Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Landscape in a Box

Getting another run out on the Cheney Agility Toolkit.

Always good to see how people get on with the idea and produce some variations on the original....

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Geography Review Magazine

Geography Review magazine is one of the most useful resources that 6th form geographers (and GCSE students who want to push themselves) can have access to. It was started by my undergraduate tutor Tim Burt, his wife and colleagues back in 1986, just after I finished my degree, and just before I started teaching in 1988. I was a subscriber from the start, and have used articles and ideas in my teaching ever since.

I have paper copies of the first 15 volumes or so, and since then the school copies have taken over, and more recently, some electronic support materials to increase the usefulness of each issue.
For example, check the extras for the September 2014 issue here. Also the other recent issues.

The magazine has now moved to Manchester, from Durham University, and has a new editorial board.
There are the usual experienced authors writing for the magazine, and there's always something of interest in every issue. The first issue from the new team is now out. Details on subscribing here.

We have a subscription at school for our students.

You can follow the magazine's Twitter feed here: @GeogReview

Read the April 2014 issue here to get a flavour for the quality of articles that are included in a typical issue.

Best wishes for the next chapter in the journal's long history...

Monday, 25 August 2014

Tors

Click for biggery...

Tor taken last week on Dartmoor
Characteristic of granite landscapes

Norfolk coast from the Air

Some great images from Ian Ward of the Norfolk coast taken from the air...
Particularly like this one of Wells next the Sea - coming soon to a coastal resource near you...

Copyright: Ian Ward - and used here with permission...

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Limestone landscapes

Working on a resource today for Digimap for Colleges, which launches later in the year.
One aspect of it is the identification of limestone landscapes...

How would you identify limestone landscapes on an OS map ?

Image: Val Vannet

Blood swept lands and seas of Red

Yesterday, I visited the Tower of London, after a meeting in London earlier in the day.

I wanted to see 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red', the installation of poppies which is slowly filling the dry 'moat' at the Tower of London...


Each poppy represents a casualty of the First World War, and when it is finally finished, there will be 888,246 of them.
I have already pre-ordered mine, as a momento of an amazing artwork... and to support the related charities and the work that they do.


This is an example of a place that is being 're-made' with the addition of a (temporary) art work.
I've also been to other places that have been (re)presented in this way, such as the beach at Crosby, where Anthony Gormley's 'Another Place' was installed (originally for a short time, but now permanently...)
Where else is art changing the landscape, or the way that people view a building ?
There are some obvious places of course...

Images: Alan Parkinson & Sally Parkinson