Thursday, February 19, 2009

Queueing for Beginners


A new purchase thanks to the work of Ian Cook, and his cultural explorations. Joe is a cultural historian, and this book tells the tale of everyday life, and the reasons why things are as they are. It's also full of 'living' geography !

Why do we drink beer in pints ? What about our obsession with the weather ?

One of the stories it includes is when Jeremy Paxman presented the weather (as edited from Have I Got News For You, via YouTube




It starts with something that fascinates me: the MASS OBSERVATIONS project, which ran from 1937 to the early 1950s.
I have a copy of a book called 'Austerity Britain' which contains a similar history / geography crossover looking at the years after WWII, and providing a real sense of place, and a lost England...

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