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Sir David Attenborough Says The Brexit Referendum Should Never Have Happened


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Sir David Attenborough has spoken out about the result of the Brexit referendum, saying that the situation is a “mess” and that the decision should have been left to MPs in Westminster.

The 90 year old TV naturalist made the controversial comments in a wide-ranging interview with the Radio Times published on Monday (October 31st), saying that the vote from 17.4 million British citizens that caused the 52%-48% margin of victory back in June should never have been entrusted to the public.

David AttenboroughSir David Attenborough made the controversial remarks in an interview with the Radio Times

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Sir David Attenborough seen entering The All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon on the thirteenth day of The Championships. London, United Kingdom - Saturday 9th July 2016

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Tributes Paid As Sir David Attenborough Turns 90


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Tributes have been paid to naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough who has turned 90. Described as the "god of wildlife programmes and presenters", the British institution has been praised by hundreds of peers and fans.

Sir David AttenboroughSir David Attenborough has celebrated his 90th birthday

BBC Springwatch presenter Michaela Strachan said we have "all been inspired by him".

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Sir David Attenborough - Sir David Attenborough arrives at the ITV studios - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 23rd March 2016

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David Attenborough - House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) held at Theatre Royal - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th May 2015

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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Bjork: Biophilia Live Review


Very Good

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

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Bodger & Badger Speak Out Against Badger Cull With New Clip [Video]


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If you were a British child growing up in the nineties, you'll realise how exciting the news of the return of Bodger and Badger is.

The ventriloquist actor and his "talking" furry, potato-loving badger companion entertained scores of youngsters through nine series and 10 years from 1989 to 1999 with seemingly endless mashed potato jokes. But the duo's return is underpinned by a more serious note: the two B's have made their comeback in a one-off episode about the planned culling of badgers in Somerset and Gloucestershire - measures that are planned to supposedly rid the country's farms of bovine tuberculosis.

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Brian May: Part Of "Team Badger."

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David Attenborough Accused Of Ignoring Animals' Potentially 'Homosexual' Behaviours


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David Attenborough's nature documentaries are some of the best loved programming from the UK, indeed Attenborough is probably one of the best loved people in the UK. However, Dr Brett Mills from the University of East Anglia has recently published a paper criticising the broadcaster for presenting a potentially falsified version of events in his descriptions of the animals' behaviours.

As the Telegraph reports, Dr Mills, whose paper is published in the European Journal of Cultural Studies, highlights specific scenes in Sir Attenborough's documentaries which he believes have been misconstrued. For instance, male chimpanzees having a cuddle was described by Attenborough as 'bonding', but Dr Mills notes that this could in fact be "driven by sexual motives." Furthermore, Attenborough describes many animals' behaviours as being in the context of a 'family', which is arguably a human concept which does not relate to many species. 

"The central role in documentary stories of pairing, mating and raising offspring commonly rests on assumptions of heterosexuality within the animal kingdom." Dr Mills said, "This is despite a wealth of scientific evidence which demonstrates that many non-human species have complex and changeable forms of sexual activity, with heterosexuality only one of many possible options."

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David Attenborough Wants To Pass Natural History Torch To Prof. Brian Cox


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Brian Cox made physics sexy, so they say. Now, David Attenborough, age 86, as he celebrates an indomitable 60 years of broadcasting, has said that he would eventually like to pass over natural history responsibilities to Cox. 

"If I had a torch I would hand it to Brian Cox," Attenborough generously stated. While the prospect of our television screens not being graced by the presence and sound of Attenborough's voice over the sight of a dancing bird is a terrifying one, Cox is probably the best option. 

What Attenborough has done so well in achieving is igniting interest in the world around us. He provides largely useless information (given that few of us live in the depths of the Madagascan rainforest, or the coldest, darkest regions of the Arctic) but makes it utterly invaluable viewing and listening. His shows are a talking point for the watercooler, for the pub, for the dining table. Likewise, in many respects, Cox has done a similar thing for the big wide universe and all its mysteries, making what seems to be the unknowable -  stars millions of light years away, or histories so far back it's beyond our normal comprehension - seem far more knowable in analogies and phrases that bring the sky down to earth. 

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“Celebrities? God Help Us”: David Attenborough Bemoans The Current Celebrity Culture


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David Attenborough has gone on a biting rant again the current state of celebrity culture in Britain today, admitting that as far as he is concerned, the world has changed and not for the better.

Speaking to press after his Best Documentary win at the National Television Awards last week, Attenborough bemoaned the current state of television and the seemingly endless reel of talentless nobodies that are thrust into the the limelight after achieving next to nothing. “Celebrities? God help us,” Sir David said, “I don’t feel like a celebrity. The word has changed."

The national treasure went on further, saying: “A celebrity these days means someone famous for having done nothing at all. Famous for being famous. I think it is rather sad. We don’t have complex relationships any more and it’s easier to look at lives on screen than be interested in your own.”

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The Penguin King 3D Review


OK
Sharp digital photography makes this Antarctic documentary worth a look for nature-movie fans, even though it's both childish and unoriginal. The problem is that we have seen so many movies about penguins - from March of the Penguins to Happy Feet - that nothing here feels very new. Although at least the setting is unusual. And this one's shot in eye-popping 3D.

On the island of South Georgia, between Antarctica and South America, a massive colony of king penguins shares the landscape with a variety of seals and birds, but no humans (except for documentary film crews, of course). The star of the movie is a 4-year-old male who has just completed his epic three-year swim-about and is now back to find a mate and settle down. Sure enough, he pairs up with a female and then together the couple cares for its offspring as an egg and then a chick. They also take turns heading out to sea for food. And all the while, both of them are fighting off ruthless predators who want to make a meal of them.

Attenborough's narration is clearly aimed at very young children, as it creates an emotive story out of the natural images, which have been edited together to crank up the suspense. He turns the natural order of things into a full-on action movie, with evil killer whales and murderous birds villainously stalking the adorable young chicks. Never mind that this is how the world works: we are pushed to feel that it's unfair and tragic. And our emotions are further manipulated by a surging, cheesy score.

There are moments of romance and levity along the way, such as a visit to a nearby macaroni penguin colony, and the strained efforts to add human feelings is annoyingly contrived. Also, instead of finding a lesser-known species that might teach us something, the filmmakers merely rehash the human physicality of these sea-going birds (namely that they stand up straight). That said, the camera crew should be commended for its astonishingly beautiful work: the crisp images reveal South Georgia as a breathtaking location with rocky beaches, grassy hills and soaring mountain peaks while getting up close and personal with the penguins and other animals both on the land and underwater.

Rich Cline

Sir David Attenborough - Sir David Attenborough, Sunday 26th April 2009 at British Academy Television Awards London, England

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