Series G - Gardens
With Dara O'Briain, Rob Brydon and David Mitchell.
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- XL Tangent: Rob compares the use of animals in natural farming to owning a goat to eat your grass and thus not use a lawnmower. However, goats are now being replaced by wallabies.
- XL Tangent: Masanobu Fukuoka invented natural farming. He also invented seed balls, which are balls made out of clay or mud, with seeds pressed into them. You throw the ball around and it seeds. It is more economical because less seeds are used than normal sowing.
- XL Tangent: Seed guns are little guns which fire seeds into the ground. The idea is that they encourage people to use guns in a peaceful manner.
- XL Tangent: Guerrilla gardening is when you do gardening in secret in land that you do not own. Examples include criminals growing cannabis on the ramps onto motorways or highways. One anonymous guerrilla gardener planted 3,400 cannabis seedlings in the grounds of Rupert Murdoch's Californian estate. Guerrilla gardening is believed to have begun in New York, in 1973. It is popular in Vancouver, Canada, after a load of compost was dumped onto the street by construction workers and another local inadvertently dumped bird seed into the pile. It flowered, and this inspired the people of Vancouver to garden any piece of land they can find.
- Alan: A walking stick which turns into a saw, used to cut down overhanging branches.
- Tangent: Alan begins to use his saw to cut through things including the set.
- David: A combination walking stick and hoe. It is missing a leather hat to cover the metal part of the hoe.
- Rob: A glass tube used for growing cucumbers straight. It was invented by George Stephenson, inventor of the first locomotive.
- Dara: A special seed dispenser, with different holes for different seeds.
- XL Tangent: Stephen tells a joke, in which he is sings the song "I'm a Little Teapot". He has his arms both in a "handle" position and says: "I'm a little teapot, short and stout." He looks at one arm and says, "Here is my handle," then looks at the other one and says, "Oh bugger, I'm a sugar bowl!"
- XL Tangent: You should not clean a teapot unless you have to. You should however, rinse it out if it becomes dirty.
- Tangent: Rob asks how the wasps were captured. Alan says the best way to help a dying bee is to give it honey. Dara claims it is to kill it. Rob ends up with a compromise which is to drown the bee in honey, but Dara claims that it is a slow and more painful death.
- Tangent: In Wastwater, the Lake District, a selection of garden gnomes were put into the lake at a depth of 48 metres for divers to look at and make the lake more interesting. Three people drowned while trying to look for them, so the police took them away. The gnomes were then returned at a depth of 50 metres, and the police never took them away because health and safety regulations prevent police from diving that far down.
- Tangent: At the dive centre in Leicester there is an old quarry, an aeroplane and a bus. At Scapa Flow, there is a sunken German fleet that can be seen. It is there because at the end of World War One, the allies were arguing what to do with the defeated German fleet, so they sank it. In World War Two the British sunk a French fleet of the coast of Morocco to prevent the Germans from getting it, much to the annoyance of General Charles de Gaulle.
- Tangent: Alan talks about how he was once on Brighton pier watching a flock of starlings, and he says that someone told him that the starlings come as far away as Germany and Poland. Some flocks can have up to a million birds in them. The flocks are designed to scare of predators.
- Tangent: In Dublin, Dara saw a sign in which was written as "Grocer,s". This leads to a debate about whether or not sign printing companies deliberately let spelling errors go unnoticed.
- Tangent: There are only five places in America which have an apostrophe in them which are Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts; Ike's Point, New Jersey; John E's Pond, Rhode Island; Carlos Elmer's Joshua View, Arizona; and Clark's Mountain, Oregon.
- XL Tangent: Different music is played at different times of the day in supermarkets because you are more price sensitive at different times. For example, more sedate music is played in the afternoons, while sped-up music is played when the supermarket is to soon to close in order to get people moving.
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You should never let Alan Davies loose with a saw.
Featuring: Stephen Fry, Alan Davies, Rob Brydon, Dara O Briain, David Mitchell.
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