Friday, June 27, 2008

Discovery Channel - Diamond Road 3 Part Series (2007)

Part 1: The Dream
We learn about the history of the industry and the clever marketing which have made diamonds such an important part of our lives. We also meet a diverse cast of characters who all have a diamond dream, a miner in the impoverished country of Sierra Leone trying desperately to support his family on less than 3 dollars a day, an industry leader moved by the plight of the miners in Sierra Leone who is trying to create a market for fair trade diamonds, a former US General who has started his own virtual mine, a veteran geologist who's still hunting for his very own diamond discovery in Northern Canada and a conflicted Yellowknives Dene Chief who fears that the money his people are making from the diamond mines in Canada may cost them their traditions.

Part 2: The Stone that Divides
In the second instalment of Diamond Road we travel to New York, South Africa and Sierra Leone, all places along the diamond pipeline that have been marked by the dark and the light of diamond history. In South Africa, the birthplace of the modern day diamond story, we meet Maria Farmer and Willem Diergaardt who are fighting to reclaim their land and the diamonds that sit on top of it. This is the new South Africa, emerging from the shadows of apartheid, rewriting the wrongs of the past, in which diamonds divided the haves from the have-nots, Black from White.

Part 3: The Arrival
In this last episode of Diamond Road we crisscross the globe, following both the small and the epic journeys of four characters. Manoj, a thirteen year old child polisher from India who leaves his village and his fathers cotton farm to apprentice in the diamond cutting factories of Surat, now a major diamond centre. We also meet Akshay and Arjav Mehta, whose Blue Star Group is one of the largest diamond manufacturing companies in the world. We follow the story of Andy Cohens diamond, an old, challenging stone that Andy won at the Christies auction in New York City.


The Scorpion's Tale, - Very good this one!

Scorpions belong to the oldest land-based arachnides. Over 1800 different species are known to exist. Usually, they do not surpass the size of 10cm in length, but exceptions are know, such as the Emperor Scorpion (Pandinus imperator) which can grow up to become over 20cm in size. Scorpions mostly live at night and hide away during the day. They live mainly on insects but some species also feed on rodents and reptiles (lizards that are not big enough to be an opponent). Today humans threaten the existence of some species of scorpions. Take a look into the live of these amazing creatures!


An Islamic History of Europe, BBC

Rageh travels across medieval Muslim Europe to reveal the vibrant civilisation that Muslims brought to the West.

This evocative film brings to life a time when emirs and caliphs dominated Spain and Sicily and Islamic scholarship swept into the major cities of Europe.

BBC-Earth (2007),

EARTH represents the last chance to see some of our planets most beautiful animals and a first encounter with spectacular locations that have never before been filmed. Alastair Fothergill, Director

Five years in the making, EARTH follows the influence of the sun on life on the planet. The critical and international success of Deep Blue proved that audiences were eager to be immersed in the natural history of our world. Now EARTH takes audiences on an unforgettable journey around the planet, using the sun as our guide, and three engrossing characters to tell its story. Narrated by Patrick Stewart and with music composed and conducted by George Fenton, EARTH offers us a chance to recognise and celebrate the beauty of our planet; whilst at the same time it serves as a timely reminder of the ecological fragility of our planet and the creatures that live on it.

Our three main characters: polar bear, elephant and humpback whale, show the challenges faced by creatures whose lives are dominated by a migratory existence in a world that is fast changing. The natural history of our planet has never been filmed on such a scale before. EARTH uses resources and technology on an unprecedented scale, to reveal rarely observed animal behaviours.

These are three incredible journeys; full of beauty, but also rife with danger. EARTH combines rare action unimaginable scale impossible locations and intimate moments among our planets bestloved wildest and most elusive creatures. To an irresistible eternal rhythm, the EARTH moves through the seasons, all life bending to the power of the sun.

EARTH: Director Alastair Fothergill; Co-Director: Mark Linfield; music composed and conducted by George Fenton; music performed by Berlin Philharmoniker; Film Editor: Martin Elsbury; Executive producers: Mike Phillips; Stephan Beiten; Nikolaus Weil; Wayne Garvie; Andre Sikojev; Producers: Sophokles Tasioulis; Alix Tidmarsh; Associate producers: Melissa Caron, Amanda Hill. EARTH will be released by Lionsgate UK on 16th November 2007.


The Secret History of Genghis Khan, BBC Timewatch Series

The Secret History of the Mongols, said to have been written by Genghis Khan’s adopted son, reveals a very different man to the brutal butcher of Western legend. Not just a womanizer, but a devoted husband. Not just a warrior, but a politician. Not just a conqueror, but a legislator. A man who wanted the lessons he had learned – good and bad - to be passed on to his successors. Within its pages lies the 'inside story' of how an illiterate nomad inspired his successors to conquer the largest land empire the world had ever seen.

This program tells the story of this equally famous, notorious and enigmatic figure from new perspectives, through the eyes of his own people, past and present, as well as those of his enemies. We watch how the conqueror's rapid transformation into a shrewd statesman and ruler, turned a military machine into a political meritocracy. From his orphaned childhood in poverty to the valley of the Onon River to his secret burial we follow the life of Genghis Khan. It is an ancient story with a modern search for its traces.

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Michael Palin - Himalaya

Hot on the heels of his adventures in the Sahara, Michael Palin takes on the abode of snow and begins a 2000-mile journey across this mighty and majestic region of Asia. Encountering extremes of wealth and poverty, altitude and freezing cold, he once again brings his unique wit, charm and wisdom to each of 6 episodes. Along the way he encounters, among many others, the Dalai Lama, the Bhutanese Royal Family and the once feared head hunting tribe of the Konyak. While on his travels he passes through Afghanistan, across India to the feared Death Zone near the base of Mount Everest and then onto the Bhutanese capital before arriving in the Bay of Bengal.

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BBC - Time, Michio Kaku in search of time

In this four-programme series, string theory pioneer Michio Kaku goes on an extraordinary exploration of the world in search of time.

He discovers our sense of time passing and the clocks that drive our bodies. He reveals the forces of time that make and destroy us in a lifetime. He journeys to some of the Earth's most spectacular geological sites to look for clues to the extraordinary depths of time at a planetary level. Finally, he takes us on a cosmic journey in search of the beginning (and the end) of time itself.
Episode 1: Daytime

Time seems to drive every moment. It's the most inescapable force we feel. But do we experience time from within our minds and bodies or from the outside?

Episode 2: Lifetime

The most powerful effect of time on our lives is the way it limits us. Our knowledge of death is so embedded in our lives and spirituality that, were immortality possible, would we lose the sense that makes us human?

Episode 3: Earth Time

We hold a unique knowledge of time, realising that it stretches deep into the past, and will continue into the future. How does this affect our sense of who we are?

Episode 4: Cosmic Time

We've always structured our lives based on an unchanging past and a predictable and ordered future. But atomic and cosmic discoveries have changed all that. What is time itself? And will it ever end?

Sunday, June 8, 2008

BBC - Days that Shook the World [Complete Set]


1. The assasination of JFK and the resignation of Nixon

There was no warning. No one could predict the biggest shocks on american land on the XX-th century: The assasination af the youngest american president, John F. Kennedy, and the disgrace and resignation of Richard Milhous Nixon.

2. The assasination of reverend Martin Luther King and the release of Nelson Mandela

During the second hald of the XXth century, two men represented the fight for equal rights.Two intelectuals and determined fighters of race opressions, who were ready to risc their lives for their causes.

3. Terror - Made in America: Assassination of Abraham Lincoln & Oklahoma City Bombing

Separated by 100 years, two extremists tried to destroy the democratic foundations and freedoms in America. In Washington, it was a single man: president Abraham Lincoln. In Oklahoma City, one bomb will kill and maim hundreds of people.

4. Attack on Pearl Harbor

It will allways be remembered in infamy. Without any warning, the japanese bombers spread terror on a sunday morning, in Hawaii. Although it lasted only 2 hours, the attack on Pearl Harbour drew the United States in the war, making America a global superpower.

5. Hiroshima

The atomic bomb launched on Hiroshima was the first of its kind being used in an armed conflict. Following this attack and the one at Nagasaki, Japan capitulated, and the second World War was ended.

6. Six days in June

Middle East. Craddle of some of the world’s oldest civilisations and scene of one of the world’s longest and bloodiest conflicts. The roots of this fight are seen in one of the most spectacular and devastating wars of the XXth century. A war that will change Middle East, and the world, forever.

7. The Wright Brother’s first flight and the Moon landing

Man’s dream to fly is one of the oldest dreams. Two days are of utmost importance. First motorised flight of the Wright brothers and the journey that ultimately put men on the Moon’s surface.

8. Chuck Yeager and Blue Bird

Chuck Yeager was one of the top American pilots. He was the first to break the sound barrier. 20 years later, after 64 days of tests, Donald Campbell managed to beat the world speed record on water, with 300 miles/hour.

9. Reach for the Stars: Galileo’s Trial and Yuri Gagarin’s flight

The history of science is a history of conquests. Conquests of minds and human nature. On 12 april 1961, Yuri Gagarin will travel beyond Earth for the first time. A step that could not have been possible without Galileo Galilei’s sacrifice.


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PBS Nova - Evolution

Evolution offers a groundbreaking and definitive view of the extraordinary impact the evolutionary process has had on our understanding of the world around us. Beginning with Darwin s revolutionary theory, this seven-part series explores all facets of evolution the changes that spawned the tree of life, the power of sex, how evolution continues to affect us every day, and the perceived conflict between science and religion. Includes:

Darwin s Dangerous Idea: Interweaving key moments of drama in Darwin’s life with current research, Darwin s Dangerous Idea explores why his theory of evolution might matter even more today than it did in his own time.

Great Transformations: From the development of the four-limbed body plan, the journey of animal life from water to land, and the emergence of humans, Great Transformations focuses on the important evolutionary changes that triggered the earth s incredible diversity.

Extinction!: Some 99.9 percent of all species that have ever lived on earth are now extinct. Extinction! explores why, then confronts a frightening notion: Are humans causing the next mass extinction the sixth in the history of life on earth?

The Evolutionary Arms Race: Survival of the fittest: Is it raw competition, a level of cooperation indispensable to life, or both? Explore our own spiraling arms race with microorganisms the only real threat to our existence and trace the alarming spread of resistance among pathogens that cause disease.

Why Sex?: Investigate the endless variety of sexual expression and the powerful hold sex exerts over almost all living things. And discover why, in evolutionary terms, sex is more important than life itself.

The Mind s Big Bang: Between 100,000 and 50,000 years ago, something happened that triggered a creative, technological, and social explosion, allowing humans to dominate the planet. What forces may have contributed to the emergence of the modern human mind?

What About God?: Of all the species on earth, only humans try to explain who they are and how they came to be. Encounter real human stories of people struggling to find a balance between religion and science, realms that play very different roles in assigning order to the universe and a purpose to life.


An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

Humanity is sitting on a time bomb. If the vast majority of the world’s scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced. A catastrophe we have helped create. If that sounds like a recipe for serious gloom and doom — think again. From director Davis Guggenheim comes the Sundance Film Festival hit, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, which offers a passionate and inspirational look at one man’s commitment to expose the myths and misconceptions that surround global warming. That man is former Vice President Al Gore, who, in the wake of defeat in the 2000 election, re-set the course of his life to focus on an all-out effort to help save the planet from irrevocable change. In this eye-opening and poignant portrait of Gore and his “traveling global warming show,” Gore is funny, engaging, open and downright on fire about getting the surprisingly stirring truth about what he calls our “planetary emergency” out to ordinary citizens before it’s too late. With 2005, the worst storm season ever experienced in America just behind us, it seems we have reached a tipping point – and Gore pulls no punches in explaining the dire situation. Interspersed with the bracing facts and future predictions is the story of Gore’s personal journey: from an idealistic college student who first saw a massive environmental crisis looming; to a young Senator facing a harrowing family tragedy that altered his perspective; to the man who almost became President but instead returned to the most impassioned cause of his entire life – believing there is still time to make a difference. With wit, smarts and hope, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH ultimately brings home Gore’s persuasive argument that we can no longer afford to view global warming as a political issue – rather, it is simply one of the biggest moral challenges facing every person in our times.


PBS Nova - Origins [Complete 4 Episodes]

Origins is a spectacular four-part miniseries, first presented on PBS’s Nova, about the beginnings of the universe, our solar system, life on Earth, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life on other planets. It is not a stretch to say that Origins, among all television documentaries about the evolving cosmos, offers the most breathtaking dramatic visual representation of Earth’s tumultuous history, and the clearest, step-by-step explanation of the formation of planets, the development of water and living organisms, and the forces that shape other parts of our galaxy and beyond. Hosted by the engaging Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, Origins consists of four one-hour episodes. The first focuses on the initial billion years of Earth history, research into the emergence of water (which appeared surprisingly early, as it turns out, and could have been delivered by comets) and the birth of the moon. The second show concerns hardy, single-cell organisms on Earth developing, in some quite inhospitable places, into complex life forms, while the third covers the Big Bang and the final installment looks at theories involving extraterrestrial life. If the topics sound familiar, their presentation is always fresh, dynamic, and thoroughly accessible. Watching Origins would be a great, context-providing preface to the study of a number of niche subjects, including geology, physics, biology, and much else. An invaluable production. –Tom Keogh

CD1 = Origins: Earth is Born
CD2 = Origins: How Life Began
CD3 = Origins: Where are the Aliens?
CD4 = Origins: Back to the Beginning


Space Balloons: 120,000 Feet Above Earth

Despite the earliest of beginnings, Scientific Ballooning continues adapting to the times, having emerged as one the most efficient and economical avenues to outer space research. It’s a driving and irreplaceable force in the future of space science.


PBS Nova - Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land

Will secrets buried in an ancient cave rewrite the story of a desperate time?Nearly 2,000 years ago, a dark, inhospitable cave located in a canyon near the Dead Sea was a secret refuge for Jewish refugees fleeing for their lives from the oppressive rule of the Roman Empire. In 1960, archaeologists discovered dramatic letters written by Bar-Kokhba, the heroic Jewish rebel who led a guerrilla uprising against the Romans. Could the cave conceal more historical treasure from that desperate time?

Armed with high-tech equipment, a new team led by archaeologist Richard Freund returns to explore a place that has intrigued the experts for decades. With the help of ingeniously improvised devices, they unearth long-lost artifacts and relics that provide tantalizing clues to turbulent times of messianic fervor, oppression, and revolt.

The team’s discoveries lead Freund to a radical new theory that he hopes will rewrite Holy Land history—could the treasure concealed in the cave be a long-lost relic of the Great Temple in Jerusalem destroyed by the Romans? Join NOVA for a fascinating detective story that will immerse you in the strong currents of archaeological controversy.


Friday, June 6, 2008

Echelon - The Most Secret Spy System (History Channel)

They monitor phone calls and e-mail with a worldwide surveillance network, watching our every move. A fantasy of conspiracy theorists or an emerging reality? Recently, the National Security Agency's secret spying system Echelon moved from the shadows into the spotlight. What exactly is Echelon? How can it invade privacy, yet protect liberty? How did this billion-dollar system miss the September 11th attacks? In a riveting hour, we uncover the mysterious, covert world of NSA's electronic espionage.


CIA Secret Experiments

It's the height of the Cold War and the United States government is desperate to combat the spread of Communism. The CIA launches a highly classified, top secret research program into the covert use of biological and chemical agents. In simulated attacks on enemy populations, entire cities in America are contaminated with bacteria, exposing millions of Americans to germ warfare. But the real focus of the research is on mastering the art of mind control. Psychiatrists at top academic institutions work under secret contract with the agency. Psychiatric patients, prisoners, even unwitting members of the public are exposed to a startling array of experiments designed to facilitate interrogations, induce amnesia and program in new behavior. Every psychological technique is explored, including hypnosis, electroshock therapy and lethal cocktails of drugs. What was the extent of these brainwashing experiments? How did the CIA become involved in such far-reaching and disturbing research? Join us as National Geographic presents: CIA Secret Experiments.

National Geographic's Most Dangerous Moments

They're the scenes that take our breath away - the shots that keep us spellbound - real moments of extraordinary danger - amazingly, captured on film. Welcome to National Geographic's Most Dangerous Moments. From an elephant on the rampage and a tornadothat levels a town to big blow-ups and mind-blowing rituals, witness staggering moments where life hangs in the balance. So hold on tight, as we bring you some of the most hair-raising moments ever captured on film.

National Geographic's Most Dangerous Moments" features thrilling moments of fear in the face of (almost) certain death -- from a polar bear attack at a zoo to a glacier wall collapse in the Italian Alps to base jumping in the Arctic Circle. Segments include: "Amazing Wild Encounters," "Amazing Animal Rescues," "Amazing Fury of Nature," "Amazing Rites of Pain" and "Amazing Challenges."


Wednesday, June 4, 2008

History Channel - Barbarians

The period of history between the decline of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance known as the “Dark Ages” are an era of superstition, war, and death. For nearly a thousand years the rulers of various tribes across Europe and Asia arrive and decline as fast as a passing storm, but mold the structure of nations to come. The upcoming History Channel Original Special “Barbarians” focuses on four specific groups of people who create brief, but influential empires that are still studied not only by historians, but also by modern day politicians and military leaders today. In night one we are introduced to the Vikings and the Goths. The Vikings begin their conquests with technologically superior ships that can be built within a month to six weeks and with small modifications can be used in shallow waters and rivers as well as oceans while their contemporaries could barely travel around the coastlines. The Vikings under Leif Eriksson are the first Europeans to set foot on American soil centuries before Columbus and the Vikings also greatly change the face of Europe with the conquest of England from their Norsemen settlements in France to become known as the “Normans” in 1066AD.



Kamikaze: in Color

World War II was an epic conflict, a time when humanity found new, more horrible ways of killing each other. One of these new techniques was the suicide bomber, a desperate tactic fueled by religion, fanatical nationalism and fear of a homeland invasion. These Japanese pilots called themselves "Kamikaze", a name which means "Divine Wind", and it was a method of attack the Alllies had never seen, or could defend against. From the battles of Leyte Gulf and Okinawa to the final day of the war, you’ll witness the desperate actions of a crumbling empire that refused to face the possibility to surrender. Shocking color film shows the violent explosions and overwhelming damage brought on by the Kamikaze corps. Footage includes the elaborate farewell ceremonies held for these men of the Japanese "Special Attack Forces". You’ll see actual Kamikazes on their fateful missions and witness the destruction they wrought on the US Pacific Fleet.


Battles on the Western Front 1 - 1939-41

In the West, after the declaration of war in September 1939, the Phoney War lay across the Maginot and Siegfried Lines.
In May 1940, a major German offensive drove West and encircled the BEF at Dunkirk.
The battle of France followed until the defeated French signed the Armistice on the 22nd of June.
The Sit-Down War
Campaign in the Low Countries
The Armistice
Operation SeeLowe
U-boats in the French harbours


A unique visual record of the most dramatic development of World War II.
From the German annihilation of Poland's defences in 1939 to the final Russian onslaught against Berlin in 1945.
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