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on: July 9, 2017, 11:41
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You likely know British actress, Penelope Keith, from “To the Manor Born,” “The Good Life,” or any number of other shows. She’s as British as the Thames.

I recently caught a couple episodes on PBS of her as the presenter on ”Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages”. This series is so interesting, fact-filled, and charming that I recommend you be on the lookout for it. There are three season in the books starting with 2016. I would assume 2017 is currently running in England or is in production.

Series 1 and 2 are available as a collection at Amazon but the DVD is not for the North American region. However, you can find some episodes on YouTube. Here's an episode from season 1.

The equivalent of this show for America would be especially welcome in this time of the universal deconstruction of our heritage, although I can’t imagine what American actor or actress could host it. What makes Keith’s series so enjoyable is that it is an appreciation of English life. And her presentation of it simply sparkles. Her love for everything simple and simply British shines through. This is not a perfunctory (although useful) Rick Steves tour. Keith brings her charming personality and enthusiasm to the venture and infects the show with watchability. That you also learn a great many things is a bonus.

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on: July 9, 2017, 11:48
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This sounds like the sort of England that Orwell, in his less socialist moments, revered -- the nation of shop-keepers, of little villages scattered about the countryside.

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Post Re: Penelope Keiths Hidden Villages
on: July 9, 2017, 19:36
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I saw last Sunday's program on PBS. I am amazed that Keith is something like 75-76. The old girl is keeping fit.

While I like a good number of English villages, I must say many look rather drab due to the stone which was used for buildings across the centuries. My wife agreed with me that German, Austrian and Swiss villages are generally more attractive.

Although I will sometimes watch the man's shows, I don't think a lot of Rick Steves. He seems phony to me. In any case, he is a raging leftist.

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Post Re: Penelope Keiths Hidden Villages
on: July 10, 2017, 08:22
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As a true believer in multiculturalism whereby anything labeled “bad” is considered a matter of closed-mindedness, wouldn’t it be fair to ask Steves to do a program on travels in Europe’s no-go zones?

I didn’t happen to catch any program this past Sunday. The one I recently watched was “The Cotswolds.” I believe it was in this episode that she tracked the different color of stones used for building as she changed latitude. It went from more of a honey color in the south to something more like a medium dark brown in the north.

I’m sure if you compare these English villages side-by-side with ones in Germany or Switzerland, the latter might come out ahead. But that’s a quibble. I found the English villages to be such a charming breath of fresh air. This is civilization….ordered, beautiful, and full of quaintness. These villages are not a slum. They are not a ghetto. They are the expression of British life and British expectations for how to live.

The series is a window into the kind of aesthetic we gained from our English heritage. We do not live in tents. We do not live on dirt floors in grass huts. This is the civilization that brought civilization to so many places.

The series (that I have seen) does not at all get political. But you can’t help seeing this remaining charm of England in the context of the forces of disintegration that now shape England. To me, this is one last long look at traditional England before she dies.

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Post Re: Penelope Keiths Hidden Villages
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Really we do need to implement some kind of rating system. This series would be rated “N” for “Not Hostile to Western Civilization.”

I feel I do more good online pointing out a series such as this than all the ranting about the various insults to humanity as occurs daily in The Daily Drama.

And it is Dame Penelope Keith. I’m not in favor of handing out titles to those who haven’t been the first to circumnavigate the globe or something like that. It’s making a bit of a joke to give these titles to mere entertainers, but such is our culture based now on entertainment, not brave or unique exploits.

Still, perhaps Dame Keith earns it in this series that takes a loving look at her England instead of the usual sneers from libtards such as Monty Python’s Terry Jones who did that horribly politically correct series a few years back on the crusades.

According to Wiki, Dame Keith “succeeded Lord Olivier as president of the Actors' Benevolent Fund after his death in 1989, and was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to the arts and to charity.”

I don’t know Dame Keith’s politics (and don’t particularly want to). She’s does a truly admirable job as a presenter, almost unique amongst noted British presenters or American narrators. She’s tight and formal without being stuffy and humorless. She is engaging and talks to you (rather than down to you) without being condescending. It’s hard to imagine that she’s that good of an actress that she could fake this.

Perhaps with so much of Britain disintegrating, the Queen was right to give Keith some formal honors. So much these days is dishonorable. So what that she’s an actress?

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Post Re: Penelope Keiths Hidden Villages
on: July 11, 2017, 09:14
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I caught the latter half of an episode last night. By the way, here's a better episode guide. I believe the episode I saw was “Argyll and Bute” from Season 3, Episode 3.

It featured one of the Slate Islands in Scotland. I believe one of the primary places she visited was Easdale Island where (as you can see from the Google map) there are several unnaturally rectangular ponds. These are flooded slate mines.

This is a 25 acre island accessible by ferry only. There is no set ferry schedule. On the mainland you go into a boathouse and press a call button for the ferry.

Keith is enamored both with the scenery and the village life. In this episode she highlighted one of the unique sports (sort of like field hockey) that takes place on one of these villages. I cringe when she said that she picked up a “sense of community” from many of these places.

Having a “sense of community” is usually what Leftists strive for after having had their culture demonized and thus having become alienated from it. So they then go to some leftwing rally, march, walk, or parade to then artificially put back what was taken out…aka to experience a “sense of community.”

No doubt if you waited outside one of these village pubs late at night you might find a drunken straggler peeing in the alley. This is what “serious” journalism does these days, always looking for the worst (at least in western culture). This is why Keith’s look at England is so unique by today’s standards. It is a loving look. Is it a glossed-over look? Perhaps. Or perhaps there do exist places that have a real sense of community rather than an artificially-induced one; places that are ordered, aesthetic, and charming.

But small, remote communities, like the one on this island, are unique places. One side of my family comes from a similar place, although not on an island. And in such a small place the favorite pastime was drinking.

In this place the favorite pastime (or at least a major event) was stone-skimming in one of the old slate quarries. The playing “field” is marked off in 5-meter increments and has apparently become a fairly widely-known place for this sport. The stones are nice, flat pieces of rounded slate. Keith gave it a try and did rather well.

She proffered that one reason people live on such as island is because they feel safe. And although I think most moderns would be bored to tears in a small village, there may be something to be said for a place where stone-skimming, not adding to your cartoonish tattoo collection, is the preferred pastime.

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Post Re: Penelope Keiths Hidden Villages
on: July 31, 2017, 18:57
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I just saw the most recent episode of "Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages" and must say how much I enjoyed it. She visited several villages in Sussex and Kent, which were the definition of picturesque.

While the villages and history are great, it is Keith who makes this series. Her "Englishness" is wonderful. Her presence lends itself to setting the proper mood for such a series. With Keith acting as guide, the viewer will gain a sense of England, which would likely be missing with a lesser personality.

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on: July 31, 2017, 19:19
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I couldn't agree more, Mr. Kung. You saw it as I saw it . . . although I've yet to see the episode in question. Perhaps it's on tonight.

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