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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing history and scenery, 12 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Bellamy's Wild Britain - Scotland, Across the Border [DVD] (DVD)
This is one of David Belamy's DVDs, being about Scotland in this case.

What's amazing about this documentary (and perhaps the others that he has done), is its mix of socio-economic and natural history (with beautifully captivating scenery) up until before the end of the last century. One of its sections discusses renewable energy prospects in Scotland.

He does not hold back on what he sees as the facts of what has happened to the Scottish countryside. In other words, he tells it like it is, devoid of political correctness. He interviews knowledgeable people and makes pragmatic suggestions where he can, yet his speech is a mixture of prose and poetry when extolling parts of the countryside. One cannot help find him amicable.

It loses 1 star because, while he trumpets sustainable living throughout, he also has aristocratic tastes, as he indulges in shellfish and specially prepared salmon in posh restaurants (nonetheless admitting it is food for the rich). He also perceives golf being a "normal" sport, showing himself on golf courses.

Sustainable living, alongside exotic foods and the "sport of kings" (i.e. expensive foods, and activities on expensive idle land, for the idle rich) somehow nudge my instinct as being cynically incongruent with each other. There are those who will vehemently disagree with me, overlooking their emotional attachments to things for which the serfs (supporting the rich) have little time or money.

The DVD shows him also having interviews with a few snobs (a couple of whom inherited land acquired through in land removal period of Scotland's history) who extol their support for sustainable living (For whom?). If one looks at one of the latest documentaries about skewed capitalism, the Four Horsemen [ASIN: B007AFCQWS], it shows quite clearly that the "trickle-down effect" from rich folks' activities is plain fallacy. But then, Bellamy is not (self-) educated in discerning what is real economics (as opposed to academic economics)

All in all, by the end, the DVD looks as though it was compiled solely for the purpose of promoting sustainable living with food and energy that might be provided by the waters on and around Scotland.

It is nonetheless really worthwhile acquiring.
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