Documentary - Blind Man Roams The Globe, The [World Service]

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Blind Man Roams The Globe20170628

Hear the world's cities through the ears of blind BBC presenter Peter White. In this episode he explores London’s Square Mile.

BBC presenter Peter White explores London’s Square Mile, from the drama of the stock exchange, through to the changing fortunes of streets where traditional traders are being replaced by wealthy investors.

“Most people assume that vast cities like London are intimidating for blind people like me, with their noise and bustle, but in fact give me a busy city any time to the countryside. Noise, to me, means useful signals to navigate by, bustle means people to ask for help, and cities normally promise decent transport and plenty of places to buy the things you need".

“But I do have a fascination for that little corner of London which combines all those advantages with the feel and the smells of age. Sites like Spitalfields and Leadenhall market still exude the musty aroma of dust that leaks out of the stones and says this has been here for centuries - do not disturb.

“But of course the modern Glass edifices which announce to people that this is a home to important bankers and lawyers who are to be taken very seriously, is competing strongly with the rocks of ages. It is a battle I shall be trying to capture in sound as I negotiate London's Square Mile.

(Photo: HMS Belfast flies the Union Jack in front of the Square Mile financial district, London. Credit: Leon Neal/Getty Images)

01Blind Man Roams The Globe20170621

Hear the world's cities through the ears of blind BBC presenter Peter White. In this episode he explores London’s Square Mile.

When Peter jets, sails or walks into a new city, it is the sounds, not the sights, which assail him. In this programme Peter explores the twists and turns of Marrakesh. His job as a broadcaster has already taken him to many places and he has developed an arsenal of strategies to get to know a place. He listens to local radio; he takes in the sounds of restaurants, travel systems and the voices of the locals. He also meets other blind people and uses their experiences of an area to understand it better and to appreciate the aural clues which help guide them.

(Photo: People walk through an alley of a traditional souk in the old Medina of Marrakesh, 2014. Credit: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images)