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Himalaya's American Debut by George on 21 June 2005 5:22am
Tonight, we saw the first rwo episodes on the Travel Channel. Personally, I think it's Palin's best work in years. The people he's met and the places he visited are fascinating. I can't wait until next Monday night.
Re: Himalaya's American Debut by Helen on 21 June 2005 1:17pm
I can't wait for my DVD to arrive!

I have a dear friend who is very ill and bedridden; she's only 35 and she lives in a nursing home. She has many debilitating ailments; yet she is still fullof spirit and sunshine. She is amazing.
Anyway, Lisa is a very spiritual woman, and has adopted Buddhism as her path. She has prayer flags and buddhas all over her apartment, and recently got a tattoo of a cute chubby Buddha on her shoulder. I called her last night just to remind her to watch Himalaya, and she was so excited she nearly cried. She told me she wants to go there someday, but this program will be the next best thing.

Michael Palin and the Dalai Lama..can't get much better than that. :)

just another story on how these travel programs touch lives.

Thanks MP and crew.
Re: Himalaya's American Debut by canaveralgumby on 21 June 2005 7:54pm
I found myself yelling at the telly, "Holy sh*t!" many times during the broadcast. Haven't done that I think since "80 Days."

The Dalai Lama inspired me to meditate more often. Seriously. He has achieved a really good, giggling high, without the marijuana! Good for him.

The flag lowering ceremony at the India/Pakistan border was more Python than Python. The single lane road on the mountain pass, with the truck coming the other way, was captured brilliantly by Nigel. So were the grounds outside the "houseboat."

Most of all, I WANT A MENSTRUATION HOUSE! What a fantastic idea! Take 4-5 days off every month, get away from all males. I might bring it up at the next homeowners assoc. meeting. There's room by the tennis court. ;^)

Can't wait for the rest!
Re: Himalaya's American Debut by Helen on 21 June 2005 10:55pm


a list of things I want in my, ahem, "Red Shed"

1. lots of Earl grey tea and chocolate
2. mind numbing tabloids
3. a hot tub
4. a personal pedicurist
5. lots of my menstruating friends so we can sit around and bitch and play scrabble and watch Brendan Fraser movies
6. a huge flat screen TV and the Flying Circus DVDs.

Re: Himalaya's American Debut by George on 21 June 2005 11:14pm
One of my favorite scenes was just after he crossed the border into India. He tells the camera how healthy and young he feels after 4 weeks of non-drinking in Pakistan. Then, he immediately chugs down a big bottle of beer. Now, that's a Python moment.
Re: Himalaya's American Debut by pollyanna199 on 22 June 2005 3:46am
*sulk* my TV isn't hooked up yet in my new condo, so I was not able to watch it :( next week I guess.
Outside Magazine... by macauley on 22 June 2005 5:24am
..new issue of Outside Magazine (US) has a nice interview plus nice full page photo of MP...re the Himalaya trip plus just a lot of fine comments from our guy....actually two photos...full page all in color, too!! ..check it out...
Re: Himalaya's American Debut by Helen on 22 June 2005 6:52pm
gawd I can't wait to see it.
Re: Himalaya's American Debut by searsmith on 22 June 2005 7:59pm
Himalaya has just begun to air here in the States -- it's brilliant.

A survey of these regions in particular is so important now, given the erosion of traditional cultures, little understood hybridity of postcolonial ones, and the tensions of post postcolonial politics. In addition to which the sublime landscape is not incidental. The human panorama set so tellingly against such an unequaled natural backdrop encourages us to take our measure.

Even given such informed pleasures, just any other guide besides Michael would not do. His good-humored humanity grounds us in the curious, the practical, and, above all, the appreciated life.

I agree with George -- this is Michael Palin at his best; I'll even go so far as to say, his best travel documentary yet.

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