Grandmaster Flash - Karl Marx - David Attenborough TV - Rudyard Kipling - Arthur Miller & Death of a Salesman 2006 - The Office US TV - Aravind Adiga - Woman Eater 1958 - Lost Land of the Volcano TV - Burden of Dreams 1982 - Finding Escobar’s Millions TV - When Two Worlds Collide 2016 - Bill Bailey’s Jungle Hero TV - Organised Crime: A World History: Colombia TV -
It’s like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder
How I keep from going under. Grandmaster Flash, The Message lyrics
The development of civilization and industry in general has always shown itself so active in the destruction of forests that everything that has been done for their conservation and production is completely insignificant in comparison. Karl Marx, Capital II
The greatest proliferation of life you can find anywhere on the surface of the Earth. I’m up in the canopy of the jungle, the tropical rain forest. David Attenborough, The Living Planet IV: Jungle, BBC 1984
Two main causes: warmth and wetness. ibid.
The greatest expanse of all – the Amazon Jungle. ibid.
Every jungle has its monkey troops. ibid.
The canopy is a complete world suspended above the surface of the Earth that they’d never need leave. ibid.
Human beings have lived here for tens of thousands of years. ibid.
This is our planet’s hothouse: the jungle. The tropical rain forest. Forests like these occupy only 3% of the land, yet they are home to over half of the world’s species. David Attenborough, Planet Earth e8: Jungles, BBC 2006
A male blue bird of paradise is advertising for a mate. It’s quite a performance. But he is not the only bird of paradise here keen to make an impression. There are nearly forty different kinds on the island of New Guinea. ibid.
A single hectare of rainforest may contain as many as two hundred and fifty species of tree. ibid.
Without fungi, rain forests could not exist. ibid.
80% of all insects live in jungles. ibid.
The secret of success in the competitive jungle is specialising. And this has led to the evolution of some intimate relationships between plants and animals. ibid.
Earth is the only planet we know of where life exists. And here it does so in abundance. The Jungle is Eden. It covers less than 6% of the Earth’s surface but it’s home to half of all the plants and animals on land. David Attenborough, Planet Earth s2e3: Jungles, BBC 2016
Paradise is crowded. Life fills every niche. And at any one time a staggering variety of species and countless individuals. ibid.
Jungles are complex places. Tangled three-dimension worlds created by lush tropical vegetation. ibid.
They make their own weather. ibid.
Brazil: a thousand miles from the sea are dolphins, a newly identified species of river dolphin found nowhere else on Earth. In these black tangled waters they have become almost totally blind so they move slowly. ibid.
He’s become a killer of killers. Jaguars have the most powerful bite … and he knows the caiman’s most vulnerable point, the back of its skull. ibid.
Africa: no continent on Earth today has such spectacular wildlife. At its heart lies a vast tropical rainforest. Over a million square miles of wilderness, much of it still unexplored, even now. There are more animals and plants in these jungles than anywhere else on the continent. But even in this land of plenty, wildlife facing major challenges. David Attenborough, Seven Worlds, One Planet VII: Africa, BBC 2019
Now this is the Law of the Jungle – as old and as true as the sky; And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die. Rudyard Kipling, The Second Jungle Book
When I walked into the jungle I was seventeen. And when I walked out I was twenty-one. And by God I was rich. Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman 2006 starring Xavarian Dramatic Society, Warren Able Theatre starring Daniel Valez & Amanda Magnavita & Michael Longo & Michael Maldonado et al, Uncle Ben
Never fight fair with a stranger, boy. You’ll never get out of the jungle that way. Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman
The jungle is dark but full of diamonds. ibid.
Jungle warfare is gonna rule the world. It’s inevitable, right? The Office US s4e15: Night Out, Ryan to Michael, NBC 2007
‘You, young man, are an intelligent, honest, vivacious fellow in this crowd of thugs and idiots. In any jungle, what is the rarest of animals – the creature that comes along only once in a generation?’
I thought about it and said:
‘The white tiger.’
‘That’s what you are, in this jungle.’ Aravind Adiga, White Tiger p35
Jungle fever all right. Looks like he’s had it. Woman Eater 1958 starring Peter Wayn & Joyce Gregg & Joy Webster & Jimmy Vaughan & George Coulouris & Vera Day & Robert Mackenzie & Norman Claridge & Marpessa Daw & Sara Leighton et al, director Charles Saunders, England geezer
It’s [woman-eating tree] turning death into life. ibid.
New Guinea: a huge tropical island on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. This rugged jungle hides a network of deep isolated valleys … The creatures that have evolved here are truly strange. Land of the Lost Volcano I, BBC 2016
George McGavin: But the hind wings are this beautifully fanlike pleat. That is the biggest stick insect I have seen in the world. ibid.
Just twenty miles south the jungle is disappearing. ibid.
McGavin: There is a huge store of species here about which we know nothing at all. ibid.
The Pygmy parrot: they are tiny ... significantly smaller than many of the insects that live in this forest. And they are very much a parrot ... This tiny bird weighs less than half an ounce. ibid.
Striped possum: they are marsupials, raising their babies in a pouch, and for defence, can let out very strong smells. ibid.
You wanted to know the story of Fitzcarraldo. It’s a strange story, a little bit Sisyphus-like story, a story of challenge, of the impossible. Burden of Dreams, 1982
In November 1979 Herzog builds a camp for cast and crew in the dense tropical rain forest close to the Ecuadorian border … Peru and Ecuador are building up to a small border war. The jungle is full of soldiers and the Aguaruna Indians. ibid.
Mick Jagger plays Fitzcarraldo’s sidekick. ibid.
‘I live my life or I end my life with this project.’ ibid. Herzog
‘We have had enough trouble.’ ibid.
Despite Herzog’s high technology the jungle is winning. ibid.
‘The jungle makes perfect cover for processing labs, the guerrillas in the area provide excellent security, this really was the nexus of Pablo’s empire.’ Finding Escobar’s Millions s1e4, ex-CIA dude, Discovery 2017
The rights of ownership of the people over the lands they traditionally occupy shall be recognised. The rights of the people to the natural resources pertaining to their lands shall be specifically safeguarded: UN ILO Indigenous and Tribal People Convention 169. When Two Worlds Collide ***** captions, 2016
American entrepreneurs: bring your factories here. Come! ibid. Alan Garcia, president of Peru 2007
I grew up in a collective environment. Where we all enjoy what the earth gives us … Our territories are sacred to us. ibid. Alberto Pizango, president Organization for Native Amazon Peoples
Now you’ll see the damage the crude oil is causing in our region. ibid.