta using historical letters.

Subject Categories

calcutta (india)

readings programmes (programme format)

travel and exploration programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

07 Jan 1996 11:45-12:15 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Mark Tully

Sean Barrett (rdr)

Juliet Aubrey (rdr)

Recorded on 1995-11-28

Mark Tully compares the views of earlier correspondents with his own attitude towards his birth place and occasional work place, Calcutta.

Produced by Kate WHITEHEAD.

TULLY paints a picture of Calcutta using historical letters.

Programme Catalogue - Details: Dublin (short)19960223

Producer: K.WHITEHEAD

Next in series: CAPE TOWN (SHORT)

Previous in series: VENICE

Broadcast history

23 Feb 1996 10:02-10:30 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1996-01-25

Programme Catalogue - Details: Venice19960114

Producer: K.WHITEHEAD

Next in series: DUBLIN (SHORT)

Previous in series: CALCUTTA

Broadcast history

14 Jan 1996 11:45-12:15 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1996-01-10

Programme Catalogue - Details: Washington19960216

First broadcast on 1995-12-17

Producer: KATE WHITEHEAD

Next in series: DUBLIN

Previous in series: MOSCOW

Broadcast history

17 Dec 1995 11:45-12:15 (RADIO 4)

16 Feb 1996 10:02-10:30 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1995-09-20

Programme Catalogue - Station

Radio 4

St Petersburg19971104

`St Petersburg'.

St Petersburg, Petrograd, then Leningrad.

Russia's second city has come full circle.

Angus Roxburgh, formerly the BBC's Moscow correspondent, looks back at earlier correspondents' views of the city in the depths of a Russian winter.

St Petersburg19971104

`St Petersburg'.

St Petersburg, Petrograd, then Leningrad.

Russia's second city has come full circle.

Angus Roxburgh, formerly the BBC's Moscow correspondent, looks back at earlier correspondents' views of the city in the depths of a Russian winter.

197D0119971116

Six programmes in which correspondents of the present compare notes with correspondence of the past.

1: San Francisco.

Bridget Kendal heads west from the BBC Washington Bureau.

Earlier visitors to the city went in search of gold or the California sunshine, and Janis Joplin wrote home of her increasing fame during San Francisco's hippie heyday.

197D0119971116

Six programmes in which correspondents of the present compare notes with correspondence of the past.

1: San Francisco.

Bridget Kendal heads west from the BBC Washington Bureau.

Earlier visitors to the city went in search of gold or the California sunshine, and Janis Joplin wrote home of her increasing fame during San Francisco's hippie heyday.

197D0219971123

Six programmes in which correspondents of the present compare notes with correspondence of the past.

2: Geneva.

Owen Bennett Jones emerges from his BBC base in the United Nations building to see how earlier visitors to Geneva viewed the city.

Byron was struck by the cow bells, Mary Shelley by the beauty of the lake, and Charles Dickens by the remarkable order of a Swiss revolution.

197D0219971123

Six programmes in which correspondents of the present compare notes with correspondence of the past.

2: Geneva.

Owen Bennett Jones emerges from his BBC base in the United Nations building to see how earlier visitors to Geneva viewed the city.

Byron was struck by the cow bells, Mary Shelley by the beauty of the lake, and Charles Dickens by the remarkable order of a Swiss revolution.

197D03Edinburgh19971130

Six BBC correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors.

3: `Edinburgh'.

Colin Blane travels east from his home base of Glasgow to Edinburgh, for centuries a magnet for travellers.

197D03Edinburgh19971130

Six BBC correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors.

3: `Edinburgh'.

Colin Blane travels east from his home base of Glasgow to Edinburgh, for centuries a magnet for travellers.

197D0419971207

Six correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors.

4: Madrid.

Guardian correspondent Adela Gooch is half Spanish and quite at home in the capital.

Earlier visitors to Madrid were often less at ease, writing home of the barbarism of the bullfight, the use of garlic in the cuisine and the unsettlingly seductive use made of the Spanish fan.

197D0419971207

Six correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors.

4: Madrid.

Guardian correspondent Adela Gooch is half Spanish and quite at home in the capital.

Earlier visitors to Madrid were often less at ease, writing home of the barbarism of the bullfight, the use of garlic in the cuisine and the unsettlingly seductive use made of the Spanish fan.

197D0519971214

Six correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors.

5: Where the waters of the Blue and White Nile meet lies the city of Khartoum.

World Service correspondent Fergus Nicoll presents a picture of the Sudanese capital through the letters of some of the most famous names in British history.

197D0519971214

Six correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors.

5: Where the waters of the Blue and White Nile meet lies the city of Khartoum.

World Service correspondent Fergus Nicoll presents a picture of the Sudanese capital through the letters of some of the most famous names in British history.

197D0619971221

Six correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors.

Lesley Downer presents a picture of Tokyo, from where four centuries of correspondents have written home.

197D0619971221

Six correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors.

Lesley Downer presents a picture of Tokyo, from where four centuries of correspondents have written home.