Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Richmond is best, says Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough loves Richmond

He may have been to every corner of the Earth, but Sir David Attenborough's favourite place on the planet is Richmond.

The 87-year-old broadcaster and naturalist said it was his "favourite place by a long way".

Sir David was asked the question in next week's issue of Time Out London, the first edition to be put together by the magazine's readers.

He said: "P artly because I live there, partly because my friends and family are there.

"The climate suits me, and London has the greatest serious music that you can hear any day of the week in the world - you think it's going to be Vienna or Paris or somewhere, but if you go to Vienna or Paris and say, 'Let's hear some good music', there isn't any.

"London has fine museums, the British Library is one of the greatest library institutions in the world... It's got everything you want, really."

Fans of Sir David's catalogue of natural history programmes would also be thrilled to learn he wants to go on making more.

Asked how long he wants to go on, he answered: " Well, you can't tell. There are plenty of people at my age who can't move out of a chair. It's just good luck in my case that I can.

"If I can make programmes when I'm 95, that would be fine. But I would think I'll have had enough by then."

And his thoughts on conservation and the extinction of the human race: "Very few species have survived unchanged. There's one called lingula, which is a little shellfish, a little brachiopod about the size of my fingernail, that has survived for 500 million years, but it's survived by being unobtrusive and doing nothing, and you can't accuse human beings of that."

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