Werner’s last blues

Grizzly Man looks very good indeed. I had to watch a video entitled ‘Are you bear aware?’ before I was allowed to stay in Yosemite National Park (needless to say there was no similar awareness raising of the squirrel peril). It showed lots of bears committing car crime – smashing windows in a desperate search for Lion bars and cheese and onion crisps, I don’t think there was any joy riding though. It’s a well documented fact, but no animal in the annals of car crime will ever match the chimpanzees of the West Midlands Safari Park. Sadly they were all rounded up and shot when foot and mouth broke out – which certainly sends a message to the criminal underclass.

I once described Werner Herzog’s voice as my favourite sound (above even the melancholy chimes of distant ice-cream vans) – which of course sounds horribly pretentious, but something about his lugubrious vowel sounds which match exactly his lugubrious face gives me great joy. I’m sure anyone who heard him saying ‘That’s not an opponent’ about a plastic dustbin in Julien Donkey Boy, would agree.

Anyway nobody ever seems to ask ‘What’s your favourite documentary?’ which is a shame – because I have lots – so in the spirit of time-wasting…

Wings of Hope – Werner Herzog
My Best Fiend – Werner Herzog
Chronique d’un Ete – Jean Rouch
Ongka’s Big Moka – Disappearing World
One Day in September – Kevin Macdonald
Awake and in Pain – no idea who. It was about when the anaesthetic fails in surgery which I watched at a very impressionable age – I have no memory if it was any good, but the title stays with me almost as a motto


6 thoughts on “Werner’s last blues

  1. jokol

    I can’t extract any favourites from my brain at the moment, but “Slow Glass” has to be my least favourite. It’s about a glass blower who likes to send people to sleep with his monotone Northern accent. It’s like that episode of “Ripping Yarns” about a dull Yorkshire man (without any of the later excitement).“Nanook of the North”?Does fictional documentary count?

  2. Walter

    ‘Slow Glass’ – at least the title didn’t build up any false expectations. That Ripping Yarns is particularly amusing – I often find myself telling anecdotes as fascinating as the lead character.

  3. jimpanman

    Naming favorites <>roots<> people out. I have often been caught like this. People say things like, “What’s your favourite type of music?”I find it so unkind a question that I’ve started asking people, “What was the last thing you played on your [medium of choice]”, so people have to land with, “Actually, it’s Simply Red’s ‘Stars’, but…” and then tumble sideways by explaining how they feel about this. Then they end up concluding, “Actually, I’m much more of a John Denver man”.And there you have the real person.So: What was the last noise you heard that you would put in your noise catalog?Mine is that of a blue tit warbling away as it coaxed a peanut out of the feeder I put up last week.But I just happened to be around when that noise occurred. I’m much more of a slapping-a-side-of-beef-as-it-hangs-in-the-van man.

  4. walter

    The last noise I heard of any note, beyond the tap of computer keys, and the general office drone was probably the canadian geese outside – who are bastards and make an appropriately bastard like noise as they victimise coots. the animal equivalent of simply red in fact

  5. Bill Oddie

    At last – a blog for twitchers. Look out for the Mistle Thrush – backyard bullies who stroll around in pairs, staking out a holly tree for their exclusive use. They scare away other birds from their supply of berries, and guard their tree-top larder for long hard winters. They mainly eat on the ground themselves, so it’s not as if they need the tree. Selfish bastards.

  6. a shocked reader

    Wasn’t a puffin spotted in a Birmingham garden a few years ago, eyeing up the ornamental carp? My favourite food is potatoes.

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