It’s not secret that I spend a good portion of my free time on YouTube, whether it’s catching up with the latest watercooler moments or rewatching my favourite episodes of ‘Supersizers Go…’ (seriously, watch the 80’s one), so it seems appropriate to share my new favourite: How Animals Eat Their Food.
WARNING: Do not try to act this out to your friends in a crowded pub, it may lead to chaos and soggy socks. Trust me.
Today is not about me, it’s about Eldad Hagar. I don’t know much about him, other than he is some sort of magical dog whisperer who saves the lives of stray dogs around LA.
One of his many videos popped up in my ‘Recommended’ column on YouTube, and three hours later I was still on his channel. The format for every video is as follows:
He has been told about a stray dog somewhere in LA
He goes to said location armed with cheeseburgers and his magic flowery lead
He finds the dog, who generally looks at Eldad like he’s some sort of snack
Five minutes later, Eldad is cuddling and playing with his new best friend
I don’t get it, but I can’t stop watching it.
There have been times when the dog has been less aggressive and more terrified when Eldad turns up, and those are the times when you realise quite how amazing this man is. He doesn’t like to use force, he simply speaks calmly and uses his body language to let the dog know that he is not going to leave. Then within a few minutes it’s like they were always friends.
The most beautiful and tragic element of his videos is the readiness with which the dogs will trust a person whom they’ve just met. It demonstrates their ability to forgive and forget, but shows us what could happen if the person in whom an animal places his trust is not the kind to be armed with cheeseburgers and an innate sense of kindness. The after effects of abuse are clear to see in each video, where most of the dogs have been abandoned and left to fend for themselves. One of the more heartbreaking examples is an Alsatian called Ben, whose owners moved away and left him behind, yet still he waits by the back gate to be let in. Thanks to Eldad and his team, he’s now with a family who deserve him.
It’s probably for the best that I don’t live in LA, as after watching these videos I would by now be referred to as the ‘crazy dog lady’
Although I’m not entirely sure how the owners trained their dog to reject any Obama offerings, it’s pretty funny to watch the little mutt express his political views. Maybe there should be a follow up video so that we can see whether he endorses Romney or Santorum. Who knew that carrots could convey such a strong political message?
The video below should be shown to classes in every school, no one who watches the once sweet little LiLo morph into the haggard mess that she has become could ever believe that drugs were good or cool. I watched it with a mixture of sadness at her lost potential, and disgust at what she has done to herself. It is fitting that this video has come to prominence in the week that Lohan came off of her probation for the first time in 4 years. Maybe in 10 years the video’s maker can produce a sequel, showing how she got her life – and face – back.
In a reprisal of their memorable Whip My Hair performance, Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Fallon teamed up once again on the latter’s late night talk show to perform their rendition of LMFAO’s Sexy And I Know It. There really are no words to describe the wiggle wiggle-ing that takes place, you’ll just have to watch it for yourself.
Not much to report this week, so I thought I’d share my rediscovery of Feist, I’ve been listening to her for years but recently she has been sidelined by the likes of Rosi Golan and Lissie. Anyway, here’s one of her classics, it always makes me smile and bob along…
I’ve been a bit nostalgic, comedy-wise, on YouTube recently, and have been looking up all of the sketches that I haven’t heard for a while. From Monty Python to George Carlin, I’ve been chuckling away to all of my comedy heroes. It doesn’t get much better than an irate John Cleese, but it is one sketch that had forgotten existed, from the marvelous Billy Connolly, that I just had to share. The two Scotsmen in Rome has been etched in my mind for years, I couldn’t remember every detail but I knew that I howled with laughter whenever I listen to it. I also happened upon the Jobbie Weecha, two words: comic. gold.
Today has been a lazy sort of Saturday, and in the absence of any decent weekend television I have had quite a lengthy YouTube session almost entirely made up of clips from The Graham Norton Show. I remember watching him in the V and So days, turning the volume right down and straining to hear both the TV and for any sign that i was about to be caught up way past my bedtime. I have always loved his quick and slightly cruel humour, but it has been through him that I have been introduced to the comic enigma – Miriam Margolyes. She is so refreshingly without a filter, her comic timing and frequent risque topics of conversation have left me utterly helpless with laughter. So I am requiring anyone who reads this post to watch the three videos below, so that more people may know of her brilliance. This way, we might be able to get her back on GNS a few more times, so that we may hear a few more of her salacious anecdotes.
So it’s been established by now that I’m having a few difficulties settling into the whole ‘write a blog every day’ thing. Apologies, but for the past week I’ve actually had something of a life – which is exciting in itself. I’ve been across what felt like every bloody county in England, from London to Cambridge to Nuneaton to Manchester to Salisbury to Bath to Southampton. Yup, it’s quite a lot to cover in a few days, so you can appreciate that writing a blog wasn’t exactly high on my priorities. But anyway, back to normal…
Earnest yet slightly creepy
This week, in a brilliant twist of irony, the figurehead of the ‘Arrest Joseph Kony’ movement has been arrested for public intoxication and masturbation. The plastic good looks of Jason Russell couldn’t even save him from a crime so low that not even Lindsay Lohan has managed to commit it. He was later hospitalised, so his altered state was no doubt due to more than just a few too many cocktails.
Of course, Invisible Children (his slightly shady foundation) have released a statement painting him as a victim of exhaustion and malnutrition, so dedicated to his cause that he ran himself into the ground. Bollocks. The man has created a worldwide phenomenon with a video viewed by 76 million people (so far), he was definitely basking in his newfound glory. He seemed like a pompous twat in the video, I can only imagine that his ego has inflated further. I do feel incredibly sorry for his family though. Maybe someone should try to explain Russell’s indiscretions to his incredibly adorable son through the use of two photos, one of a doting father and the other showing the mess that his own has become.