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History of Oil

While we're still waiting for the MySQL server, and the Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan archives, to come back up, here's something that Branko linked to a few days ago: Robert Newman's History of Oil, a 45-minute comedy-tised documentary about the history of Western, ehrm, involvement in the Middle East and the desire among countries to control energy resources as a motivating factor in this, ehrm, involvement. You'll never take the phrase "bringing democracy to the Middle East" seriously again, and as for Tony Blair... well, I for one was already convinced the guy was a weasel, but Newman brings it home well.
I never rated Newman and Baddiel all that highly, apart from the History Today skits, of course, but History of Oil is superb - funny, educational and interestingly structured. (45 minutes)

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