Yi Fu Tuan - RIP

Cross posting from LivingGeography blog.  Very sad news of the passing yesterday of Yi-Fu Tuan, at 92. Such an important scholar in so many fields, from geography to Sherlock Holmes studies. — matthew edney (@mhedney) August 11, 2022 Sad news yesterday of the passing of geographer Yi Fu Tuan, whose work will be familiar to many, and who inspired some of our thinking around Mission:Explore and other work on place, and the idea of topophilia. I wasn't able to confirm the news, but it appears it is now confirmed. We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Yi-Fu Tuan. His work has had a profound influence on the way in which we all think about key geographical concepts. He will be sorely missed both by those that knew him well and by the discipline as a whole. — Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) (@RGS_IBG) August 12, 2022 His work has been influential for many - particularly in the area of place and other conc

Town is by the Sea

 A lovely telling of a classic children's book.

The World reimagined

Alongside the Radical Landscapes exhibition at the Tate Liverpool I have previously posted about, there is now another reason to visit the city this summer. The World Reimagined globes are arriving in the city as well. The Globes have been created by artists from LCR and across the UK, bringing the city to life with diverse experiences and creative styles. They include Ras Akyem, Bryony Benge-Abbott, Amy Bourbon, Fiona Compton, Nicola Constantina, Caroline Daly, Kimathi Donkor, Sumuyya Khader, Jioni Warner. A tenth Globe has been created by local artist Amber Akaunu, inspired by collaboration with local communities. Schools have also got involved, with approx 38 small globes being featured on the trail created by schools who have taken part in The World Reimagined learning programme this term. Plenty of interesting interactive content if you follow the links from the website. Plenty of cultural links.

Today's soundtrack

Love this version of a classic Goldfrapp track from 2008. 


Cold War Steve's collages have provided a regular commentary on the (lack of) competence and self-serving nature of politicians in our government for some years now, and are all works of art, with some regular themes emerging during that time in the way that certain individuals are represented, and with links to other popular culture as well as classic works of art.  Other pieces are produced for particular events, such as the Queen's Jubilee 2022. There are also jigsaws of certain pieces as well for those who want a challenge. They make excellent gifts for the right person in your life. He has produced an affordable sized A3 print to coincide with the closing of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Benny’s Babbies (King Kong vs Mechanical Bull Special Edition). Signed! Only on sale until Monday. 👇👇👇 — Cold War Steve (@coldwarsteve) August 5, 2022 I have one ordered to be framed for the geography classroom to use as an ex

Fire of Love

This is a film I watched earlier in the week. ★★★★ - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. Don't miss the explosive Fire of Love. — Dogwoof (@Dogwoof) July 29, 2022 When I first started teaching, there were very few videos which had been made close to volcanoes. Plate Tectonics as a theory was only about twenty years old. The films we did have were mostly made by a couple of French volcanologists: Maurice and Katia Krafft. They were the Jacques Cousteau of volcanoes. He explored the sea, they prowled the edges of lava flows, photographing, filming and sampling. They made frequent media appearances and made films and wrote books to fund their research. The style of filming and the red hats are similar to those of Cousteau ( and the Wes Anderson homage as well ) They divided volcanoes into the red and the grey. The grey volcanoes were the dangerous ones... think Mt. St. Helens, Pinatubo, Nevado del Ruiz and Unzen in Japan. The film is made from media from their archive, with a few animation

Reading FC and the Climate Stripes

  Today @ReadingFC and @ReadingFCWomen unveiled their new home kit for the 2022/23 season, incorporating the climate stripes on the sleeves and shorts. The stripes used on the kit represent changes in temperature in Reading since the club was founded in 1871. #HoopsForTheFuture — Ed Hawkins (@ed_hawkins) July 25, 2022   An interesting development - the university teaming up with a local football team. This tells the whole story and also has a close up of the kit. “The bold stripe design, which features on the sleeves of the new home shirt, was first created by the University of Reading’s Professor Ed Hawkins in 2018. Each stripe represents the average temperature for a single year, relative to the average temperature over the period as a whole; shades of blue indicate cooler-than-average years, while red shows years that were hotter than average. And the stripes on the home shirt specifically track climate change in Reading across the full 151-year existen