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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

GA Conference materials now online at the GA website.This looks quite interesting ;)

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Geography Awareness Week
Go to the GA WEBSITE for details of this year's event, which runs from June 25th - 29th and is on the theme of GEOGRAPHIC FUTURES.

You can download some PRIMARY and SECONDARY ideas.

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Rewind to 1973...
I was 10 years old, and my uncle, who had long hair and beard was listening to an album that was instantly appealing to me. It had a number of entwined themes, and some great guitar and organ passages, finishing up with a quirky section where someone spoke the names of a load of instruments, finishing off with 'Tubular Bells', and then another side which started off with 8 minutes of the most wonderful relaxing pastoral music, and then a drunken bash around a house (if you've ever heard the original) climax with a Sailor's hornpipe. I went out and bought it, the first LP I'd ever bought, and then played it until I wore out the vinyl, and could repeat it note for note. And now 30 odd years later, it's given away free with the Daily Mail, and we also have this album to thank for Richard Branson's VIRGIN empire.

And of course the cover features a crashing wave - very geographical. And all at MFP (my favourite price)

Got a place on this course. It's free! There may still be some places left. See you there ! (and it's also MFP)

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Chartered Geographer

Want professional recognition for all that you do for the Geography community and for Geography within your current school ?
Why not apply for Chartered Geographer (Teacher) status from the RGS-IBG.

I applied this year, and in April heard that I have been accepted, so I am now a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Chartered Geographer. If you would like to know more about the process, or what I did for my application please get in touch.

I also have a very nice framed shiny 'halo' for my wall...

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New KS3 Resources on GTT website.Geography Teaching Today website has added the first set of resources, some images of London 2012. Keep an eye out for more from Jonathan and the crew...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007


This week, on More4, there was the first TV screening of Nick Broomfield's film GHOSTS, which is about the deaths of 23 Chinese cockle pickers off Morecambe Bay in 2004.

The MORECAMBE VICTIM FUND has been set up to raise money for the vitims' families. It features video and other information related to the victims of the tragedy, along with a comprehensive range of media articles.

This has a lot of links with both geography, in terms of migration and work on consumption, and also Norfolk, where the main character in the film ends up working for a gangmaster picking vegetables for supermarkets.
I came across this very interesting description of a response to the film in the Light and Shade blog of Lianne. Hopefully she won't mind me repeating this short section:
"More than 24 hours later I still feel somewhat shaken by the experience. Despite the harrowing scenes, a more mundane moment particularly stuck with me. Ai Qin is picking spring onions and casually asks someone where they go when they are picked. She's informed that they are sent to Asda, Sainsburys, Tesco. At the Q&A after, Nick Broomfield revealed that he posed undercover as an illegal, picking spring onions as part of his research, and the onions he picked were indeed going to British supermarkets. Sitting on my bus on the way home, it occured to me I hadn't been shopping and had nothing in for dinner. The thought of going to my local Sainsbury's made me shudder - how can I buy my fruit and veg from there when the agricultural workers supplying this produce are so exploited? My thoughts then turned to the organic vegetable boxes I sometimes order, or the farmers markets I buy from. And I remembered the scene in the film when a local farmer picks up Ain Qin and the others for a days labour, picking apples. There's so much focus at the moment on organic produce and ethically sourced produce, how do you really know that no one has been exploited in the process of getting that produce from a field in Norfolk to the fridge in your flat? Among the many questions this film raises, this was perhaps the most powerful for me, boiling it down to the lifestyle choices I make.

As if all that were not uncomfortable and shocking enough, the film had another unpleasant truth in store - the revelation that the families of the Morecambe Bay victims are still struggling to pay off the money lenders to whom their relatives turned to pay for their passage to the UK. They have lost the principal earner and are threatened by the money lenders. The British government refuses to help."

The film will be repeated several times more on More4 before being shown on Channel 4 later in the year. There have been some criticisms of the film, but it remains a powerful representation of the issues surrounding international migration.

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The Big Dry & the EU in a minute

Via Rob Chambers, some amazing pictures of the current DROUGHT in Australia.

and also to Helen Nurton for this EU in a Minute FLASH animation.

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Vimeo / BBC / GGiP Remix....

Well done to GGiP for this remix of a recent BBC news article featuring the word 'GEOGRAPHERS'

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Free Alan Johnston

Alan Johnston banner

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Just been looking at Tropical Rainforest deforestation and came across this on the Greenpeace Site.




Relates to this INDEPENDENT article.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Rob Chambers Geography Directory 2007
This is a remarkable piece of work...
Go to GEOBYTES, click on the DEPARTMENT link and then the GEOGRAPHY DIRECTORY link to download the PDF.
Rob has also just started 2 new blogs to support his students. A2 students should check out the Advanced Extension blog for some great materials....

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

GA Conference 2007
Just back from what I thought was the best GA Conference yet...
A full report is being produced, but it may be a few days before I get it sorted. Some materials will also be going on GA website in next few weeks...
Good to see you all there, and if not, in the words of the Australian Tourist Board "where the bloody hell were you!" ;)

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Sneak preview of GA Conference session on GIS


Saturday, April 07, 2007

First class images..
I love the look of these stamps, which are being released on the 15th of May

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007


Thanks to Noel Jenkins for flagging up this website which uses a nice GOOGLE MAPS mash-up to show house prices in areas by value... Good layers which can be made more or less transparent...

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Geography Gadgets

Tony Cassidy put me on to this huge collection of GOOGLE GADGETS. These are interesting little bits of code which produce interesting effects on webpages or blogs.
There are hundreds of them, but I've showcased a few of the more Geographical ones here, so that you can see what the potential might be....

1. EMBED A WEBCAM

This would be useful for keeping an eye on the local area, or keeping the webcams in one area.

For example, I decided that I would use the local webcams from the BBC Norfolk section of the BBC NEWS website. Check the WHERE I LIVE tab to find ones near you.
I decided to show the Millennium Plain outside the Forum in Norwich, where you can currently see the large images of Yann Arthus Bertrand's "Earth from the Air" exhibition
A bit distorted - will sort that when I get a moment








2. WORLD CLOCKS

3. WORLD SUNLIGHT MAP





4. WATER TRACKER
Have you drunk your 8 cups of water today ?




5. CURRENCY CONVERTER

Got rid of the game - too annoying when you logged on to the post to hear the ad...

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