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Published: 11 February 2012

By Andy Ross

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Interesting websites....

Today is apparently an interesting website kind of day.

A friend has sent me the link to this http://www.trekearth.com/, a lovely idea about using photography to learn about and explore the earth.

Then another email came in about this exhibition in Manchester. All about cotton, it looks like a really good show. Zimbabwe, where I hail from, is a cotton growing country with an incredible history of manufacture and printing on cotton, so this subject is very evocative for me. Anyone who goes to the show, let us know about it please.

And to end, Gus Casely-Hayford's second programme in the series Lost Kingdoms of Africa is about the Zulu nation of South Africa. I learnt a lot of history and loved the Zulu singing. It put me in mind of when I was an extra on Cry Freedom, filmed in Zimbabwe in the 1980's, which told the Steve Biko story. One of the shots is of a crowd of men pouring over a hill in a township and we, acting as South African policemen, had to stand in the road watching the group running and dancing towards us. The ground shook and the air was filled with the sound of singing and chanting. An incredibly moving experience. Sadly, I ended up on the cutting room floor....