Saturday, 28 February 2009

Sometimes crime does pay

Here’s an island prison that’s about as distant in principle from Alcatraz as is it in location. Bastoey Island, about 45 miles south of Oslo, hosts some of Norway’s worst offenders in what is effectively an eco-village working holiday camp. Instead of the traditional barred cells, prisoners, including murderers, rapists, drug dealers and thieves, live in separate, unlocked houses on the island. Although only one and a half miles from the mainland, prisoners are reluctant to escape, lest they get returned to the typical maximum security unit and lose the privilege of serving their time where they’re learning valuable skills, as well as gaining respect for themselves, each other, and the environment.

The island prison uses solar panels, is almost self-sufficient with food from its own organic garden, and operates a strict recycling system. This is an interesting experiment in eco-therapy — where reconnecting offenders with nature may well also help develop a noble sense of purpose, that in turn helps them reconnect with society.

Thursday, 26 February 2009

NightVision Headset Hack

Yet another fire starting trick

Laser Flashlight Hack! - video powered by Metacafe

Rabbit shot with homemade air gun


I have uploaded a txt file containing rapidshare links for loads of survival videos, i felt uncomfortable posting all of the links here so download the txt file and use at your own discretion.
I have already bought all of the listed DVD's so i have not downloaded these, i also didn't upload them just giving you the links.
Txt file HERE

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Fela Kuti

I'm stuck in the house today with the dreaded man flu but it gave me the opportunity to watch the Ginger Baker in Africa dvd i bought ages ago. Here's a scene from it.

If you like Fela Kuti be sure to track down this fantastic album Review
Never has there been a more appropriate Red Hot tribute than this one dedicated to the music of Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti, the Nigerian legend who died from AIDS-related complications in 1997. The artists and groups heard here, nearly 40 all told, cover the musical spectrum: hip-hop (Blackalicious, Roots), jazz (Roy Hargrove, Archie Shepp); soul (Sade, D'Angelo), Afrobeat (Tony Allen, Femi Kuti), world music (Baaba Maal, Jorge Ben), electronic music (Mixmaster Mike, Money Mark) and rock (Nile Rodgers). They have come together to raise money for the 25 million Africans now infected with the AIDS/HIV virus. Red Hot efforts often pair different artists together on the same song, and this album features many once-in-a-lifetime collaborations. Fela's music has been refashioned and mixed together here according to the styles of the artists, rendering several of the 20 songs barely recognisable in comparison with the originals. But such is the strength of Fela's music that even such singular-sounding artists as Macy Gray and Dead Prez get into the Afrobeat spirit of things. --Tad Hendrickson


Also on disk 6 is the Woodabe - Herdsmen of the sun documentary and Lessons of Darkness, both worth tracking down and watching.

Throat Singing

I'm glad this is on youtube, it's from a Werener Herzog short documentary film called Bells From The Deep (on disk 6 of his superb box set HERE).
I find quite funny and fascinating.

The Eagle Rising Digital Library

There's a good collection of self sufficiency and outdoor books over at

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Lanny Henson vid

Lanny Henson has posted another great video on his channel showing you how to make his version of a Alcohol Beverage-Can Stove, go check it HERE

Is there a virgin forest in your neighborhood?

Is there a virgin forest in your neighborhood? - remnants of old-growth forests - includes related article on identifying remnants of virgin forests - Tree Facts.

There may well be, according to this tree-ring researcher, but it probably won't be calendar material.

Some things in the natural world overwhelm you with power and grandeur. If you've stood on the Hurricane Deck beneath the Bridal Veil at Niagara Falls, if you've confronted the full-size African elephant near the front entrance of the Natural History Museum of the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, if you've leaned against the railing and gazed into the Grand Canyon, you know the truth of that statement.

Full article HERE

Activists slam Finnish paper maker for logging 'virgin forest'

HELSINKI (AFP) — Environmental groups on Thursday blasted Finnish paper maker Stora Enso for logging old growth forests in northern Finland, insisting the unique trees should be protected.

Environmental groups Greenpeace, Suomen Luonnonsuojeluliitto and Luonto-Liitto said they had found that some trees more than 300 years old had been logged in Finnish Lapland in the north of the country and shipped to Stora Enso's pulp mill in Oulu.

The logged forests, also known as old growth forests or ancient woodlands, are owned by the Finnish state.

"It is unbelievable that at a time when forestry companies have slashed their production sharply, untouchable forests are logged," Risto Mustonen from Luonto-Liitto said in a statement.

Old growth forests are often home to rare, threatened and endangered species of plants and animals, making them ecologically significant.

Full story HERE

Friday, 20 February 2009

Dersu Uzala

moviemail currently have a Akira Kurosawa sale on and amongst all his classics is his film Dersu Uzala which is only £9.99 and worth every penny so grab yourself a real bargain, you wont regret it. (You also get a free monthly magazine promoting world cinema dvd's and classic films)

Filmed in 70mm on location in the peaceful vastness of the Siberian ice desert, this is one of Kurosawa's most beautiful films as well as a tale of great humanity. It is based on the turn of the century journals of Tsarist officer, Vladimir Arseniev who meets and befriends the hunter Dersu Uzala, who in turn teaches him to survive in the wilderness. An academy award winner from 1975.

Land freed for 1,000 allotments

The National Trust is releasing enough land for up to 1,000 allotments, on some of the most famous country estates in Britain.

The land will be available for individuals or community groups in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The release will be organised through the Landshare website, which matches growers with available land.

Full story HERE

Grizzlies reveal 'fancy footwork

They may look slow and clumsy, but underwater cameras have revealed that grizzly bears can perform some fancy footwork when a meal is on the cards.

A BBC team followed the bears as the annual salmon migration got underway.

They filmed them using their huge feet to deftly kick dead fish from deep pools into shallower water.

This behaviour, caught on camera for the first time, meant that the grizzlies could grab the fish without the bother of getting their ears wet.

Full story with video HERE

Extinct Bird Found, Photographed & Then Eaten

This rare Worcester's buttonquai, thought by scientists to be extinct, was recently photographed in the Philippines by a TV crew and then sold for food at a market. Over at Cryptomundo, Loren Coleman summarizes various news reports on the matter. From Cryptomundo:

Found only on the island of Luzon, Worcester’s buttonquail was known solely through drawings based on dated museum specimens collected several decades ago...

Wild Bird Club of the Philippines President Michael Lu asked a question that naturally came to my mind: “What if this was the last of its species?”

He told the Agence France-Press news agency that it’s unfortunate that the locals aren’t more conscious of the threatened wildlife around them.


Climate change threat to woodland

Climate change could be the "last straw" for rare woodlands in the far north of Scotland already damaged by overgrazing animals, it is claimed.

Full story HERE

Plants 'more important than ever'

Plants have never been as important to the environment, the director of Kew Gardens has said, ahead of the London conservation site's 250th anniversary.

Full story HERE

Climate shift 'killing US trees'

Old growth trees in western parts of the US are probably being killed as a result of regional changes to the climate, a study has suggested.

Full story HERE

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Backpack Gourmet PDF

Uploaded a copy of Backpack Gourmet in PDF format, the name should give you an idea what it is about.

Grab it HERE

Rare John 'Lofty' Wiseman Video Recoded

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I posted a link to the rare video HERE but that was a 4.02GB file so some guy has recoded the video to a 600Mb avi file.

This is an AVI (done with xVid codec) of a torrent uploaded here as a PAL DVD

The original file was a video_TS folder about 4 gigs in size and not playable on most American DVD players

The avi rip is just over 600 megs and converted to NTSC.

Many thanks to the original uploader

The original description reads:

"Survival techniques demonstrated by an expert with a 26 year career in the SAS,as a soldier and Survival Instructor.His books are considered a must have for everyone interested in this matter and are quite respected for no nonsense content and instructional value. The image quality is not the best since it was taken from vhs and is a bit old."

Carbon footprints - bringing tracking into the 21st century

This quiz estimates the size of your ecological footprint

The Ecological Footprint Quiz estimates the area of land and ocean required to support your consumption of food, goods, services, housing, and energy and assimilate your wastes. Your ecological footprint is expressed in "global hectares" (gha) or "global acres" (ga), which are standardized units that take into account the differences in biological productivity of various ecosystems impacted by your consumption activities. Your footprint is broken down into four consumption categories: carbon (home energy use and transportation), food, housing, and goods and services. Your footprint is also broken down into four ecosystem types or biomes: cropland, pastureland, forestland, and marine fisheries.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

iLiKETRAiNS - Terra Nova

Vessels - Yuki

Lascaux - The Prehistory of Art

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General Information
Arts, History Documentary published by Arte in 1995 (Extra from 1944) - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish Multilanguage narration

Lascaux is the most beautiful and the most lavish of all the adorned prehistoric caves . But is there really such a thing as prehistoric "art" ? Who were the painters of Lascaux ? How to explain the striking stylistic unity of certain clusters, or the contradictions between similar figures that may be painted in different periods?

The images themselves can only astonish and provoke questions. Lascaux furnihes evidence of refined knowledge and skill, which reflect a much more capable and complex prehistoric civilisation that we have yet imagined.

The technology put to use in this film - computer graphics and special effects - facilitates a deeper investigation of the images. While comparing several hypotheses and expounding on the latest theories, the film also provides an encounter with a mythical, unfathomable site that continues to fascinate us.

EXTRA Days long gone The Discovery of the Lascaux caves

A Roger Verdier film

Days long gone was the first film about the discovery of Lascaux by children from the village of Montignac. The village school teacher appears as himself in this short film, shot in 1942.

In the Dordogne of World War II, equipped with candles and pocket torches, the children stumble upon the most fabulous cave paintings of the Old Stone Age. This exeptional and unprecedented document was made a year after the discovery of Lascaux.

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Stone Age Columbus

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History Documentary hosted by Jack Fortune and published by BBC broadcasted as part of BBC Horizon series in 2002 - English narration

Who were the first people in North America? From where did they come? How did they arrive? The prehistory of the Americas has been widely studied. Over 70 years a consensus became so established that dissenters felt uneasy challenging it. Yet in 2001, genetics, anthropology and a few shards of flint combined to overturn the accepted facts and to push back one of the greatest technological changes that the Americas have ever seen by over five millennia.

The accepted version of the first Americans starts with a flint spearhead unearthed at Clovis, New Mexico, in 1933. Dated by the mammoth skeleton it lay beside to 11,500 years ago (11.5kya), it was distinctive because it had two faces, where flakes had been knapped away from a core flint. The find sparked a wave of similar reports, all dating from around the same period. There seemed to be nothing human before Clovis. Whoever those incomers were around 9,500BC, they appeared to have had a clean start. And the Clovis point was their icon - across 48 states.

"The best way to get beaten up, professionally, is to claim you have a pre-Clovis site"

Michael Collins, University of Texas

An icon that was supremely effective: the introduction of the innovative spearpoint coincided with a mass extinction of the continent's megafauna. Not only the mammoth, but the giant armadillo, giant sloth and great black bear all disappeared soon after the Clovis point - and the hunters who used it - arrived on the scene.

But from where? With temperatures much colder than today and substantial polar ice sheets, sea levels were much lower. Asia and America were connected by a land bridge where now there's the open water of the Bering Strait. The traditional view of American prehistory was that Clovis people travelled by land from Asia.

This version was so accepted that few archaeologists even bothered to look for artefacts from periods before 10,000BC. But when Jim Adavasio continued to dig below the Clovis layer at his dig near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he found blades and blade cores dating back to 16,000BC. His findings were dismissed as erroneous; too astonishing to be credible. The Clovis consensus had too many reputations behind it to evaporate easily. Some archaeologists who backed Adavasio's conclusions with other similar data were accused of making radiocarbon dating errors or even of planting finds.

"The first migration was 20,000 to 30,000 years ago"

Douglas Wallace, Emory University

Decisive evidence would have to come from an independent arena. Douglas Wallace studies mitochondrial DNA, part of the human chromosomes that is passed unchanged from mother to daughter. It only varies when mistakes occur in the replication of the genetic code. Conveniently for Wallace's work (piecing together a global history of migration of native peoples) these mistakes crop up at a quite regular rate. The technique has allowed Wallace to map the geographical ancestry of all the Native American peoples back to Siberia and northeast Asia.

The route of the Clovis hypothesis was right. The date, however, was wrong - out by up to 20,000 years. Wallace's migration history showed waves of incomers. The Clovis people were clearly not the first humans to set foot across North America.

Dennis Stanford went back to first principles to investigate Clovis afresh, looking at tools from the period along the route Clovis was assumed to have taken from Siberia via the Bering Strait to Alaska. The large bifaced Clovis point was not in the archaeological record. Instead the tools used microblades, numerous small flint flakes lined up along the spear shaft to make its head.

Wallace's DNA work suggested migration from Asia to America but the Clovis trail contradicted it. Bruce Bradley stepped in to help solve this dichotomy, bringing with him one particular skill: flintknapping and the ability to read flint tools for their most intimate secrets.

He spotted the similarity in production method between the Clovis point and tools made by the Solutrean neolithic (Stone Age) culture in southwest France. At this stage his idea was pure hypothesis, but could the first Americans have been European?

The Solutreans were a remarkably society, the most innovative and adaptive of the time. They were among the first to discover the value of heat treating flints to increase strength. Bradley was keen to discover if Solutrean flintknapping styles matched Clovis techniques. A trawl through the unattractive flint offcuts in the storerooms of a French museum convinced him of the similarities, even though five thousand kilometres lay between their territories.

The divide was more than just distance; it crossed five thousand years as well. No matter the similarities between the two cultures, the possibility of a parallel technology developing by chance would have to be considered. More evidence emerged from an archaeological dig in Cactus Hill, Virginia. A bifaced flint point found there was dated to 16kya, far older than Clovis. Even more startling was its style. To flintknapper Bruce Bradley's eye, the Cactus Hill flint was a technological midpoint between the French Solutrean style and the Clovis points dating five millennia later. It seemed there is no great divide in time. The Solutrean flint methods evolved into Clovis.

"[Stone Age] people crossing the Atlantic would be perfectly normal from my [Eskimo] perspective"

Ronald Brower, Inupiat Heritage Center, Barrow, Alaska

If time could be discounted, Bradley's critics pointed to an obstacle that was hardly going to go away: crossing the Atlantic Ocean in small open boats. How could Stone Age people have made such an epic journey, especially when the Ice Age maximum would have filled the Atlantic with icebergs.

Dennis Stanford returned to his earlier hunch, looking for clues among the Arctic Eskimo peoples. Despite the influx of modern technologies, he was heartened to discover that traditional techniques endured. Clothing makers in Barrow, Alaska, recognised some Solutrean bone needles he showed them as typical of their own. The caribou skin clothing the Inuit still choose to wear could equally have been made by people in 16,000BC. And for Eskimo peoples the Arctic is not a desert - but a source of plentiful sea food. If the Solutreans had the Clovis point it would have made a formidable harpoon weapon to ensure a food supply. Would modern Eskimo ever consider a five thousand kilometre journey across the Atlantic?

The answer it seems is yes - they have undertaken similar journeys many times.. Most encouraging was the realisation that Inuit people today rely on traditional boat building techniques. 'Unbreakable' plastic breaks in the unceasing cold temperatures whereas boats of wood, sealskin and whale oil are resilient and easily maintained. The same materials would have been available to Solutrean boat builders. Even if the Stone Age Europeans could make those boats, would it survive an Atlantic crossing?

"DNA lineage predominantly found in Europe got to the Great Lakes, 14,000 to 15,000 years ago"

Douglas Wallace, Emory University

Stanford believes the boats' flimsiness is deceptive. With the Atlantic full of ice floes it would be quite possible for paddlers in open boats to travel along the edges, always having a safe place to haul out upon if the weather turned in.

All this evidence was still essentially circumstantial, making the Solutrean adventure possible not proven. Douglas Wallace's DNA history bore fruit once more. In the DNA profile of the Ichigua Native American tribe he identified a lineage that was clearly European in origin, too old to be due to genetic mixing since Columbus' discovery of the New World. Instead it dated to Solutrean times. Wallace's genetic timelines show the Ice Age prompted a number of migrations from Europe to America. It looks highly likely that the Solutreans were one.

The impact of this new prehistory on Native Americans could be grave. They usually consider themselves to be Asian in origin; and to have been subjugated by Europeans after 1492. If they too were partly Europeans, the dividing lines would be instantly blurred. Dr Joallyn Archambault of the American Indian Programme of the Smithsonian Institute offers a positive interpretation, however. Venturing across huge bodies of water, she says, is a clear demonstration of the courage and creativity of the Native Americans' ancestors. Bruce Bradley agrees. He feels his Solutrean Ice Age theory takes into consideration the abilities of people to embrace new places, adding, "To ignore this possibility ignores the humanity of people 20,000 years ago."

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America's Stone Age Explorers (2004)

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Original PBS Broadcast Date: November 9, 2004

Ever since unusually ancient and deadly spear points were found near Clovis, New Mexico in the 1930s, many archeologists have believed that this type of weapon originated with the first settlers of the New World, who supposedly migrated from Asia at the end of the last ice age. In "America's Stone Age Explorers," NOVA reports new evidence that challenges this widely held view.

The hunt for clues takes NOVA to sites of stunning discoveries in western Pennsylvania and southern Chile; to southern France, where Stone Age artifacts have been found that resemble the famous Clovis points; to the high arctic to learn the techniques that may have been used to cross the ice-encrusted Atlantic 17,000 years before Columbus; and to a remarkable find in central Texas that may hold the key to who invented the Clovis technology.

The distinctive design of a Clovis point (see The Fenn Cache) is perfect for killing big game, making it a Stone Age weapon of mass destruction. The Clovis point may even have been behind the extinction of large ice age mammals such as the mammoth (see End of the Big Beasts). Clovis points have been found at archeological sites throughout North America, and for decades these sites represented the oldest accepted evidence of human presence in the New World.

Many archeologists therefore concluded that hunters equipped with Clovis technology were the first settlers of the Americas and that they probably arrived from Asia at the end of the Ice Age about 13,500 years ago, when lower sea level allowed hunters to cross a land bridge connecting Siberia and Alaska. But there is growing evidence that humans were in the Americas long before the Clovis hunters (see Before Clovis).

One of the best known of the possibly pre-Clovis sites is called Meadowcroft, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There, Jim Adovasio of Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute has been excavating artefacts well below the geological layer that corresponds to the Clovis period, although many archaeologists dispute his evidence. "A lot of people ... think that this is not only a repudiation of a well-accepted dogma, it's a repudiation of themselves," Adovasio says.

Another promising pre-Clovis dig is Monte Verde in southern Chile, where archaeologist Tom Dillehay, formerly of the University of Kentucky, has made an unusually rich find half a world away from the Asian land bridge route. Also joining the debate are scientists using DNA analysis of current populations of Native Americans to look for clues of their ancestry—again with intriguing but controversial results.

One team even proposes that the first Americans came from Europe, not Asia, based on the similarity of Clovis points to the weapons of the Solutreans, who lived about 17,000 years ago in what is now southern France and northern Spain. If the Solutreans ever crossed the Atlantic, they may have traveled like today's Eskimos, who make long journeys skirting ice floes in watertight skin boats, hunting arctic game as they go.

Archaeologist Michael Collins of the University of Texas at Austin has an even more startling theory. The theory is based on his excavations at Gault, Texas, which show evidence of a more complex Clovis culture than ever imagined, including a diet that spans the food chain, evidence of a sophisticated trade network, hundreds of types of tools, and possibly the earliest example of art in the Americas.

"Where did Clovis come from?" asks Collins. "The longstanding notion of the rapid spread of Clovis across the continent has been taken to mean the spread of a people across the continent. An alternative might be that the spread of Clovis is actually the expansion of a technology across existing populations—analogous to the fact you can go anywhere in the world and find people driving John Deere tractors."

In other words, the Clovis point could be the first technological breakthrough in the Americas, invented by people who had long been resident here—and then adopted by their neighbours, who knew a good thing when they saw it.

Oskar Speck - The last true great adventurer?

A couple of friends of mine are canoeing from Wales to Ireland in the summer which reminded me of the incredible journey of Oskar Speck who paddled in a folding kayak from Germany to Australia by himself with no support in 1932. He left Germany to head for Egypt to find work but later changed his mind on the way and decided to go see the world. He travelled 50,000 kilometers and after 7 years and 4 months in 1939 he finaly arrived on an Australian Island where he was instantly arrested as a suspected enemy foreigner but his story didn't end there.

His equipment consisted of a compass, two small sails and a paddle. He apparently headed for Australia goaded by comments that he hadn't tackled a 'real' ocean crossing.

They all clung to me like leeches. Strong hands clutched my hair. With the strength of despair I tore one hand free from them and strove to pull the hands from my throat. My clothing — I wore only a sarong in those tropic nights—was torn off in the struggle. With strips of dried buffalo hide some of them tied my legs and hands, while others looted the kayak. By the hair, they dragged my trussed body some yards across the sand. They constantly kicked me. They picked me up, carried me a short distance, then dropped me a few yards from the water. To understand the terror of my position, naked and bound as I was, you must understand the ecstatic frenzy of those natives. They were used to the white man as master. Here was a white man in their power—and they were drunk with that power. Sometimes a gibbering, ecstatic native would hold his gleaming machete only a few millimetres from my throat. It was clear what he wanted to do.

You can read his full amazing story in his own words HERE. Part2 Part3


I believe there is one or two documentaries made about him but i think they were Australian and now sit in some archive down under. I'm very surprised that there has been nothing done by the BBC on him.

What an incredible man! What an incredible journey! What an incredible story! A real "Boy's Own" which deserves to be told and retold a thousand times - which is exactly what I hope to achieve by telling you about it.

HD Bundy's Last Great Adventure (2001)

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Movies : Documentary : HD 720p : English

Bundy's Last Great Adventure (2001)


Bundy's Last Great Adventure follows the out-of-retirement journey of a 2-foot gauge locomotive (popularly called 'Puffing Billys') from its current home at the Australian Narrow Gauge Railway Museum in Woodford over 2,000 kilometers of track to the banks of the Daintree River in Far North Queensland, Australia.

Shot in stunningly beautiful countryside in tropical North Queensland, from the sub-tropics in the south to the lush tropical wilderness of Far North Queensland this 'tiny-but-tough' loco journeys through breathtakingly beautiful locations that are truly world-class. Spectacular landscapes, amazing wildlife, rural lifestyles and some outrageous characters, and of course it's not short of a yarn or two. In the mist-shrouded mountains, rare rain-forest birds cry out all around us. The scenery we encounter is amongst the most beautiful on earth, and includes World Heritage rainforest, waterfalls, mountains, tropical jungle, and wildlife found nowhere else in the world. We take time off to explore as much of it as we can.

This is 'Bundy' country!

'Bundy' is a small, cantankerous steam locomotive, which was built in 1951 in the Bundaberg Foundry, and served as a 'sugar-train', hauling cane from farm to mill. Years ago, when Australia's sugarcane industry retired the last of the small steam trains known as Puffing Billys that should have been the end of it. But something about those cranky, independent- minded iron beasts, especially one called Bundy, got right under the skin of a small group of cane-train enthusiasts - members of a locomotive preservation museum.

And now they're back to fulfill a dream.

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Release Notes

* This is x264 codec and HDTV so not compatible with stand alone DVD divx players
* I recommend using VLC or Media Player Classic for playback
* There is a little blocking in a few scenes tried 3 separate encodes with different settings

Tropical North Queensland

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Tropical North Queensland


Take a journey through tropical Queensland's magnificent heartland - the sun-blessed coasts and whispering emerald rainforest of the wet tropics world heritage area.


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Tuesday, 17 February 2009

NG Naked Science - Surviving Natures Fury (2004)

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National Geographic Naked Science - Surviving Natures Fury (2004)


We have no natural defences to the deadly extremes offered up by nature. Lightning bolts, excessive heat, severe cold, water, hail and wind are all examined for their respective threats to the human body.

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HDTV BBC Natural World - Queen of Trees (2006)

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HDTV BBC Natural World - Queen of Trees (2006)

Winner of the best nature documentary award 2006

On a riverbank in Kenya, Africa, a seemingly ordinary giant fig tree and the tiny fig wasp differ in size a billion times over, but neither could exist without the other. Their extraordinary relationship is a marvel of co-evolution, a marriage which has lasted for millennia. It forms the basis of a complex web of dependency that supports entire ecosystems, providing food for thousands of creatures, from elephants, giraffes, and fruit bats, to forest hornbills, monkeys, insects, and fish. Each individual fig is a infinitesimal microcosm of life: a stage set for birth, sex and death, in which the tiny fig wasp players battle against predators and parasites to fulfil their mission, which is to pollinate a tree whose flowers bloom inside its fruit.

An intimate and unbelievably detailed portrait of the fig wasps and their world is made possible by the patience and skill of two remarkable film-makers, who employ the magic of ultra-macro photography and high definition cameras to tell a wildlife story which has never been told before. It is one of the most amazing stories in the natural world a tale of intrigue and drama, set against grand Africa and its wildlife.

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This is BBC Natural World not the PBS release
Torrent name has been changed but the file name has not.

More Awards
2005 European International Wildlife Film Festival, Liden
Delegates Choice

2006 FIFA Int. Film Festival
Best Scientific Film

2006 29th International Wildlife Film Festival � Missoula
Best Television Programme

2006 Peabody Award
George Foster Peabody Festival

2006 Shanghai International Television Festival
Best nature film - Magnolia Award

2006 BANFF International Festiva;
Best High Definition film - NHK President's award

2006 Telluride Mountainfilm festival
Grand Prize

2006 Telluride Mountainfilm festival
Public choice award

2006 16th Festival de l'oiseau
Special Jury award

2006 NATURVISION International Festival, Germany
Best Cinematography

2006 Matsula International Festival
Grand Prix - Best of Festival

2006 TELENATURA - International festival, Spain
Best of Festival

2006 TELENATURA - International festival, Spain
Best Cinematography

2006 Wildscreen Finalist
Animal Behaviour, Music

2006 WAGA International Festival, Poland
Grand Prix - Best of Festival

2006 SONDRIO festival, Italy
Best of Festival

2006 SONDRIO festival, Italy
Public choice award

2006 Festival de l'Image et Science, France
Grand Prix - Best of Festival

2006 Moondance 2006
Sandcastle award

2006 Wild & Scenic environmental film festival
John de Graff environmental award

2007 2nd International Science film Festival
Best of Festival

2007 Ecovision 2007
Best Environmental Documentary

2007 Asia Wildlife Film Festival
Best Cinematography

2007 Asia Wildlife Film Festival
Best script-writing

2007 New York festivals
Best of Festival - documentary

2006 Explorers Club - International Festival
Best of Festival

2007 CINE awards
Golden Eagle Award

2007 US Int. Film & Video Festival
Golden Camera - 1st Place

From The Heart Of The World - The Elder Brothers Warning [1991]

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From The Heart Of The World - The Elder Brothers Warning [1991]

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Runtime: 1:26:31
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A BBC TV production in association with the Goldsmith Foundation.

The Kogi are an indigenous people living in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains of northern Colombia, in South America.

They are the only civilisation to have survived the Spanish conquests and to have kept their individuality. They are perhaps the only indigenous people in the world who, because of the particular nature of their surroundings, have been able to keep themselves apart and sustain their culture inviolate. And not only that.

The one anthropologist who managed to study them in the 1940's and 50's concluded that though they are similar in some ways to the other Indian peoples around the Caribbean, northern Central America and south to the Andes, there are such profound differences that "in the end the Kogi stand alone".

They have survived to this day, keeping their traditions and relying upon, and looking after, the mountain environment. They believe it is their duty to look after the mountain which they call "The Heart of the World". They call themselves the Elder Brother and refer to the new- comers as the Younger Brother, who they believe is destroying the balance of the world.

In 1990 the Kogi decided they must speak out to the rest of the world. They had survived by keeping themselves isolated but they decided that it was time to send a message to the Younger Brother. They could see that something was wrong with their mountain, with the heart of the world. The snows had stopped falling and the rivers were not so full. If their mountain was ill then the whole world was in trouble.

Yakoana - The Voice of Indigenous Peoples [1997]

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Yakoana - The Voice of Indigenous Peoples [1997]

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Runtime: 1:00:15

This enlightening documentary was filmed at The First World Conference of Indigenous Peoples held in the jungles of Brazil one week prior to the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992. The conference participants chose a Brazilian Indian to represent them. His observations about the wisdom indigenous peoples have to offer the world is juxtaposed with commentary and celebrations by native peoples from every continent.

Tribal leaders from Australia, Africa, Brazil, New Zealand, Indonesia, and the Philippines speak out about their struggle to sustain their rights and their way of life in the face of incredible difficulties. Around the world two tribes per year become extinct. Multinational corporations continue to destroy the forests where they live and their sacred environments. Many nations have concocted clever schemes to make these peoples into minorities through legislation. Others have silenced them by confining them to prison.

Some of the ideas in the 109-point Earth Charter are discussed in this documentary by Anh D. Crutcher, including the right of indigenous peoples to self-determination and to live in harmony with Mother Earth.

Where the Spirit Lives (1989)

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Where the Spirit Lives (1989)

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Runtime: 1:37:23

In 1937, a young First Nations (Canadian native) girl named Ashtecome is kidnapped along with several other children from a village as part of a deliberate Canadian policy to force First Nations children to abandon their culture in order to be assimilated into white Canadian/British society. She is taken to a boarding school where she is forced to adopt Western Euro-centric ways and learn English, often under brutal treatment. Only one sympathetic white teacher who is more and more repelled by this bigotry offers her any help from among the staff. That, with her force of will, Ashtecome (forced to take the name Amelia) is determined to hold on to her identity and that of her siblings, who were also abducted.

Movie review: Where the Spirit Lives

The movie, "Where The Spirit Lives" is centred around a young Indian girl whose name Amalia and brother by the name of Abraham, taken from their home and forced into a Christian school to learn English. At first, the two were defiant and unwilling to participate. They were however, fortunate enough to have a fresh teacher with morals and kindness still intact. This did not change for awhile and they tried escaping, but as soon as they learned their parents had gotten sick and past away, they had nothing left, which lead to the acceptance of a new life. Thing's went well and the English language was learned, and the little girl was even going to be adapted by an up scale older woman. Until, they found out their parents were still alive and looking for them, and the church had lied to them. Finally, the time was right and the two left for home with the blessing of their teacher.

It's sad to think that the United States was actually ran like this. To force young children into learning English, instead of accepting their own culture and language. Their is plenty of communication that can happen without forcing the whole tribe to convert to the "American way of life." This was a good film that centred on those who were afflicted the most, the children. It depicts the religious attitude and way of thinking through the school where they attended and the faculty that supported the movement. It also gives you a look at the harsh conditions, with the beatings and solitary confinement, the children had to endure. These force full actions did seem to work with some of the children, but there was defiantly a tipping point.

I would recommend watching this movie to those who are curious about the harsh realities of our government and how they used to treat people, even indigenous people, who would not conform to the English culture. There is conflict, some drama, and a little bit of action tied into this movie throughout. It's an interesting film that dose not really have any drag. Just a well thought out and entertaining movie.

Seasons of a Navajo (1983) [Tribal reservation lifeway]

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Seasons of a Navajo (1983)

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Runtime: 57:07

Seasons of the Navajo follows a year in the life of Dorothy and Chauncey Neboia, an elderly Navajo couple and their extended family who live on the vast Navajo Reservation. Their story, produced as a film in 1984, introduces information about Navajo kinship, descent systems, gender and age roles, ecology, philosophy, religion, domestic space, child life, and economics. Visually rich, the documentary shows the widely varied ecological zones of the Navajo territory. It also presents social interaction among clan members and within a variety of environments and seasonal changes. Extended narratives in the Navajo language and performances of Navajo music and rituals bring a vivid aural dimension.

Man in the Wilderness

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Man in the Wilderness (1971) VHSRip
In the early 1800's, a group of fur trappers and Indian traders are returning with their goods to civilisation and are making a desperate attempt to beat the oncoming winter. When guide Zachary Bass is injured in a bear attack, they decide he's a goner and leave him behind to die. When he recovers instead, he swears revenge on them and tracks them and their paranoiac expedition leader down.

Based on a true story about survival in the wilderness and revenge.

Director: Richard C. Sarafian
Writer: Jack DeWitt (writer)
Release Date: 19 December 1971 (Sweden)
Genre: Adventure | Western
Tagline: He was left for dead. He would not forget.
Plot: In the early 1800's, a group of fur trappers and Indian traders are returning with their goods to civilisation...
Plot Keywords: Very Little Dialogue | Bear Attack | Blood | Expedition | Grizzly Bear
User Comments: Savage Compassion
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Company: Limbridge

Richard Harris ... Zachary Bass
John Huston ... Captain Filmore Henry
Prunella Ransome ... Grace Bass, Zachary's Wife
Percy Herbert ... Fogarty
Dennis Waterman ... Lowrie, Assistant Hunter
Henry Wilcoxon ... Indian Chief
Sheila Raynor ... Grace's Mother
Norman Rossington ... Ferris the Surgeon
James Doohan ... Benoit

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Audio : 168 MB, 224 Kbps, 44100 Hz, 2 channels, Mpeg-1 audio Layer 2