Film maker, voice artist and eternally struggling musician
Andrew is a qualified Marine Biologist and CAA certified UAV pilot with over 20 years in the film and broadcast industry. BBC trained, Andrew now runs Orange Planet Pictures specialising in science, conservation and animal welfare.He also works as a voice artist and spends a lot of his time writing and performing music. Big animal lover too!
In just a few months, Orange Planet Pictures will release a film to reveal the life of a person we believe to be of great significance in 21st Century animal welfare. 'To The Moon and Back' summates the life of Jill Robinson who has worked within China and Vietnam to bring an end to the unimaginable horrors of bear bile farming...
New Year is a perfect time for a bit of reflection; after all, it's a time when we quite naturally reset out psychological clocks. But it's certainly not a time to be man-handled in to making big and bold decisions about how we should look or the way we should feel.
The world is a busy place right now - there's a lot going on. And we're all just human so it's an insurmountable task to mentally absorb everything that's happening; good and bad. However, there's a UK wide issue affecting over 1 million people which never ceases to shock me. And it's an issue that most of us never think about, acknowledge or do anything about...
I don't care what the law says - I DO NOT recognise big game hunting as 'legal'. Laws maintain peace and order and shooting a lion for fun does not fall in to that category. In fact, I cannot believe such laws exist in the first place other than to perpetuate a centuries old paradigm that has no place in 21st Century thinking and the subsequent evolution of understanding and reasoning.
There is little more emotive right now that the potential repeal of the fox hunting ban. My position is simple. I'm 100% against fox hunting. But, in the interests of understanding I've tried, with an open mind, to look at the pro-hunting lobby with a view to appreciate their stance.
Irrespective of what the 'fracas' involved, one gets the impression that a certain sector of the BBC has been gunning for Clarkson's head for many years. And why? Because he simply conducts himself onscreen in the same manner as the viewers. By being real. By being himself.
Companies placing responsibility in the hands of the public is both bold and precarious. Nowhere is this more evident than in the review sections that gild the product pages of Amazon. Of course, the majority serve as a valuable steer for would-be customers. Many, however, fail to reach even the most basic criteria required.
The truth is, as a traditional television channel, BBC3 was always a flawed proposition that could never adequately fulfil its objectives. But online, the game changes beyond recognition. It can finally be the champion of breaking talent. It can at last be a true bastion of originality.
The truth is that politics will only become a more wearisome pursuit. Left or right, green or orange the challenge will remain the same; humans are simply evolving beyond the reach of modern politics. The world has shrunk exponentially over the last decade and technology has made possible things that would have once appeared witchcraft.
To lay the blame entirely at the feet and Michael Christian and Mel Greig is to overlook a far greater contingent. It's to overlook the fact that the radio culture actively encourages the pushing of boundaries, that it clearly considers the feelings of the victims secondary to global stature and revenue.
It's the last thing most of us think about; animal welfare in Afghanistan and Iraq. But you don't have to dig too deep to learn that there are absolutely no welfare programmes or respect. Many animals are seen as a commodity and worked in to the ground. Dogs and cats have no purpose and stray as feral beasts.
The music industry is changing. The old guard and a new order are curiously juxtaposed as one attempts to survive and adapt while the other evolves confidently on the periphery of an inevitable future. I am, of course, talking about the rise of social media and its continuing stronghold on how we learn about, listen to and buy our music.
After casually perusing a magazine, I learned about a piece of technology so mechanically advanced that its discovery revolutionised both science and astronomy in a profound way. It's called the Antikythera Mechanism.
19/08/2011 22:33 BST
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