The real power of crystals

Just been chatting with the very talented producer/director Nigel Walk, who filmed the astonishing crystal cave sequence at the start of the new landmark BBC series ‘How Earth Made Us’. They could only film in 20 minute bursts due to the lethal levels of heat – it was a hugely difficult thing to film. Have a look, it’s an incredible, beautiful environment. It starts at 2:30.

Last Week’s Derren Tweets

12th Jan – Been run down, limp and covered in snot all week. Not shifting. Cough! You all have my germs, how unfair.

12th Jan – Send me your top joke and if I like yours best I’ll follow you and RT all your tweets til I feel better and have something to say.

12th Jan – Fave so far RT @DanielNothing Throwing acid is wrong. In some people’s eyes.

12th Jan – Great but can’t ALL be Jimmy Carr RT @AnnekaHansen why don’t boxers have sex before a fight? Because they don’t fancy each other.

12th Jan – Generally poor, but occasional goodie: RT @nickhucks When women live together, apparently their periods become synchronised. I found that out from two girls who share a pad.

12th Jan – Will check later in the day: must go to meeting now. Suggest leaving it for a few hours so your top notch entries don’t get lost.
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Haiti Relief Fund

As you will all have heard there is terrible devastation in Haiti caused by a massive earthquake devastating Port-au-Prince, killing tens of thousands and injuring more. This was a large tremor centred on an impoverished country with little recent experience or preparedness for such an event.

The buildings in the quake zones of major industrialised nations sit on damping systems that allow them to ride out tremors that not only shake them back and forth but also twist them in the same movement.

Relief has been arriving, but little has moved beyond the jammed airport. Damage to the seaport, roads and other infrastructure has prevented the speedy distribution of food, water and medical supplies. People are desperate for food.

Oxfam are running a donation scheme that can be reached here you can help with any size donation through Paypal. It can be as much or as little as you like – even just £1.

Items sourced from BBC News and Oxfam

Humphrey Bogart – December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957

Humphrey DeForest Bogart was an American actor and cultural icon. In 1997, Entertainment Weekly magazine named him the number one movie legend of all time. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked “Bogie” the greatest male star.

After trying various jobs, Bogart began acting in 1921 and became a regular in Broadway productions in the 1920s and 1930s. When the stock market crash of 1929 reduced the demand for plays, Bogart also turned to film. His first great success was as Duke Mantee in The Petrified Forest. He had been acclaimed for his performance in the play, and his friend Leslie Howard saw to it that he reprised his role in the 1936 film version. Despite rave reviews, Bogart was typecast as a gangster in B-movies. His breakthrough came in 1941, with High Sierra (though he still played a criminal) and The Maltese Falcon.

The next year, his performance in Casablanca finally raised him to the peak of his profession and at the same time, cemented his trademark film persona, that of the hard-boiled cynic who ultimately shows his noble side. Other triumphs followed, including The Big Sleep (1946); Key Largo (1948), opposite his wife Lauren Bacall; The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948); The African Queen (1951), for which he won his only Academy Award (for Best Actor); and The Caine Mutiny (1954). Altogether, he appeared in 75 feature motion pictures.

The above painting by Derren is available in the art store.


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