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New GA Chair of Trustees role

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The Geographical Association is looking for a Chair of Trustees to support the existing Governing Body fulfil its role in a fascinating and ever-changing educational landscape. It will also involve working with the current Presidential team - JVP (me), VP (Susan Pike), President (Gill Miller) and Past President (Stephen Scoffham) along with other key members of the GA's group of trustees. This is an interesting change in the governance of the Association, and we are looking for someone who has significant experience and skills which will allow us to learn from each other.
This is an exciting opportunity for someone. Please share with people you think may be available and ideal for the role.

Details are here on Guardian Jobs. Feel free to get in touch via Ricky Buck / Gill Miller for more details and information.

Deadline is the 20th of February.

Documents are available from the Guardian Jobs page.

Free CPD in Dubai

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My invitation to present at this event was obviously lost in the post, but for those colleagues in Dubai, there is an excellent CPD opportunity coming up in March.

Details sent by Matt Podbury.

Calling all teachers in/near Dubai, there is a fantastic free CPD day coming up in March.
The Geography Teacher Toolkit Conference will be held at Wellington Academy Silicon Oasis and include sessions from Matt Podbury, (geographypods.com), Richard Waller (Keele University) and John Sayers (Nord Anglia International School, Dubai).
Secure your place today and don’t forget to sign up for our teachmeet afterwards! 



The tickets have gone live on Eventbrite. They are FREE!



Order of the day

8.30 am - Registration

9.10 am - Introductions

9.30 am - Fieldwork and Geographic Skills - Richard Waller
This session will explore the creative ways in which fieldwork can be used to enhance the development of a range of important geographical skills. This would include field observation and interpretation, the combi…

RIP The Professor

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So sad to hear the news tonight that Neil Peart has passed away at the age of 67....
He was a part of my life for over 40 years, and Rush have to be one of the three bands that I have played the most whether on LP, CD or streamed on Spotify. I was privileged to see him play live 6 or 7 times I think from 1982 onwards, to the final live gig on the Time Machine tour in 2012 - regretting not seeing them on the Clockwork Angels tour now.... what a musician...
One of my favourite videos is when Peart laid down a drum track for his friend Matt Scannell from Vertical Horizon. The enjoyment of Matt as his friend and hero plays drums for him is infectious, and the drum track is awesome.... There are so many Rush tracks I could embed here... but check this out first...



And then check out Red Barchetta live from that Time Machine tour....
Rest in peace Neil...

Arctic: culture and climate

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A new exhibition is opening at the British Museum in May 2020. It looks like it will be excellent.


From 28,000-year-old mammoth ivory jewellery to modern refitted snow mobiles, the objects in this immersive exhibition reveal the creativity and resourcefulness of indigenous peoples in the Arctic. Developed in collaboration with Arctic communities, the exhibition celebrates the ingenuity and resilience of Arctic peoples throughout history. It tells the powerful story of respectful relationships with icy worlds and how Arctic peoples have harnessed the weather and climate to thrive.

The dramatic loss of ice and erratic weather caused by climate change is putting unprecedented pressure on Arctic peoples, testing their adaptive capacities and threatening their way of life.

What happens in the Arctic will affect us all and this exhibition is a timely reminder of what the world can learn from its people.

Long ago people knew something was going to happen to this earth. How they knew it, I do…

Climate and Nature Emergencies Poll

If you teach, or parent young people - or you are one yourself, please fill in this survey - the more respondents the better. Thanks in advance.

We have a new Geographers for Life @Geo4Life Twitter feed too, where we will be releasing the results of our work.

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New Poetry prize announced by Simon Armitage

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"I’ve always written poems about the area where I live, and my interests in things like the Antarctic and the Arctic and geography generally, all those subject matters are shaded now by the environmental situation." 


Simon Armitage is a geographer, and the Poet Laureate. He grew up near Huddersfield, where I studied for my degree.
His job carries a salary of £5000, and he has announced a new Poetry prize called the Laurel Prize for works on the theme of the environment and climate change.

He has a lot of geographical credentials.

He produced an excellent book around a visit to Iceland with Glyn Maxwell, following an early journey by W H Auden.He created some excellent radio programmes with a geographical theme, including one on the volcanic island of SurtseyHis book 'All Points North' explored conceptions of the north.He has produced two books describing long distance footpaths and his experiences of the Pennine Way and the SW Coastal Path.He recently published a poem …

New emojis for Africa

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An interesting Guardian article on a new set of emojis which has been produced for use in Africa.
Alternative representations of life on the continent.
For example, the standard food emojis don't feature African dishes.
Images were shared on Instagram.



These haven't been sanctioned as 'official' emojis but are available to download for use in apps such as WhatsApp when people communicate with each other.



It also references Emojination, which has helped to get new emojis such as the hijab approved and added to the list preloaded onto iPhones and similar devices.