Had a very pleasant day yesterday. Got the early train down to London, with my Vodafone dongle keeping me in touch with all things geographical. Across to Waterloo, a West Norfolk Cornish Pasty (not happy that they've changed the recipe on the vegetable pasties though - it's all tomato now !) Down through Clapham Junction ("Britain's busiest railway station" apparently) and past Kew Gardens, and out at Syon Lane.
Geography and all that Jazz
Random musings from the GeographyPages bloke... Visiting from outside the UK ? Add a comment please!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
There are still a few places left on an Africa day, which is going to take place at the Royal Geographical Society on Friday the 6th of March. The day will be led by Graham Goldup, and focus on updating teachers' subject knowledge, and promote collaboration between schools and teachers that have an interest in the continent.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Watched this earlier this week.
Labels: Slumdog Millionaire
London 2012: both sides of the coin...
My daughter is currently doing some half-term homework: designing a 50p coin to commemorate and celebrate the London 2012 Olympics, as part of a competition being run by Blue Peter...
Meanwhile, here is Noel Jenkins with the first of a planned series of videos looking at the impact in Portland, where the sailing events are going to be held.
Impact of the 2012 Olympics on a local business from Noel Jenkins on Vimeo.
Let it Snow
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Bought one of these to have a play: pen can be used to control the desktop and carry out basic activities.
Just had 4 days 'off the radar' (a little) in York.
Managed a few cultural highlights.
First of these was Disney's BOLT, which was really great: a great pace to the film, nice "Incredible Journey" subtext in the middle with the road trip section: loved Rhino the hamster...
Trip over to Harrogate as well to meet up with Val V and listen to some live jazz in the Harrogate Brasserie.
Catching up on a few other things as well:
1. Nice BLDG BLOG post link to article on the suburbs: the 'new American slums'.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Just had one of those days where you can't make up your mind.
Tomorrow I have 2 sessions: a brief input to a CfBT Regional Conference in Derbyshire, then a Google Earth training day at the Magna centre near Sheffield (in the old Templeborough works where my dad was a steelworker)
So I looked at the BBC forecast and it said snow would come through and then clear within a few hours. Decided to go for it, and drove up, and for the last hour or so it was a bit snowy to be fair... Tried to remember the last time I drove in heavy snow and it's been years ! Remember Pete R in his VW Beetle crossing the M62 with me in the back when it had been closed to traffic around 1983, and a journey back from a concert at the NEC in Birmingham...
Anyway, it was quite fun, and now here I am in my favourite Travelodge in north Nottinghamshire, just 20 minutes-away from the conference venue, and with a big Sainsburys just 2 minutes away for breakfast in the cafe.
And tomorrow we're set for the arrival of a winter storm.
Just following the GRAMMY's on TWITTER and Peter Gabriel has won for 'Define Dancing' from Wall-E soundtrack which is a sublime instrumental track... and also for 'Down to Earth' - the end credits song... superb....
Friday, February 06, 2009
Geography of Whisky
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Just added my details to the #uksnow map that Ben Marsh produced.Join the map by tweeting #uksnow then first part of the postcode, then score out of 10
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
New videos have now been added to the QCA Secondary Curriculum website.
My World in 60 Seconds
Important update: Relaxation on format for submissions
When we launched the competition last year, a number of e-mails were received which queried the limited format for submissions for the My World in 60 Seconds project.
Following further discussions with the BBC, we have been able to widen the format for the submission of completed films, which we think will make it a lot easier for schools to submit their work and take part in the project. The emphasis still needs to be on the HIGHEST POSSIBLE QUALITY OF VIDEO FILE.
New formats that are now available are: a HIGH QUALITY DVD or HIGH QUALITY QUICKTIME FILE.
A reminder of some of the basic rules follows. All entered films must meet these guidelines, and:
Be made by students aged 11, 12, 13 or 14
Be no longer than 60 seconds including titles and credits
Only contain music if you have composed and played it yourself
Have permissions from all people that feature in the film
Be friendly and not contain any rude or obscene material
Arrive as a high quality DVD, QuickTime file or a MiniDV tape along with an entry form no later than 1 May 2009
Be posted to My World Films, Geographical Association, 160 Solly Street, Sheffield, S1 4BF
For further information see the GA website
Contact Alan Parkinson at the GA for further queries.
Contact Alan Parkinson at the GA for further queries.
Labels: My World in 60 seconds
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Derek Smalls in 'This is Spinal Tap'
At lunchtime yesterday it was out to collect my kids from their primary school, which has closed early due to the weather forecast being a worsening situation. This morning was an interesting slippy walk, but they were safely delivered.
Meanwhile, over in Australia, there is a record breaking HEATWAVE which has led to parts of daily life grinding to a halt.
Back to the snow finally, The Register: the satirical website had a funny report, although it has a rude word, so you can find it yourself if you want the full version.
There was also a good map on the GOOGLE MAPS MANIA website, which was related to TWITTER, and is mentioned in this BBC NEWS REPORT.