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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Been a busy week since I last posted, and we're now into July...

Just a few titbits...

Leeds: Frontiers of Geography Workshop: University of Leeds
Saturday the 28th of June.

Up to York the night before - over on the train and wandered up the hill from the station (a little further than I remember it being) to the Parkinson building and university campus. Met up with Val, Victoria, Bob and Jennie from SLN and also other delegates - many from the Leeds area. A good session on retail geography from Professor Graham Clarke.

This session will examine the importance of a geographical understanding of retail dynamics by examining the concept of the 'spatial switching of capital', especially in relation to food retailing. The talk will consist of four main parts:

1) the switch from high streets to out-of-town retailing;
2) the battle for market share across the UK, highlighting the importance of store location research;
3) the international movements of (UK) retailers and the new global battle for market share;
4) the return to the high street of some famous names!

Then a session using GIS to explore hydrology, with some technical issues: always an issue when using GIS in a training day (as I learned myself from GA Conference 2007, though I had Tom B to help me)

Lunch, and a meeting to re-establish a GA branch in Leeds, and offered my support.
Afternoon sessions were a role-play Energy debate with Dr Frances Drake.

In 2006 the UK Government conducted a wide-ranging Energy Review. This was partly in response to growing concerns about energy security and the wisdom of relying on foreign, imported, predominantly fossil fuel-based energy. It is also, however, a response to the UK's commitment to the Kyoto Protocol and the reduction in carbon dioxide emissions that is required. The energy review follows on from the Treasury's report into the Economics of Climate Change by Professor Stern. The Energy Review consultation document posed a number of key questions but this session will focus on the question: What more could the Government do on the demand or supply side for energy to ensure that the UK's long-term goal of reducing carbon emissions is met?

The first part of the workshop will introduce the background to global warming and dangerous climate change. It will then lead on to the some of the issues surrounding energy supply and demand. The second part of the workshop is a simulated debate based on an imaginary situation in which, playing the role of key stakeholders, participants will develop a package of measures to ensure that the UK meets its emission target given the current status of climate change knowledge.

The day ended with a plenary looking at links between secondary and higher education.

Norfolk Geography Conference...

Over to Norwich the night before to stay, and watch Spain winning Euro 2008. The day was run by Sarah Watts, former colleague on GA secondary committee, who currently works in Hampshire and looked at "Geographers for life"...
In the afternoon, I had an hour input on an update on using Google Earth from a session I ran 2 years ago...



At the end of the day, got a presentation from Rob Lodge of champagne and copy of Paul Theroux's "Great Railway Bazaar" as a thanks for my contributions over the years to Norfolk Geography... They will, of course, be continuing...

Thanks to all my Norfolk colleagues, who have participated in, and contributed to, events I have attended for the last 20 years.

Gifted and Talented Day
Obviously for a gifted and talented group of students you need a gifted and talented teacher...
Below is the activity that I used for my session today, part of a day which involved code breaking, maths trails and a look at the Enigma code with History colleague Mr. C
Thanks to the students, and also to Mr. Southgate for organising the day, and for lunch...



Finally, here's an article from the BBC NEWS website looking at how Japan is coping with an ageing population.

Hottest day of the year today, and out a little later to play bowls on the coast.

So now you're up to date !

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2 Comments:

At 7:31 AM, Blogger Mr Rogers said...

Thought you'd gone a little quiet Mr P! Now I can see why!

 
At 3:51 PM, Blogger GeoBlogs said...

Just a typical week...
Getting into practice for next year when I get REALLY busy...
Have a good final 2 weeks...

 

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