Saturday, 23 November 2013

National Geographic Talk

Here's some photos from the recent talk that Dan Raven Ellison and his son Seb did at the National Geographic store in London, based on their ROUTE 125 exhibition.

The pictures were taken by Jose Farinha.
They can be viewed on the store's FACEBOOK page.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

What if London were a National Park ?

A nice piece by Dan Raven Ellison on his blog. We have plenty of rural  national parks, so why not an urban one ?

One to discuss with students perhaps.

What if London were a National Park

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Keeping Cheddar Gorgeous ?

“This is the equivalent to trying to build a cable car in front of Buckingham Palace. Cheddar Gorge is of international importance. There are better ways of driving business without destroying the very asset people come to see. It is far better to retain the uniqueness of the place.”  

Helen Bonser-Wilton, assistant director of operations at the National Trust.

Year 7 explored the plans to build a cable car in Cheddar Gorge.

Over half term, this has come into the news once again (it looks like we were ahead of the game here), and here are a few links that you could follow to bring the story up to date.
We may take a look at this in the next week or so, although we have other things that we have to do before we move into the exam week, which will be on us before we know it.

First, there's a clip from West Country News.... (may only work for a limited time)
A few different opinions expressed here...

Also an article from the Daily Mail, which shows some mocked up images of how the cable car will look, and describes the plans.

Also an article in the Independent

Followed by two local papers:

- the Cheddar Valley Gazette
- the Weston Mercury

The National Trust and the CPRE are both against the planned development in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
CPRE have produced a report on what they call 'England's Threatened Landscapes'
Click HERE to  download a report and also map and other materials relating to this report.
Cheddar Gorge is included on the map of threatened landscapes...