Zhivvy, etc: TV is a vast waste-land, but I tune in to the news to help keep current when I have time. And once in awhile, I'll see a few scenes from 'The Big Bang Theory' (I've never seen an entire episode). Does 'The Big Bang Theory' air in Europe, too? It's a sitcom. (& once in awhile, I still can't resist portions of old Seinfeld re-runs!)
Recently, I ran across the premiere episode of the most fascinating new 'reality tv' show & I. Could. Not. Turn. It. Off! It was called 'Amish Mafia.' Do Amish people exist in Europe? Or something like them, maybe called something different? There are areas out in the countryside here in the U.S. where they live. I went to a friend's motor-home for a weekend a couple yrs ago here in NY & actually ran across some of them relaxing & talking in a country store. They were also selling homemade pies, etc, outdoors. As a matter of principle & religion, they don't use electricity or drive cars. They drive horse-&-buggy. For them, it's all about being humble & staying close to God. They also look at it like, in general, they shouldn't have things that others don't have because then it separates community, etc. They also dress as people did years ago. (Mennonites are similar but do use electricity.) The tv series is set in Pennsylvania. (The people it's about aren't really like mafia. They are the guys chosen to enforce their community's standards, etc, but there is some intrigue, etc.) They speak English but also speak a dialect called 'Pennsylvania Dutch' based on Old German.
They call the rest of us 'The English.' (We people from 'the outside.') Harrison Ford starred in a movie once called 'Witness' which was set in an Amish community. I really liked it (except for 1 scene where they give the Hollywood treatment to an Amish woman in the story by suddenly turning her into a 'woman of easy virtue,' unrealistically trashing her morality & wisdom since that's what Hollywood does). I just went over to imdb.com to grab the movie description: "A young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder; policeman John Book (Ford) goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial." So it'll turn out that all I've done is start a convo here about women of easy virtue! Lol. But if anyone knows the answers to my questions here, feel free to answer them, too.
Edited by Alma1, 12 April 2013 - 12:06 AM.