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Friday, July 20, 2007

Wet!
Don't know about where you are, but it's flipping pouring it down in NW Norfolk today. Not that I'm complaining. I'm sat on the settee flipping between the Open Golf and the Tour de France, pottering away on my writing project, and drinking mug after mug of tea with some freshly baked flapjack.

Last few days have been very productive in terms of identifying some interesting new web fodder.
Let's start with Craig Robinson, who produced the FLIP FLOP FLYIN website, which has a unique style of representing characters from popular culture (more on Cultural Geography later)

Later this year, Craig's style is being applied to an exploration of different countries in a new hardback book called ATLAS SCHMATLAS.

This is already available on PLAY.COM for pre-order.
Here's the front cover:

and one of the maps - this one of Antarctica: an Extreme Environment studied by many Pilot GCSE groups.

This follows an earlier mapping project looking at the songs of Bruce Springsteen.

Second up is a site called MY Abodo, which is part of a whole range of sites aimed at exploring energy efficiency and carbon footprinting. This allows you to design and choose from various aspects of house design and lifestyle choice to look at the impact these choices have on the environment.

This allows you to create your Abodo and then send it to the site for others to view.
Here's the emeddable code for mine:


Also held this week was a meeting of "Passionate Geographers" up in Newcastle. Looking forward to some further feedback.

Have also been starting some preliminary planning on the Cultural Geography stuff I'm doing next year.

One of the contexts I'm going to use is FISH and CHIPS. This is comfort eating of the highest order, and I never tire of seeing big pictures of fish and chips on the screen...
A useful FLICKR group has been set up to collect pictures of Fish and Chips from around the world.

G2 today had a fantastic article which sets the scene for a short unit on Fish and Chips. There is a lot of cultural history and immigration thrown into this...

Thanks to Phil Wood for saving me many hours of planning by sending me a very interesting booklet.

The Independent also had a useful front page for the Pilot GCSE on Transport planning.


Also came across a site which is useful when exploring LANDSCAPE. It's poduced by the Macaulay Institute.

OK - diversion over - back to the writing...

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