Taking advice from a Muppet

Late last night I was lying in my room trying to go to sleep when the theme song of Fraggle Rock suddenly entered my mind. Now I don’t know if you remember Fraggle Rock, but it is probably my favourite of all the Muppet television series. I am not sure if this is because of the catchy theme song and the message of enjoying life; the engineering marvels creates by the Doozers out of nothing more than refined radishes; or simply because I used to watch it with my brothers.

Either way a quick you-tube session found an episode on that I don’t remember called Gobo’s School for Explorers. This is one of the most effective messages about exploring, common sense and resourcefulness I’ve ever seen with out anyone actually being sensible or for that matter human. Aside from the episodes main song there are a number of rules that are well worth keeping mind during regular life:

  1. When you put on your pack you can never turn back.
  2. Begin every expedition by following your nose.
  3. Never go exploring without protective headwear.
  4. Always begin an expedition by taking the first left turn.
  5. Never drink where the moss grows pink.

If you are in any doubt then you should listen to the song with the lyrics below and remember them any time you are out hiking, riding, paddling or doing somthing just that little bit silly.

When the path is stony and the night is all around; and the way that you must take is far away
when your heart is lost and lonely and the map; and the map can not be found
Here’s a little spell that you can say
 
You gotta face facts, act fast, on your own;
Preparation, persperation, dynamite & determination;
Pack snacks, make tracks all alone;
Don’t be cute, time to scoot & head out for your destination.
 
You gotta face facts, act fast, on your own;
Preparation, persperation, dynamite & determination;
Pack snacks, make tracks all alone;
Chase the future, face the great unknown.

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