Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Michael Braves the 'Rather Strange' World of North Korea

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Michael Braves the 'Rather Strange' World of North Korea

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MICHAEL Palin is one of our most famous globe trotters. So when he says he's had "the most revealing journey of my life", it's going to mean something.

He's in North Korea, a highly secretive country under totalitarian rule that has been cut off from the rest of the world for 70 years.

Every now and again, Michael's camera crew is asked to switch everything off. He's also asked if he has a Bible with him - the correct answer is no.

And he's met by two guides who will follow him around making sure he doesn't step out of line.

"The world I've entered seems rather strange," says Michael at one point.

He's not wrong, the place seems other-worldly.

Michael will cover more than 1,300 miles from south to north, from the capital Pyongyang to the snowy peaks of Mount Paektu. …

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