What A Wonderful World

WELL, I’m now half way through the new Michael Palin series and haven’t been disappointed.
The views are gorgeous, the photography stunning and the people he meets along the way revealing.
But it’s Michael’s writing and narration which elevates Michael Palin’s New Europe (BBC1, Sunday, 9pm) into something extra special.
At the end of the second instalment of his latest journey, he visits the fairytale land of Cappadocia in Turkey.
It’s here, in what he describes as a “wild and wonderful landscape”, that he has his fortune told via leaves in a coffee cup.
Among other things, Michael learns that he will meet a rich lady in an internet chat room.
“I can’t work the chatrooms,” is his bemused reply.

After reflecting on the mix of the world wide web and his current volcanic rock cave home, we move on to a balloon ride.
You may already have seen a glimpse in extended trailers being run by the BBC.
Set against incredible scenery, and the original music of Molly Nyman and Harry Escott, it’s one of the TV moments of the year.
Looking out towards Iran, Iraq and Syria, Michael concludes: “Separating East and West is a futile pre-occupation.
“The future is co-operation. I know. I saw it in the coffee cup.”
Michael Palin: My European Odyssey
Balloon Tours


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6 responses to “What A Wonderful World

  1. Anna

    Hope you did not mind me liinking you
    to your great article about Michael Palin, Ian.
    It was the best I’d read.

  2. Ian Wylie

    Thanks for your kind comment Anna – and no problem at all about linking. Nice to see that Michael’s first programme was watched by 7.5m viewers.

  3. Anna

    Hi Ian
    and thank you so much!
    Ian, um…
    I know you are a very busy man , working for a newspaper and all,
    but could you,
    would you explain technoranti to me
    and how I am over there now?
    I would be really grateful.
    I might even give you a strawberry.🙂

  4. Ian Wylie

    Anna – check out this link:

  5. Anna

    Thats amazing.
    The fact that someome updates a blog somewhere in the world every eighteen seconds is mind blowing.
    So now the technorati big brother knows of my little contribution to
    blog world.
    Thats very humbling and encouraging in the same vein.
    Ian, THANK you so much once again,
    and here is the promised strawberry.🙂

  6. Iestyn Roberts

    Hey! I totally agree that the balloon shot at the end was definitely something special – does anyone know how to hear the music in full? Or listen to it on the web anywhere?

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