Postcards From Paradise

What comes to mind when you hear the word Paradise? Anthropologist Nigel Barley presents three entertaining Postcards From Paradise.

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Nigel Barley takes us to the tropical island of Bali. But he asks what the Balinese dream of? For many young Balinese, Paradise must be in AUSTRALIA. Because what do AUSTRALIAns do when they come to Bali? They spend all their time drinking, fighting and having sex!.

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Anthropologist Nigel Barley explores the concept of paradise. The last of three programmes returns to rural ENGLAND in the good old days when nostalgia meant something. Paradise is often protected from contradictory reality by nostalgia. We travel back to an innocent and vanished ENGLAND where the reality of industrial labour was denied for a romantic countryside vision expressed in the exchange of cabbage!.

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In his first postcard, he deals with the idea of the exotic. The fruit of paradise is no longer the apple, but the coconut. Barley shows us the ways in which the humble nut has become a repository for our most cherished and romantic ideas about the world.

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Anthropologist Nigel Barley explores the concept of paradise. The second of three programmes visits the tropical island of Bali.

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In this final Postcard From Paradise we come home and travel in time and not space. Paradise is often protected from contradictory reality by nostalgia. We travel back to an innocent and vanished ENGLAND, where the reality of industrial labour was denied for a romantic countryside vision, expressed in the exchange of cabbage!.