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Re: The disapointment that was Himalaya by Godfather on 5 December 2004 6:01pm

Noticing that it was you Morse. Part of me wants to ignore this,because you're well known for just stirring things up.

But i would guess that the part everyone keeps referring to as some kind of "evidence of Palins downfall" is probably Michael's tiredness in the episode where he's doing the Annapurana Basecamp trek in Nepal. Yet,people are watching this from the ease and comfort of a sofa in their living room.

Let me tell you. I did that same trek when i was 22, and it's not all easy. I know the parts where he was knackered, and it's not suprising at all (certainly if you're sapped with a cold).My parents (both in their 50's) did it last year too, and i've seen plenty of trekkers around Michaels age (and older) doing the trek,and even more challenging ones.

All around the world you can find travellers in their 60's and plus. Travel is not restricted to a certain level of fitness. Anyway. Look at Michael later on when he got to the Everest Basecamp.He was chirpy and fine. Altitude had become familar to his system.

We all have our off days. Michael did seem tired at times during the series. He could have ommited all this and doctored it to make it seem like he's superman. But Michael being Michael, is honest and wont pull the wool over our eyes.

He admitted that at times he felt really pissed off that he was finding it tough. Other presenters would probably try to make themselves heroic.

For example. The heat in Pakistan at that time of year reaches 46c + and saps your energy like nothing else. It can make you irritable and lethargic during the day.

Even in his earlier series, Michael did'nt really do trekking. So i dont think we can use Himalaya as any kind of "example" of his demis (imo). I applaud Michael in storming ahead no matter what.The series could have been better in some ways. But criticism of Michael is unfair.

Re: The disapointment that was Himalaya by irishmanufan on 5 December 2004 9:14pm
well done morse a serious question although better posted in the series section . this section here gives us all a break from being so serious .
everyone is acting like the cold on the anapuna trail was the first time micheal got ill on his travells . he got a stomach bug on the dow in 80 days . he got a broken rib in africa in pole to pole , he had another bad cold in alaska in full circle, hemmingway adventure i have loaned the book and i can;t check he got another bad stocmach bug while being driven around by the polisario in sahara . so if he is faling apart it has been comming on since the late 80's :0)
Re: The disapointment that was Himalaya by Godfather on 6 December 2004 12:10am

>so if he is faling apart it has been
comming on since the late 80's :0)

What we need is Jesus to come along and "cure" him. Not so much as a thank you. You're cured mate...Bloody Do-gooders.
Re: The disapointment that was Himalaya by Helen on 6 December 2004 12:50am
Leprosy is such a pain in the ass.

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