Rick & Euan (fail to) Save The World
“When the white man builds a house in the sky his world will be rolled away.”
Has the time not come?
If the Indian prophet, Lame Deer (who correctly predicted television) is right, by now we ought to have already been replaced by ferrel fields and sprawling forests free of human life.
Do we have a choice or a chance, is The End indelibly etched into the destiny of Earth and the spirit of mankind?
What is truth? What is 'Reality'? Who do we believe and why?
Some say that it is just so. Enjoy what life you have for soon it may be eclipsed.
“If we gotta go, we go,” best not to think about it.
What does your life experience suggest?
Have you struggled, strived and achieved?
Can we, collectively, not do the same?
If so, then what?
What is it gets us expelled?
What is it that might get us all expelled from earth?
Is that it?
Whatever it is, Future Views Magazine features light reading that examines such questions.
Imagine if every windowsill carried a beautiful flower box.
a simple formula for making our cities greener and more pleasant.
What happened to the mighty “World Changing Revolution” of the ’Sixties when Flower Power was going to vanquish war and bring eternal happiness to one and all?
Curious how quickly we forget.
The only revolution in today's world appears to be comprised of gurus who tell us they know what it means to be rich. More desperate than hopeful, thousands send them money in order to be encouraged to believe that their lives, too, can be transformed from destitution to abundance.
Loneliness and debt, homelessness and addiction are matters for under-funded charities and volunteers.
Can we not see where we are, how we have changed?
Is our world truly better than before?
The problem is too big to tackle, let's leave it to the professionals, they know what they are doing. We are in safe hands, or are we?
Can we dream, imagine and describe a better world?
Who knows, whatever, maybe there are solutions, what if there are pragmatic ways to make lives more pleasant?
No harm in trying?
Meantime, enjoy what we have, take a look, share a thought. Sometimes, it's best simply to entertain and let the troubles we hear too much about wash over us like ocean waves on the rocks of terra firma.
To such an end, meet Richard Whitehead and his friend, Euan Keith, they work together on a travelling film crew. They and others in the group discuss a variety of topics.
MEET THE CREW
My mate Euan, Sir Keith's nephew and my assistant, got me the job as sound recordist.
Others on set include Brenda, Lotte, Eta, Tosh and Arri (so called because it is short for Arthur and also reflects his love of the Arriflex cameras).
Sir Keith funds the entire operation, or so he would have us believe.
His friend and business partner, Saleh el Moharbi undoubtedly has a lot to do with it as well.
Then there's Acey, Ed and Igvarts Lobermann from Lithuania or some other country, I think he's from a place I've never heard of.
That's us, sometimes we get together outside work, often we exchange barely more than a greeting.
Euan and I stumbled across evidence that pointed us towards a bizarre plot. Our two benefactors, Sir Keith and Saleh el Moharbi, are heavily implicated as being at the centre.
Inventor, idealist, has an opinion on just about everything.
Brenda E. Teufel
Make up artist, pretends to be a “bimbo” but is in fact shrewd, smart and a lot of fun.
Lighting Assistant and Devil's Advocate, listens more than he speaks and looks for oversights.
Swiss from Bern, artistic, perceptive, talented, tolerant, observant.
Loves his Arriflex camera, nick-named “Arri”, easy going.
Lighting technician, broad shouldered, experience beyond his years, engineer by training.
German, makeup and continuity, astute, efficient, introspective, critical, intelligent.
Michael “Acey” Bates
Referred to as “The Chief” because he wins at arguments, likes to be the flash lad.
Sound man and writer, spies on Big Cheeses with Euan and keeps records.
Assistant cameraman, serious, bit of a bore, will remind you of what you said last month.
Saleh el Moharbi
A wealthy Arab of dubious background who insists he owns practically nothing apart from riches.
Maintains a mystique, no one knows how much power and influence he actually has.