Showing posts from October, 2019

TV and Film Map

I have all the maps which have been made by this company. They work closely with the Ordnance Survey. Their new map shows the location of Film and TV locations in the UK, along with other details of specific places. There are the locations of cinemas and other film related places as well. I'm just back from the SAGT conference, of which more to come, and I've previously done a session on the use of the Scottish landscape by Pixar when they made the film 'Brave'. Another series made in the area around Stirling is Outlander, and I noticed quite a few souvenirs related to that area in the visitor centres that I went to. A good Christmas gift for the geographer in your life.

The Lighthouse

Over to Cambridge last night to watch this movie as part of the Cambridge Film Festival . It's a powerful vision of the descent into madness of two lighthouse keepers who find themselves staying beyond their allotted time: "to 4 weeks". The sound design and visuals are fantastic, and black and white is of course the best format for this sort of psychodrama. There are many themes explored with nods to Melville, The Ancient Mariner, mermaids and Prometheus and the theft of fire. It's also very much about creating and then slowly dismantling a 'place': the rock containing the island, some buildings which need constant maintenance, a large coal pile, some buried whisky and a very persistent seagull. Catch this when it comes out in the New Year and go for a deep dive which is actually worth it...

Surrey Geography Network Meetings

For those who are in Surre y or within easy reach, Brendan Conway has shared details of what looks like a very useful series of events in the next few months, and into 2020 . As you can see, there are some excellent speakers including the 'mighty' Simon Oakes and the GA's very own Alan Kinder. Details for booking are at the bottom of the blogpost. Surrey Geography Network meetings 2019-20 These are designed to help you to address current issues whilst at the same time networking with other geography leaders / teachers. The meetings will take place at Notre Dame School KT11 1HA from 1.30 to 4.30. The dates, speakers and their topics are as follows​: Tuesday 19th November: Enabling Data Skills in the Geography Curriculum, Dr Simon Oakes - former chief examiner, author and education consultant The session will present some excellent ideas for embedding data skills into Geography lessons. It will draw on Simon's Royal Geographical Society funded project work