It is a relief and miracle that news reports coming in say that yesterday's crude oil explosion in West Virginia has come without a single fatality. But the derailing of a train carrying 100 tankers of oil is, without a doubt, going to cost us exponentially.
What makes a good story for natural history?
The story is blasting it's way around our internet as we speak, Melissa Bachman - a US TV presenter who stars in a series called Winchester Deadly Passion - has been bombarded with accusations and angry comments after posting a picture of herself next to a lion she has just shot and killed. A public petition has been created to ban her from South Africa stating: "She is an absolute contradiction to the culture of conservation this country prides itself on." But don't people know that this is an event that happens continuously in South Africa? Don't ban the girl, ban the sport!
This blog post is not here to convince you to be a vegetarian... I am simply discussing my thoughts on the matter! Up until three months ago I ate meat pretty much every day of my life. As a child I was a fussy eater and it was only until a couple of years ago that I really started enjoying meat - especially a good steak... mmm!! But when I moved away from home again this year I made the decision to make some changes to my diet and cut right back to eating meat only once a week... I haven't touched meat since.
This week a hot topic for discussion within my wildlife filmmaking group has been filming captive wildlife in big nature documentary series. So much of what we see on television is in fact filmed within a studio environment, or with captive zoo animals... But without this a lot of behaviour would never be captured for the television. So what's the big ho ha? Is it wrong to film "wildlife" away from the wild?