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Wild Caribbean

Wild Caribbean is a four-part BBC nature documentary series exploring the natural and cultural history of the Caribbean Islands and Sea. It was first transmitted in the UK on BBC2 in January 2007. The series was produced by the BBC Natural History Unit and narrated by actor Steve Toussaint. The series forms part of the Natural History Unit’s “Continents” strand. It was preceded by Europe: A Natural History in 2005 and followed by Wild China in 2008.

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rom parrots and pirates to shipwrecks, sharks and glittering seas, this wonderful series reveals what really lies behind a mysterious eden.

The Caribbean is a glorious spectacle of sun, sand and warm blue seas, spiced with areas of incredible cultural diversity. In our minds, it is the embodiment of paradise crystal waters, magical coral reefs, white sandy beaches an ideal holiday destination. But the real surprise is that there is a lot more to the Caribbean than this.

It has some amazing and mysterious wildlife with strange creatures found nowhere else on earth. Fluorescent hummingbirds buzz around, impossibly bright scarlet ibis fill the sky, Cuban crocodiles patrol the waters and thousands of flamingos dance in an unrivalled spectacle.

Yet behind its tropical beauty the Caribbean conceals many dark and mysterious secrets. Its violent past is manifested in volcanic eruptions, both destructive and creative, mammoth tidal waves that can flatten whole islands and powerful hurricanes that sweep a destructive passage. The cultural past has also left its mark, scarred into the character of the individual islands.

In a land we may think we know this is still a time of exploration and discovery with new locations and stories to explore. Many secrets are still hidden and many questions remain unanswered.

The Caribbean is a region consisting of the Caribbean Sea, its islands (most of which enclose the sea), and the surrounding coasts. The region is located southeast of North America, east of Central America, and to the north of South America.


Situated largely on the Caribbean Plate, the region comprises more than 7,000 islands, islets, reefs, and cays. Also called the West Indies, since Christopher Columbus landed here in 1492 believing he was in the Indies (in Asia), the region consists of the Antilles, divided into the larger Greater Antilles which bound the sea on the north and the Lesser Antilles on the south and east (including the Leeward Antilles), and the Bahamas. Geopolitically, the West Indies are usually reckoned as a subregion of North America and are organised into 27 territories including sovereign states, overseas departments, and dependencies. At one time, there was a short-lived country called the Federation of the West Indies composed of ten English-speaking Caribbean territories, all of which were then UK dependencies.

The Caribbean islands are an island chain 4,020 kilometres (2,500 mi) long and no more than 257 kilometres (160 mi) wide at any given point. They enclose the Caribbean Sea.

The region takes its name from that of the Carib, an ethnic group present in the Lesser Antilles and parts of adjacent South America at the time of European contact. In the English-speaking Caribbean, someone from the Caribbean is usually referred to as a “West Indian,” although the phrase “Caribbean person” is sometimes used.

Who built the pyramids?

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he great Egyptian Pyramids of Giza have inspired awe and wonder and, quite likely, fierce speculation from the moment they were built. In fact, even the date of their construction has become a topic of debate. Explorer, survival expert, and Digging for the Truth host Josh Bernstein takes a hard look at the competing theories as to who really built the pyramids?and when. Archaeologists say it was the ancient Egyptians; others argue for an even older civilization. Josh examines the evidence, explores secret chambers in the heart of the Great Pyramid of Khufu, visits the first pyramid ever built, and tries his hand at ancient stone-quarrying techniques. It’s a hard-won perspective, but, with the discovery of a mysterious flooded chamber deep beneath the Sphinx, Josh learns what appears to be the final truth. Josh Bernstein (born February 24, 1971) is an American explorer, author, survival expert, and TV host best known as the host of Digging for the Truth. He now appears as the host of the Discovery Channel’s Into the Unknown with Josh Bernstein. Digging for the Truth was a History Channel adventure-archaeology series that explored ancient mysteries around the world. The series premiered with Bernstein as host in January, 2005 and quickly became the highest-rated series in the history of The History Channel. Season 3 premiered on January 22, 2007, again setting a record for the network with the highest-rated series/season premiere to date (over 2.1 million viewers). The April 16, 2007 episode marked Bernstein’s final appearance as host of Digging for the Truth. The series continued for a 4th season without Bernstein before it was removed from primetime and then cancelled. Digging for the Truth: One Man’s Epic Adventure Exploring the World’s Greatest Archaeological Mysteries is a print companion to the television series, authored by Bernstein, that reveals much more of the personal trials and challenges he faced making the series. It received critical acclaim and was released in hardcover in Winter 2006, and paperback in the Fall, 2007

Sneferu – The King Of Pyramids

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neferu was an Egyptian king (reigned 2575-2551 BC), the first king of the 4th dynasty, also known as the Memphite dynasty. Sneferu is the earliest warrior king for whom extensive documents have been found; he led military adventures in Nubia, Libya, and the Sinai. Sneferu is thought to have built the first true pyramid, at Dashur. His son Khufu (Cheops) later oversaw the construction of the Great Pyramid at Giza.

King Sneferu built the first true pyramid with smooth sides at the beginning of the 4th Dynasty (2575 bc–2467 bc), and Egyptian kings continued to use pyramids for burial through the 12th Dynasty. The best-known pyramids were built on the Giza plateau for three 4th Dynasty kings: Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure. Each pyramid is just one element in a line of structures that form a burial complex. The complex begins at the east, with a temple on a harbor at the edge of the cultivated land in the Nile Valley. From this valley temple, where the king’s body was first brought by boat, a long, covered causeway runs west into the desert to a pyramid temple. To the west of the temple is the pyramid itself, inside of which the king’s body was placed. Inside the temple, rituals performed for the king included the offering of food and drink to nourish his ka-spirit (life force).

Venezuelan Revolution

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n this in-depth investigation the film makers take us on a journey through the fervor of the Presidential Elections in December 2006, traveling deep into the shanty towns (barrios), and to several factories under workers’ control, to find out why there is a movement to over-through Capitalism, what Socialism of the 21st Century is, and how it is changing people’s lives. Community activists show us around their neighborhoods in the barrios to see first hand how difficult life is for the urban poor. Venezuela is epic in proportion: it boasts South America’s largest lake and third-longest river, the highest waterfall in the world, the longest of all snakes, and some of the most spectacular landscapes you’ll ever see. There are the snowcapped peaks of the Andes in the west; steamy Amazonian jungles in the south; the hauntingly beautiful Gran Sabana plateau, with its strange flat-topped mountains, in the east; and miles of white-sand beaches fringed with coconut palms on the Caribbean coast.

Hugo Chavez: Inside the Coup – La Cadena

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a Cadena is the Chavez forced television and radio broadcast to the nation on April 11, 2002, it also documents the events as they unfolded on the street of Venezuela which led to the “coup” or non-signed resignation of Hugo Chavez. On April 11, 2002 after three days of protests, approximately 500,000 – 1 milliion Venezuelans marched to the presidential palace demanding the resignation of Hugo Chavez. As a result Hugo Chavez ordered all Television stations knocked off the air so he could address the nation via one of his “cadenas”. This documentary is the cadena given by Hugo Chavez that day and also documents the events on the street during its broadcast, which were mostly not seen by Venezuelans at home due to the forced media blackout by the government. The Venezuelan coup attempt of 2002 was a failed military coup d’etat on April 11, 2002. It saw the brief overthrow and arrest of leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and the installation of a rightist businessman, Venezuelan Federation of Chambers of Commerce (Fedecamaras) president Pedro Carmona, as interim president for 47 hours. In Caracas, the coup led to riots and a pro-Chavez uprising that the Metropolitan Police attempted to suppress. Key sectors of the military and parts of the anti-Chavez movement refused to back Carmona. The pro-Chavez Presidential Guard eventually retook the Miraflores presidential palace without firing a shot, leading to the collapse of the Carmona government and the re-installation of Chavez as president. The coup was publicly condemned by Latin American nations (the Rio Group presidents were gathered together in San Jose, Costa Rica, at the time, and were able to issue a joint communique) and international organizations. The United States, which had acknowledged the de facto Carmona government, condemned the coup after Chavez had been restored to power. Upon news of Chavez’s return, Condoleezza Rice, then National Security Advisor to U.S. President George W. Bush, said: “We do hope that Chavez recognises that the whole world is watching and that he takes advantage of this opportunity to right his own ship, which has been moving, frankly, in the wrong direction for quite a long time.

Additional information: You can find the documentary “The Chavez mystique” overhere…….

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