Prepping for what?
LivingGeography
by Alan Parkinson
2d ago
A story in a weekend's Guardian newspaper explores the world of the "preppers".  These are people who have started to prepare for some future scenario where society may break down,  I've blogged about this previously, due to the book 'Bunker' by Bradley Garrett.  Wired reported on the $100 million retreat being built by Mark Zuckerberg in Hawaii. Image from: https://www.wired.com/story/mark-zuckerberg-inside-hawaii-compound/ This focusses on the preparations made by wealthy individuals as well. Land is being bought in remote locations, such as New Zealand, where structure ..read more
Visit website
School Book Week: Fantasy
LivingGeography
by Alan Parkinson
3d ago
In March, my school is having a BookWeek as always. There is usually a theme, and this year, the theme is FANTASY.  A lot of effort has gone into this from the English team, and the geography team will be offering their support. We will be having a visit from two authors. In the Geography department, we are going to be running two Fantasy Mapping workshops. We will also be supporting the department with identifying some fantasy fiction for possible reading materials. What's your favourite map in a fantasy book?  - Narnia - Middle Earth - The Hundred Acre Wood - Nogland - The Wil ..read more
Visit website
Congratulations to Rafael
LivingGeography
by Alan Parkinson
5d ago
An excellent interview with Rafael de Miguel Gonzalez Lazaro published in Spanish, but can be viewed in a translation from the link above. Rafael was recently awarded the highest geographical honours of the Gilbert Grosvenor Honours from the American Association of Geographers (AAG). This was well deserved. It means entering the “Olympus” of the greats of geography, which includes Walter Christaller, Yi-Fu Tuan, David Harvey and others. I've been fortunate to work with Miguel on a whole range of ERASMUS projects over the years, and I hope to be working on something with him later in the ..read more
Visit website
Scampi
LivingGeography
by Alan Parkinson
1w ago
Scampi is not the most environmentally friendly of food products due to the high number of food miles involved in its production, and the nature of its production. It is a popular choice for a pub meal, or to keep frozen at home. However, most people don't know what Scampi is made from. The production of scampi involves catching large prawns / langoustines, whose tails then need to be shelled. This is a fiddly process which has to be done manually. This can mean that the langoustines are sent thousands of miles. The langoustines are also caught by bottom-trawling, which results in a great de ..read more
Visit website
The Coal Authority maps
LivingGeography
by Alan Parkinson
1w ago
The Coal Authority has a GIS site where you can identify the locations of previous activity to mine for coal. This was a big part of my life growing up in South Yorkshire. My grandfather and other family members were coal miners and we knew there were coal seams running under our village and surrounding areas - I remember a house collapsing from subsidence once. Now you can find these signs of the past on this map from the Coal Authority. The miners' strike was something else I remember well. Several friends spent a lot of time marching and fund raising. Our minibus was occasionally stopped wh ..read more
Visit website
Ashdown Forest - Winnie the Pooh
LivingGeography
by Alan Parkinson
1w ago
Catch up with Countryfile from last Sunday to see the close links between the Ashdown Forest and its fictional connections with Winnie the Pooh and the Hundred Acre Wood. Check out the website here. The walk on the episode shows the link between Shepherd's illustrations, the story and specific locations. What are your nearby literary landscapes ..read more
Visit website
Free Geography CPD in Madrid
LivingGeography
by Alan Parkinson
1w ago
Developed by Discover the World in association with the Geographical Association. Enhance your lessons with our FREE CPD for geography teachers! Delivered in collaboration with Geographical Association, we're bringing you high-quality CPD and networking opportunities for teachers in Spain including: How to raise standards in your department with Becky Kitchen from The Geographical Association How to improve your teaching using AI with Richard Allaway from geographyalltheway.com A workshop on achieving the best results for your students with Jon Wolton from Pearson Incorporating effective comm ..read more
Visit website
UCL session
LivingGeography
by Alan Parkinson
1w ago
Down to London yesterday to speak to this year's cohort of PGCE colleagues completing their training at UCL Institute of Education. I was a Fawcett Fellow there during last academic year - see the blog for lots of posts about that experience.  I've been going to UCL quite regularly for around 20 year since the era when we had our GA Secondary Phase Committee and Education Group meetings there, to meetings with David Lambert when he worked there, and previous sessions for the PGCE cohorts over the years, as well as GA project meetings. We used to have our lunch in the nearby cafe in Russel ..read more
Visit website
All aboard the Windrush Line
LivingGeography
by Alan Parkinson
1w ago
A lot of coverage of this story this week, not all of it positive.  Londoners have become very familiar with the names of the underground lines, including the new Elizabeth Line (originally Cross Rail) and the Jubilee line (with their Royal choice of names). Now Sadiq Khan has outlined new names for the overground lines to aid discussions about particular routes - Londoners and visitors will quickly adapt to their new names, but there have been some predictable moans about the nature of the names... from the usual suspects. In Year 7, we study the story of the Windrush generation, throu ..read more
Visit website
Swiftonomics
LivingGeography
by Alan Parkinson
1w ago
This video forms part of a resource which I have been putting together over the last few months following the amazing scale and financial clout of Taylor Swift's ERAS tour, which is on course to raise over $1.5 billion - more than any other music tour in history, and that's without all the associated money that is spent on accommodation, travel etc. connected with the concerts - people even travel without a ticket just to stand outside the stadium while the concerts are on. Another useful video on this web page which has the title: 'Why is the world obsessed with Taylor Swift"' It mentio ..read more
Visit website

Follow LivingGeography on FeedSpot

Continue with Google
Continue with Apple
OR