A report on the journey across Europe taken by the long distance lorry driver Stoney Burke. A look at the changing landscape, infrastructure, and life on the road on a journey in a truck across Europe. "The long distance truck driver is the true existential man."
- Title All Roads Lead to Rome
- 1st Broadcast 27/09/1973
- ContributorPatrick Gallagher (Reporter)
- Clip Duration 00:11:47
- Material Type Video
- Series title Scope
- Clip title A Journey Across Europe to Rome
- Extended description
A report from the series 'Scope' on the journey across Europe taken by the long distance lorry driver Stoney Burke with his cargo of beef bound for the municipal market in Rome. The variety of food and languages are just some of the challenges facing the long haul truck driver who is under constant pressure to arrive at the final destination.
The report shows the RTÉ reporter Paddy Gallagher travelling with Paddy Burke, known as Stoney Burke from Waterford, via Rosslare to Rome and on to Ravenna in a trans-continental juggernaut.
Stoney Burke takes a truck of meat to the Meat Market in Rome and travels to Ravenna to pick up a back-load, a truck of apples for the Fruit Market in Dublin. This extract shows the men crossing the Alps, eating in trucker cafes, motorways, tollgates and customs stops. The language barrier is something facing most long distance truck drivers who cross countries and cultures every day.
Gallagher talks to: a Spanish gypsy truck driver who lives in Paris; a British truck driver who claims bribes are expected by Italian officials; and a French female truck driver who usually delivers fish from Marseille to areas around Lyon or along the German border.
Gallagher highlights the loneliness and the unpleasant aspects of life on the road across Europe.
A report on the journey across Europe taken by the long distance lorry Stoney Burke accompanied by RTÉ reporter Paddy Gallagher.
The report is from the RTÉ current affairs series 'Scope' which was broadcast in 1972 and 1973.
- Local keywords Stoney Burke, Truck Driving, France, Italy, Beef Delivery, Bribery, Toll gates, The Alps, Trucker cafes, Mont Blanc tunnel, Customs, Autoport, Piedmont, Rome, Trastavere, Transport, Being European, European, Nationality, Citizenship, Transport, Europe
- Geographical coverage Ireland, France, Italy,
- Genre Factual
- Topic Society and Social Issues
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ
- Production year 1973
- Country of production IRELAND
- Original identifier P295/00073
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- Item type part/extract
- Item colour Black and White
- Item sound Mono
- Aspect ratio 4:3
- Language used English (eng)
- Original language English (eng)
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Clip Length - 00:11:47
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