When most of us think of Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, we think of moai, the 887 magnificent statues that guard its shores. But the mystery of BBC4's Easter Island: Mysteries of a Lost World wasn't how these monoliths were made, or how they were moved into place (aliens, obviously) or even whether the ancient Rapa Nui people were responsible for their own decline, it's why the myths have persisted for so long.
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Tuesday 22 January 2013
Life on Marsden
Wednesday 16 January 2013
More than 130 years after he was hanged, the remains of the notorious bushranger Ned Kelly will finally be laid to rest – minus his skull.
Saturday 05 January 2013
As the rich world suffers its crisis of excess, we can learn much from peoples who live with little.
Friday 04 January 2013
Universities struggling to find remains to study as colonial corpses are sent home
'The Tutankhamun dig of aviation': Brits to begin digging up missing Spitfires buried in Burmese jungle
Friday 04 January 2013
A Lincolnshire farmer who has spent 17 years investigating rumours that dozens of factory-fresh Spitfires could be lying buried under Burmese soil expects to find the aeroplanes “perfectly preserved”.
Monday 10 December 2012
Rome's Lost Empire, Sun, BBC1 // Westminster Abbey, Fri, BBC2
Sunday 09 December 2012
Jose Mourinho is such a curious bird, with such dazzling plumage, it would be entirely natural if David Attenborough did the voiceover for a documentary about him. The Special One has, of course, been ruffling feathers ever since he converted himself from Bobby Robson's translator into one of the great football managers. In a sport not renowned for advancing the cause of humanity, he represents an evolutionary tour de force.
Saturday 24 November 2012
Perhaps the Yankee boys from Company C had tumbled into the basement on Princess Anne Street to escape the rebel snipers hidden in the ruined buildings outside.
Sunday 18 November 2012
We all know Albert Einstein was a pretty brainy guy, but did his intelligence manifest in any cerebral abnormalities?
Sunday 18 November 2012
Archaeologists have unearthed the ruins of one of Britain's oldest homes during construction work in a field north-west of Edinburgh. The remains are thought to be more than 10,000 years old. They were found during archaeological excavation works in preparation for building the Forth Replacement Crossing, a new bridge across the Firth of Forth.
Wednesday 24 October 2012
Well, I hope my old Anglo Saxon studies tutor is happy. I remember that in more than one of his lectures he reared up to his full height (considerable, given the worn leather bush hat he used to sport) to rant about the TV show Time Team.
Tuesday 23 October 2012
Sunday 14 October 2012
1. Storm lantern
Monday 08 October 2012
A recommendation from Victoria Beckham has got to be like gold dust for any brand. So no doubt after her recent tweet – "Obsessed with this hand cream… Fragrance is amazing! X" – about a certain $20 lotion, the good folk at Anthropologie (the store where she bought it) and Royal Apothic (the brand of cream in question) had a bit of a celebration.
Wednesday 08 August 2012
It's strange, when you look at the leg-buckling exhaustion that strikes triathletes when they cross the line, to consider that it is one of the fastest-growing amateur sports in the country. There are more than 350 official triathlon clubs in the UK, and the biggest event in the calendar, the London Triathlon, attracts 13,000 masochists.
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
- 1 Michelle Watt's father says TV presenter killed herself because she was in constant pain
- 2 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 3 'Help me I'm trapped in a factory' messages keep being found on bottles of vitamin water
- 4 North Korean defector flees to Finland 'with evidence of chemical testing on humans'
- 5 Greek debt crisis: The photograph that conveys the despair of Greece's elderly