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Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year !

Went to see this film this week - good fun !

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

How can we solve the World Population problem ?
Came across THIS BLOG POST, which is from the Newsnight programme introduced me to the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement.

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Friday, December 28, 2007

Get it while you can...

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Merry Christmas !
Here's a festive tune for you...

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Why not try to be 'locavore' this Christmas ?
The FIFE diet is featured in this article, along with a video of Hugh Fearnley W....

Meanwhile, check out THIS CHRISTMAS TREE

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A Christmas video from Rainforest Concern...

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Blogging for Christmas....
I've been asked by Val Vannet to take over the reins of GEOBLOGGING WITH MARK
This follows the solo-cycling journey that Mark Beaumont is making around the world. He is currently in New Zealand and my job is to record the trip from the South Island up to Auckland and then across to San Francisco to start the penultimate leg of the trip across America.
A new AUDIO FILE is also available with Mark being interviewed just before taking the ferry to Wellington. Have downloaded this...

A find via BLDGBLOG is the exhibition: 1973: Sorry out of Gas.
It is an exhibition looking at the response of architects to climate change. Part of the exhibit is a children's book-style set of graphics looking at the decline of oil by Harriet Russell.
Also thanks to Val for this SNOWFLAKE GENERATOR...

And a final pre-Christmas present comes via a tip off on ODBLOG.
This is a set of resources relating to Glaciers. The University of Glasgow have posted a series of resources related to GLACIAL LANDSCAPES and Climate Change.

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Excellent Independent feature, which includes a chance to download spreadsheets of the data that was used in the analysis.
Click the front cover image for more details...There are already over 50 COMMENTS on the blog related to this story.. Would make a good example for Cultural Geography and also Global Branding...

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Norad Tracks Santa
This year, NORAD is teaming up with GOOGLE EARTH. The site is already up...
Click the image below to visit the site, and listen to the cheery Christmas music...

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Rural England
In November of this year, a conference was held at the RGS on the theme of "What is Rural England For ?"
The presentations from the day are available to download from HERE : the Rural Evidence Research Centre.

There's a lot here to add a bit of substance to work on RURAL URBAN Interrelationships at AS/A2, and also a bit for Rural Rebranding and growth.
Also a great presentation on RURAL-URBAN migration which tackles the obvious issue - which rural ? how rural ?

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Monday, December 17, 2007

For those who follow my whisky choices, this is my current dram: a Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban, extra matured in Port barrels, and quite nice it is too, although judging by the blogs I've read not everyone agrees...Freshly returned from school prize-giving: added an extra GeographyPages pen in for the Geography prize-winner Jonny B... Slainte

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

An intriguing new idea for encouraging the connection between producer and consumer (and being able to calculate the FOOD MILES involved)
This scheme from the LINECAUGHT website involves a tag which is placed on fish which have been caught off the coast of Cornwall.
Enter the tag number and you can find out exactly who caught your fish !
Helps with the idea of SUSTAINABILITY as well.

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Very much enjoying this book, which I got from Stanford's last week: Katharine Harmon's book has got me curious about PERSONAL GEOGRAPHIES.
So I did a few minutes of exploration to see what else was out there.
May develop some of these ideas for some Cultural Geography work. Liked the maps which collected ideas from lots of people. Google Maps and memes have been exploring this as well.

1. Try the FLICKR MEMORY MAP pool where people have annotated images with their memories of those places.
2. See what NOEL has done on this theme.
3. Useful article on the TEACHING EXPERTISE website.
4. The GA has some great ideas for teaching about Personal Geographies on their WHERE WILL I LIVE page of resources.

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Down to my local beach for an hour tonight as the sun went down. Wandered along the beach to the end of the beach chalets, then back through the RSPB reserve, trying out my new camera.
Sample pics below: much reduced in size and quality...

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Polska - POLAND on BBC Look East
All this week, the local news has been broadcast from Gdansk.
The WEBSITE of Look East now has a series of video reports - get them while you can !

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Greenpeace Ad

This is a classic...
Don't click play if offended by the sight of buttocks....

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Monday, December 10, 2007

London at the weekend...
Plans cancelled due to a very unfortunate incident on the rail line earlier....
Ended up missing the planned Christmas lecture at the RGS for which I had tickets for me and my daughter. Did anyone go ? Was it good ? Will it be placed online in some format ?Managed to get as far as Covent Garden at least - newly re-opened Transport Museum shop has some great stuff. Treated myself to a laptop bag with the New York Subway map printed on it, part of a whole range of merchandise. Great christmas decorations: huge pile of baubles was great !

Then it was on to Stanfords: my daughter loving the HUGGA WORLD, and got my Christmas Island wrapping paper.

Did Hamleys too. Will go and do the planned museums in the New Year.

Back on further delayed train, and had to dash to St. Nicholas' Chapel in King's Lynn for second of planned events that day. A friend of ours was in the Chorus.

Messiah by Candlelight
Performers: King's Lynn Festival Chorus
Michael Kibblewhite, conductor
Brandenburg Sinfonia
Bibi Heal, soprano
Diana Moore, mezzo soprano
Christopher Diffey, tenore
Callum Thorpe, bass

George Frideric Handel
Messiah (Watkins Shaw Edition)
Nice mulled wine and mince pies at the interval, and collection for UNICEF


Image of St. Nicholas Chapel by Flickr User JaneMT

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Labels used on this blog so far...
The hyperlinks don't work and the labels don't display, but I don't want to tinker too much with the template, so this is for your information. A Google Search would bring up the relevant post, but this shows the breadth of esoterica, or randomness that I have featured thus far...

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