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Showing posts from March, 2010

Urban Landscape Explorations

The Mission : Explore book is finally out in print and available from tomorrow.... Buy as many copies as you can !! Come and see us at the GA Conference

Very flat, Norfolk

Thanks to those who came along to my lecture last night at Easton College, near Norwich. It was my Presidential lecture for the GA Norfolk branch , and a joint event with the Royal Geographical Society and thanks once again to the Stannards for their hospitality and organisation. The presentation I used is below, although you won't get the full story of course without the 50 minutes of me talking over it... Very flat, norfolk View more presentations from GeoBlogs . There were some interesting comments after the lecture with respect to the (inevitably) partial nature of the presentation: some areas of Norfolk were not featured to the degree that others would have expected, and perhaps reflects my own knowledge and experiences of the county. There was little mention of Broadland, and nothing on Breckland, although I passed through both within the last fortnight. Also some discussion on the political importance of place, and some of the potential future changes in Norfolk's land

Landscapes - Mapping living geography....

Some wonderful maps drawn by illustrator Christoph Niemann, who provides illustrations for the New York Times and a range of other journals are available HERE. I particularly like the island below, which would fit well with those in the ATLAS OF EXPERIENCE and fit very well with the idea of LIVING GEOGRAPHY. Image copyright Christoph Niemann (let me know if you want the image removed and a link added instead)

A new way to view the landscape....

Images copyright Google Google Street View has gone national A huge update of Google's photography means that over 90% of the UK is now covered by the high resolution, 360 degree imagery along most roads in the UK That doesn't just mean in urban areas - the cars have obviously gone along most roads in rural areas, and have captured many of the UK's most stunning landscapes... One of the first things that people would do perhaps would be to look at their own house, and the houses where they used to live.... Just done that myself, and you can see the house where I lived between 1977 and 1988 (ish) above, tho' it didn't look like that at the time... There was a useful post on Simon Haughton's blog which suggested some geographical ideas for how the newly expanded Street View could be used in the classroom. Here are some (more): 1. Previewing a journey that is going to be made / risk assessments for fieldwork 2. Carrying out VIRTUAL FIELDWORK in an unfamiliar are