Sir David Attenborough was recently voted greatest living cultural icon in Britain. He has taught us to look around and appreciate the planet. Here’s a clip from Planet Earth – his recent wildly popular documentary series of epic proportions. If you have not heard of this series, I implore you to find it somewhere. It’s full of the most beautiful photography and amazing information, coupled with beautiful original music and of course, the infallible guidance and narration of Sir David.
Fascinating hmm? I’m going to get the Planet Earth series 1 DVD box set (which looks very pretty). The clip from the second series.
The Big Box of Preparedness
A billboard on I-95 in Connecticut asks, “Does your family have an emergency plan?” Er, no. Leslie Fastenberg, a self-described soccer mom from Old Westbury, N.Y., steps into the breach with a mammoth (and stylish) emergency kit called the ICE-Qube. The 85-pound box is stocked with enough necessities, she said, for a family of four to survive for four days: $850 plus shipping at (516) 650-7690 or ice-qube.com. Over 100 items are within, like toothbrushes, a crank radio, Jif peanut butter and condoms. I wondered about those last two items. “What, do you want the peanut butter from Whole Foods instead?” she said, adding that condoms were a “high-value, small-mass product.” PENELOPE GREEN