Support Scott Warren

I blogged a few days ago about the organisation No More Deaths, which gives humanitarian aid to those attempting to cross the desert into the USA and leaves water for them to save lives.

Geography Professor Scott Warren was working with the association when he was arrested, and faces trial. He faces ten years in jail.

Amnesty International has set up a link where you can provide information and edit / send an e-mail to help campaign for Scott's release.

Support a fellow Geography teacher, and the work of this organisation.

Dan Raven Ellison - "talking walking"

Dan Raven Ellison interviewed as part of a podcast series.

Delighted to announce our latest Talking Walking interviewee: Dan Raven-Ellison talking walking — Museum of Walking (@museumofwalking) July 18, 2019 It goes back to Mission:Explore and the Geography Collective and our work raising the public consciousness of geography.

The podcast can be downloaded, as well as some notes, and Dan referencing the late Duncan Fuller and Doreen Massey, who we worked with, and the MisGuides.

A good listen for the journey to work perhaps...

Climate Change and Landscape change

Another Climate Change related post.

Permafrost is thawing around the Arctic.
This interactive website explores the impact of this on the landscape, and on the people who live within it.

Excellent work by the Toronto Star.

It includes a quote by Sheila Watt-Cloutier, an Inuit environmental, cultural and human rights advocate and author of the book 'The Right to be Cold', which I have a copy of, and is excellent.

"Our identity is strongly linked to the ice, cold and snow. Our right to hunt, our right to health, our right to educate our children, our right to safety and security … in fact, all of our human rights as Indigenous peoples would be minimised and destroyed by climate change.”

Here's Sheila talking about this aspect of Inuit life.

Hit Factories

This is part of my summer reading list.

As I was reading the first chapter, I thought I might make a Spotify playlist, but it turns out that has already been done. More on this book to come as I get to it...
🎧Go on a musical journey through the industrial cities of British pop with @karlwhitney's #HitFactories Spotify playlist, featuring New Order, Bowie, Portishead & Teenage Fanclub:

đź“–HIT FACTORIES is out tomorrow in hardback and ebook — W&N (@wnbooks) June 26, 2019


I spent ten minutes today making a video for the coming weekend's open / celebration morning.

This will involve lots of visitors to the Department, and we are going to set up lots of displays as well as putting out Year 7 and 8 projects and sharing some new resources we've had since last year.
The video was made using Flex Clip, which is a very easy to use video making tool.

It's also FREE of charge.
A timeline along the bottom shows the scenes as they build up, and the film can be previewed. Make an account and the film is saved automatically as you work on it.

Add videos or images from either your own library or a large library of stock scenes and videos. Music can also be added - there are some good choices of music to use - all free of charge as well.
Export the video to different sizes right up to 1080p.
I've then uploaded the video to VIMEO so that the quality is kept intact.

Some features of the tool that I like.
FlexClip is an all-in-one web tool for making videos,…

Mountain Man

There are many books already on the groaning shelves of the GeoLibrary about mountains: from the book that propelled Robert MacFarlane into the public eye: 'Mountains of the Mind', to Joe Simpson's daring adventures on, and below Siula Grande in Peru. There are the Appalachians, as walked by Bill Bryson, and the peaks conquered by Mark Beaumont as he cycled the Americas.

These books have been joined by a new one, which is set purely within the confines of England and Wales.
It has been written by James Forrest, who is a fellow Ordnance Survey GetOutside Champion, and describes a challenge that James set himself to conquer all 446 mountains in England and Wales. They are known as the Nuttalls, and are defined as 'peaks above 2000 feet (609.6m) in height'.

James set himself a time challenge as well: six months to reach the summits of each of the peaks, and during one of the wettest periods in recent years this was not going to be easy.

He had to fit the travels aroun…

Francis Pryor on the Fens

Reading about the new Francis Pryor book on the Fens.
I'm very much looking forward to reading this, and factoring it into some writing on the Fenland landscapes.
As Francis writes:

In the 20th century the historic medieval cores of towns like Kings Lynn, Wisbech and Spalding were severely damaged by development and insensitive road-building. The well thought-out railway network in the Fens was destroyed by Dr Beeching’s ‘rationalisation’ of the 1960s. Consequently many smaller market towns today boast empty high streets, poorly-attended markets and numerous charity shops. We are also beginning to appreciate the extent of irreversible change that the wholesale drainage of the 1850s and 1970s has caused. And with sea level rise a seemingly inexorable process… Need I say more? The floor of my study is about two metres above sea level; an average high tide would wet our bed, upstairs. And yet, people are still regularly granted planning permission by local authorities to build bungalo…