Friday, May 22, 2009

Join the 'Expedition' and Win a Prize Pack

'Expedition Africa' on the History ChannelBy LillyKat
PTR Senior Staff Writer

So what kind of grades did you get in history?

Hopefully ones good enough to enjoy Mark Burnett's newest - and dare we say innovative - offering Expedition Africa, an action-adventure, docu-reality series that follows four modern day explorers on the same path blazed by adventure-journalist Henry Morton Stanley in 1871 as he trekked through Tanzania to find the infamous Dr. David Livingstone.

Yes, that'd be Dr. Livingstone you presume.

As the series gets ready to premiere on History Channel on May 31st, we here at PTR are giving away one awesome prize pack that includes:

* History Channel Laptop Backpack

* Expedition Branded 35mm Disposable Camera & Photo Album

* Trek Kit including Binoculars, Flashlight, Compass, Swiss Army Knife and more!

Win an 'Expedition Africa' Prize Pack

Looks awfully good, eh? Like you might want to go expeditioning yourself?

Before you enter to grab the gear, read the scoop on the series:

HISTORY™ presents the television event of the summer: EXPEDITION AFRICA: STANLEY & LIVINGSTON.

Watch the series premiere May 31 at 10pm/9c.

Twenty miles off the coast of eastern Africa, four modern-day explorers are sailing toward the unknown, the deep interior of Tanzania. They'll travel over 900 miles through African terrain that is as stunning as it is fraught with danger. Using only a compass and basic maps, they will attempt to recapture the spirit of one of the world’s most remarkable adventures—journalist Henry Morton Stanley’s perilous 1871 journey to find Dr. David Livingstone. Their historic exploration has been captured by one of the premiere storytellers of our time, Mark Burnett. This is not a competition or a game. It's a real-life adventure.

To enter to win PTR's Expedition Africa swag:

- Send an e-mail to: lilly_of_philly(at) with the following:

** Subject line: Expedition Africa Prize Pack
** Message Body: MUST contain your FULL NAME.

- Entry rules are as follows:

** Entries must be received by June 13, 2009.
** The winner will be drawn at random on or after June 14, 2009.
** The winner will be notified by e-mail
** You must be a U.S. resident to enter and over the age of 18.

And while you count it down to see if YOU are the lucky winner, check out this two-minute sneak peak of the series:

Expedition Africa premieres Sunday, May 31st at 10 p.m. (9 p.m. Central) on History Channel. You can join other fans on Facebook; follow History on Twitter, or visit the official Expedition Africa site.


John said...

I saw the trailer for this in the theater yesterday.

The History Channel tries to equate this show with Stanley's search because the modern "explorers" don't use GPS and other modern aids. But they do use maps and know where they are going and what they will encounter. Stanley lacked these luxuries.

Also, "the infamous Dr. David Livingstone"? He was a medical missionary - what was infamous about him? Stanley is a different matter.

LillyKat said...

Infamous because the whole world knows the line: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"

I personally like the series. I've seen the first two episodes, and while it doesn't completely strip the explorers of every single element of the modern day (like forcing them to make the trek dressed as Stanley might have been and NOT in modern day clothing; that would've been interesting ... like what PBS did with their '1800s House,' '1940s House' series, etc., where people really lived in a cocoon to recreate the time period) ... the explorers are nonetheless taking on a challenge that no right-minded person would attempt these days without the benefit of modern day technology and such. And the four explorers aren't schmos off the street who auditioned to get 15 minutes of fame (thankfully). They are all seasoned survival experts and explorers in their respective fields, and IMHO, have taken on quite the task to show us the challenge it was for Stanley and Livingstone to attempt to traverse Tanzania in the 1800s. I still marvel at what some of our historic ancestors did on behalf of exploration, and when I watch stuff like this, I watch it trying to think of what it was like back then - which is why I find this series well done. (And that is unusual considering I am not usually one for unscripted series.)

John said...

'Infamous because the whole world knows the line: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"'

That makes him famous, not infamous.

Merriam Webster Online Dictionary for:
1: having a reputation of the worst kind : notoriously evil - an infamous traitor
2: causing or bringing infamy : disgraceful - an infamous crime
3: convicted of an offense bringing infamy

LillyKat said...

Okay, well I guess that makes me the dunce for the day and/or I get an F on my grammar test. I'll go sit in the corner.

LillyKat said...

John ... just curious (and you don't have to answer if you don't feel comfortable) ... were you any chance a teacher (or are a teacher?)? Your responses, at times, remind me of some of teachers back in the day - and that's in a good way, not a bad way. :-)

John said...

No, just old and years ago one of my college professors (and one who liked me) said I engaged in pedantry - i.e. I unduly emphasize minutiae in the presentation or use of knowledge.

LillyKat said...

LOL! Ah, OK. Got to love those college profs. :-)