Well, the comments still continue down at the Wordsworth on TV post. Some of them are very entertaining so be there or be square (now, there's an old saying...I thought it was apt though what with TV, square-eyes...you get the picture...). I just watched the third programme in the 'A poet's guide to Britain' series (about George Mackay Brown and 'Hamnavoe') and there was some lovely stuff in it including local interviews, gorgeous views of Orkney and plenty of time with poet Don Paterson (looking like he never, ever sleeps but saying some fine things and reading a poem of GMB's beautifully). Like the Plath programme I found this one more developed and interesting than the Wordsworth half-hour that opened the series and I am getting used (little by little) to presenter Owen Sheers' regular sparkly-eyed presence on-screen. I think the change I'm having to get used to is that he's just so pretty and neat for an arts documentary. I mean, have you seen some of the guys who present these things normally? We've been watching Waldmar Januszczak's series on the Baroque just recently and he's all excess stomach, ill-fitting clothing, crazy stabbing of air with big chubby hands. Sheers is so...well-behaved and clean-cut in comparison...and it is a visual medium after all (and it can't only be women who get judged by looks now can it...didn't we talk about that here?). In the meantime it might take some BBC4 viewers a while to adjust to this kind of change. Just give us time.
As for squirrels...the other day I was looking at some fascinating squirrel photos over at this blog (no really...I was!) and that led me to a blog all about squirrels (the internet...can you beat it for variety...isn't it like flying round a giant library on a jetpack...stopping to read now and again obviously...). Anyway, I've had a poem about red squirrels brewing since I saw one (a squirrel, not a poem) on the path just up the road from here and this week the poem made it out onto paper and screen. I sent the poem to the squirrels blog (where else would you send a squirrel poem?) so now you can read 'It might be about squirrels' here along with lots and lots of information about squirrels. The writer of this blog is in the US I'm pretty sure...but I've looked on the blog and can't see a more precise location.
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