Suu Kyi to meet The Hairy Cornflake who 'made her world complete'
Aung San Suu Kyi will find time in her tour of Europe to meet a British radio DJ nicknamed "The Hairy Cornflake" whose shows kept her spirits up while under house arrest, he said Thursday.
The Myanmar democracy icon will have a busy schedule on only her second trip abroad in 24 years, which began in Geneva on Wednesday and will take in Dublin, Oslo -- where she will receive her 1991 Nobel Prize -- London and Paris.
During her visit to Britain next week she will still find time to meet Dave Lee Travis, a radio disc jockey who rose to fame in the 1970s, he told The Times.
Suu Kyi said last year that a BBC World Service music show presented by Travis had made her "world complete" when she was under house arrest in Myanmar for most of the last 22 years.
The heavily bearded broadcaster, who became known to listeners as "The Hairy Cornflake" because he used to present a breakfast show on BBC Radio One, told the paper he was "really desperate to meet her".
"She seems like a wonderful woman -- the courage that she's shown, the unflinching, let's-just-keep-on-the-right-road attitude," he told the paper.
"I won't be at a loss for words. I'm just fascinated to hear more about her time (under house arrest) and how she came to listen to my programme and what she liked about it."
Travis reached millions of listeners around the world with his programme "A Jolly Good Show" which he presented for 20 years before it ended in 2001.
Suu Kyi kicked off her two-week European tour with a speech at the UN's International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva.
In Oslo on Saturday, she is due to accept the Nobel Peace Prize which she was unable to receive because she was under house arrest.
Next week she will address the British parliament and receive an Amnesty International human rights award in Dublin from rock star Bono.
She left Yangon as western Myanmar was rocked by sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya that has left dozens dead, prompting President Thein Sein to warn of disruption to the fragile reform process.
The president is credited for a series of reforms including releasing hundreds of political prisoners, signing peace pacts with armed rebel groups and welcoming Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party back into mainstream politics.