Rob Chambers - a new shared resource on ICT for Geographers

Rob Chambers has always shared his resources freely, from the GeoBytes website, to a directory of websites produced for an SAGT Conference a few years back now.
His latest offering stems from a talk that he did in London a while back, which has now been shared on his ICT across the Curriculum Wordpress site. It's a new iteration of the previous directory.

The resource offers a range of tools for using ICT to teach KS4 and KS5 pupils, and guidance on using tools like GIS and Social Media, as well as activities and strategies for revision - important as we approach the exam season.
You can download the handout from the talk, and also view the presentation.
Highly recommended.

Melbourne Foodprint Resource

A lovely piece of work from Australian colleagues.

I read about it on the Facebook page of the Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria (GTAV) - it's a resource on the Melbourne Foodbowl: an area providing food for the city.

The Foodprint Melbourne curriculum resources make available a rich set of materials from The University of Melbourne’s Foodprint Melbourne project, including maps, GIS files, data sets, infographics and videos. The resources cover most outcomes for the ‘Biomes and food security’ unit of both the Victorian and Australian curriculum.

Damming the Nile

A 360 degree virtual exploration of this water-related issue.
The River Nile is potentially a source of conflict in the future, and reminds us of something I've used many times before: the importance of relative position along a river: the power of an upstream position over a downstream one...

AQA Revision Event for Students

A couple of revision events being organised by Hodder, and presented by Simon Ross and others...

Fairtrade Fortnight

My Fairtrade Fortnight Pack arrived earlier in the month, and the event starts on Monday.

The focus this year includes coffee (previously we've followed the story of Foncho the Banana farmer, or Tayna exploring cocoa production)

From the Fairtrade website:
Have you spotted CaféDirect on the supermarket shelves recently? They have a great new look but the Fairtrade coffee inside is just as good as it’s always been. And that’s not all! At the end of last year, Emily in our Media team spoke to CaféDirect about their fantastic INSPIRE programme in Peru.
They’ve created three farmer training centres called ‘Centres of Excellence’ built to share the best coffee knowledge and practices with the local farmers. This means your cup of coffee is always the best quality it can be.
The INSPIRE programme is also addressing the problem of an ageing farming population by passing knowledge on to the next generation. They're focusing on supporting more women to become coffee farmers too.

Watch this 360 degree video with a VR headset for the full effect...

Samuel's Fairtrade Story from Fairtrade Schools on Vimeo.

‘Samuel’s Fairtrade Story’ is a short film about the life of Samuel Maina, a Fairtrade coffee farmer in the Kangema district of Kenya. Samuel shows us around his farm and talks about his life. ‘Samuel’s Fairtrade Story’ has been filmed using a 360-degree camera and can be viewed using virtual reality goggles to really get a feel for life on Samuel’s farm. You can also watch the film on an interactive whiteboard, tablet or computer and explore the scene by using the cursor to scroll left and right, up and down.

GetOutside Quote of the Day #1

I'm going to be adding quotes related to the idea of getting outside and exploring the local area (and further afield) as I come across them this year, to tie in with my activity as an Ordnance Survey GetOutside Champion.

Here's the first one, from an unlikely source perhaps: Ian Anderson, the flautist and song-writer who 'is' Jethro Tull, celebrating their 50th anniversary this year (and I will be seeing them in April on their tour)

“As a child, my big passion was to get off the leash and explore the local wooded and leafy suburbs"

Cold Weather warnings

I'm heading to Madrid for the next week. I'll be blogging a little I hope.
This is not ideal, as I will miss the potential impacts of the arrival of extreme cold weather that is going to hit the UK.
If you are living in a community where you know your elderly neighbours (as I do), be sure to keep an eye on them over the week to come as the temperatures drop, and particularly if the predicted snow arrives.

New Ordnance Survey GetOutside Champions Website

You can take a first look at the new OS Champions Website here.
It will give you information about all the people who are going to be working with me over the next year or more to encourage more exploration of the UK, with all the additional benefits that being outside brings.
Here's me and my fellow Champions based in the East of England. We each have a page where we will be posting what we get up to over the course of the year.

One billboard

My take on the school's publicity banner, which is in one of our fields near to Ely railway station.


This Guardian article has some interesting information on the impact of convenience food. It follows a report on the carbon footprint of certain sandwich fillings. This connects with work that we do on Food Miles and the wider geographies of food.

There's a podcast that you can listen to here as well.

It reminds me of the nef research on fast food and its impacts from some years ago.
An Inconvenient Sandwich was the name of the report, and it focussed on the fast food sector in general. 
A reminder of the wider importance of our food choices, which we spend billions of pounds a year on.

GDP - a measure from the past?

I've been using the Financial Times article here, linked to a new book by David Pilling on the use of GDP as a development indicator.
It seems that there are some issues with relying on GDP as a measure of development and economic growth, although we usually use it alongside other measures in an index.
There are some fascinating quirks in the way that GDP is measured that are picked up in a review of the book in the Guardian from a few weeks back.
This includes the impact of things like online checkins at airports, which are not counted in the same way as if a person checked you in...

The journey of your fish and chips

An excellent and useful video made by Isle of Ely produce, close to where I teach...
It explores the stages in the production of potatoes, which are then sent up to Scotland to be turned into chips...
Involves the weather, the soil, traceability, transport and logistics, and various processes.

Field to Frier from Beard Askew Productions on Vimeo.

And of course, you need

Here's the fish being caught....

Sea to Plate from Beard Askew Productions on Vimeo.

Then the processor

Sea to Plate: The Processor from Beard Askew Productions on Vimeo.

And the fish frier in the award winning chip shop in Stonehaven

Sea to Plate: The Frier from Beard Askew Productions on Vimeo.

Primark Supplier Map

Primark are a company that has some criticism in the past over their supply chain. Now they are trying to position themselves as a more ethical company, and provide more information about the factories where their products are made.

There is an improved focus on transparency in the supply chain, and this includes the production of a map (a tool that other suppliers have also done quite effectively).
The map now has a link through to suppliers.

Ridley Scott on Teachers

On Sunday night, Ridley Scott received the BAFTA Fellowship Award. He has made some of the most well-known and classic films over the years, including Alien, Gladiator and Blade Runner. It was a good evening for my film of the year (so far): 3 Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri, which won 5 awards. He talked about his progress to Art school, based on one GCE: something which would be less likely to happen today, and eventually to the Royal College of Art, where he began making films.

Teaching is the most important of all professions. Sort that out and social problems will get sorted out

Image copyright: James Gourley/BAFTA

Dan at the GA Conference

Great news earlier to hear that Dan Raven Ellison will be doing the public lecture at the GA Conference, on 125 ways to be a Geography activist, with ideas from Guerrilla Geography.

New Director of the Royal Geographical Society announced

A few months ago, Rita Gardner announced that she was stepping down as Director of the RGS-IBG after 22 years, and a search for her replacement began.

The new Director has now been announced, and it is somebody who I have met a few times, and who has a strong education background, which is always good to see.

Joe Smith is currently Head of Geography at the Open University.

Joe Smith was ‘thrilled’ with his appointment. ‘The breadth and scale of the Society’s reach is extraordinary and makes this a rare and compelling role’ he says.
‘The Society is well positioned with an ambitious and comprehensive strategy in place, a loyal membership base and secure finances. I look forward to building on these foundations and taking the Society on to the next phase of its illustrious history.’
The very first meeting I had after being appointed as Secondary Curriculum Development Leader of the GA back in 2008 was over at the Open University, and alongside Clive Barnett and Doreen Massey from the OU, and David Lambert from the GA, Joe Smith was also involved in the meeting. We were discussing potential collaborative work, and about four years later I started working with the OU, managing their VITAL Geography portal for teachers as part of a very successful multi-million pound project.  (Sadly, when the funding ended all the material was mothballed...)

This is a terrific appointment for the RGS-IBG, and I look forward to continuing to support the Society as much as I can

Image credit: Royal Geographical Society


Details of a new option for GIS training were released earlier. Steve Richardson, who wrote quite a lot of the resources that are available on the ArcGIS Schools Resources section has organised a day looking at embedding GIS in the curriculum to support the progression of some key geographical skills and knowledge.

The price is £160 for the day, including lunch and refreshments and the first course is being run down on the South Coast in June.
More details here on the Eventbrite page.

Busting Geographical misconceptions

Thanks to Simon Kuestenmacher on Twitter (follow him if you don't already) for the tipoff to this StoryMap.

As usual, scroll down to reveal the content.

Once around the World

30 years ago this album was released. At the time, It Bites were the band that I was perhaps most interested in. I saw them live as often as possible, and remember heading down to a fan convention event at the Hard Rock Cafe in London where I met their lead guitarist and singer Frank Dunnery.
The music still draws me back, and I have some It Bites CDs to play in the car. This track is a long and meandering one, which includes some excellent instrumental work - there's also a geographical connection in the title of course. Many of us have travelled an equivalent distance to going around the world - in fact, I average one circuit around the world every year in my car and train journeys. Add in the flights, and that's even more... Enjoy, if you haven't heard it before...

Geography Teacher Educators' Conference Materials 2018

I've attended, and spoken at quite a few of these events over the years, including a classic event at Madingley Hall, where the quantitative revolution took flight some decades before.

This year's GTE Conference was held at the University of Birmingham, and it was originally on my list of CPD events to attend, but I was invited down for the Ordnance Survey Champions launch instead.

Resources from the conference have now gone live on the GA website, and are very much worth taking a look at it if you want to see the latest thinking from David Lambert, Margaret Roberts, Mary Biddulph, Charles Rawding and other notables.

I will also be missing next week's Charney Primary Geography Conference as it clashes with an ERASMUS visit. I hope it's a match for last year's excellent 20th Anniversary event.

I'll be over at the University of Birmingham later in the year to speak at the Teachmeet Geography Icons event in June.

New TeamGeography blog

Good to see the emergence of another geography-related blogging project.
This is a collaborative blogging project, and there are several people who have already signed up to be involved.
You can follow the #TeamGeography hashtag on Twitter.
Visit the blog now, and feel free to offer a post of your own. After writing 10 000+ blog posts I can confirm that it's not too difficult to do, and can even be good for you, and of course once online can be rediscovered later on... so a blog can also be a great place to put something interesting that you want to return to later...


A new blog post has now appeared on the importance of getting geography into your geography lesson.

Also check out this other new blog: The Future Miss S: a reflective blog by Katie Jinn

UK County Wordle Project

I have over 400 responses now on this questionnaire, but would be good to get to 500 before I start generating some of the clouds for the UK counties to create the big picture. Share your thoughts on counties that you know well please, and make sure that your impressions are recorded on the final word clouds...

Norfolk Day

Interested in the creation of a Norfolk Day event by the EDP and other local businesses. Will it be more than just an advertising opportunity for local businesses, and more about the 'sense of place' of Norfolk and what makes it special to its residents and visitors?

Keep getting out of the tent...

I'm currently sat in the garage waiting for a repair on my car which has failed its MOT. Amongst other things I'm doing is looking at videos from the training expedition which the participants in the Women's Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition are currently undertaking in Iceland. I know quite a few people who are in Iceland at the moment, and the weather has been a bit gnarly for them.
I'm putting together some ideas for a teacher resource pack which will go on the website in advance of the expedition in April 2018.
Here's a taster of the expedition planning so far...

The last time I worked with Felicity, the result was the Pole of Cold teaching resource, which won an SAGT award.
Here's Felicity doing a talk on her solo skiing trip across Antarctica, if you want to hear of a previous expedition:

CIW: Explorers: Felicity Aston from Chicago Ideas on Vimeo.

I wonder how much longer expeditions like this will be possible, given the shrinking extent of the sea ice.
I've also been finding out about Barneo. This is a seasonal fly-in base camp operated by the Russians, which is going to facilitate the team's plan to ski the final degree to the North Pole.

More to come on this as the resource develops...

Nan Shepherd

Lovely to see the story that went into creating the newly redesigned Scottish banknotes featuring Nan Shepherd. She was someone who has inspired a great many writers with her tales of the Cairngorms.
A few years ago, I used Nan's book, and Robert MacFarlane's description of walking in her footsteps in 'The Old Ways' as the basis for a workshop at the Scottish Association of Geography Teacher's conference.

Access the resources here.

You can see the story of the notes here:

Global Oneness Project

I've just come across this website while researching the anthropologist Hugh Brody, via another link.

It's called the Global Oneness Project, and offers a range of stories from a humanist perspective. It's based in the USA, but has plenty of relevance here in the UK.

Browsing through there are quite a few stories which I could see myself using in the classroom, and perhaps would also make self contained explorations for interested students. These include:
- a photo essay on Poverty
- Paul Kingsnorth on the value of wilderness
- photo stories on what life is like as a farmer

Here's a film coming on Earth Day 2018

The power of the Shipping Container

How a Steel Box Changed the World...

In the local press

Following our OS Champions launch, we were asked to contact local media to let them know about the campaign, and our involvement.
Ely Standard are the first local paper to get in with a story about my involvement. Hoping to pick up a paper copy for the 'archive'.

You can read the story here 

Two Koreas

With the Winter Olympics underway, a timely reminder of this useful geopolitical StoryMap

New GA projects page on the website

A new projects page has been added to the GA website, as part of the 125th anniversary celebrations, looking at some of the recent project work that has been carried out by the Geographical Association.

It was good to see the impact that I'd had through my involvement in quite a few of these projects. Search on the blog using the names of any of these projects and you'll see any relevant posts about them.
GeoCapabilities - worked on the website, and teaching materials for almost two years, working with the Institute of Education, and also presenting at events in Europe as well as attending project meetings, and developing social media input

I-USE - helped to develop this project, and worked on it for over a year before I returned to teaching, and Ian Palot / John Lyon took over on behalf of the GA - involved in presentations at GA Conference, and project meetings around Europe, plus working on educational materials and developing social media input

Making Geography Happen was led by Ruth Totterdell, and took place during my time working at the GA. I helped with some of the meetings, filming participants and other inputs as the website developed

E-Scape - this was an innovative pilot for a method of assessing coursework using the 'comparative pairs' technique which has now been picked up by No More Marking and Daisy Christodoulou, but we were doing this back in 2007, along with Goldsmith's College.

Living Geography - with a focus on my home town of Rotherham, I was involved in meetings with the participants, in fact one of my very first acts as a GA member was to meet with Dean Hughes of RIDO, which helped local businesses to develop. This was a steep learning curve for me. I even developed a workaround to do drag and drop exercises in Google Earth which I still haven't seen anywhere else... It may also have inspired the name of this blog...

Young People's Geographies - this was an important project for me, and I spent 5 years involved with it. It was where I was introduced to some key people who would inform my practice and enrich my geographical understanding. At the first project meeting, as a teacher, I met Dan Raven Ellison, and also Ian Cook of Follow the Things (before that had been developed), and was also pushed by Mary Biddulph and Roger Firth to reevaluate what I was teaching. We had sessions from Gill Valentine and other influential geographers.
As a GA employee, I also had copies of the raw recordings that were made of the sessions, particularly the final meeting, and there is footage of me explaining our school project, with the students taking the lead rather than me which was good to see.
I took over the Solly St. liaison and organised several whole day gatherings of the teachers in the next phase of the project, and also met with the project evaluator Ruth Davidson, who was supportive but probing in her assessment of the project's impacts.

The Action Plan for Geography - 2006-11
I will always be proud to have been a member of the APG team for three years. I got the chance to work with some fine people at both Solly St. and the RGS-IBG. The legacy of the APG continues, with our work on 'a different view' and the other projects it funded....

GA Beermeet 2018

One of the elements of the GA Conference for the last 8 years or so has been the Beermeet.
This has grown in size over the years, and we even managed to 'drink the pub dry' a few years ago in Guildford. This follows on from the Teachmeet now that has been added to the programme, and this year's venue has been revealed. I know it well, having stopped off there quite a few times over the years.

The Sheffield Tap is an excellent bar, which is located in the Railway Station in three splendid large rooms. The range of beers is superb, and there is a micro-brewery there too.

Click the link, or scan the QR code to find out more from the Facebook page, and please let us know that you're coming, or planning to come... and feel free to buy me a pint...

3D Printing

I joined the world of 3D printing a few weeks ago, with thanks to my colleague Alastair Ray. The DT department has two machines which are capable of creating 3D prints.
I used a file which had been created and shared by the Field Studies Council EdTech team. I am hoping to pick their brains about the process of getting the OS Open Data. The file was obtained from the Thingiverse website, which hosts thousands of files which can be rendered in 3D plastic.

The result was a 3D printed mountain, which was very pleasing to me. It took about five hours to print.
It's pictured here. I'd like to investigate how the production could be linked to OS Maps and local walks in some way.

Picture book on Climate Change

I like the look of this project a lot.
It's a picture book about Climate Change that tries to introduce the topic without making it too overwhelming. The sample pages and rhymes sound intriguing, and there's certainly a place for a book like this.

Image copyright: Megan Herbert

McDonalds Packaging

“As the world’s largest restaurant company, we have a responsibility to use our scale for good to make changes that will have a meaningful impact across the globe.”

Will be interesting to see what these changes will be....

The madness of the car...

A great ad to show when teaching about sustainable urban transport options to think about our actual behaviours when driving

StoryMap on Antarctica

Apologies for yet another StoryMap on the blog rather than anything that I've produced, but this is excellent, and came via @Geogologue who has been working to develop materials for ESRI UK.

Look up... The Humanity Star is up there for now...

I'm intrigued by this extra-terrestrial object which has apparently been secretly launched, and is now orbiting the Earth.

It'll be heading over the UK in a few weeks apparently...

Lego #buildingbiggerthinking

Bought a new Lego set for my GeoExplorers to interact with this weekend. It's one of the classic sets which has been put together to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Lego brick.

It's got a nice selection of creative options, and apparently a special 60th anniversary tile. We like using Lego in our teaching and this will be perfect for that...

Coca Cola Recycling Plans

Coca Cola is pledging to recycle all its packaging by 2030.

We'll see whether other manufacturers might do better, or at least the same... not everyone is impressed...

100 Hearts for 100 Years

A lovely exhibition has opened in the South Transept of Ely Cathedral, where I usually sit for school services.
100 hearts for 100 years is part of the commemorations of the centenary of the end of World War One. It is organised by the Armed Forces Charity SSAFA and has been at several other cathedral venues before this. It will be around for the month of February which, with the link to St. Valentine's Day, is perhaps the best month of the year to be hosting it at the cathedral. Worth popping in if you're in Ely.
Pincushions were made by wounded soldiers to send home to their loved ones. Known as 'Sweethearts' these moving momentos, made with love, proved to be excellent therapy for troops recovering from the horrors that they had experienced. Using a modern interpretation of the theme, the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA Wiltshire, have created one hundred hearts, one for each year since the Great War, which are on display in this exhibition.

Images: Alan Parkinson

Connect with Nature

One of my plans for this year is to get outside a lot more than in the last few years, partly driven by a need to put down the phone, and also to get fresh air to blow away the cobwebs...

There'll also be plenty of chance to do that in the next year, as I start my role with the Ordnance Survey as a GetOutside Champion.

I also bought a suitable book from Foyles on the way home from the meeting of the Champions in the New Forest.

It's written by Tristan Gooley: the 'Natural Navigator', and is called 'How to connect with Nature'

Images: Alan Parkinson

And if you need some more ideas, check out the ITV 100 Best British Walks programme on the ITV Hub.

Britain's Favourite 100 Walks

Last week, on ITV, there was a 2 and a half hour celebration of some of the best walks in the UK.

There are details of the walks on the Ordnance Survey website, and the programme featured several of my fellow OS GetOutside Champions.
The UK's 100 Walks are all mapped and available on the OS Maps app.

Where is your favourite UK walk?

Some of mine would have to include:
- the walk up to Coire Lagan from Glen Brittle
- the walk out from Loch Slapin down through Suisnish Peninsula
- Chrome Hill and Hollinsclough in the Peak District 
- along the Norfolk coast between Brancaster and Cley
- between Otterton and Sidmouth in Devon...

London - National Park City

It must be around 5 years since Dan Raven Ellison first started sharing ideas around a project to make London a National Park City.

For the last year, the 'finish line' of ward support declarations has been getting closer. A few weeks ago, I travelled with Dan back to London from the Ordnance Survey GetOutside Champions launch event, and he was scanning the progress, as it got down to single figures of local politicians who needed to offer their support.

Yesterday, there was enough political support declared for the announcement to be made... A quite amazing achievement by a team led by what Ben Fogle called "visionary geographer" Daniel 

Let's GetOutside now and start enjoying our new National Park City in waiting...

GA Teachmeet - new presenters wanted

One of the highlights of the GA Conference in April 2018 will be the Teachmeet. Last year's was excellent, with my own 'emojiography' and Steve Rackley's touching 'Ode to Hans (Rosling)'
David Rogers is keen to increase the scope of presenters, so please consider presenting if you've never done it before...

The alternative will be having to listen to me ramble on again.... and nobody needs that at the end of a long day's conferencing...

Norfolk Wind Energy developments

As I leave my village and head for one of the nearest towns, I pass through open countryside, and the memorial next to the former location of an American Air Force base, called RAF Wendling, which was home of the 392nd Bombardment Group during the Second World War.
This route also takes me across a hidden feature.
A few years ago, there was a lot of construction activity which involved the clearance of the ground along a route from Weybourne Hope, on the coast of Norfolk all the way to Necton, a few miles from home. This was to lay a cable to carry energy from offshore wind farms to a substation where it could be changed to the voltage of the National Grid.
This passed through the fields around my village, but signs of construction are slowly disappearing over time...
Sitting on the promenade in Sheringham, ideally in the 'Funky Mackerel' cafe, you will see a whole host of wind turbines out to sea.
More recently there have been stories in the newspaper explaining that two other cables are going to be laid from the coast to the sub-stations.

What lies hidden beneath your local area?

Perhaps you should get out your metal detector and channel your inner Toby Jones...

There are some individuals who are being affected still further by the proposed cable route, and this was another recent story, which connected with the idea of PLACE and Changing Places. The place where the cables are heading for is near a village called Necton, and the people living there are not happy that this has been done, as it makes a connection between the village and the industrial development which they are not keen on.

Image: Fields near Litcham, Alan Parkinson - CC licensed

A million years of life...

A podcast with Professor Danny Dorling which explores reasons why the UK's life expectancy is not growing (as it has done for some time...) and what that means...

Practical Pedagogies 2018 - the programme is launched

After several months hard work, Russel Tarr has just revealed the 'programme' of the 86 speakers who have had their sessions confirmed for the 3rd edition of Practical Pedagogies.
You can find all the posts from my trip to Toulouse in 2016 here. This will give you a flavour for the event, which was a highlight of the year for me.

The event is being held in Cologne, Germany this time round - check out all the details here.
If you're quick, there are 30 Super Early Bird tickets available too...

And you'll spot quite a few well known geographers in the line-up....

Details of my session below - hope to see some of you there...

Open Golf at risk from Climate Change

There are a number of golf courses on what is known as links land. This links the coastal landscapes: sand dunes and beaches, to the mainland. They are kept in place with marram grass, and the turf of greens and fairways which are carefully managed, along with bunkers.
The British Open Golf tournament is played on a links course, moving between courses such as Lytham St. Annes and St. Andrews.
A Climate Coalition report suggests that golf, along with sports such as Cricket are most at risk from some of the changes that will be brought about by climate change, particularly sea level rise.
Other sports include skiing (which may become reliant on artificial snow) - the BBC article explains the impact on particular golf courses which are losing holes to coastal erosion.

Visit the Climate Coalition report: called GAME CHANGER, to read more about the sports that are going to be affected.
Compared to some other climate change impacts which are coming up, and which are being blogged about, these are perhaps not as significant or life-changing for people living through them, but they offer an additional impetus to take action...

Image: Hunstanton Golf Course, West Norfolk, Alan Parkinson

There was also a related item on the BBC news about the houses along the cliffs east of Sidmouth which are now under even greater pressure as their gardens continue to disappear over the edge of the cliffs. I featured them in my OCR A and B textbooks for GCSE Geography.

Ground Work

A new anthology of commissioned pieces, edited by Tim Dee, comes out at the end of the month, and looks like being exactly my sort of thing...

It features some pieces by authors who I've read for many years, such as Hugh Brody, and more recent authors like Helen MacDonald and John Burnside.

Teachmeet at the GA Conference

The sign-up page is now up on Eventbrite for the Teachmeet which will be held at the GA Conference in Sheffield in April.

I'll see you there... and at the Beermeet afterwards...

The biggest geography themed TeachMeet of the year.

The TeachMeet will take place at Shefield Hallam University on the 6th April 2018. 

The TM will start with introductions at 18.50 with sessions commencing at 19.00 and finishing at 20.00. Drinks and snacks will be available.

PyeongChang... are you ready?

How many days is it to the Winter Olympics? No peeking, or googling...
Have you made your guess?

It's actually just over 2 days to the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics, which are being held in South Korea.
They've crept up a little, or perhaps you were fully aware of the build-up - there have been some political events relating to athletes from North Korea and Russia.
There's always a lot of geography involved in the games of course, including the globalisation implicit in the sponsors - what sort of industry do these key Olympic companies involve themselves in? In which country are they based?

Plenty of other Winter Olympics links to add in of course... Let me know your own ideas...

Old-time StoryMaps

I like this old-fashioned StoryMap guide... needs a little more cartographic expertise than I have... but may be of interest to those with an interest in shaping StoryMaps...


Not this one....

This one...
Thanks to @geogologue on Twitter for the hard work putting this one together... There are I think some more cities to come. I may have a go at doing one for Sheffield ahead of the GA Conference. Or maybe not...