"Twitchers - a very British Obsession" (Brit TV documentary)

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Subject: "Twitchers - a very British Obsession" (Brit TV documentary)
From: Angus Innes <>
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2010 21:28:05 +0000
Simon Mustoe has described the above television programme as "compelling". Well 
perhaps - in the sense that any birder would watch vultures with blood covered 
heads tearing into a carcass and fighting other vultures in the process. In 
fairness to the twitchers featured, no doubt a lot of the footage and 
interviews was/were left on the editing floor.
It is unlikely to have converted anybody to our shared passion.
If you wish to preserve the belief that twitching can be merely one element of 
a birder's overall interest, and can be engaged in by well rounded persons with 
a sense of humour, then do NOT acquire a copy of the programme. Or, not until 
you've read Sean Dooley's "The Big Twitch" or Mark Cocker's equally 
entertaining UK book "Birders - Tales of a Tribe". They both delightfully 
remind us that obsession is not inconsistent with a sense of fun or even of 
warmth towards other humans.
Angus Innes.                                      ==============================
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