Earth Flight (BBC 2011)

Six one hour segments about birds and their habitats and migratory patterns throughout the world. The narration by David Tennant and the music are both just fine. However, the video quality is something the likes of which I have never before seen on any screen, projected or otherwise. The definition of this video seen on a 51″ plasma screen from a distance of 7 or 8 feet is positively astounding. Particularly with Blu-Ray. The first five programs are on birds of six continents: North America, Africa, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia. The sixth episode shows details of how these extraordinary images were produced. [Read more…]

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Walden (Henry David Thoreau)

walden-henry-david-thoreau-hardcover-cover-artAah, the passing of time in a natural environment. Usually I’m in too much of a hurry to really look, listen, smell and savour every word or sentence of a book. But when I am able to I’m aware of the little things around me and thinking about a certain pond…Mr Thoreau wasn’t just the original hippie, circa 1845. He was that most annoying beast: a practical hippie. A hippie with the skill to rustle up a meal from whatever he could find, forge or forage in the woods. Or build a glorious shack from a cow pat or the bark of an elm tree.
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Krakatoa: The Day The World Ended: August 27, 1883 (Simon Winchester)

krakatoaOne of the great events in the history of the 19th century. It was exactly 10:02 a.m. on Monday, August 27, 1883 when the small volcanic island of Krakatoa in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra blew itself out of existence with an explosion that was heard thousands of miles away and that resulted in the deaths of over 36,000 people. That eruption is believed to be the loudest sound ever heard by human ears. [Read more…]

The Pack (1977 USA)

film 1It’s more effective than the movie “Dogs” which was also released in that busy period, post-“Jaws”, when a number of films about nature attacking man like this were coming out. Every year, usually during summer time, you hear depressing reports about pets that are dumped, either tied up to trees or simply thrown out of driving cars, whilst the owners go on vacation and just don’t ever look back on them. [Read more…]

How I Will Live In 2016

1435186478708Here is how I am going to try to take care of myself in the New Year and beyond. This will be my to do – list. Gently, I will take one step at a time. I don’t want my intentions to be material. Apologies for making myself sound like a New Age flake but it can’t be helped… [Read more…]

Deliverance (1972 United States)

Nature, in the wild, can be violent. How appropriate that the setting should be the American South. Very few places in the U.S. are, or have been, as violent as redneck country. In a story about Darwinian survival of the fittest, the film conveys the idea that humans are part of nature, not separate from it. The magnificent scenery, the sounds of birds, frogs, crickets, and the roar of the river rapids, combined with the absence of civilization, all convey an environmental message–even if the original audience and critics did not focus on it. [Read more…]

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