Galapagos pink iguana captured on film

Updated 01 January 2013
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Galapagos pink iguana captured on film

LONDON: Veteran British nature broadcaster David Attenborough is to show the first filmed sighting of the rare pink iguana, in a television series on the Galapagos Islands which began yesterday. The 86-year-old filmed the rare Conolophus Marthae iguana in June last year for his new series “Galapagos 3D,” which goes out on Britain’s Sky television.
It was only identified as a separate species in recent years and it will be the first time the creature has been seen on screen. It was filmed on the island of Isabela in the volcanic Ecuadoran archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. “It was a privilege to see it,” said Attenborough. “It’s a remarkable thing in this day and age when you think about the number of scientists per square meter in the Galapagos, and yet suddenly we have discovered a new species. “A little periwinkle or something which nobody has identified before is one thing, but this is more than that: it’s a large, pink iguana.”
Series executive producer Geffen added: “When he finally came face-to-face with the iguana it was just one of the most extraordinary moments that I’ve ever experienced: Here was the world’s greatest naturalist coming face-to-face with a new species. “In the footsteps of Charles Darwin but almost 200 years later, David Attenborough was capturing the rare species on film for the first time.” Attenborough celebrated 60 years with the BBC last year in a career that has seen him win many awards and the respect of the scientific community.


Need to vent some anger? Jordan opens ‘Axe Rage Rooms’

Updated 18 April 2019
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Need to vent some anger? Jordan opens ‘Axe Rage Rooms’

  • People can demolish old items as well as smash plates and glasses — but for the price of $17
  • So-called rage rooms have been opening up around the world

AMMAN: In an underground room in Amman, a small group of Jordanians swing giant hammers at an old television, computer and printer, wrecking the machines, and then hit a car windscreen, shattering the glass into tiny pieces.
In the “Axe Rage Rooms,” people can vent their anger and frustration by demolishing old items as well as smashing plates and glasses.
“This is simply a place to break things and vent,” co-founder and general manager Ala’din Atari said. “A place where people come when they’re looking for a new experience... walking into a room with various items which they can break.”
So-called rage rooms have opened around the world, drawing visitors who want let their hair down and unleash some anger.
At the “Axe Rage Rooms,” where the experience costs $17, participants wearing protective suits and helmets wrote the issues bothering them on a blackboard — “ex-girlfriends,” “boss” and “all boyfriends,” the words becoming the targets of their anger.
Atari said his venue, which has seen about 10 clients a day in the month since it opened, had a space for couples, where the pair enter two rooms separated by a reinforced glass window.
“I wanted to try something new and...it was great,” said Ayla Alqadi, 23, after chucking old kitchenware at the window — behind which stood a friend.
“I felt like I had extra energy, it was a way to channel all the negativity inside, everything you feel inside you can release here.”