Filming in the Gobi Desert is an unpredictable science as our cameraman Terry discovered to his misfortune today. What for him began as a serene day of filming the scavenger wildlife attracted by a nearby camel carcass, ended up as race against the clock to reach poor Terry as both he and his camouflage hide were battered for over 2 hours by gale force winds and swirling sand. Thankfully Terry was carrying his BBC satellite phone with him and he managed to get a message to our team a few hours drive away to come and rescue him. This in itself turned into a small expedition thanks to the sandstorm, which had created a lovely new dune directly across the path of the only thoroughfare we knew of through the mountains of sand. The resultant rescue mission has a certain comedic element to it.
Here is the last picture taken of our Tel before we left him in the morning with a packed lunch happily filming from his protective tent.
Watch here to see the scene we returned to in the late afternoon after we responded to his emergency call…
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We’ve all heard our fair share of urban myths. Whether we ever get to test the authenticity of them is another thing, but I’m a firm believer that if you are presented with an opportunity to do so, you can enrich your life no end. Obviously I share this belief with the producers of ‘Myth Busters’ who have made quite a good business out of it. Anyway, it is said that some people live in places that are so cold that if you throw a cup of boiling water into the air, it will freeze before it hits the ground. Living, as I do in a temperate country, the busting of this particular myth had eluded me until now.
Whilst waiting for a connecting flight in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, Assistant Producer Willow, Director Nick and myself decided to pop outside into the -35°C cold and try a little experiment. Here’s what we discovered…
(Please excuse my manic laughing, the cold had quite obviously got to my head)
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