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am sure you will do a better . i am sure you will do a better job. banks rack up $150 billion in us fines since the start of the financial crisis. here we are nearly ten yea rs financial crisis. here we are nearly ten years on, aren't we, and this is still a headline story. in the financial times admittedly. for people like myself! laughter. make it matter to us, tom. this week is an anniversary, this is what this story is about. few people will remember it, but there was a little—known remember it, but there was a little— known hedge fund remember it, but there was a little—known hedge fund run by a little—known hedge fund run by a little— known french bank, little—known hedge fund run by a little—known french bank, and about ten years ago this week it told its investors they couldn't take their money out, usually they shouldn't be allowed to do that. the reason was that some of the investments the hedge funds invested in, sub—prime investments, when not performing as well as the bank expected, so this is seen to be the beginning of the financial crisis to people like myself. we are so grateful for your
information! it has real impacts for the public so absolutely. that is one of the most notable things for the average person reading this, the housing market is still affected by the financial crash, the financial sector is certainly affected, and certainly government, and wages continue stagnant, no one has solved the productivity puzzle, people are badly affected by what happened a decade ago. in a way, you want a legacy, because we don't want to get into that mess against. true. it was an exceptional situation. of all the banking crises we have had since the 19305 it banking crises we have had since the 1930s it is the worst. in one sense it is hard to predict anything is bad happening again but again on the front page of the financial times another story pointing to a consumer credit bubble and banks warning about that. we don't always learn the lessons of the past, and in reality, the same people are still around, so... if you were involved
in these activities may be the lesson was in one you saw. we are at record debt for peacetime levels so something happens again, how do we handled it? quickly on the metro story, the model we have heard these reports about, kidnapped on what she thought was a photo shoot in milan, here she is, chloe ayling, the most sickening story of what she had to do to survive. she has experienced what i personally imagine to be one of the worst things a woman could possibly experience. she was misled toa possibly experience. she was misled to a photo shoot, it appears, in italy, thought she was going for work and instead man attacked her and dragged her and she was kept for and dragged her and she was kept for a week and they were threatening to sell her into sex slavery. extraordinary she escaped and was taken to an embassy. it seem she befriended an attacker, details are still coming out, and she escaped,
which is wonderful news, and one hopes the investigation can sort this out. one concern was this was pa rt of this out. one concern was this was part of the trafficking and broader issues around that. very brave of her to have her photo on the papers after what she has gone through. that's it from the papers for this hour. don't remember, all the front pages are online on the bbc news website with a detailed review seven days a week. tom and kate will be back at 11:30pm. coming up next, it's meet the author. victoria hislop has been having a long love affair with greece and her bestselling novels have led her army of readers from island to island and into the greek experience. in ca rtes postales, she takes a new step. you see the pictures, from the mysterious postcards that begin to arrive one by one for ellie from she knows not by whom at the start. for ellie from she knows not whom at the start.
and it is the story of a journey of discovery to greece and its past, its culture, its whole history that unravels the secrets of the cards. welcome. this is a novel about postcards, or at least it begins with the arrival of postcards. and we actually see them on the page! now, what made you decide to do that? i wanted to give my readers real, live images of greece. when i'm researching i always take a lot of photographs myself, so when i'm back in england writing i'm surrounded by them. you put them on your wall? desk? put them on the wall! i print them out in a very old fashioned way. you're in greece?
i am in greece! i thought why can't i share images of greece with the people who read my books. why not? the idea for the story... did it come from this notion you wanted to show pictures? yes. in other words it was that way round, rather than the other? absolutely. it was the starting point. and then the idea of postcards as a linking thing, thejourney of this poor broken—hearted man around the country... sending these postcards back, that sort of grew organically out of it. in effect it is a mystery story in part, it's also a story about loss and inability to manage emotions i suppose. you talk about this man, wandering in a sense aimlessly. he is. and very few people ever have the opportunity to go on this aimless... in a sense it's aimless, but he needs to recover himself. in that case, why is he so interesting to us? why do we care about him?
i'm glad you do! if you didn't, you wouldn't finish the book! no. for me i wanted to write about a man experiencing these emotions, because i think a lot of books i read written by women tend more to explore the woman who's been dumped, and you know... how she survives that. and i think certainly my hope is that as he moves through the months of this journey, we see a change in him. i suppose that's the cliche of writing a novel. it's a journey revealed to us very slowly. yes. it's an emotionaljourney, realjourney, and the girl receiving the postcards he's sending, she begins to follow behind him. piece things together. from a great distance. yes. always an alluring thing.
i'm writing about greece and i always if i put this man in, let's say, harrogate town centre to start this journey to recover his sense of worth... whether he eventually would. maybe i should do it! but greece, to me... the landscape that you find in greece, the people that meet and befriend you, there's always something to be felt and be learned. there have been many novels over the years, going back to lawrence durrell and famous captain corelli and so on. so it's happened before. but there is something that draws people in to the history and the culture and customs of greece? yes. and actually for me, the 20th century history of greece is so fascinating, complex and full of drama. it provides me with endless ideas.
the book i've just started to write... and tragedy, of course. much tragedy. every ten or 15 years in greece there's something fairly spectacular that happens, whether it's occupation, civil war or an earthquake. economic collapse. last but not least! and all of these things have a huge effect on the human history of a place. how a family manages to survive all these catastrophic things that take place there. yes. it is a story about resilience, in a way. it is. the greeks do survive. right now, you think how do people really manage on 400, 500 euros a month? what's your answer to that? one of the big factors is the importance of the family. you're very rarely living 1,000km away from your grandma or your aunts.
the old networks are still there. absolutely. and the sadness about what's happening now in the 21st century is that so many young people are moving out of greece to find work, find a life. so i hope that they will go back eventually, and most of the young people who i meet, who are greek, at university, or have careers here, actually dream about going back to greece, that everything will get better. it's a great tribute in a way to the power of the place. i think so. it still offers so much that doesn't actually get damaged by the economy. what's it given you over the years? great question! more or less all my inspiration. i can't really step off the plane before i'm thinking of an idea for a story. so very much inspiration. and why do you think that is?
is it the richness of the... the texture of the place? i think, yes. and this vein of history i feel that i've never really explored, even in my own country. i think i know more about the history of greece in the 20th century than britain. and the pictures are yours? they're taken by a photographer who i travelled with. taken on your own travels? simultaneously with the travels. which was actually a very exciting way to work. most were images, sites, that were totally unexpected. for example, there's a ritual that happens every year on the sixth of january, a race to find a cross that's been thrown into the sea by a priest. and the day that happened, i knew nothing about it. so we travelled to somewhere
on the west coast of greece and that morning the bells were chiming from 6am till ten. so i went down into the town to explore, saw the waterfront and people gathered... the very first week of january, about 30 young men in their speedos, quite a cold day! "what is this! ?" then learned all about this tradition, swimming out for the cross on the day of the epiphany. so all those photos were unexpected, the story was unexpected, the mystery i imagined was not something i'd planned. but when it came along it seemed perfectly natural? absolutely. all the stories, more or less, i wrote the beginnings of them in the car as we travelled from one place to another. it just came? very much so.
very much a source of inspiration, to travel! which is how a story should come about. victoria hislop, author of cartes postales, thank you very much. thank you. it's a mixed forecast as we start the new working week, low pressure still in charge but there will be sunshine. there was sunshine around on sunday, this is how we ended the day in cambridgeshire captured by the weather watchers. through monday we have this slow—moving weather front bringing rain from the south—west of england and south wales towards the middle and through the morning. north of that, not a bad start to the day in scotland and northern ireland, fresh, single figures in the countryside first thing. showers of northern england
than an improvement in the well of the north wales, sunshine returning to anglesey. cloudier in south wales this had to through to devon and cornwall. the likes of essex, kent and sussex should stay dry and bright. a few showers in london in the afternoon with rain in the south—west. to the north of that, a better day for much of wales into northern england with a mix of sunshine on scattered showers in scotland and northern ireland. for the athletics world championships on monday, fairly cloudy skies over the london stadium, the chance of a light shower in the afternoon. into the evening, still this weather front in the south and south—west pivoting north again into tuesday morning, so rain returns to wales, through the midlands into northern england. north of that, clearer and fresher for tuesday morning showers in the north—west but low—pressure
dominating with this frontal system here, then another area of low pressure moving north out of the near continent towards the north sea which could import heavy showers to the south—east later on tuesday, still sunshine here. to the north, this weather front produces rain in northern england and the midlands to the south—west. sunshine and showers to the north for scotland and northern ireland but quite cool around the east coast. 0n northern ireland but quite cool around the east coast. on wednesday still rain for southern, central and eastern parts of uk, further north and west a better day and for most of us things look try by thursday. the week ahead stays unsettled, showers or longer spells of rain, cool and breezy but sunshine in between the showers. goodbye for 110w. this is bbc news.
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