It was news of the death of actor Robert Vaughn, last survivor of the Magnificent Seven, that prompted me to recall the above image. Here gunslinger The Youngster, with pretend gun cocked, is confronting the Old Timer who persisted in calling him “yoongster”. If it all looks rather tense, it is only because of the fine acting from the leading players in this youth versus age drama – for Bob was the oldest of the student body. Now, even The Youngster is drawing his state pension. The joshing continues – the arrival of Bob’s first grandchild enabled The Youngster to congratulate him on “obtaining the accessory his appearance had always deserved”. Yes, we still get on. Getting on and getting on is a good feeling, especially when it applies across the ten of us.
Classic westerns have disappeared. Their simple plots and clear message of good versus bad made for easy viewing. In contrast, some more recent films can be hard work. The incorporation of characters’ use of technology, such as email and social media, through superimposed layering of dialogue and images on screen, may make even a simple plot appear complex.
Which leads me to think about the effect of technology on expeditions. Rare now, that a group of people might be cast adrift of basic communication for a period of several weeks, with only each other for company. Something has been lost. For those of us getting on and getting on, we wouldn’t have had it any other way.