Friday, June 4, 2010

Notes from a Small Island

Have been accompanied on my travels for the last week by Bill Bryson via a 10 CD audiobook version of his "Notes from a Small Island" borrowed from the library (don't forget your local library !)
I've been developing some activities based around his travels, and the impressions that he gives of some of the cities he visits, compared to the views of others, and also the changes that might have occurred since he visited them in 1995 (which is about the time that GCSE students would have been born, so handy for thinking about changes "in your lifetime"...)

You can also find a range of video clips from the accompanying TV series on YouTube of course, such as this one...
Plenty of cultural geography inspiration, as well as the chance to discuss the nature of the British landscape.
Bill Bryson is currently the President of CPRE: the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

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