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GA Conference Teachmeet 2021

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  Once again, we are not able to be in person at a GA Conference, so aspects of the conference cannot be done face to face. There are many highlights of any GA conference, and the Teachmeet has become established as one of them: taking place at the end of the first full day and a chance to extend the day and have a beer with friends while listening to ten or more colleagues sharing ideas from their classrooms. You can sign up to either present or lurk here. To get a flavour for the atmosphere at a Teachmeet, you can still watch 2019's version here.  Thanks to Rich Allaway of Geography all the Way for live streaming the event. This year, we are particularly interested in new and diverse voices and storytellers, who have never presented before and are ready to step up and share an idea. There should also be a link to the conference theme of Compassionate Geographies.

For the Teachers

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Thanks Dave

Bye Trump...

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Four years of fomenting hatred and division, ending with the invasion of the Capitol have come to an end.  "We will lead, not with the example of our power, but with the power of our example." Image: New York, taken in April 2019 - I hope to be back some day...

Neil Peart remembered - one year on

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One year since the death of Neil Peart was announced. Here he is during 'Tom Sawyer'... Spatial thinking from the Professor.

1000 posts

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I started this blog back in August 2007, when I was still teaching at King Edward VII School in King's Lynn, where I had been since 1988. I was teaching the Pilot GCSE Geography Specification at the time, and there was a Cultural Geography module which I taught, developed by Phil Wood. It offered an exciting new geography compared to the other GCSE specification I had been used to. The year after, I left teaching and joined the Geographical Association as Secondary Curriculum Development Leader, where I stayed for 3 years. I ended up meeting lots of Cultural geographers and the blog morphed into a general blog with posts on films, music, art and culture as well as other topics. I started my LivingGeography blog, which became my main outlet for blogging, but maintained this one, along with others. Now I've reached 1000 posts, and the blog has had almost 300 000 views, which is quite respectable. Thanks for reading. I'll continue to post and cross-post relevant stuff here. Al

Caroline Kent

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This rather wonderful image is by the artist Caroline Kent, who I have known for almost 40 years. It was submitted to this year's Sunday Times Watercolour Competition  and chosen for the exhibition which is sadly online only at the moment. It is entitled 'Unemployed Gargoyles and Grotesques' and shows the roof of Notre Dame, following the competition theme of the lockdown and Covid-19's impact on society. I am fortunate to own several of Caroline's paintings, and two hang by my desk at home for inspiration. They show familiar landscapes in the Peak District, and a woodland floor packed with fly agaric mushrooms... At this time of year, I also turn back to the work of Ronald Lampitt and his Christmas scenes - seek out art and landscapes at this dark time of year... Image copyright: Caroline E Kent.

River

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I watched the wonderful Christmas special of Mortimer and Whitehouse Gone Fishing - lovely to see Staithes featured as well, where I had a wonderful White Christmas some years ago. One musical highlight was a snippet of version of this song by Joni Mitchell... excellent...