Saturday, June 29, 2013

Monday, June 24, 2013


Over the next few days, well over 150 000 people will be heading down to Pilton, Somerset for the 2013 Glastonbury Festival.
At my new school, I may be teaching a unit on Music Festivals and this is the biggest, and offers a nice context for many geographical themes. The festival becomes a temporary city, most of which are strangers to it...

These are the pictures I took when visiting the festival in 2010 for the first (and possibly last) time to work for Mission:Explore / The Geography Collective for the duration. It was a long and hot five days meeting hundreds of people and spending the early hours of the morning (as the dance stage near my tend pounded away) wandering the extremes of the site taking many pictures and soaking up the unique atmosphere.

I have to admit to not being that bothered about this year's line-up: not a fan of the Rolling Stones, and Mumford and Sons bored me when I saw them...
I'd rather be at LATITUDE to see KRAFTWERK, and coincidentally, you'll find MISSION:EXPLORE in the Kids' Field this year ! Come and say hello....

A useful app if you're going to Glastonbury is the GlastoMap - this is shown below. There's also a Twitter feed @GlastoMap. You can apparently use it to locate friends... It usefully shows the huge scale of the Glastonbury site.

If you're going, enjoy it !

Ten thousand images...

Earlier today posted the ten thousandth picture up on my Flickr page.
Check the sets for plenty of themed sets of images.
Images available under Creative Commons non-commercial / attribution license.

Now listening....

Thursday, June 13, 2013

New Folly and the Hunter album

Nice to listen to while working...

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

New intercultural studies website...

Thanks to Rachel Bowles for the tipoff to a new site, written by the estimable Stephen Scoffham and Fran Martin.
It's called 'Frameworks for Intercultural Learning'.

It's being piloted at the moment, so head over there and check it out.

Recognising our role as global citizens is an essential part of living in the twenty first century. Global challenges such as climate change, the loss of biodiversity and conflicts between social groups require global solutions. 

Schools, universities and other educational institutions have a key role in developing critical and creative thinking about such issues, and intercultural learning is central to this process. However, to find new solutions to global problems we need to promote intercultural dialogue and go beyond the limitations of Western models of development.

This site draws on the findings from the ESRC funded Global Partnerships for Mutual Learning research in two different ways:

  • By directly applying the findings from the project
  • By exploring themes and topics which have emerged from the research.
Our aim is to help you to think more deeply about how you interpret your inter-actions with people from a range of places and cultures. Although the website draws on thinking and research from both Western and Southern perspectives, we acknowledge that it is located within an Anglo-Saxon context and expressed through the medium of the English language. 

A central notion is that the nature of the relationship between people of different cultures is at the core of ethical and worthwhile intercultural learning experiences.

There are tasks to complete, videos to watch and other elements to support teachers and students interested in exploring cultural geography a little more.

Monday, June 3, 2013


60 years on...