Saturday, July 11, 2015

Star Wars returns...

I went to see the original back in 1978 in Sheffield...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

James Taylor is a geographer...

The track 'Montana' has been on the radio quite a lot the last week or so. It's a lovely track...

The lyrics are very geographical in nature too:

Who can imagine the scale of the forces
That pushed this old mountain range up in the sky?
Tectonic creation, erosion, mutation;
Somethin' to pleasure God's eye.

The world is a wonder of lightnin' and thunder,
And green of the ground as we fall from the sky.
The old and new faces, the tribes and the races...
Thousands of places to try.

There's also the track with Mark Knopfler 'Sailing to Philadepelphia' about Mason and Dixon who surveyed earlier America, producing the Mason-Dixon line: the cultural divide between the Northern and Southern United States.

Check it out below:

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

700 posts...

A minor milestone
Thanks for reading my cultural geography postings: an area that's grown quite a lot since I started the blog...

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Alan Garner lecture

Would love to have gone to this event, and found out about it in plenty of time to get a ticket. Too far and the wrong timing though. A real literary hero of mine.

Conference in Toulouse

A few days ago, I picked up the news of a conference being organised by Russel Tarr at the International School of Toulouse.
I was due to go to the previous event in 2012 that Russel organised, but it clashed with something I was already committed to. This time round, that's not a problem
The focus is on pedagogy, and there's a keynote from Ewan McIntosh.

Good to see my name in the programme (though that's subject to getting permission to go from school as it's during term time)

It's a combination of Mission:Explore and GeoCapabilities....
Looking forward to the possibility of visiting Toulouse.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Earth Primer: now available on the App store...

A month or so ago, I picked up on an app that was getting ready for adding to the App store. I contacted Chaim Gingold, who worked on the game called SPORE some years ago, and found out more about it, and started to get excited about the potential for teaching the ideas that underpin geomorphology to a lower school audience, and those who may just be interested in finding out more about how the Earth works.

The app is now live on the App store at a cost of £7.99, and is called Earth Primer.
Take a look here.

It allows the user to explore the world in an exciting way and explore how processes that shape the earth work.
There are several sections which are possible to work through and these include a look beneath the surface of the Earth as well as the range of processes which change the surface.
Work through the book to unlock tools which can then be used in the Sandbox section of the app.

I'm working on some education materials for the app, which will be available in a few weeks time.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Cultural Geographies of Food...

The Office for National Statistics has released a great variety of visualisations in recent times, and the latest one is well worth a look.
I'm interested in the visualisation on how much households spend each week, for example. This is a useful basis for discussions about inequality and changing lifestyles.

Coincidentally, there was also this BBC article on the changing contents of the 'basket of goods' that is used to calculate inflation. Lots of cultural geography connections here...

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New for 2015

First cultural purchase of 2015 will be the new Decemberists album... unless I get something else first...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

See you in 2015

...for more culture and more geography...
Here's a classic Ronald Lampitt for you...