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Friday, September 26, 2008

'The most random thing...cont.

Blogger is being retarded and won't let me make a long post, so you'll have to read this in installments...

So, this film crew were running around the zoo, interviewing Dominic and film various animal species. Keith continued to question me about all my research. I explained my volunteer study and, after noting that this obviously wasn't what he was looking for, I volunteered information on my other work. I began by mentioning the study that I conducted looking at the behaviour of chimps in single-sex groups. At this point Keith's face lit up and he said something along the lines of, 'That's just what we are looking for!'

He proceeded to explain that the theme for that episode of said talk show was, what he called, the Patriarchy VS Matriarchy debate. He further explained that he would like to interview me along with Dominic on the topic.

Not thinking, I assumed that he meant, perhaps, at some stage in the future, we could organise it and he'd let me know. But this was not to be. Moments later the cameras were on, there was a mircophone and boom in my crotch and Dominic and Keith were practicing their entrance walk. Meanwhile, Athena had gacefully and cunningly darted inbetween the film crew and was standing behind them all grinning at me.

So, completely unprepared and, to a degree, in a state of shock, I was interviewed. Part of the interview was asking about bonobos, which are a species of chimp with a notorious sex life. It was really awkward being asked, and I quote, 'Who do you think has the better deal? Bonobos, or chimpanzees?' I responded with, 'I'd have to say, bonobos...'

Overall, it was quite fun, but definitely the most random thing that has happened to me in a long time!


  1. That's so funny! You must record it for me if I'm not back in time to see it! just to see your face when you had to talk about bonobos! I hope they didn't want details...

    If it makes you feel better I'm being plagued by baboons at the moment, who seem to think that mating right in front of me is intimidating.

  2. He he he... Helen's response is priceless! Hope the baboons behave - or give up trying to be intimidating!

    What talk show was this for, Luke? I really want to watch the insert - if only for the info on the bonobos...

  3. It was rather funny to see the whole thing unfold! I think you did an excellent job under those circumstances Luke!

    The talk show is called 'Zooming in on men', and apparently is scheduled for late Sunday afternoons. And the show is aimed at 'MEN' (to be said in a very gruff, masculine-sounding voice).

    It was a little odd, because the host blithely told us that research has shown that men don't like talk-shows but they are not too concerned as they have a very tongue-in-cheek approach to the topics discussed on the show.