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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, January 03, 2006
    Three Men in a Boat

    Amusing and affirming, the BBC's 'recreation' of Three Men in a Boat with Griff Rhys Jones, Dara O'Briain and Rory McGrath rowing an 1890s skiff down the Thames in the spirit of Jerome K Jerome. It's all about banter and male psychology. Reminds me of yesterday, six blokes up a mountain. Each with our own ways, often colliding, but in the spirit of having a good day out, or making this damn trip work, getting on with getting on, a lot of humour involved. Dara loved their five-day journey, despite the discomfort of travelling with a dodgy knee and being insulted en-route by Anthony Worrall Thompson:

    Did we row all the way to Oxford? Did we manfully endure the campsite? Were we anywhere near as funny as the book? That's all in the film. All I know is, we can't wait to get out there again. Any other great journeys the BBC want me to re-create, I'll not need two weeks to decide. I'll even pitch some ideas: "Three Men in an Ark"; "Three Men Cross the Alps on an Elephant"; "Three Men and an Exodus: Rory, Griff and Dara lead the Jews out of Egypt".

    As for me I'm off on a couple of days new year retreat during which time I may perhaps hatch plans for an epic journey of my own in 2007. Strikes me that journey (whatever it turns out to be) will be best when there's company - bumbling, blokish, good-humoured company - involved.