Friday, August 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Peter Oakley

Peter Oakley - aka geriatric 1927 - is a genuine Internet phenomenon; since joining the YouTube community in 2006 his videos have received millions of hits. Best of all, any rude and abusive comments he's received* have been dealt with abruptly by his legion of fans in the same manner they usually are on YouTube, where a unique kind of etiquette has begun evolving over exactly what kind of behaviour and language is appropriate on the Internet.

Oakley's video memoirs are entitled Telling It All, and run the gamut of his life and experiences as seen from the mellow perspective of his eighth decade. There are more than 60 of these online already (more than 250 videos in total) with many more to come.

From what I've seen it couldn't happen to a nicer chap...

The video posted above deals with how he deals with the blues... As usual sage advice dispensed in such a warm and gentle manner has brought a tear to my already sentimental eye; hearing Peter Oakley discuss how he handles melancholy has ensured my life will be melancholy-free for many days to come.

*You know who you are - you should be ashamed of yourselves for treating such a nice man that way.
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