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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Thursday, July 21, 2005
    I usually shy away from any programmes on telly about landscape, especially when they have celebrity-shallow Titchmarsh or numbingly earnest Dimbleby up front.

    But Coast, which starts tomorrow, looks like it might be quite good. Simple idea - follow the British coastline and see what you find. The related websites (BBC and OU) are packed with interesting info, interactive ideas and reflective articles on topics ranging from sealife to climate change, Blackpool to Benjamin Britten, one exploring the intriguing question, Has the coastline shaped us as much as we have shaped the coastline?

    I only have one concern in anticipation of this series: there's no mention of coast-traveller Paul in the credits. Surprising - he's walked most of it already.