Thursday, January 31, 2013

Planting Onions, Aerogarden and Hydroponics Up-date.

Planting onions from seed under lights, to be transplanted into the hoop house in April. Also a look at the herbs growing in the Aerogarden and the seedlings in the new hydroponic garden.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Welcome to India 2012 - Documentary (Episode 3 of 3) [HD 720p]

Published on Nov 14, 2012

With India destined to become the most populous nation on earth by 2026, you've got to be highly tactical in your search for a better life. It's not just about you and your dreams today - it's about the family over generations to come.

Prakash and Mangesh are brothers in their early twenties from an illegal settlement surrounded by the buzz of downtown Mumbai. Prakash is deckhand on a yacht while striving to realise his dream and launch a Bollywood career. But his family are playing the long game, and make it clear his sole purpose is to earn enough to fund in their joint future: his brother Mangesh's course in software engineering. Apparently doomed to be the underdog, an audition does finally come Prakash's way.

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Orient Excess - China

Published on Jan 28, 2013
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Three decades of economic liberalization have radically changed the face of China. With the number of Chinese billionaires increasing rapidly, the red ideals of the past may have been discarded forever.

"You can never have enough money. Money helps me fulfill my dreams", says Li Chao, for whom expensive hobbies like motor racing are no longer out of reach. He represents a new generation of pioneering red capitalists: immodest, accustomed to success and able to spend more money in one luxury evening in Shanghai or Beijing than others can earn in a year. Others, like the real estate developer Wang Dafu, were born into poverty, but are fast becoming the embodiment of the Chinese dream. "When I started working I sometimes couldn't afford a beer and a bowl of noodles." His personal fortune is now estimated at half a billion Euros. With more and more people splashing the cash the Chinese auto market is now the largest in the world, the luxury goods market "is huge" and the art market is "booming". This is life in the new China and it's one focused on a particularly unique ideology; what one party member labels, "socialism with Chinese characteristics". But not everyone is happy with the way things are going."The Communist Party is nothing but a capitalist party through and through."

Welcome to India 2012 - Documentary (Episode 2 of 3) [HD 720p]

Published on Nov 14, 2012

This observational series continues to explore what life is really like in some of the densest neighbourhoods on the planet: the backstreets of India's megacities. A popular tactic for people here, so adept at operating in a crowded world, is turning the stuff others would call waste into an opportunity.

Johora started out as a rag-picker, but through building a bottle recycling business on a railway embankment, she has big ambitions for her family of seven kids. When the local gangsters increase their protection payment demands, she boldly takes out a big loan and attempts to push her illegal business to another level.

Episode 2 of 3

Saturday, January 26, 2013

FDR's Cruise on the Amberjack II , June 1933

Uploaded on Aug 26, 2010
FDR's Cruise on the Amberjack II , June 1933 - FDR Presidential Library 1933 - Video 111 - Silent footage of Franklin D. Roosevelt's vacation trip on the sea and at Campobello. Includes shots of Norman Davis, Raymond Moley, James Roosevelt, John Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr., Paul Rust and Eleanor Roosevelt. From President Roosevelt's collection. Archival footage from the FDR Presidential Library.

Eleanor Roosevelt Home Movies part 6

Uploaded on Aug 9, 2010
Eleanor Roosevelt Home Movies part 6 - FDR Presidential Library 1953 - Video 258 - From the Pare Lorentz Center at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Campobello and Hyde Park Victor Hammer home movies - 1953, 1955 46 1/2 mins. (2115 ft, 6 reels), silent, color, 16mm Includes shots of ER at Campobello and Hyde Park including Val-Kill Cottage; John Roosevelt, Sara D. Roosevelt II, and other Roosevelt grandchildren. Donated by Victor Hammer MP73-23:1-6 Archival footage from the FDR Presidential Library.

Lady Bird Johnson Home Movie #38: The Johnsons at Camp David, Campobello...

The Campobello footage begins around the 4 minute mark. Since Lady Bird is in the footage on Campobello obviously she wasn't the photographer. She was on Campobello that day with the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Pearson to lay the cornerstone for the Roosevelt International Park reception centre. I was 16 and somewhere in the crowd. I remember that the Royal Canadian Regiment Band was set-up playing on the lawn and when Lady Bird stepped on the platform dressed in yellow they played The Yellow Rose of Texas. 

Uploaded on Jan 19, 2011
Lady Bird Johnson Home Movies, Home Movie #38. Footage of the Johnsons at Camp David, Campobello and LBJ Ranch in the 1960s. This is a silent, color, outdoor film. Following is a scene by scene description, courtesy of the Audio Visual Archives at LBJ Library.
The first section of this film features the Johnson family and others at Camp David on July 30-31, 1966. It opens with Lynda Johnson sitting in a convertible. Then we see LBJ swimming in pool with small child around his neck. Two unidentified children stand near the pool. LBJ hangs out in the pool talking to Joe Califano, who is holding a small child; another child is standing by the pool. Lynda talks to an unidentified woman by the pool. An unidentified girl jumps up and down in shade. Back to LBJ in the pool, now talking with and kissing a small child. The camera shows an unidentified man in pool, and then Joe Califano stands near the pool. An unidentified woman plays badminton with Lynda. Joe Califano, Pat Nugent, and two others hang out in the pool. LBJ? dives into the pool. Luci Johnson and Pat Nugent eat near the pool. An unidentified woman talks and laughs at the poolside. Lyndon Johnson (wearing plaid shirt) suns next to Lynda. An unidentified woman sits near the pool. Several unidentified people sit under the pool umbrella. Pat Nugent, Luci, and Lady Bird eat at the poolside.
The next few frames are of an unidentified girl feeding a fawn at unknown location, with a dog and cat nearby.
Then we see views at the LBJ Ranch of cactus flowers blooming and pasture scenes.
The next scenes are of Luci and Pat Nugent and an unidentified person dressed up at Camp David?
Following are scenes from President and Mrs. Johnson laying the cornerstone for the visitor's center at Roosevelt Campobello International Park on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada, on August 21, 1966. First we see a group of people waiting for the ceremony, and a Canadian band playing. Lady Bird Johnson talks with unidentified woman, and then the camera pauses on a group of unidentified ladies talking. Three unidentified men pose. LBJ speaks from the podium with Lady Bird and others seated behind him. The crowd and Canadian Mounties listen to LBJ at the podium. The camera shows a view of the visitor's center building, and then a Canadian naval officer in the crowd.
Again at the same ceremony, Mounties and the crowd listen to speakers. An unidentified man stands at the podium with LBJ and Mrs. Johnson seated. Another unidentified stands man at the podium. The crowd and Mounties listen to the speakers. LBJ and two men lay cornerstone.
The next footage was taken at the LBJ Ranch on August 14, 1966 and features LBJ and General and Mrs. Westmoreland. This section opens with LBJ talking to Gen. William C. Westmoreland and Bill Moyers. A small child plays with a beagle. LBJ stands with Gen. and Mrs. Westmoreland at the ranch. Two unidentified airmen stand in front of Air Force One. LBJ says good bye to Gen. and Mrs. Westmoreland by Air Force One, and Gen. and Mrs. Westmoreland board the airplane. LBJ shakes hands with unidentified airman. LBJ rides in a golf cart with a small child in his lap driving. The camera lingers on views of the Pedernales River?
The film now cuts back to scenes at the Camp David pool, continued from first part of the film. Luci and Pat Nugent eat, talk and play poolside. LBJ (wearing plaid shirt) sits with Lynda and Luci at his side. Two unidentified men talk in the shade.
The next scenes are of staff members handling correspondence.
Finally, we return to Gen. William C. Westmoreland and his wife at the LBJ Ranch (continued from earlier footage). Gen. Westmoreland talks to someone behind the camera, and then Gen. and Mrs. Westmoreland.
The end of the film is a repeat of some of the earlier scenes.

Welcome to India 2012 - Documentary (Episode 1 of 3) [HD 720p]

Published on Nov 13, 2012

Learning how to survive on an increasingly crowded planet is probably our ultimate challenge. But there is one place, home to over a sixth of the world's population, which is already making a good shot at adapting: welcome to India. This extraordinary observational series casts aside the usual preconceptions about the sub-continent, and lets a few of India's 1.2 billion show how their world really works.

Epsiode 1 of 3

Friday, January 25, 2013

♫ Music flashmob (Verdi, La Traviata: Libiamo ne' lieti calici) ♪

Thank you Pru.

Flash mob in Amsterdam department store De Bijenkorf. The music is from Giuseppe Verdi's (1813 - 1901) opera La Traviata (1853): Libiamo ne' lieti calici. De Nederlandse Opera (DNO) celebrating the 25th birthday of the Muziektheater, 'de Stopera' 
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Bees, Butterflies and Blooms - 3 of 3

Published on Jan 22, 2013
(2012) 3 of 3. Cities.

Writer, broadcaster and gardener Sarah Raven is on a mission to halt the rapid decline in Britain's essential bees, butterflies and pollinating insects by bringing flower power to towns, cities and the countryside.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Bees, Butterflies and Blooms - 2 of 3

Published on Jan 22, 2013
(2012) 2 of 3. Towns, Gardens and Britain in Bloom.

Writer, broadcaster and gardener Sarah Raven is on a mission to halt the rapid decline in Britain's essential bees, butterflies and pollinating insects by bringing flower power to towns, cities and the countryside.

January 23rd Minus 18 Degrees

Cold, very cold. Great day for  fire in the cabin. A visit to the coop to see Prince Leah and his girl friend....

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Bees, Butterflies and Blooms - 1 of 3

Published on Jan 21, 2013
(2012) 1 of 3. Villages, Farms and Countryside.

Writer, broadcaster and gardener Sarah Raven is on a mission to halt the rapid decline in Britain's essential bees, butterflies and pollinating insects by bringing flower power to towns, cities and the countryside.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Boiling Water Turns Into Snow In Siberia

Published on Dec 20, 2012
In Siberia,Russia and it's freezing weather,thrown boiling water instantly turns into snow at - 41 degrees Celsius. (If you look closely,the bottom of the thrown water turns into snow while the rest turns into steam/vapor.) -41 ºC is -41.8 ºF in a conversion

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Around the World in 80 Gardens 8 South Africa

Monty revels in the amazing flora that we've inherited from one of the most plant-rich zones in the world, including the strange King Proteus, South Africa's national plant. He also takes a journey to the Drakensberg Mountains to see some botanical treasures in their natural environment and traces the garden-story of the Dutch colonists who settled in South Africa in the nineteenth century. Gardens: 56. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town 57. Henk Scholtz's garden, Franschhoek near Cape Town 58. The Company Garden, Cape Town 59. Stellenberg, Kenilworth, Cape Town 60. Donovan's L'il Eden, Hout Bay, Cape Town 61. Kirklington, Ficksburg, Free State 62. The Savanna Rock Garden, Magaliesberg, Johannesburg 63. Brenthurst, Parktown, Johannesburg 64. Thuthuka School Garden, Tembisa Township near Johannesburg (supported by Food & Trees for Africa)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

goatlog: Snowfall (2013-01-14)

Snow falls as I feed the goats. Mio is always quite desperate to ensure that she gets the most. Kamel had a busy day as she got in a long butting match with Bob and then a shorter one with Mio. While Mia gently jumps on my back.

Thanks to youTube I can go all the way to Denmark for my goat fix. These are Boar Goats a meat breed and by the looks of their winter coats possibly a source of fibre too. They look almost like sheep. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Inside the Saudi Kingdom (BBC Documentary)

Published on Nov 25, 2012
Lionel Mill's film has unique access to Prince Saud bin Abdul Mohsen, one of the rulers of the rich, powerful and secretive Saudi royal family. This is a fascinating insight into the conflicts between tradition and modernity in one of the world's most conservative and autocratic countries.

Winter Chick Flick

Friday, January 11, 2013

Just the Birds

Warning nothing happens in this video as the title says this is, "Just the Birds".

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Homemade Bird Food Suet Cakes.

Supertrawler - Australia

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When Dutch super-trawler The Margiris was given the go-ahead to catch millions of dollars worth of fish in Australian waters, her owners didn't realise they were sailing straight into a bureaucratic nightmare.

This report charts the extraordinary course of events that culminated in the world's second largest trawler being left stranded and impotent thousands of miles from her native Holland. The Margiris' owners were assured by Australia that they had permission to fish its seas. "Literally what they said was, we will back you up no matter what happens, if you follow the rules. And we said we can accept that of course". But what the ship's owners hadn't counted on was a perfect storm of political protest that brought environmental groups and recreational fishers together in a campaign that even threatened to destabilise the Australian government. In a bold move, the government sided with the people and anchored the super trawler for good. "We've got no idea what the rules are now!" exclaims ship owner, Gerry Geen. So was this democracy in action, or political incompetence?