Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Pompeii: Back from the Dead

Most of my friends and family know it. I’m a Netflix addict. They really ought to give me a commission because even through the recent turmoil, I’ve been a huge fan. When I lost my job in 2008, it was a cheap way to still have at least some entertainment. (I had to cut expenses and so got rid of the cable TV.) After two months at my mom’s with 100’s of channels, honestly with the exception of a handful of international news channels from abroad – I’m not missing much at all. In fact, I’ve developed a real hatred of commercials, once I’m past the first day and the novelty has worn off. Grin!
At any rate, I also love documentaries. Since I was a kid I’ve been fascinated by the story of Pompeii. It might seem a bit dark, but Pompeii provided such an amazing historical record – a flash in time. Living in Europe, we visited several Roman ruins, but none like this.

This particular documentary “Pompeii: Back from the Dead” tells the stories of 54 inhabitants that all found refuge in a cellar. The ashes did get to them, but they were preserved in a way others weren’t. It’s a very interesting documentary. I give it four out of five spoons!

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