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Sword-and-sandal action epic directed by Brett Ratner and starring Dwayne Johnson as the titular hero. After successfully completing the twelve labours set out for him by King Eurystheus as a means of atoning for previous sinful actions, Hercules is now a legendary mercenary in Greece. Using his reputation and strength to his advantage, he is able to overcome the most powerful of enemies. However, when he is asked by the Thracian King (John Hurt) and his daughter to defeat a particularly savage warlord, Hercules finds himself having to endure the most difficult task set for him yet.
Alien vs Predator
Aliens vs Predator 2: Requiem
Originally published in 1990 this book focusses on the main manoeuvres that took place in Scotland and England between 1688 and the Battle of Culloden in 1746. It provides a detailed chronological narrative of places, people and battles. Many of the sites associated with the Jacobites have not changed greatly in the last two centuries, and the book is extensively illustrated with photographs and specially drawn maps. The book examines objectively the often contradictory and imprecise accounts surviving from the time in order to discover the real events and significance of the Jacobite risings.
Originally published in 1991 and focussing on the countryside, this book examines patterns of settlement and agriculture in Scotland and considers how these were increasingly altered during the 17th and 18th Centuries by the first Improvers and then by the more widespread impact of the Agricultural Revolution. It considers the effect on the landscape of the changing role of the church, the development of improved communications and the rise of new industries. The book analyses in detail the ways in which the landscape changed in Scotland's transition from a medieval, impoverished country and an undeveloped economy to a modern society and one of the most highly urbanised countries in Europe.
Double-bill of creepy alien action as the two interstellar opponents square up on little old planet Earth. In 'Alien vs Predator' (2004), a team of archaeologists are sent to Antarctica when an unidentified heat source turns out to be a pyramid-like temple buried deep under the ice. Discovering an alien life-form present in the temple, events take a turn for the worse when a group of adolescent predators arrive, intent on collecting the skulls of the aliens, and any passing humans, as trophies. In 'Aliens vs Predator - Requiem' (2007), returning to their home planet with several alien captives and a dead comrade on board, two predator pilots are killed when an alien hybrid, unknowingly concealed in the body of their dead buddy, bursts forth. Before he dies however, the pilot manages to send off a distress signal to his home planet, where a predator receives it before heading off to Earth in response. The spacecraft meanwhile, has crashlanded in the woods of Colorado, spilling its deadly cargo, which immediately sets about culling the local population with extreme professionalism. It's not long before the predator arrives, unleashing another almighty killing spree, as he tries to stop the hybrid reproducing in quantities that will soon overrun the county.
Fantasy action adventure set in the 17th century, based on the character created by pulp fiction writer Robert E Howard. After an encounter with Satanic demon The Reaper while fighting in Africa, Kane (James Purefoy) embarks on a quest for redemption to save his soul from being damned eternally to Hell. He returns to England, converts to Puritanism and takes up residency in a monastery - but the dastardly deeds of an evil magician who has taken over his father (Max von Sydow)'s castle soon upset his plans, and he is forced to take up arms once again. Pete Postlethwaite and Rachel Hurd-Wood co-star.
Historical drama from director, Anthony Kimmins, which stars David Niven as the man commonly known as 'Bonnie Prince Charlie', Charles Edward Stuart. The film chronicles the efforts made by the prince to defend Scotland against the English during the 18th century. The story, set in 1745, portrays the struggle of the Jacobites, ending with the famous Battle of Culloden Moor, which was to be the prince's final defeat before he was exiled out of the country.
Fantasy action adventure set in the 17th century, based on the character created by pulp fiction writer Robert E Howard. After an encounter with Satanic demon The Reaper while fighting in Africa, Kane (James Purefoy) embarks on a quest for redemption to save his soul from being damned eternally to Hell. He returns to England, converts to Puritanism and takes up residency in a monastery - but the dastardly deeds of an evil magician who has taken over his father (Max von Sydow)'s castle soon upset his plans, and he is forced to take up arms once again.
Pete Postlethwaite and Rachel Hurd-Wood co-star.
Compiling a colorful collection of artistic representations of the myriad bird species found in South Africa, this beautifully illustrated manual celebrates the diverse, fascinating, and unique feathered fauna found in the national park and the adjoining Mpumalanga Province. Featuring 91 annotated plates dynamically illustrated by seven of South Africa's finest bird artists, this comprehensive guide provides details on each bird's habitat, food source, behaviors, breeding strategies, and in some cases, their estimated population status for the areas they inhabit. Accompanied by maps and calendar bars highlighting the full and peak breeding seasons for birds of the northeastern regions of South Africa and beautifully photographed by experts in the field, this essential guide is an invaluable and breathtakingly artistic resource for birdwatchers and nature lovers worldwide.
Increasing awareness of the extent and cause of environmental problems has fuelled the emergence of a new and timely discipline: environmental history. An exciting blend of geography, history, archaeology, anthropology, landscape, environment and science, it seeks to reveal how human activity has affected the environment in the past and how we, in turn, have been affected by that environment. How did people use and transform their environment? What problems of pollution and resource depletion occurred? What has been the impact of industrialisation and urbanisation? How have people's perceptions of nature and the environment changed over time? Environmental historians are revealing how and why our environment changed in the past, they are providing key insights into the mechanisms that influence environmental change today, and are helping to make informed decisions on crucial environmental concerns such as deforestation, desertification, pollution, global warming and climate change. Professor Whyte's A Dictionary of Environmental History provides in a single volume a comprehensive reference work covering the past 12,000 years of the Earth's environmental history. An introduction to the discipline is followed by almost 1,000 entries covering key terminology, events, places, dates, topics, as well as the major personalities in the history of the discipline. Entries range from shorter factual accounts to substantial mini-essays on major topics and issues. Fully cross-referenced and with an extensive bibliography, this pioneering work provides an authoritative yet accessible resourcethat will form essential reading for academics, practitioners and students of environmental history and related disciplines.
Ian Whyte, a Cambridge-graduate family doctor, was born in pre-apartheid South Africa. It is his firm belief that his writings may possibly save the life of an unsuspecting someone walking around with early, undiagnosed breast or prostate cancer! Filled with warm and humorous anecdotes, Ian shares his life stories with candor and humanism. This is his life, with its full "life of life" spectrum - Adulterous heartbreak to Zulu murder witnessed. Entering junior school at age six, Ian's inability to read and write was quickly obvious. Yet, with his dyslexic brain computer, Ian's "Windows 36" - he graduated from Cambridge University Medical School in 1955 - still unable to read! The author did not discover penicillin, but surmounting monumental Dyslexia was his "Everest!" He was 41 when he first learned to read. Ian Whyte was a family practitioner in Montreal Canada for twenty years, and in Phoenix, Arizona for fifteen years. He retired at age 62 with a diagnosis of prostate cancer. This book is a treasure. Read it! You will find yourself smiling, bursting with laughter, and even raising an eyebrow or two at some of Ian's saucy tales!
When the Aegean island of Thera was blown apart in the Bronze Age by a volcanic explosion larger than that of Krakatoa the scale of the disaster was so great some believe it to have inspired the legend of Atlantis. When the conquistadors arrived in central America they found the civilization of the Maya - one of the most advanced societies of the ancient world, with a population of around 15 million at its peak - reduced to a few hundred thousand. What had happened? At the end of the Pleistocene period more than two-thirds of the large mammal species of North America disappeared within a period of five hundred years. Why?The author shows how environmental historians are piecing together evidence from a wide range of sources to build up a picture of what happened to these past societies and how they coped - or did not - with major episodes of climatic change and natural disaster. At a time when we are more than ever conscious of the detrimental effect we have had upon the environment. "World Without End?" provides a salutary tale for our continuing survival.
During the last twenty years there has been an explosion of new research into the development of Scotland from a small, backward country on the periphery of Europe to one poised to undergo industrialisation in step with England. This book provides an overview of key themes related to social change and economic development in early Modern Scotland aimed at demonstrating how this transformation occurred.
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