A Good Documentary

on Thursday, April 01, 2010

In my last post, I lamented on how documentaries today have placed sensationalism and entertainment before education. As a result, instead of being taught about the wonders of the world and of nature and also being taught to respect nature and wildlife, we get documentaries where the presenter is trying to do something stupid like seeing how close he can get to a snake or crocodile without getting bitten.

Documentaries should return to a time when they all aspired to a higher standard. To demonstrate what I mean, have a look at this early Panorama documentary from 1957. Like any good documentary, it opens our eyes to things we may have not known before.



This video was filmed near the village of Lirpaloof.

17 comments:

Joyce's Ramblings said...

Happy April 1st to you. : o) And if your refrigerator is running you might consider catching it.

blackcrag said...

I have heard of spaghetti trees before. What the documentary didn't answer was whether the Swiss use specially trained goats to dig for meatballs.

The best meatballs, I was told, are found above the treeline, so vid meatballers must use mountain goats to reach them.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Joyce,
I am always concerned about run-away technology.

blackcrag,
You seem to be an expert on the subject. As you have the Scot's blood in ye, can you tell us more about the annual Haggis hunt and how the hounds are used to flush the Haggis out for the hunters to shoot?

geewits said...

This seems to be the déjà hoax du jour this year. It was fun to watch though and even more fun to think how many people fell for it at the time.

the walking man said...

so where can I get some smuggled seeds to grow right next to my sausage bush?

mago said...

HA!
Happy Easter to You and all your family!

Kathryn said...

Hi Mr. Squirrel!

Just realized i meant to comment on this post but did the last one. (But #3 on the last one was awesome, too.)

I actually meant #3 here - our beautiful world & lets keep it that way! :)

Doing fine, how are you?

blackcrag said...

Funny, I was thinking about researching that very thing when you asked me to tell you a story. I offered up Robert the Bruce as an immediate solution but was considering something new and original too.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

geewits,
This was a rather famous hoax, I guess because at that time no one imagined that the dull and straitlaced BBC would do such a thing.

Mark,
Every one knows that sausages don't grow on bushes! They are tubers......like potatoes.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Mago,
Blessed Easter to you and yours too. And as you enjoy your pasta this weekend, give a thought and prayer to the hard working spaghetti farmers. :)

Kathryn,
Glad you are doing fine. I am a bit overloaded at work but otherwise ok. Have a blessed Easter.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

blackcrag,
A story on Haggis or some other Scottish tradition would be interesting. One Scotsman once tried to tell me that Haggis is actually a small rabbit like creature which had its two right legs shorter than the two left legs so that it could better run along the slope of Scottish hills in a clockwise direction. How's that for a tall tale?

Molly said...

Unlike many so-called educational programs, one can always be assured of scientifically correct and painstakingly researched info on this blog! Thanks for the laughs, both from you and the other commenters!

If you might be interested in changing your blog's name, see my comment box for a suggestion!

Molly said...
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patterns of ink said...

Wow. That was educational indeed. Sort of like rice only much longer. Does the suace come from the sap of the tree?

I had a couple good "gotchas" pulled on me at the school Thursday. It was a fun day.

A few years back you commented on an Easter poem I had written that year. I wrote a very different one this year. I wanted to come by and say Happy Easter.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Molly,
I accomplish all by hoarding facts in my filing system. :)

Tom,
Happy Easter to you too. I will be over soon.

blackcrag said...

That's the same one I was told, though the haggis was pig-like, not rabbit like.

I'm going to do that up a bit, and if I like it I'll post it.

Anonymous said...

where the hell is the squirrel documentary.

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