The headline refers to the first episode of Speed with Guy Martin. The four-part series has featured the motorcycle rider trying to break speed records on land, water and in the air.
Hi, it’s Harry Silhouetteof-Wolfhowlingonhill, television correspondent at the Greenygrey in the erstwhile style of Harry Hill. I think the documentaries featured in this blog are just available in the U.K.
Some have age restrictions too, and parental guidance is probably advisable for some of the information relayed in this blog.
Sport and Recreation Balance
At the Greenygrey we try and balance our postings, and be responsible. We don’t want to lecture you, or give you the idea we’re trying to restrict you, but at the same time we don’t want to push you into behaviour that might get you into trouble.
Writing about rock and The Pretty Reckless might be criticised in some circles, but there is plenty of reckless living within mainstream society and sports, but it is deemed acceptable because it is ‘official’.
Moreover, in the year to March 2013 a government report stated there were 1,680 road deaths in the U.K., 10% down from 1,870 the year before, which averages out at nearly 5 a day.
This blog features some daredevil adrenalin sports featured on mainstream U.K. television, to balance the alternative culture featured in the previous Valentine’s Day blog, charismatically presented by Love, the mixed-up vole.
At the Greenygrey we don’t want anybody to be pushed over the edge by anything we write and post, although knowing human nature we think some of you might feel like doing something silly just to rebel against that!
We also try and keep the humour within the best possible taste, as Kenny Everett once used to say, with his risque comedy.
We hope that ‘Posh Trotty’ doesn’t push us over the edge!
Speed with Guy Martin
In the first episode of Speed with Guy Martin Olympic athlete Laura Trott gave fitness advice to Guy Martin. Martin was surprised that Trott pushed herself to exhaustion in training every day.
Just before the series was announced I’d seen Guy Martin for the first time in a documentary about the Isle of Man TT race, and liked his personality of psychopathic recklessness and independent rebelliousness.
It seemed to bear the hallmarks of good psychopathy traits described in a Channel Four Psychopathy Night, with many top sports people scoring high on the psychopathy scale; along with lots of other celebrities, politicians, businesspeople and bankers.
There are also many negative traits of course. But the good traits are generally that they will take risks, and push themselves to the limit, which can be good for competing in sports and careers, but not so good for the public if they overstep the mark in business and banking.
Don’t Look Down
There’s only two days left to watch Don’t Look Down on 4oD too. It focused on free climber James Kingston, who scales buildings and cranes to hang off them or walk across narrow surfaces, such as girders.
He also went out to the Ukraine, and climbed with Mustang, the most prominent climber in a bigger scene there. They said many climbers had fallen to their deaths in the Ukraine and Russia, where the craze began.
While there have been vertical-face free climbers hanging off mountains with one hand and tightrope walkers balancing above certain death for years, the everyday urban scenes of the free climbs featured in the documentary made them seem all the more hair-raising.
There were lots of great greenygrey scenes in the above documentaries, available from a Google search of their names.
Greenygreying is just a joke, so please don’t try outdoing them! Nobody and nothing at the Greenygrey would!! The greenygrey in the photos might look nice, but it won’t give you a soft landing!!!
Storyville. K2: The Killer Summit
There was less greenygrey in a Storyville documentary about a couple of days in 2008 when fifteen climbers and guides were killed on K2, the world’s second highest peak after Everest, as a few climbing teams got peak fever near the top and tried to reach their goal when they didn’t really have time.
When interviewed, the surviving climbers stressed they all knew that if they went down near the top it meant almost certain death, and that they didn’t expect the others to stop climbing to launch a rescue mission.
It’s available on BBC iplayer until April.
Our Blog, Relaying Info, Your Choice
Guy Martin and James Kingston wouldn’t have had all their experiences and got on television if they didn’t risk their lives. They’ve survived so far.
Debbie Harry would probably have become more of an icon if she had died young and stayed at her peak prettiness, like her heroine Marilyn Monroe, but she’s still going strong, and we’re really glad she did survive.
Some of the K2 climbers survived and some died. All knew the risks and accepted what could happen.
Marc Latham has pushed himself quite hard and had some successes.
At the Greenygrey we hope we might inspire some people to succeed in some things, but don’t want to be responsible for anybody taking risks they don’t feel comfortable with.
We admire and respect the achievements of Martin and Kingston, Harry and Momsen, but also the people and animals who live day-to-day lives, bringing up families and packs, and battling illnesses and difficulties to survive.
Mainly we’re just relaying information that’s already out there on mainstream media.
Most don’t make it to the top in music, some don’t make it to the top in climbing, and many don’t make it down, or in better shape than when they started their journey.