Compass - Where Are You Going?, The [world Service]

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Hong Kong20170621

Catherine Carr uncovers surprising and sometimes moving stories from around the world by asking people Where Are You Going?

In a city where East meets West and old meets new, Catherine randomly approaches a man in a taxi queue to ask him about where he is going. A funny conversation about the parcel he is taking to a friend soon leads to a riveting account of his near-death experience. Such is the currency of this series where strangers reveal unexpected details about their lives. Catherine also chats to an exhausted Philippine maid enjoying downtime with her friends, meets the “Lolita Goths? who want to feel like princesses and the devoted gay couple who wooed each other with love letters.

These snapshots of people’ lives, mixed with an evocative soundscape of the city create an audio collage which is an unpredictable and poetic listen.

(Photo: 'Lolita Goths'. Credit: Paul Jay)

01Brussels20170607

Catherine Carr uncovers surprising and sometimes moving stories from around the world by asking people Where Are You Going?

An interrupted journey is like a portal into somebody else’s life. Catherine Carr interrupts strangers on everyday journeys asks them where they are going. The encounters which follow reveal funny, poignant and sometimes astonishing details about the lives of others.

In cosmopolitan Brussels, she meets a multilingual Bulgarian translator who is mad about dancing and whose wife thinks he’s “a little bit weird? – not least because he is openly gay. In a freezing park, we bump into a choreographer who is doing his best to help a vulnerable young Romanian man. And on the cobbled streets of the European capital, a young couple on a mini-break are starting to realise they are in love.

(Photo: Tourists from the UK who are on holiday in Brussels. Credit: Suzanne Vanhooymissen/BBC)

02Reykjavik20170614

Catherine Carr uncovers surprising and sometimes moving stories from around the world by asking people Where Are You Going?

In the world’s northernmost capital, Reykjavik, Catherine Carr talks to a swimmer bequeathed a poignant request from a friend, to the shopkeeper who makes beautiful handbags out of fish skin; from the sister who makes an apology to a sibling with fresh pastries, to the roller derby girls walking on thin ice. These portraits capture something of the city’s DNA, its sense of isolation, mythical beauty and rugged adventure.

(Photo: Residents of Reykjavik. Credit: Paul Jay/Loftus Media)