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Found what was missing by Blackmore on 28 October 2002 10:23am
Watching the third episode, I finally noticed what was missing!

Up until now everything has seemed planned and scripted, with Michael seemingly knowing everything about where he is and not relying on the people he's meeting for this information. (making it seem more like a holiday show than an adventure).

But...traveling with the camel train everything changed, he was chatting with the locals and becoming interested in their lives.

The true Michael was back and using his wonderful universal humour, that seems to be able to cross all cultures and languages.

"Bottums Upp!"

Re: Found what was missing by Louise on 28 October 2002 9:23pm
Hi Blim, I think I know what you mean, Michael seemed to be more spontaneous in this 3rd episode.

Isn`t it "Botterms Erp?"


Re: Found what was missing by dunnfran on 29 October 2002 1:15pm
Yep, I agree with you both. 3rd episode was fab, he seemed to really get into the whole camel thing, much more spontaneous. :-)
Re: Found what was missing by SueJL on 1 November 2002 1:42am
I also agree with you all,I didnt realise what was 'missing' but after Sunday's episode i thought the other two did seem more like the 'Holiday' programme(but better, because of Michael).He was definately the Michael we are used to on Sunday and his banter with the camel trailers was wonderful.True Michael Palin.More please
Re: Found what was missing by Dave on 3 November 2002 10:14pm
I have enjoyed watching the 4 episodes of Sahara, but I thought that with all the countries Michael visited he did not visit Egypt.

I thought that Egypt was part of the Sahara.
Re: Found what was missing by Mudhooks on 5 December 2002 10:12am
I don't know if this is the reason, but the countries of the Sahara that lie west and south of Egypt are Sudan and Libya.

Libya is very protective about its borders and fairly unpredictable in regards to travellers. Likely, had he even been granted travel permits, he would have been restricted in his travels and been acompanied by "handlers". This doesn't make it easy to interact with the people.

And Sudan, at present, is of the most dangerous countries in the world to travel in (and that is saying something).

As well, the Eastern Sahara is, I believe, very difficult and inhospitable... hotter, more rugged, etc.
Re: Found what was missing by nottlob on 12 December 2002 5:39am
Why is Sudan dangerous? They don't like outsiders? I know my dad was there once when he was in his early thirties selling electrical parts or something (he's from Taiwan). Is the area in South America (I forgot what it was called) still the most dangerous city in the world? *Full Circle*?
Re: Found what was missing by rumblefish on 25 December 2002 11:47pm
Yeah I agree the camel train was by far and away the best of the series vintage michael mind u I would like to know what those guys were getting michael to say cos im sure its not what he thought it was cos they didnt half find it amusing.

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