Wednesday, 20 February 2013
My tribute to Richard Briers
I don't know if it's because I'm now pretty much self sufficient myself, but the program just didn't seem to date.
And leading it, was Tom Good. Richard Briers.
I remember watching it in the 70's as a small boy, sitting in a semi in a street of similar houses, laughing at it.
Now, as a slightly larger man, i find myself watching reruns and laughing with it.
Richard Briers gave self sufficiency a face. And a smile.
And a whistle - he always seemed to be whistling.
His enthusiasm and his energy for a lifestyle that at the time seemed so odd, opened the door for people like me. Now, we all recycle, green energy is a hot topic, veg plots and chickens in the garden practically the norm.
If you want to know the technical side of self sufficiency, watch Hugh Fernely-Whittingstall. But if you want to know the emotional side, how it feels to be self sufficient, and more importantly, how it feels to be in a relationship and self sufficient, then watch the Good Life. It's truer than you could possibly imagine.
Gone, but never forgotten, Richard Briers.