INTERVIEW: ‘Gold Rush’ executive producer sounds off on #1 Discovery show
Gold Rush, which returns with new episodes Friday, Oct. 17 at 9 p.m., follows intrepid gold miners in the Klondike region of Alaska as they wage an all-out war with the elements, the land and, most importantly, each other. Their sights are set on bringing in millions, but the harsh realities are sometimes too difficult to bear. Oh, by the way, bears like to pop up from time to time.
The fifth season will feature some well-known names and new recruits, including Parker Schnabel, Todd Hoffman, Dave Thurin, Jim Thurber and, of course, Tony “The Viking” Beets. Ultra fans can check out Gold Rush’s pre-show The Dirt at 8 p.m.
Recently, Hollywood Soapbox exchanged emails with Gold Rush executive producer Christo Doyle on the #1-rated Discovery series.
What can fans expect from the new season of Gold Rush?
The Gold Rush faithful can expect a lot of change this season. We have new miners, new claims and new ways of getting gold out of the ground. There are a lot of twists and turns, and I am thrilled to say, more gold than we have ever seen in the show. Our viewers will have more to talk about than ever before. The two-hour premiere is shocking right out of the gate and will have both the faithful and the casual viewer on the edge of their seats.
What are the qualities that make for a good character/personality on Gold Rush? ...MORE (HollywoodSoapBox.com)
Viking treasure haul unearthed in Scotland
A haul of Viking treasure has been unearthed from a field in south west Scotland by an amateur using a metal detector. Derek McLennan, a retired businessman from Ayrshire, made the find in Dumfriesshire in September.
In total, more than 100 items were recovered, including armbands, a cross and brooches. Experts have said the discovery is one of the most important Viking hoards ever found in Scotland.
The items are believed to be worth a six-figure sum. Mr McLennan last year uncovered Scotland's biggest haul of medieval silver coins. MORE (BBC Scotland)
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A trip to The Dirt set to meet some of the miners and be featured on the show
The new season began Friday October 17 with a new crew. Here's the official sneak peek
Summary: Returning for Season 5 is Parker, who proved himself in his rookie season mining the Klondike when he brought in over 1,000 ounces of gold worth $1.4 million. This time around, he's set a lofty goal to double his take. Todd is also back after hitting rock bottom in the jungles of Guyana, South America, where he lost his land, most of his money, and ultimately his crew. Finally, Tony aka "The Viking," and his team return after buying a $1 million, 75-year-old floating gold dredge he hopes will be his ticket to wealth.
Swiss Gold Referendum – What You Need to Know
Louis Cammarosano Smaulgld.com October 2014
On Novemeber 30, 2014, the Swiss will go to the polls to vote on a referundum “Save Our Swiss Gold” that, if approved, would require the Swiss National Bank (SNB) to hold 20% of its reserves in gold, repatriate any gold it holds outside its borders and cease selling any of its gold.
Will the Swiss gold initiative pass? What are the implications for the price of gold if Save Our Swiss Gold passes?
Switzerland is a country that is almost synonymous with gold. The idea of Switzerland conjures visions of vaults stuffed with gold buried deep in the Alps. Lately, however, Switzerland has been divesting a good portion of its gold. Gold as a percentage of Switzerland’s foreign reserves is just under 8%.
The “Save Our Swiss Gold” referendum is a ballot initiative spearheaded by Luzi Stamm, Vice President of the Swiss People’s Party, (Schweizerische Volkspartei or SVP) that would require the Bank of Switzerland to:
– hold at least 20% of its reserves in gold; – repatriate of all of its gold currently held outside its borders; and – ban selling any of its gold...MORE (Smaulgld.com)
Gold and silver hoard reveals the terror of Queen Boadicea’s assault on Roman city of Colchester
News.com.au September 5, 2014
ONE thousand nine hundred years ago, British warrior-queen Boadicea stormed a Roman stronghold.
Today, the tale of the last moments of one of her victims — a rich noble woman — has been unearthed.
Boadicea led the assault on the Roman capital of Britain in about AD60. Her tribal followers — enraged by the humiliating beating of their queen and the rape of her daughters — vented their full fury on the occupants of the newly founded frontier city of Colchester.
The price they extracted from their Roman overlords was brutal.
As the savage tribesmen and women surged over the walls, one wealthy Roman woman hid her personal collection of jewellery. She hoped it would stay safe while she fled to the town’s temple for refuge...MORE (News.com.au)
Gold-Plated Mansion 'Palais Royal' Hits The Market For $139 Million In Florida
Forbes 9/04/2014: A 60,000-square-foot Beaux Arts mansion with a 22-carat gold-leaf entrance gate has just been listed for $139 million, making it the new most expensive home officially on the market in America. And the house is not even fully built.
Le Palais Royal, as the 11-bedroom, 17-bath new mega-mansion is being called, was the pet project of a very wealthy owner who has since decided to abandon his dream palace in order to travel the world on his yacht. The massive home lies on 4.4 acres on Millionaires Mile in Hillsboro Beach, Florida, halfway between Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton. It’s still under construction, scheduled to be complete by the end of next year, says listing agent William P.D. Pierce of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. He would not disclose the owner’s identity...MORE (Forbes)
Century-old London gold price benchmark starts makeover
Reuters Thu Sep 4, 2014
The operator of the London gold price benchmark said on Thursday it formally started the process to find a new administrator for the century-old mechanism that will halt the telephone call that four institutions enter twice a day in favour of an electronic solution.
The London Gold Market Fixing Ltd (LGMFL), along with the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA), said in a statement that the choice will be announced in October, and implementation will be complete by the end of 2014.
The price-setting process, also known as the fix, has been used by producers, consumers and investors to trade gold and value their shares since 1919...MORE (Reuters)
"The Secret World of Gold" HD Science Technology Documentary
Here's a great, free DocumentaryHD presentation called "The Secret World of Gold" from June. If you missed it like we did click on full screen and enjoy- at least as long as DocumentaryHD keeps it on youtube.
The Secret World of Gold HD Science Technology Documentary The following documentary moves from historical shipwrecks to Nazi 'death gold' and England's war chest to recent years where widespread economic uncertainty has given the yellow metal a "new lustre in the world of high finance."
Valued for its permanence, beauty and scarcity, people will lie, cheat, steal and kill in the name of gold; and the clip provides color on many of the market manipulations of the last few years. As MacDonald says, whether it's a few gold coins or gold bars stored in one of the many vaults around the world, many investors are taking a shine to gold.
But there's not a lot of it. It is said that, even melted down, there would not be enough to fill an Olympic swimming pool. Some claim that much of the gold held by the Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the Federal Reserve and Fort Knox is gone - that for every 100 ounces of gold traded, there exists only one ounce of real, physical gold. So, where is the gold - and who really owns it? -Documentary HD Visit the Youtube Channel
Net speculative longs in gold increase for the first time since August 2014. There is a growing sense that the metalâ€™s price has been beaten up too far. With the marginal cost of production close to US$1100/oz, miners are likely to cut back on production should the price fall any further, helping to constrain supply.
The gold-supportive macro environment has seen gold extend its gains above the $1200/Oz mark as the dollar has weakened, the St. Louis Fed discussed the possibility of further stimulus, and importantly, demand picked up amid the seasonally strong period of consumption.
Monex spot gold prices opened the week at $1,227 . . . traded as high as $1,249 on Wednesday and as low as $1,227 on Monday . . . and the Monex AM settlement price on Friday was $1,239, up $12 for the week.