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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Take Me Away by twosocks on 1 May 2005 9:01am
Here's some lines from a dutch admirer of Michael Palin and his travels, his stories, books and so on..... One question pops up in my mind straight away: Why do good things always end too soon. I know that there's plenty of good things still to come, many a good book to read, many of times I can watch DVD's again and again.... but still.... In the Netherlands I am a fan of yet another globetrotter with the name Boudewijn Buech. He died some time ago, and was well known and respected in our country. Why do I mention his name ? Let me try and tell you.....

In my years on this planet, I had plenty of chances and opportunities to make something of my life, but somehow I managed to take all the wrong turns, all the wrong decisions. I love to travel tho and meet new people, get input from all over the world in order to learn something new and more so, make me feel good. Just listening and having a good time with all those people I meet is enough for me. Travelling is an undertaking that can be quite costly though, and somehow I never had enough money to go out there and feel good about all I see and experience. Traveling-programs like "De wereld van Boudewijn Buech" (Boudewijn Buech's World) and Michael Palin's "Full Circle" or "Around The World in 80 Days" meant more to me than just a neat documentary about travelling the world and the seven seas. It was an escape from a troubled world, my troubled every-day-life... Funny wouldn't you say, how some people use things they do or experience, tv-series or songs even, to escape from (even a sad...) reality. Back to Michael, specifically Michael's sense of humour, the way he experienced things and people and expressed himself about it, was what appealed to me most. The package presented in books or on TV was the right one for me. It comes close to who I am, how I feel and think, so there's some kind of identification that runs deeper than the skin somehow. Watching all the documentaries came very close to taking me by the hand, bringing me to all those sites, people and places I'd so much like to visit, but never had the chance to see.......yet. So, all those moving images on my TV became more than just what they were meant to be. They became a kind of therapy, a means to turn into myself and discover myself, what I really wanted from life so very much, being so different, very different from what I had and what I was at the moment of watching/reading.

Your TV-series and books will be missed Michael, but in more than just one way. I just hope I will be enabled somehow, during the remainder of this all too short life on this marvelous marble we call earth, to travel some and meet interesting people and see extraordinary sites.

For all the great stuff, Michael, I can only say thanks. May I express the fond hope that you may keep on contributing to all that love to travel, read and watch you for many many more years to come.

You're my first choice guide in travelling the globe and more..... (I just hope you don't think I am idolizing you somehow.....<lol>)

Andy Mollinger
The Netherlands


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