Posted in: Crime, Drugs
Cocaine: History Between the Lines
Another History Channel Special, this time however on Cocaine and how it came to be one of the worlds most illicit drugs to date. This films takes us right back to the supposed origins of when the human appetite for Drugs began with one of the simplest being the chewing of the coca leaf in South America, where the natives thought it was a gift from God. Although the plant itself has been around for a long time, it wasn't until 1855 that cocaine was first extracted from the...
Posted in: History, War
Inside the Holocaust
This is a gripping hour and a half special by the History Channel on the horrors of the Holocaust, starting off with the early days of persecution found in Nazi Germany right up until the final acts of extermination itself. The History Channel visits many of the archives found in Eastern Europe and the US in an attempt to accurately tell the story of those that were faced with theft and death through a collection of artifacts and rarely seen...
Posted in: Archaeology
Saving Egypts Oldest Pyramid
In the sands of the Sahara stands one of our greatest legacies, the oldest stone structure of it's kind in the world, a hundred years older than it's famous cousin, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the step pyramid is a cornerstone in the history of civilization. Being the first pyramid ever built, it's safe to say it's also one of mankind's most important structures. Now however after having been ravaged by looters, hit with several earthquakes and gone through the simple erosion of time itself, this ancient skyscraper...
Posted in: History
A Short History of Ireland
Ireland, a fertile land upon which no Roman centurions ever trod, the most westerly outpost of Europe is a land of waring clans and ancient culture for centuries under English rule, a nation of divided loyalties where some still struggle for independence while their neighbors stay loyal to the British crown. This is a land of resilient people, a land of poets and artists, politicians and entrepreneurs, farmers and...
Posted in: Society
Underage and Over the Limit
The issue of underage drinking is really becoming a serious one in Ireland and the UK but especially in the North East of England where the highest percentage of underage drinkers can be found, with ages ranging from as low as 11 up to 15 years of age. The film by the BBC sets about following social worker Phil Tye in his constant struggle to improve the situation and effort in preventing young teens ending up dependent on...
Posted in: War
The Forgotten Soldier
This is a short but intriguing story is about a World War 2 veteran who fought in the British Burma campaign. His story is told via a collection of photographs left behind and the narration itself is done by his grandson, who also shines light onto the personal troubles his grandfather faced in his day to day life after the...
The Notorious Conor McGregor
For those that don't know, Conor McGregor is an Irish mixed martial artist who is currently signed to the UFC. He had his debut MMA fight back in March of 2008 but in 2011 when McGregor began an undefeated winning streak of 8 wins, 7 of which were knockouts and 1 was a submission. This streak shined quite a bit of light onto him as a new fighter with a lot of potential. In February of 2013 McGregor signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC, later that year Irish television station RTÉ decided to follow him for six...
Posted in: Crime
The Jigsaw Murder
From the British series, Real Crime by ITV, this documentary sets out to tell the story of how police pieced together evidence to solve the mystery of the Jigsaw Murder. In March of 2009, a murder took place that was so disturbing it shocked a nation but also had the police force baffled. The victim was Jeffrey Howe, from North London, his body parts had been found scattered across Hertfordshire and Leicestershire. This was the reason the case became known as the Jigsaw...
Posted in: Crime, Music, Society
Chiraq
This is an eight part documentary by Vice's music devision, Noisey. They venture to Englewood which is one of the sketchiest areas in Chicago city and hook up with Chief Keef, a famous rapper in the Hip-Hop, drill...