Here are two things that have made me very happy in the last week.
The first is that the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016 Shortlist has been announced. The images on the shortlist are a little different from the usual tranquil, pristine, breath-taking nature images that you see in this kind of competition.
Here are some of my favourites.
I challenge you to get through the full list without laughing.
The second is that the trailer for Planet Earth II, David Attenborough’s next major documentary series about life on Earth, has been released.
I just went back through this blog trying to find some mention of David Attenborough, and I’m really surprised that there isn’t anything.
I love this man.
Firstly I love him for the same reason that I think 95% of the UK does: he’s enthusiastic but calming; intrepid but comfortable; intellectual but playful. His programmes are one of the few on TV that unashamedly teach you things about our world, rather than just being entertaining, and for the last seventy years, viewers in their millions have learnt more about the world around them than they would ever have done — because of him. I love learning, and he’s a great teacher.
The second reason is that my anxiety makes it hard for me to watch films or box-sets. Whenever I sit down to watch a movie or the latest popular series my anxious brain stops me, and tells me that I’m wasting time and that I shouldn’t do it. It’s one of the reasons why I watch so many documentaries: they’re “okay” for me to watch. But the programmes I watch most of all are his. They are always “allowed”, I always love them, and they always make me feel better. I’m thrilled to have another half-dozen exquisite programmes to add to my viewing roster.
Here’s the trailer. Enjoy.