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Travels To the New World by jjpalmer on 20 January 2005 2:52am
 
I love Michael's commentary on people's lives wherever he goes. I have never had the opportunity to travel outside of the United States, but his Travels help me feel like I have.

However, I would like to see Michael's perspective on the New World too. South American countries are not talked about much (with the exception of PtP), and I often wonder if the rest of the world has a skewed view of the people of the United States from all the popular media shows, rather than meeting the real people as Michael does.

It would be nice for Michael to cover Canada too.
Thanks,
John
 
Re: Travels To the New World by peripatetically on 20 January 2005 2:54am
 
AMEN, John!
 
Re: Travels To the New World by Godfather on 20 January 2005 2:58am
 
We got a little glimpse from 80 days, on the train (can't say i'm too keen on that very strange and loopy clown woman though). Yes it would be a very interesting program for many people around the world. In 80 days, there was a little homage in the music to Dvorak's New World Symphony too. Very short. A couple of seconds. But it was a nice touch.
 
Re: Travels To the New World by peripatetically on 20 January 2005 3:07am
 
The loopy clown lady was not a good representation of the USA's population. And neither was Venice Beach in S. California. Just terrible and embarrassing. I'm sure there are oddities that don't reflect well of their country everywhere you go. They may be a part of it, but they certainly aren't a true picture of the majority.
 
Re: Travels To the New World by Godfather on 20 January 2005 4:09am
 
Thank god. I hope you didn't think i was referring to her in that way, Perip. I suppose the other thing is that certain people will manage to get themselves on camera, by their very personality (that woman is an example perhaps). Some may even be attention seekers. So the quiet types wont be interviewed or represented as they'll keep out the way. I guess that's the case in all countries when a camera crew is around. Quite unlike me, i stood in front of a camera in the Barkhor Square of Lhasa once. It was some german film crew there, who wanted to ask everyone what they thought "self realization" meant, in a few words. Never would i have done that normally. Not a chance. But i did it. My heart was beating like crazy. I dont know how Michael does it.

 
Re: Travels To the New World by Wild in Africa on 20 January 2005 11:41am
 
I think the Americas have had fair coverage in some of the series; 80 days, PtP, Full Circle and the Hemmingway Adventure all spent time in different regions of north, south and Latin America.
Of course Michael meets the quirky as well as the more 'normal'. The programmes are probably edited to emphasise the quirky as they tend to be of more interest than Joe Ordinary.

I was interviewed for Albanian television once (for a series on rural marketing) but I was dubbed into Albanian and not a lot of people can say that!
 



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