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Bear Grylls and Stephen Fry in Dolomites

Hi, it’s Harry Silhouetteof-Wolfhowlingonhill, once again catching up with the great greenygrey television selection from the festive period.

Bear’s Wild Weekends

Like the Thirteenth Tale film featured in yesterday’s BBC highlights blog, there was a glut of greenygrey in Channel Four‘s Bear’s Wild Weekends shown on Christmas Day. scan0013

And linking with Sunday’s Everest view blog, Marc Latham has also hiked in the Dolomites.

Bear Grylls and Stephen Fry in the Dolomites Documentary

In the programme, outdoors expert Bear Grylls took indoors expert Stephen Fry out of his comfort zone and into the Dolomites.

Moreover, there was a body, mind and spirit theme to the documentary, like in the Werewolf of Oz. The two of them discussed that topic, as well as Stephen Fry’s bipolar disorder, after Fry said he’d never felt so alive.

Everybody can see an example of the greenygrey mountains, waterfalls, trees and fields in clips on the Channel Four website. This is one’s cover shot:

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The whole documentary is available to watch on Channel Four (only in U.K. I think) for another seventeen days.

Disclaimer: Stephen Fry was accompanied by an expert, so please don’t go climbing down mountains on your own.

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Fine Margins for Food Sales as well as Sport

Hi, it’s Harry Silhouetteof-Wolfhowlingonhill, tv expert at the Greenygrey. I’ve been amazed at some of the fine margins between victory and defeat in the Euro 2012 football and Wimbledon tennis. It reminded me of a documentary I watched recently, about Jimmy Doherty trying to get cheap free-range food into a supermarkets.

Free range hens, near their coop and surrounde...
Free range hens, near their coop and surrounded by electrified poultry netting. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jimmy and the Giant Supermarket

In Jimmy and the Giant Supermarket rare breed pig breeder Jimmy Doherty tried to get free-range meatballs, sausages and chicken kievs into Tesco supermarkets at the same price as factory farmed meat.

Doherty succeeded with two out of three (sausages and kievs from what I remember). The sausages only sold enough to continue on trial, while the kievs sold well.

Hopefully this shows that free-range can be produced as cheaply as factory-farmed.

The documentary suggested that what supermarkets sell depends on the initiative of farmers like Jimmy, and what people buy. It is available on Channel 4 (in the UK at least) for 8 more days.

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