Ladies and Gentlemen: Good Journalism

March 24, 2010

And no.  Not my journalism.  Apologies for the unnaturally long post.

There’s been a fad in the last couple decades for following up on famous snaps.  National Geographic went on a mission to find the Afghan Girl with the haunting eyes, and lord knows I lost a lot of days in college to things like “Where are they now: Ferris Bueller Special!”

You’ve probably seen this picture before – in a newspaper story about what’s wrong with the British class system, your European History textbook, or someone’s blog.

The Guardian undertook a follow up.  But this time, rather than just indulging in nostalgia, a reporter managed to actually take a single image, and use it to break down our cultural assumptions about class and complicate the picture, rather than give a pithy sum up.

I definitely usually stick to the brief of putting nothing that will take you more than about 2 minutes, and two brain cells, to consume up on this blog.  But if you want to see why I still think journalists, and good journalism, are the heart of a functioning society, take some time to read a really good piece.

Or, if that’s all a bit much: take a moment to consider the absurdity of Public School uniforms and then get caught off guard thinking suddenly and inexplicably about penguins, and then go find that really cute clip from Happy Feet of a penguin learning to dance, and then start considering what, really, is the cutest clip from any Pixar movie ever ever.  And then, obviously, because it’s the only answer, settle on this one.  No contest.  And then spend the rest of the day looking at rescue dogs.  It’s probably better for you.

Except you should probably know that its totally embarrassing to dance along with the penguin in your library chair.  I do.  Now.

– Willa

Fine Taste Advent Day 14 (yeah, yeah, we skipped the weekend)

December 14, 2009

I love penguins on parade – have ever since I saw the penguins go marching around the Edinburgh Zoo when I was 4 years old.  But what makes penguins on parade even better?  That’s right, penguins dressed up as Father Christmas and marched around daily until Christmas Day.  Amazing, Japan, amazing.  I really like that the outfits were made by staff – adds a bit more charm to the whole thing.

– The Taste Testers

Nils Olav Knighted

August 20, 2008

Last Friday, Norway knighted Nils Olav. Nothing special there. Except that Nils is a penguin that lives in the Edinburgh zoo. Seriously. He’s a mascot for a regiment.

I once watched the Penguin parade at the Edinburgh zoo – I wonder if Nils was in it? Maybe he was the penguin that stepped on my brother’s foot that day…