Gaia Communications Producers of tourism, local heritage and holistic programmes
Gaia Communications Producers of tourism, local heritage and holistic programmes

DVDs from Gaia Communications

Sussex

  

Sussex Is a tapestry of varied moods, from the lapping waves of the English Channel, along the hump-backed ridge of the South Downs and across miles of patchwork quilt fields.

Discovering East Sussex

 

This is a personal journey by Robert Armstrong of his home county. 'History has left Sussex with a rich legacy, for Sussex history is often the history of the whole nation - events played out here, changed England forever.'

 

 

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Running Time 50 minutes

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Discovering West Sussex

 

Author and broadcaster, David Arscott, reveals his deep love for the county - its history, people and many a curiosity that the casual visitor often misses.

 

 

 

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Running Time 50 minutes

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Discovering the South Downs

This range of hills stretch 100 miles through two counties, linking Beachy Head in Sussex with Winchester in Hampshire, England's ancient capital. Along the way, the video visits the numerous towns, villages and hamlets.

 

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Running Time 57 minutes

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Discovering Eastbourne

 

It was the 7th Duke of Devonshire who in 1850, transformed an area of rolling pastureland into an elegant seaside resort. Whilst it's a modern town it has roots that go back to prehistoric times. This is where the Romans are believed to have built their city of Anderida, certainly it was the site of a Roman palace occupied by the Count of the Saxon Shore, there was also a harbour and at nearby Pevensey, the remains of a great Roman fort.

 

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Running Time 56 minutes

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Discovering Brighton

 

Author and broadcaster, David Arscott, takes the viewer on an excursion of ancient history, bye-ways and buildings made famous by time and people. It's the Brighton of king and commoner alike, the Royal Pavilion, the Palace Pier, the home of the inventor of cinematography in Middle Street and where Bing Crosby gave his last public performance. Sport is covered, so are Brighton's museums and there's many a story about some of Brighton's more unusual residents.

 

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Running Time 54 minutes 

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Eastbourne Now

 

Eastbourne Now reveals the true Eastbourne by going behind the scenery to see some of the activities that keep the town at the forefront of resorts. Glimpse the town's past - and history in the making. See the new harbour develop from shingle beach to internationally renowned maritime centre. Witness the cliff-edge rescue of Beachy Head's historic Belle Tout lighthouse. Travel on one of the smallest railways in the county. Peep into the secret world of Freemasonry. See the decision-makers at work at a full Council meeting. Go behind the scenes in Eastbourne's oldest cinema, parade with the Salvation Army, search out local history at a Napoleonic fort. All this and much more.

 

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Running Time 50 minutes

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The Story of Eastbourne

 

Eastbourne is uniquely situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Britain, lying beside the English Channel, sheltered by the South Downs and in a valley of rolling countryside. The town itself is comparatively new, created by the Victorians just over a hundred and fifty years ago, but its history covers an evolution from prehistoric times, through Roman, Saxon and Norman to the present day. Though few signs of the past remain, there has evolved one of Britain’s finest Victorian towns. A rich legacy of architecture, a quality of life and a coexistence with its environment that is worthy of preservation.

 

In this documentary, Robert Armstrong explores the rich culture that has given the town its special appeal, both in history and as one of the most popular seaside resorts in Britain. Its growth has been controversial especially after the damage wreaked on the town during the Second World War and the film questions how valued still is the legacy of its forefathers and points to a future when change is inevitable and town planners thrust Eastbourne into the 21st century

 

Runnung Time : 45 Minutes

 

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Discovering the Sussex Coast

 

The Sussex shingle beaches, chalk cliffs, river estuaries and marshland are all part of a wider tapestry of English history from the Roman invasion in AD43 to Britain's front line in the Second World War.  This is the Sussex coast in all its beauty. On the way we pass old Winchelsea once devoured by the sea, Hastings of Cinque Port fame, Eastbourne lying in the fold in the South Downs and on to Newhaven's busy port and Brighton - a veritable London be the sea. Westward to Shoreham, Littlehampton and Bognor Regis.

 

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Running Time 54 minutes

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Discovering Rye

 

Rye with its cobbled streets and timbered buildings is one of the most beautiful towns in England. It stands on the very edge of Romney Marsh, an island raised above the surrounding countryside. For many centuries it was a busy port, until gradually the sea receded leaving the town connected only by a river to the English Channel. As a Cinque Port, its men and ships tirelessly defended the realm, but these same ships were often used for more notorious pursuits, piracy and smuggling.

 

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Running Time 50 minutes

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Beachy Head

 

Beachy Head is where the South Downs meet the sea, a 530-foot cliff that is the highest and most majestic chalk headland in Britain. It's a place steeped in history; great sea battles have been fought, smugglers have landed their contraband and many a ship has come to grief, giving Beachy Head the unenviable title of graveyard of the English Channl. Today its protected by a lighthouse and has become a major attraction not only for its scenic beauty and abundance of nature, but also the range of sports and activities on offer here.

 

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Running Time 50 minutes

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Sandy's Sussex

 

Having lived in Sussex since her early childhood, author Sandy Hernu, shares her love and in-depth knowledge of the county, with those who want to join her on a visual encounter of both the known and unknown aspects of East Sussex. It's a scenic tour that covers history, ancient buildings and villages, rivers, famous characters, even follies, all introduced in a delightful and informative way.

 

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Running Time 55 minutes 

 

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In Praise of Sussex

 

Author and broadcaster, David Arscott, follows in the footsteps of Kipling, Belloc, Tennyson and others, to bring the county vividly to life through their memorable poetry and prose.

 

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Running Time 55 minutes

 

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Hampshire

 

Alfred the Great, Father of the English Navy, surveys Winchester from his vantage point in the centre of the town. This ancient capital stands in the middle of Hampshire, a county steeped in history and blessed with some of the most beautiful countryside to be found anywhere in England.

Authors have penned such words of praise on Hampshire, that it's a county that has become known the world over.

Discovering Hampshire

 

Alfred the Great, Father of the English Navy, surveys Winchester from his vantage point in the centre of the town. This ancient capital stands in the middle of Hampshire, a county steeped in history and blessed with some of the most beautiful countryside to be found anywhere in England. Authors have penned such words of praise on Hampshire, that it's a county that has become known the world over.

 

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Running Time : 56 minutes

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In the quiet of the early morning, before the public were allowed onto Nelson's famous battleship THE VICTORY, Gaia's film crew were able to capture a unique sense of history - 'one could feel a sense of presence all around us, the masts waiting to have sails unfurled, the canons prepared and awaiting battle'.

Discovering Matitime Hampshire

 

This is a video exploration of Hampshire's maritime legacy. Ancient monastic ruins, regency fortifications and the finest battle ships in Britain's naval history are woven into a tapestry of harbours, estuaries and creeks that hug Hampshire's southern shore. Follow the coastline from picturesque Emsworth, beside shimmering Langstone Harbour to busy Portsmouth. Cross the harbour to Gosport, visit Porchester Castle and enjoy the vista of the Hamble river with Southampton at a short distance. Beaulieu Abbey stands at the head of a meandering estuary and to the west, the medieval port of Lymington, once famous for its salterns.

 

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Running Time 56 minutes 

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Kent

 

Kent has been called the gateway to England. Across the narrow stretch of English Channel that divides England from the European continent, have come invaders, visitors, kings and missionaries. Gaia's Kent titles have been divided into three seperate regions - East Kent, Heartland Kent and Maritime Kent. Each video has its own special charm and appeal.

 

Discovering the Kent Heartland

 

This video explores a county richly endowed with beauty, history and tradition. Its castles, medieval mansions, towns and villages are a living tapestry. Great men and events have placed Kent prominently in world affairs. At Westerham, Winston Churchill and General Wolfe made their homes, Leeds Castle was the residence of many an English king and at Hever Castle, Henry VIII wooed Anne Boleyn. The county is a spiritual place too, with ancient stone circles where people once worshipped the sun and in more recent times, Carmelite monks have returned to their Aylesbury Priory.

 

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Running Time 54 minutes

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Discovering East Kent

 

This video takes a line from Whitstable down to Folkestone. Truly, this is the garden of England, with all roads converging on Cantherbury. North Sea ports connect Kent to the European continent, while Sandwich sleeps, its harbour silted up from the sea. Inland, ancient markers tell of Kent's illustrious history; a Viking longboat where Hengist and Horsa landed, great castles at Deal and the Roman lighthouse at Dover.

 

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Running Time 54 minutes

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Discovering Matitime Kent

 

Explore the Kent coast  from Dartmouth to Whitstable and inland to Eynesford and Brands Hatch.

 

 

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Running Time 54 minutes

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Surrey

Where the bustle of the city touches nature's heartland.

Discovering West Surrey

 

West Surrey is a county rich in natural beauty and steeped in history. Discovering West Surrey starts at the historic city of Guildford, follows the river Wey to Pyrford, explores ruins of Newark Priory, visits Woking, touches the river Thames at Chertsey bridge and Shepperton, visits the site of the Magna Carta outside Egham at Runnymede and in a circular path follows the western boundary through Camberley and Farnham before crossing to Godalming. Along the way are Brooklands Museum, once the centre of motor racing and aviation. Painshill Park at Cobham, one of the finest 18th century estates in England. Hogs Back Brewery, the Rural Life Museum at Tilford and the Watts Mortuary Chapel at Compton, perhaps one of the most extraordinary buildings to be found anywhere. West Surrey is a county of famous writers, where James Barrie wrote Peter Pan, William Cobbett, his Rural Rides and Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland.

 

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Running Time 56 minutes

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Discovering East Surrey

 

East Surrey is a garden paradise, with miles of woodland, rambling paths and the most enchanting views from the many vantage points along the North Downs. It's a rich legacy of history too, once gun-powder and paper mills stood beside the river Tillingbourne. There are ancient churches that date from Saxon times, elegant mansions and picturesque cottages that dot the landscape and in the midst, the main towns of Dorking, Reigate and Redhill.

 

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Running Time 56 minutes

 

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Dorset

 

Nowhere in England is history and nature so moulded together. The coastal region has been the scene of battles, both local and national, the countryside stretches like a map of human evolution from prehistoric times to the present. It is a county full of mysteries and adventure.

 

Christchurch Heritage

 

In an absorbing and informative exploration of the town of Christchurch, in Dorset, historian and author, Michael A. Hodges speaks with humour, affection and authority about the borough of which he is both a former mayor and a widely respected expert. 

 

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Running time 57 minutes

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Historic Interest

It's the sport of Gods

 

This formative and entertaining video is a celebration of flight and of those intrepid souls who regularly slip away from earthly bonds and aim instead for the skies. Ballooning, gliding and hang-gliding - all these feature in this documentary video. If you have ever gazed aloft and wondered just how it must feel to roam the skies as free as the birds, you're going to adore this experience. Trip the flight fantastic.

 

Running Time 50 minutes

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Eastbourne 'Then & Now'

 

Eastbourne was created by the 7th Duke Devonshire in the 1850s, it was a town buily by gentlemen for gentlemen, these are first hand accounts of Eastbourne growth over the century and a half. Residents and visitors alike may be fascinated by this nostalgic view of Eastbourne ‘Then & Now’ – an excursion using old photographs and current footage covering over a hundred years of history.

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Running Time : 50 minutes   

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Holistic
 

Gaia's contribution to the growing interest in spiritual and holistic subjects has led the company to make several videos and audiobooks. Here careful choice was made of subject and speaker and while the range is small in number, the quality of information more than makes up for the limited number of titles.

 

A Tribute to Sir George Trevelyan

 

Author and philosopher, Sir George Trevelyan was one of the great visionaries of the 20th century - in this video he talks of his life, his vision of an Aquarian age and how each of us can undertake our own exploration into God. On leaving a promising teaching career at Gordonstoun, he was drawn to pioneer a new concept of adult education at Attingham Park, in Shropshire, a centre which quickly became the focus of a holistic movement, bringing together philosophers, artists, scientists and many others from all over Europe and beyond. We explore with Sir George the mystical path that led him from being an agnostic into becoming one of our leading visionaries of our time.

 

Running Time 90 minutes

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Yoga - A Way of Life

 

A Philosophy of Yoga - Sri Indar Nath explains the different asepcts of yoga, its Gurus and teachers, the laws of Karmas (Action/Reaction) and valuable advice on how to keep the body healthy and responsive by the use of Yoga. As Indar Ji says: "Yoga, as many of us misunderstand it, is not a religion. It is a way of life, which can be applied, to any religion in any society. It is a science as well as an art."

 

Running Time 50 minutes

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Yoga for Life

 

Janis Moore demonstrates posture and relaxation techniques, in a two-part Yoga practice video designed to revitalise the mind and body. Regular Yoga routines can lead to improved health and greater peace of mind. Follow Janis, who has taught Yoga for 25 years, in the privacy of your own home and at your leisure. In the first part we join her in a peaceful sunny garden and for the second session we are indoors.

 

Running Time 56 minutes 

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