Sir David Attenborough - A host of stars were photographed as they arrived for the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2015 which were held at the Theatre Royal in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th May 2015
The legendary British broadcaster gets his first non-extinct British species named after him
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.
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'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.
Continue reading: Bjork: Biophilia Live Review
Sir David Attenborough is heading back to Australia to explore the Great Barrier Reef.
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."
Sir 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."
Continue reading: Sir David Attenborough Returning to Great Barrier Reef. We Can't Wait.
Jet-setting is one thing, but home is where the heart is.
David Attenborough has travelled the entire globe, filming nature documentaries in a career that has spanned six decades, but Richmond in West London is officially his favourite place on this earth. The legendary broadcaster was talking to Time Out when he made the surprising choice.
“Partly because I live there, partly because my friends and family are there,” he explained, making the choice seem that much less exciting and all the more humbling.
“The climate suits me, and London has the greatest serious music that you can hear any day of the week in the world - you think it's going to be Vienna or Paris or somewhere, but if you go to Vienna or Paris and say, "Let's hear some good music" there isn't any,” he added. (Daily Mail)
Continue reading: Richmond, London Tops David Attenborough's List of Favourite Places
The nature man isn't happy with the way the BBC pays its staff
Having offered up his sizable sixpence on human evolution and the Chinese ‘one child’ policy, seminal voice of a generation David Attenborough has moved on to the high wages at the BBC. He, of course, is paid in woodlice and posh tea.
"It doesn't require me to say that it is a huge embarrassment that salaries of that size are being paid in a public service organisation," he said, according to The Guardian. He is talking of the latest scandal to hit the tax-funded corporation, wear by £60m was paid to outgoing executives over an eight-year period.
“The BBC is in my view one of the most important strands in the cultural life of this country … and it is going through a bad patch. I just hope that it will emerge from the bad patch with the standards that made it great still there," he continued.
Continue reading: Is Sir David Attenborough the Gospel? This time: BBC Wages
Sir David Attenborough sees a bleak future for the human race as he fears overcrowding will cause huge problems for the years to come.
Sir David Attenborough has made an alarming claim that the human population has finally beaten the grasp of Mother Nature and we have stopped evolving.
But the new challenge for the human race is overcrowding as the 87 year old has suggested that having large families will be a bad idea for future generations.
The BBC documentarian recently spoke to the Radio Times and warns, "we are a plague on the Earth. It's coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so", Attenborough also stated "It's not just climate change; it's sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde".
Continue reading: David Attenborough's Population Warning Against Large Families
When Sir D.A speaks, we listen
As possibly the most respected voice in the UK – seriously, people think this guy’s god – David Attenborough commands a modicum of respect when he speaks. So when Mr. Nature himself declares that we, humans, aren’t evolving any more, well then we just have to run and hide don’t we.
STOP HAVING KIDS - David Attenborough
“If natural selection, as proposed by Darwin, is the main mechanism of evolution... then we’ve stopped natural selection,” said Attenborough, ominously. “We stopped natural selection as soon as we started being able to rear 95-99 per cent of our babies.”
Continue reading: Everybody Run: David Attenborough Says We're Not Evolving!
National treasure Sir David has warned of the dangers of large families for the future of our planet, which he claims is dying a slow and painful death
Sir David Attenborough may brighten up people's homes with his insightful and often magnificent documentaries, but the man with the golden voice isn't always as upbeat as he sounds. The naturalist recently gave his views on where our planet is heading, and according to Attenborough it isn't heading in a particularly good direction as the population skyrockets to uncontrollable levels and resources are continually drained.
Sir David has a bleak vision of our future if things continue the way they are
Things may look bad now, with strain put on food and water supplies around the world and natural fuel sources becoming increasingly scarce, but Attenborough claims we are only tipping the iceberg of our inevitable collapse as a species. Speaking to the Radio Times, the naturalist doesn't foresee extinction for the human race, but he predicts the end of natural selection and evolution in our species as we continue to determine our own fate through controlled birth and the ability to raise a child no matter what defects they may have.
Bjork brought her Biophilia tour to London this week.
Bjork's 2011 album Biophilia, exploring the relationship between nature, technology and music, was considered one of the better efforts of that year, though the supporting live show appears to have eclipsed it. The show - launched two years ago alongside a series of short-lived apps for iPad and iPhone - arrived at London's Alexandra Palace this week.
It began with a recorded preamble from broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough, who told the audience they are "on the brink of a revolution that will reunite humans with nature through new technological innovations." Anyone who caught the unlikely duo's Channel 4 documentary exploring music and how it exists in the natural world will have known they were in for a treat.
Despite the complex song structures, thrilling stage design and Bjork's signature delivery, one thing was missing from Ally Pally, camera phones.
Continue reading: Bjork Rocks London's Alexandra Palace, a Camera Phone-Free Zone
Everybody knows, Badgers love "Mash por-tatooooe!!" (Not being culled).
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.
Brian May: Part Of "Team Badger."
Continue reading: Bodger & Badger Speak Out Against Badger Cull With New Clip [Video]
Date of birth
8th May, 1926