If you've always wanted to take your trip of a lifetime and get paid for it, here is how you do it! A joint initiative between the BBC and the Royal Geographical Society, the deal is simple. You write in with the details of the journey youd most like to make and if they like your idea more than anyone elses you get 4000 pounds sterling and get to make a radio programme for the BBC. This is Holmes fast paced and funny account of his visit to Norilsk in Siberia where temperatures can drop to minus 50.
Every year 1000's compete to win the RGS/BBC Journey of a lifetime award and fulfil their travel dreams. Andy Home's dream would be most people's nightmare. Andy went to Siberia, to the Russian industrial mining city of Norilsk where temperatures drop to minus 50, half the year is spent in perpetual darkness and the pollution has destroyed all natural life. Once a prison camp, then a secret Soviet military city, Norilsk teetered on the edge of financial and social meltdown in the early 1990's. Now, it is owned by one of Russia's new breed of all-powerful oligarchs and is the biggest single source of the metals we all use in our day to day lives. Andy's quest was to meet these former Soviet shock workers and ask them what life is like in 21st Century Russia. Is it worse? Is it better? And what do the 200,000 people in Norilsk dream of? This work presents a fast paced, humorous and insightlful account of an extraordinary journey of a lifetime.