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Beach versus seaside: part two

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11 July 2016

Episode 248

28 minutes


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In our quest to investigate the difference between the seaside and the beach, we take to the latter for a spot of surfing in Australia and California. Plus: we head to Belgrade and Madrid to find out how they are bringing beach culture to the city to make themselves summer destinations.

11 July 2016

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Chapter 1

9 minutes


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Chapter 1

Surf’s up: Scott Hulet

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Surfing is synonymous with blue waves, golden sands and buff bodies and Californian surfers are well-versed in all things beach. ‘The Surfer’s Journal’ is a beautifully produced title that explores surf culture and its place in nature. Robert Bound speaks to the magazine’s editor, Scott Hulet.

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Chapter 2

7 minutes


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Belgrade’s beach culture

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You might think that beach culture couldn’t exist in a landlocked country but the lack of a coastline doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t slip on your Speedos and throw down a towel. A prime example is Serbia, which lost its last bit of coastline when Montenegro voted for independence 10 years ago. Since then Serbians have embraced options closer to home, most notably in the capital where two mighty rivers converge. Our Belgrade correspondent Guy De Launey reports.

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Keeping cool in sunny Madrid

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We travel to another coastless capital, Madrid, to find out how its residents adapt elements of beach culture to their city to stay cool during the scorching summers.

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