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Keiko’s Video of the Week #012

I was having some difficulty deciding what to post this week. Then it hit me – SCIENCE!!! Who doesn’t like science? This time around, I’ve picked a compilation video of bizarre experiments from the always awesome British Pathé archive. It really is a mixed bag but in a good way as it shows the rather important role that science plays in our daily lives.

You can find their Youtube channel here.


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Keiko’s Video of the Week #005

We are now up to the fifth instalment of the Video of the Week segment. To offer some contrast to last week’s video on language, I’ll be sharing an archival video on barrel-making. Why barrel-making? Barrels are an important part of the history of my civilisations, used for storing products ranging from pickled goods to alcoholic beverages. Simply put, it has allowed a method for trade goods to be transported for thousands of miles. This has allowed vastly separated communities to be connected by their trade goods. Just imagine places such as the region now known as China having access to peppers from further south or the west being able to enjoy tea. It really has been a method of sharing experiences that would otherwise be off limits by what can grow in a region. In the case of this week’s video, the method appears to be rather close to more modern methods that have added machinery to speed up a process that still requires fire to shrink the wooden planks over an extended period of time.

I know that I have shared at least one video from the British Pathé archive before, but their youtube channel remains my go-to for finding historical videos as well as clips of older techniques. I highly recommend that folks take the time to check out the archive if they haven’t already done so. You can find their Youtube channel here.

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Keiko’s Video of the Week #002

In this second instalment of the video of the week segment, I will be moving away from last week’s theme of building something. Today’s video is a compilation of archival footage offered by British Pathé archive on 8 monarchies that no longer exist. I thought that the material would offer an interesting contrast to last week’s video, focusing on deconstruction and conflict that leads to changes in government as opposed to creating something.
It is curious how much people in the west take for granted just how much even the west has changed over the past century. World War has played a large part in a change of government in several regions, with Communism, Fascism and Socialism being adopted in several nations. That being said, some of these same nations have also gone through even more change over the past three decades, such as the fall of the Berlin wall, the Soviet Union disintegrating under the weight of failed promises to their own people and Italy leaving the Fascist model. In lieu of recent troubles in the Middle East, one wonders what will happen to world governments as a whole over the next decade.

British Pathé released their last collection of archival footage several years ago. This is a great source of visual and audiovisual materials for those with an interest in history. You can find their Youtube channel here.