May 24, 2009

"Dr. Livingroom, I Presume?"

Excellent piece today in the Timesonline from AA Gill.

While it's his restaurant reviews that I usually link, he's a brilliant writer in many forums. He's a member of the Royal Geographical Society in England, and periodically writes of his time spent in the musty midst of something people think disappeared long ago.

Their latest meeting was to take a very important vote: historically, the Society has funded and promoted discovery around the world. Expeditions. I love that word. How much promise is buried in there?

"We can no longer go to other people's countries, stab a flag into something that was never lost and rename it after a member of the royal family." Well, yeah, it's sounds a little unappealing when you put it that way. But to literally decide no more anything as a way of moving forward?

I want people to go on adventures and discover new things. I want them to take me with them, but, well, that's unlikely to happen. But I still want them to go. Read the piece - it's terrific.


Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

You have a habit of finding the most intriguing articles. I don't do blogs. But I come looking here every day... sometimes two or three times a day in the hopes that you have unearthed another gem and written about it in your witty, warm, way (we'll call it W3.)

I remember sitting in front of our black and white TV watching Neil Armstrong struggle gamely down a ladder, not to an unknown marsh in Guatemala, but to a desert on ANOTHER PLANET. Were the results worth the risks? If you were to ask the adventurers on board Challenger and Columbia the answer would be a resounding "YES!!"

Exploration and adventure are what stir the soul. It causes us to push ourselves to limits we had no idea we could attempt, let alone accomplish. It causes us to become better human beings and even though it may not seem to improve humanity one iota... it can have very far-reaching, unintentional ramifications.

We need Expeditions. More importantly... should you be asked to participate in the Amazing Race, you get to drive the Expedition and eat the squishy bugs, and I'll do everything else.

Except jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. I don't do that. But everything else... I'm there.

Pick me.

May 24, 2009 12:28 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Some would tell W3 to get a job :)

May 24, 2009 12:33 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Oh, and the driver eats second, like a king...don't want to kill the driver.

May 24, 2009 12:33 PM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

Huh, it's losing it's appeal. I was always under the impression the driver was expendable. That's what my kids keep saying, anyway.

May 24, 2009 1:07 PM  

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