Sunday, May 17, 2015

Bourdain visits Madagascar with Darren Aronofsky; also, Scotland

1Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” visited to the island of Madagascar, off the coast of Africa, in the Indian Ocean.
Bourdain was accompanied by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (“Noah”, “Pi”, “Black Swan”), who mixed with the local people well.  They visited with a Dr. Wright, who was in charge of a national park trying to preserve lemurs (who are amazingly immune to the cyanide in bamboo). The pair also went on long, slow train rides through primitive country. They had dinner in a small town, and the locals had a system to make sure everyone eats. Link is here

Bourdain covered the loss of 90% of the forests of the island (climate change?) from the result of “slash and burn”.

Earlier Sunday night Bourdain broadcast his episode in Scotland, partly from Glasgow, which used to have a big problem with gang violence.  There was a surprising tolerance, even encouragement, of bullying in their culture.

There was also come coverage of the vote for independence from the UK in 2014, which did not pass. 
Wikipedia attribution link for photo of erosion in Madagascar by Vassen, under creative commons 2.0 license. 

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