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Friday 05 August 2011
As the co-writer of huge hits for The Eagles and Linda Ronstadt, JD Souther was one of the original architects of the Laurel Canyon sound so revered by Kalli.
Friday 03 June 2011
Sunday 08 May 2011
In the late 19th century, the English photographer Eadward Muybridge did much to enhance our knowledge of how we and other animals move with his studies of motion – most famously showing that a horse raises all four of its hooves simultaneously while galloping.
Saturday 30 April 2011
It will be hard to fill the mighty planet-traversing shoes of Sir David Attenborough, Britain's greatest broadcasting naturalist.
Sunday 27 March 2011
The Fetish Room: The Education Of A Naturalist, By Redmond O'Hanlon & Rudi Rotthier, trans. Jane Hedley-Prole
Friday 18 March 2011
This is a very odd but also engaging book. For a start, it is not written by Redmond O'Hanlon, despite his name appearing as one of the authors. Rudi Rotthier has written a profile of O'Hanlon and the publishers have clearly decided it will get more attention if thought to be autobiographical. The book is quite revealing enough. Indeed, one of the attractions of O'Hanlon is that, while some English travel writers value discretion to the point of self-effacement, he has always been both candid and funny.
Thursday 17 February 2011
Scientists have uncovered human skulls that were used by ancient Britons as drinking cups in some kind of ritual.
Tuesday 15 February 2011
Sunday 16 January 2011
Last Thursday marked the start of the BBC's lavish new natural history series, Human Planet – on this occasion the cameras are turned on those communities around the world who have gone to extraordinary lengths to adapt to their surroundings.
Sunday 19 December 2010
It is not easy to take on a real-life figure whose own voice dominates as much as Darwin's does, but Ruth Padel is an excellent listener, and she knows when to intrude and re-make, and when to leave well alone, to produce a magisterial, yet close and touching portrait of the man in this series of poems.
Tuesday 16 November 2010
The meerkat's second manor is coming under new ownership. So is the second home of monkeys, gorillas and various other creatures after the BBC's commercial subsidiary, BBC Worldwide, offloaded its 50 per cent stake in its joint venture with Discovery Communications to its partner for $156m (£97m).
Sunday 07 November 2010
Friday 29 October 2010
Tuesday 19 October 2010
Friday 24 September 2010
Anyone who saw the Hollywood movie Gladiator will remember its villain: the demented young Roman emperor Commodus, played by Joaquin Phoenix. The most vivid historical picture we have of Commodus is by Edward Gibbon in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire; Gibbon hated him because he felt it was with Commodus that the Roman rot set in, after four emperors who had ruled wisely and well, the last being Commodus's own philosopher-father, Marcus Aurelius.
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