Okay, okay, the badger could have been a joke. Onward and upward: If you listen to the BBC, you’ll be familiar with the show “Desert Island Discs,” in which public figures list the limited selection of music they’d take with them were they to be marooned on a desert island. Today’s show, starring David Attenborough, is especially engrossing. Do have a listen; it’s 45 minutes long.
Though his choice of music is pretty conventional—Schubert, Bach, Strauss (but also some Indonesian stuff)—the interview is fascinating, with many insights into Attenborough’s life, work, and travel. The guy is 85 years old and is still going strong. And I’m extremely jealous, for I’d love to have his job.
Attenborough and I do share one thing, though:
But despite his extraordinary travels, there is one part of the globe that’s eluded him. As a young man and a keen rock-climber, he yearned to conquer the highest peak in the world. “I won’t make it now – I won’t make it to base camp now – but as a teenager, I thought that the only thing a red-blooded Englishman really should do was to climb Everest.”
That, too, was my ambition, and I got so far as to walk to Everest base camp—twice. The Khumbu Valley is, I think, the most beautiful place in the world, but, alas, I’m too old to go clambering about on the mountains.