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Around the World in 80 Trades
Channel 4 - 9 April 2009
1/4 - Africa
With £25,000 in his pocket from the sale of his flat, Conor Woodman travels across four continents, trading in all kinds of products with the aim of doubling his money.
It's easy to mock presenter Conor Woodman's project here. For a start he is described as a former City dealer, a breed currently just above bankers in the public's affection. Woodman's idea is to travel the globe buying and selling stuff for a profit. This form of "adventure capitalism" is all about cutting out the middle man, he tells us. But when the middle men in question are Sudanese camel herders who walk for three weeks across the desert to transport their wares, it's not surprising they don't take kindly to Woodman turning up with a truck and trying to hack into their business. Encouragingly, they treat Woodman like a bad smell. "At every turn I seem to be getting the cold shoulder," he marvels. The wonder is that his attempts to buy Zambian coffee to sell in Cape Town and South African chilli sauce to sell in India are intriguing, watchable and almost impressive.
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