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Welsh Plant Named After Sir David Attenborough

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Sir David Attenborough has brought education, enjoyment and flora, forna and animal appreciation to so many over his illustrious career that it was only a matter of time before he was recognised by the wildlife he so loves from his own country.

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Sir David Attenborough is synonymous with nature documentaries

Finally that time has come with the British naturalist legend, 88, lending his name to a new plant found in the Brecon Beacons in Wales.

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Picture - David Attenborough and Alice Levine... London United Kingdom, Monday 26th January 2015

David Attenborough and Alice Levine - David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities - press launch held at the London Zoo. - London, United Kingdom - Monday 26th January 2015

Bjork: Biophilia Live Review

Bjork's fans will adore this film, which captures the last night of her Biophilia world tour with remarkable artistry and an attention to detail. Those who don't know her work might find it somewhat hard-going. Bjork's music is thematically deep and aurally complex, but the songs are often atonal. None are very easy to hum along with. Still, the creative filmmaking offers some ideas for future concert documentaries.

In September 2013 at Alexandra Palace in North London, Bjork gave the final live performance of her Biophilia song cycle about the elements and nature. So it's only natural that the film is introduced with narration from David Attenborough. On-stage, Bjork interacts with musicians Manu Delago and Matt Robertson, as well as a large choir of women from Iceland walking barefoot around her as they sing in eerie harmony. Filmmakers Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland then take the imagery from her video screens and layer it onto the movie. So for much of the film it looks like Bjork is performing on a stage floating in outer space, alongside a gigantic squid or erupting volcano. Then eventually the crowd resolves around her, participating in this celebration of the natural world.

With that Attenborough opening and Bjork's cheeky expressions, there's a nicely witty undercurrent to the whole film. And the cameras capture the performance from askance angles that reveal unexpected things about the amazing instruments Bjork has created with her musicians. Not only do they sound beautiful, but they are just as fascinating to explore with our eyes as the outrageous plasticky onion-white dress she's wearing. Accompanying this is an unusually sharp audio mix that lets us hear every sound. Although this only makes us wish we could understand the lyrics of the songs, which are often strange and moody and hardly seem like songs at all.

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Sir David Attenborough Returning to Great Barrier Reef. We Can't Wait.

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Sir David Attenborough is returning to the Great Barrier Reef for a brand new series for BBC One. Sir David first filmed on the Reef in 1957 though is returning to explore the "astounding and unforgettable beauty."

David AttenboroughSir David Attenborough is heading back to Australia

Describing it as the "rainforest of the ocean," Sir David said: "I'm very excited to be returning with all the latest technology and science to see one of the most important places on the planet in a whole new way."

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Picture -  Sir David Attenborough - At... London United Kingdom, Thursday 4th September 2014

 Sir David Attenborough - At the UKTV Live Showcase, various celebrities were photographed on the Red Carpet Philips, Howick Place, London ahead of the filming for the 2013-2014 Showcase. - Thursday 4th September 2014

Picture - David Attenborough - The Arqiva... London United Kingdom, Saturday 18th May 2013

David Attenborough - The Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2014 (BAFTA) - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 18th May 2013

Picture - Sir David Attenborough - Arqiva... London United Kingdom, Sunday 18th May 2014

Sir David Attenborough - Arqiva British Academy Television Awards held at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane - Arrivals. - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 18th May 2014

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