Climate Change Refugees - in the UK

A report in the Guardian a few months ago described the likely need to evacuate a small Welsh village called Fairbourne.
This is going to be evacuated as the cost of protecting it is far greater than the value of all the properties in the village.

In 26 years – or sooner, if forecasts worsen or a storm breaches the sea defences – a taskforce led by Gwynedd council will begin to move the 850 residents of Fairbourne out of their homes. The whole village – houses, shops, roads, sewers, gas pipes and electricity pylons – will then be dismantled, turning the site back into a tidal salt marsh.

GeoCapabilities - read all about it

Richard Bustin's book on GeoCapabilities has now been published by Palgrave MacMillan

It was one of the most fulfilling of the projects I've been involved with, and one with the greatest legacy value.
logoIt involved some excellent trips and meetings to Helsinki, Brussels and other locations, and working with some fine folks including David Lambert, Sirpa Tani, Michael Solem of the AAG and Richard Bustin.
The full project website offers a full course for teachers, with resources and video materials.
Richard used the GeoCapabilities project as the basis for his PhD.

Another reminder as well of the vital importance of the ERASMUS+ projects which Brexit threatens to remove.

Crowther Labs on Climate Change

Crowther Labs are planning to take action on climate change through tree-planting. They have worked out, as I have blogged before, the number of trees required to draw down climate naturally (although scientists have told us for years that trees will become less efficient at drawing down carbon in a warming world, so there is another feedback loop for you....)

I saw Tom Crowther speak about this at the ESRI UK User Conference, and he was excellent.
Here he is doing another speech, on the same theme at a different event.

This piece explores the links between SOIL and climate change.
Worth checking out their work...

Climate Change and Food

An excellent new interactive from Carbon Brief on how climate change will threaten some of the world's favourite foods.

New RSGS website

The Royal Scottish Geographical Society has launched their new website.

It's got some new content.
There are some lesson plans.
Mike Robinson shares a valuable thought on the importance of hope.
You can also read about the various medallists. 
Recently, Greta Thunberg was presented with the Geddes Medal for example.

Some rather fine people have been awarded this particular medal.... although the most recent winner tends to talk about how people like me destroy young people's creativity...

Kate on Migration

The ubiquitous and excellent Kate Stockings got in touch yesterday to tell me about an exhibition she'd attended in London at Somerset House. It's called Kaleidoscope and explores the impact of immigration on modern Britain - a timely exhibition at this time.

You have a week or so to catch the exhibition - perhaps a treat for the end of the summer break if you haven't already started back.

Here's Kate's review of the exhibition.

"In an effort to make the most of the summer holidays, I went to Somerset House to look at this photography exhibition. It is small in scale but very well-resourced- there is an information sheet telling you all about the contributors and their work. The artists each consider something different in their work- representing the myriad of nationalities and cultures found in modern Britain. It was a great opportunity to sit and look, think and reflect about the issue of migration and immigration."

Sounds like it is worth a visit if you are in London in the next week or so.

On the playlist: The 1975

Kate on the radio

Kate Stockings was on BBC Cambridgeshire earlier today. The link is slightly different to the one in the tweet: it's the Breakfast Show and fast-forward to 7.39am to hear Kate's piece. Well done Miss! ;)

A celebration for Michael Bradford

Those who knew Michael Bradford and would like to join in a celebration of his life are invited to the event below. Please RSVP to Sheila if you are planning to attend.

Pork Pies

Some food producers have campaigned for years for protection for their food brands. These ensure that food produced in a certain location is protected from counterfeit copies of the brand. Parma Ham for example has to be made in a certain part of Italy, with particular pigs treated in a particular way in order to get the proper certification. Similarly, foods like Arbroath Smokies, Cornish Pasties and Herefordshire Cider (perhaps made with apples from Canon Pyon farm) are created in certain locations using specific methods.

There are 2 types of protection:

PGI: Protected Geographical Indication
PDO: Protected Designation of Origin

Protected Geographical Indication
The PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) mark designates a product originating in a specific place, region or country whose given quality, reputation or other characteristic is essentially attributable to its geographical origin and at least one of the production steps of which takes place in the defined geographical area.

Protected Designation of Origin.
 The PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) mark identifies a product originating in a specific place, region or country, whose quality or characteristics are essentially or exclusively due to a particular geographical environment with its inherent natural (raw materials, environmental characteristics, location) and human (traditional and artisanal production) factors the production, processing and preparation steps of which all take place in the defined geographical area and in line with the strict production regulations established.

There is a list of UK foods with this designation here.

Here are details of the scheme as regards the whole EU.
There will be a lot of familiar foods here.

Over the last few days, Pork Pies have also been in the news a little.

Jonathan Agnew mentioned pork pies as he commentated on the amazing final Engand Innings in the 3rd Ashes test which you may have heard about on the news.

Boris Johnson also waded into the Pork Pie row by suggesting (erroneously it seems) that after No Deal Brexit, Melton Mowbray Pork Pies could be exported to more countries than they currently are.
The thing is, that if there is a No Deal Brexit then this will just be one of thousands of seemingly small bits of legislation which will start to have a huge knock on effect on people's lives, including the producers of these foods of course. They are made from imported ingredients very often, or with a sourcing supply chain which will be subject to disruption.

There are plans for a UK based replacement for the scheme.
Presumably all those foods already protected will be given the same protections by default and have instant protection to the same standard? It's been discussed for some time.

Will this mean we have Crotian Cornish Pasties or a bold new future where we can export huge amounts of what are very seasonal and low volume products such as Shetland Lamb to make up for all the other lost food imports and exports...

Bake Off - support Alice

We'll be supporting Alice Fevronia, geography teacher, in the new series of the Great British Bake-Off.
She has a new Twitter feed.

Plenty of geo-bake off potential here.

RGS-IBG Annual Conference

I've always had an interest in attending the RGS-IBG Annual Conference, but it comes at the end of the holidays when I have traditionally been heading back to work for INSET. This is also the case this year. There are a few sessions of particular interest. Any educators going might be interested in this session.

There are some excellent names on the panel session as showed below:

Geography and Education: Panel session
Steve Brace (Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), UK)
Gemma Collins (University of Birmingham, UK)
James Esson (Loughborough University, UK)
Jennifer Hill (University of the West of England, UK)
Heike Jöns (Loughborough University, UK)
Alan Kinder (Geographical Association, UK)
Parvati Raghuram (The Open University, UK)

Lithium Mining

"The birds have gone, we can't keep animals anymore," he says. "It's getting harder and harder to grow crops. If it gets any worse... we will have to emigrate."
Jorge Cruz

Atlas Obscura had some amazing images of lithium mining in a recent blog.
A recent National Geographic magazine also had an excellent report on this particular industry, which sits alongside cobalt mining as being an extractive industry which influences all of our lives, via the requirements of smartphone manufacture and other items needing batteries.
Lithium is used in the creation of batteries which have a long life, and are rapid to recharge, while being very light and compact.
One key area for lithium extraction is Bolivia.

The National Geographic article is here.

Electric cars are becoming more common on our streets, as the charging infrastructure expands and costs come down (or the maths make more sense as fuel prices rise)
There is still a way to go before they challenge conventional petrol engines, but they all need a battery, and batteries need lithium. The narrative that electric cars are better for the environment doesn't really play out when one considers all the costs.

The BBC recently explored the potential implications of this technology.

Electric Car Icon by Prashanth Rapolu from the Noun Project

GCSE Results Day

GCSE Results Day was last week. Well done to all those picking up results whatever grade they were.
Here's a few additional pieces that may be of interest.

First, some well-done words from Michael Palin.


Also, an article by Steve Brace in the TES on the results, and the value of geography.

Also check out the OFQUAL maps which include maps of GCSE performance by area. They also have 'A' level maps.
These will allow you to compare your performance with other areas, and also compare performance over the last few years (although grading systems have changed in that time).

Hopefully all teachers were pleased with their results. If not, the new school year is time to reboot and start again, and perhaps trial some new approaches.

Steve Brace also had a letter published in the Sunday Telegraph, jointly with a colleague from the Historical Association making the point about the value of the Humanities.

See the letter opposite.

Sea Level change lecture in Plymouth

Taking place on the 3rd of September - a good start of term treat for local teachers perhaps - takes place in the evening. Follow the link above to register your place.

What does a warming world and rising sea level mean for coastal communities in Devon and Cornwall? 
This free event will explore the science and experiences behind sea level and coastal change in the South West. The public are invited to attend this evening of talks and get involved in an open discussion session on all aspects of life along a changing coastline. 
  • 18:00: Welcome reception, drinks and nibbles
  • 18:30 Part 1: “Sea-level change and global warming: lessons from the past to inform our future” – Professor Roland Gehrels
  • 18:50 Part 2: “Coastal Changes, Creative Responses” – Professor Caitlin DeSilvey and Dr Natalia Eernstman
  • 19:10 Part 3: Open floor panel discussion session – chair: Professor Iain Stewart
This evening event is free to attend. 
For more information email Rob Barnett:

Tokyo - planning for disaster

A nice piece on Atlas Obscura.

It describes a daily ritual which can be observed (or rather, heard) across Japan, at or around 5pm.

It's the shichouson bousai gyousei musen housou

It’s known as the ‘5pm Chime’ (五時のチャイム) or, more officially (and tellingly), the ‘Municipal Disaster Management Radio Communication Network’ (市町村防災行政無線). That should give you some clue as to what it is for, and why you’ve probably never really understood it. After all, if all you’ve ever heard is eerie chimes or music at dusk, that likely means you’ve not experienced any major disasters (a good thing!)

Officially then, the speaker network is part of a nationwide system set up around most villages, towns and cities to warn residents in the case of emergency – especially disaster warnings for tsunamis and informational broadcasts in response to earthquakes.

Some systems are also set up to broadcast announcements of severe weather, fire, suspicious persons, dangerous wildlife or simply just public announcements of community events or activities. It’s most often heard early in the morning or late in the afternoon and can be a blessing or a curse, depending on your sleep patterns.

But despite all these important uses, the one we hear most often is undoubtedly the 5pm chime. It’s an instrumental version of ‘Yuyaku Koyake’ (夕焼け 小焼け), a Japanese children’s folk song dating back to 1919. The beloved music is used as both a daily safety check to ensure the broadcast system and speakers are working correctly, and also to remind children that playtime is over and that they should return home before dark.

OFSTED and the Curriculum

Image result for ofsted logoThe new OFSTED Curriculum documentation - from September 2019
Download it as a PDF from this link.

At secondary school, it will look at a sample of four to six subjects.
As part of its deep dive, Ofsted will also carry out an “evaluation of curriculum leaders' long- and medium-term thinking and planning including their rationale for content choices".

Under its new inspection framework, Ofsted is also extending the length of inspections at "good" schools to two days – apart from in schools with fewer than 150 pupils, where inspections will remain one day long.

Ofsted has put curriculum at the centre of its inspection plans with its plan to replace teaching and learning and pupil outcomes as separate inspection judgements with a new quality of education grade.
It will assess the intent, implementation and impact of a school’s curriculum alongside teaching and learning and pupils’ results to give each school a quality of education inspection grade.

It is giving schools until the summer of 2020 to develop their thinking on curriculum and has indicated that this period could be extended.

Claire Stoneman's blog here is worth reading too (thanks to Ian Yorston for the tipoff)

World Trade Visualisation

ImageThe Office for National Statistics has a trade explorer.

This allows for users to explore the trade between countries.

Ambient location

Intrigued by this image from the first Longitude gathering... Some others have happened since - keep an eye out for them as they are free and have interesting speakers.

It was the work of Ed Stafford, who I have followed for quite a few years, since we first got involved in GeoVation with the Geography Collective.

Ambient location or proximity is used by technology.

The idea of sharing our location is something which has developed substantially in recent years.

Hazards Starter...

Get Creative... it's good for you...

One of the reasons why I blog, is that whenever I put some words together, and then press the little orange box that says PUBLISH, I know there's something out there that I have created. It's going to be read by people and maybe spark some interest in their day, or lead them towards some new ideas and resources.

There's been a lot written about Creativity and Innovation.
If you want to know what that feels like, then write something and then press Publish.

Here's the article from last month, which shares some of the research.

Olafur Eliasson

Head down to the Tate before the end of the year to catch the Olafur Eliasson show.

Image: Sally Parkinson

Amazon Fires Resources - Map

I'm going to be posting a number of resources around the current Amazon fires.
They will definitely be part of my teaching in the first few weeks.

These were mentioned in a recent blogpost, and are a catastrophe if they aren't stopped soon.
This map was made by Bern Szulaski

The boundary is from WWF, as found on ArcGIS Online. MODIS hotspots are from the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. The basemap is the Firefly basemap, part of the Living Atlas collection. Symbols used to show the hotspots are from the Firefly symbol set. The configurable app used in this example is Media Map.

Remember to always be cautious with any maps or data sets that might be used. Is this an accurate map of fires? How are fires being reported and tracked?
One to consider further, and think critically about.

Tarkovsky and Landscape

A landscape is a spectacle, perceived and interpreted by the human eye. 
A landscape is a space with a frame around it, planted like a garden full of meaning.

This review contains some very quotable quotes on landscape, two of which are included above. It is about the Russian film 'Stalker', directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.

Stalker [Blu-ray]Space is political, in the real world. People fight over territory at every level: Neighbors bicker over the property line, while borders define the shape of every nation and pin their identity to the map. 
The Zone of Stalker takes place right on the line that divides here from there
It is overgrown the same way that the Demilitarized Zone is overgrown, that strip of land between North and South Korea that is like a geographic scar. 
It is abandoned the way that the area around Chernobyl is abandoned.

I re-watched Stalker earlier in the month, for the first time in quite a few years. It's an excellent movie.

The Amazon is burning

The Amazon Rainforest is burning.
This is not good.

What can any of us do?
Putting out the fires is not an option - there are too many of them - they need to burn themselves out, or have huge amounts of retardant (chemicals) dropped with untold consequences. and further fires need to be avoided (which is not going to happen given Bolsonaro's stance)

We are told that essentially one out of every five breaths we take is provided by the trees of the Amazon, and the fires are over 80% larger than last year.

Read this piece on The Intercept.

I saw this image of representatives of indigenous groups standing ready to fight for the forest. I was a member of Survival International for many years back in the 80s and 90s.

WWF seem to be doing the most on the ground perhaps.

Some leaders are also leaders. Here's Macron, who will also be hosting the G7 this weekend.
Here's another perspective on the fires.

There's also the thought that we burned all our forests in the rush to industrialise and settle the UK, and so we can't be too outraged when another country does the same?

It would be good to have a bit of good global news...

How does this play out in the teaching of this topic / ecosystem next time round I wonder...

Also bear in mind of course, how these maps are representing the fires...
An interesting tweet here.

Thought for the Day

The awareness of distance defines villages and communities, just as physical contact, not a chatroom, is the essence of friendship. 
Geography is the narrative of that distance.
Simon Jenkins

What 3 Words and the Squares

What 3 Words has been gaining in traction in terms of its use, although there are some people who are yet to be convinced. There is apparently an existing system for those who have a phone signal, which is called Advanced Mobile Location (AML).

What 3 Words' advantage is that the app stores all the locations, and so only GPS is needed to find a location and then report it via text or similar. The app should be installed on the phone in advance of any activity of course.

I joined a support network called 'The Squares' and was pleased to receive a little gift in the post the other day.
The newsletter shows that the use of the addressing system is growing, and it us being built into new cars for example.
The system has been introduced to Mercedes Benz

GA Presidential Memories

One of my current projects is a blog which is a sort of historical geography of the Geographical Association. 

It's a long term project which will run for the next 2 years through to September 2021.

This starts from the very beginning of the GA and I am working my way towards the present day. I am hosting this on a blog called GA Presidents Blog featuring All the (GA) Presidents: Men (and Women)

I'm going back over decades of GA journals and other documents, and have spoken to lots of people.
I am currently in 1931.

Here are the last 60 years of GA Presidents. 
Do you have any memories of any of them?

Please get in touch if you do....

Be a guest Blogger

Anthony Bennett's Internet Geography site is asking for contributions from teachers as guest bloggers.

Visit this page to read some of the existing guest posts, and then contact Anthony with your idea from an addition. This would perhaps be a good way in to blogging, or to share an idea you have or just get something off your chest ahead of the new school year.


As the glaciers thaw, archaeological finds are appearing... this may well be one of the few 'good things'...

Spoken World Map

Another mapping tipoff from Keir Clarke's Excellent Maps Mania site.

The Spoken World Map was created by Michael McNeil for his masters degree at the University of Kentucky. The map uses recordings from Forvo to provide clips of native speakers pronouncing place-names around the world. Forvo is an online pronunciation reference website. The site compiles recordings of pronunciations for words in different languages. 

These recordings include the pronunciations of place-names around the world.

Details on GitHub

South Georgia Podcast

As you may have read in a recent blog post, I'm currently creating a resource for the South Georgia Heritage Trust.
This will be soft-launched at the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers' conference in Scotland in October 2019.

This Podcast is a good listen.
Here's the YouTube version for ease of access.

Few faces in the sub-Antarctic world are as familiar as that of Sarah Lurcock, South Georgia Heritage Trust's Director on South Georgia. Tireless in her management of the annual team that heads to Gryviken to manage the museum, the post office, and various goings-on in this remote outpost, Sarah is one of the strongest ambassadors for an island that so many love so dearly. Many travellers recognize Sarah as the first local face they see upon arrival in South Georgia as she has spent years boarding expedition vessels and prepping visitors for their day visit to Grytviken. However, Sarah and her annually-rotating team are also largely responsible for the fundraising initiatives - largely from tourism vessels - that have paved the way for some groundbreaking projects to be completed in South Georgia. Spending six months a year on South Georgia for over two decades, Sarah has truly dedicated her life to a place that many people only visit once in a lifetime and many more only dream of.

Thought for the Day

 I am told that I spend an unusual amount of lot of time sitting around “lost in thought.” The implication might be that I am wasting time, but to me it seems just the opposite. It is a time when I am truly engaged in the moment and aware of what is around me. And perhaps I am less lost in thought than in looking. I value the idea of getting lost in looking. A type of looking that is not motivated by trying to identify, find, discern or discover something, but is looking just for it’s own sake. "Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees" is the title of Robert Irwin’s biography. Before that, it was a line in a Zen text. Since I am interested in a visual art that is about the visual, learning how to really see and spending much time doing so, seems a very valuable practice to me.

Uta Barth (photographer) , 2007

Iceland Tourism Resource

An updated resource on sustainable tourism in Iceland has now been added to the Better World Detectives page.

Take a look at this, and the other resources for free.

Expeditions Unpacked

I have this book on pre-order.

‘A fascinating and unique look at these celebrated expeditions. Ed Stafford knows all too well how important an explorer’s kit can be and this brilliant book gives great insight into the role it plays.’ —Sir Ranulph Fiennes

In this unique and enthralling book, explorer and survivalist Ed Stafford curates 25 great expeditions through the lens of the kit these remarkable explorers took with them. In an environment where lack of preparation could mean certain death, the equipment carried, ridden and sailed into uncharted territories could mean the success or failure of an expedition. Was it simply a case of better provisions and preparation that helped Amundsen beat Scott to the South Pole? And how has the equipment taken to Everest changed since Hillary’s first ascent?

Through carefully curated photographs and specially commissioned illustrations we can see at a glance the scale, style and complexity of the items taken into the unknown by the greatest explorers of all time, and the impact each item had on their journey. How it potentially saved a life, or was purely for comfort or entertainment, and how these objects of survival have evolved and adapted as science advances, and we plunge further into the extremes.

Conquering fears and mountains, adversity and wild jungles, each item these explorers flew, pulled or hauled played a crucial role in their ambitious and dangerous missions to find out a little more about our world. Through each of these objects, we can gain a better understanding ourselves.

Get an intimate view of these and more amazing expeditions:
Roald Amundsen, race to the Pole: Norwegian expedition (snowshoes, Primus stove, piano, violin, gramophone… )
Amelia Earhart, first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean (Bendix radio direction finder, parachutes, emergency life raft, rouge… )
Tim Slessor, first overland from London to Singapore (machetes, crowbar, typewriter, Remington dry shaver, tea… )
Nellie Bly, around the world in 72 days (Mumm champagne, accordion, silk waterproof wrap, dark gloves… )

Hit Factories

Karl Whitney has written a new book called 'Hit Factories' on the links between music and cities, and how certain cities have a 'sound' to them e.g. the dub reggae of Bristol and the industrial electronica of Sheffield. It's one of the books I've read this summer.
Why did they develop there?
Was it a response to the industrial heritage and migrant heritage of those cities?

His first book was a psychogeographical exploration of Dublin - the 'Hidden City', which he describes in part as:
“edgeland housing adjoining lonely link roads, smashed glass in supermarket car parks, the trickle of a pungent river as it passes through a concrete pipe below a dual carriageway . . . a city defined more by its margins than by its centre, and more by its hidden places than by its obvious landmarks”.
A piece in the Irish Times.

Alongside with this book, I've also got another book about the more rural landscapes and their musical contributions called 'The Lark Ascending'.

A Spotify playlist for the book has also been released, which is always good to see.

Ask the Geographer - again

A reminder of this Podcast series from the RGS-IBG, which has had some additions since I last posted the link here.

A growing series of podcasts by subject experts.

Available on iTunes and Soundcloud


Ely featured on this Open Country broadcast recently. Thanks to Helen Young for the tipoff.

Earlier this year, Helen Mark visited the Isle of Eels in the heart of the Cambridgeshire Fens for its annual eel day festival. She joins the parade of eels through the streets and takes part in the World Eel Throwing Competition (which thankfully involves no real eels). She also learns about the life cycle of the eel and discovers how this extraordinary fish is intimately bound up with the history and culture of Ely. 

Re-thinking Naismith's

This piece was in the newspaper a few months ago, but just getting round to post it now as I've had a summer lull as always....

Naismith's rule has been around for over 100 years, and when I was in charge of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, we used it to help calculate roughly how long it would take to walk a planned and measured route. It seems we are now walking slower than before though...

One to connect with my work as an OS GetOutside Champion.

The power of water

Missing this view, which we had last week down in Devon. 
Sat at the table, or upstairs, or in the garden, the view was of the River Exe. During the day, the tide ebbed and flowed in the estuary - the water swiftly moving to either left or right, the mud flats on the far side appearing and disappearing. Birds came and went, and the hills in the distance came in and out of cloud, or were bathed in late sunshine.
Boats came and went, heading out in early evening and then returnig to the sailing club around 8, by which time we were outside the pub to watch them return. The evening sun lit up the river, and the wind gave the characteristic chime of rope on mast.
Just sitting there was enough to forget all concerns and see the river breathing...

The power of living geography.

Moving to One Note

I will be getting used to this icon a little more from the next academic year, as we are moving to the use of OneNote as a school, with the aid of new staff laptops which are being provided, to replace desktops. 

It will be interesting to see how this works out, and will post a few things on here as I get into the process of using this more to engage with students and their work and hopefully do some online marking and feedback as well....

If you already use OneNote a lot, I'd be pleased to hear some hints and tips from you which I can share here with other geographers...

Thought for the Day

"Stock taking and self-examination are salutary exercises for the teacher, .particularly so in a rapidly changing subject.... it is well to pause from time to time and survey both the objective at which we are aiming and the path or paths by which we may reach it."
Clement Cyril Carter, GA President 1939-1941

OS Puzzle Book 2

This forthcoming book - due out in October-ish - has a slightly different format to the previous book, with puzzles set in the different regions and taking you on a tour of Britain.

Looking forward to seeing a copy, particularly the East of England section.


East London Geography Hub

On Twitter earlier: a new networking option for teachers in East London.

The Fate of Food

Latest book on the reading list is 'The Future of Food'.
The review mentions a product called Soylent, whch stirs memories of Soylent Green, although the ingredients of this product are rather different.

More to come on this...

Thought for the Day

"Nature has more time and energy than any government has time or money" 
Professor Denys Brunsden
GA President, 1986

Inside Air BnB

Inside Air BnB is a site which opens up some of the issues responding to the changes taking place in some neighbourhoods due to the increasing number of properties being listed with airbnb rather than being occupied by their owners, or made available for longer term rentals or sale. This is affecting property prices, and leading to neighbourhoods occupied by residents and short term 'visitors' who do not need to be mindful of annoying the residents as they are only there for one or two nights.

This is certainly an area to consider further for a unit connected with Sustainable Tourism.

Wendell Berry

This is an excellent piece on someone who has written a great deal of sense over the years, including pieces on our relationship with the land.
Check out his books.
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Waterbeach New Town

A few miles to the East of Cambridge, and with a station on the line to King's Lynn is the small settlement of Waterbeach.
A new town is proposed to be built here, and has been given permission by those who make those decisions locally.
It will involve thousands of new homes being constructed and even a new railway station.

Vision for proposed New Town

Planning documents can be downloaded here.

As I mentioned also involve relocating the railway station, which is currently too short a platform to allow the planned new trains to use it.

I will be following these developments for the next few years.

Bourdain on Cities

Anthony Bourdain was a chef who wrote about the secrets of restaurant kitchens in his book 'Kitchen Confidential'.
He later wrote a series of other books describing his travels around the world in search of exciting culinary adventures.
Latterly, he was an author and TV presenter, who travelled the world.

He died last year, and there was a recognition of how powerful his career had been from many people who talked about how he had influenced.
This article outlines some of his legacy with respect to his 'geographical' skills as a traveller, in exploring what made cities tick.

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MS Roald Amundsen

The new Hurtigruten cruise ship is ready to take people to the South Atlantic.
There's a virtual tour around the ship available.
It has a number of features to make it a little more 'green'...

Cosmo Park - an amazing place

Came across this place some time ago, and the Guardian Cities column now has an excellent article on Cosmo Park. It's in Jakarta and is located, incredibly, on the roof of another building.
It is on the 10th storey of a shopping mall.

The image of Cosmo Park was apparently taken by Shahrir Bahar.

Known as parasitic architecture.

There are some good reasons why this might be a good idea.

The houses can be built at 40% below market price, he said, because there is no land to buy. Instead of exchanging money, he offers to improve other parts of the existing building during construction.

"Building on top of roofs is not only an ecological and economical solution, it’s working against the urban sprawl that kills the social link," he said.

In an earthquake zone, that might be less of a good idea.

Leading Primary Geography

If there's one thing you can guarantee, it's that the GA will publish books of quality, and I know that I would say that, but I've been using the GA's publications for longer than I've been writing them, or associated with the production of them.

One thing I'm proud of has been my association with the Primary colleagues who support the work of the GA through the Early Years and Primary Committee. I've attended their meetings, and worked with them in various ways since 2008, when I was involved with the creation of support for the Primary Geography Champions network.

There are many schools who have no geographer on the staff, and there is only a short geography input into many PGCE courses for Primary, so often people with different specialisms may be handed the job of geography coordinator.
This book aims to be a handbook for those who are asked to lead on Primary Geography.

Many of the examples are drawn from recent work on the Primary Geography Quality Mark, including student work and teacher planning. I have been involved with moderating these awards for many years, and recently completed the 2019 cohort. The people writing this book have a range of experiences in leading Primary geography themselves.

The book is split into 7 sections, each edited by a leading name in Primary Geography education, and focussing on one aspect of leading the subject. I liked the curriculum section, and also reading Leszek's section - we had previously worked together as one of the moderator pairs, and it was an excellent day of CPD for me to see how he explored the evidence for the quality of the geography, and the questions he asks... the new OFSTED inspection framework will be an interesting experience for teachers I think.

1. Introduction  - Tessa Willy and Steve Rawlinson
2. Key Concepts - Simon Catling
3. Key Skills - Stephen Pickering
4. Teaching Approaches - Richard Hatwood
5. Geography in your Curriculum - Richard Greenwood
6. Integrating Geography - Leszek Iwaskow, Julia Tanner, Ben Ballin and Susan Pike
7. Effective Subject Leadership - Paula Owens

As with all recent GA publications, there are additional online materials available using a code printed in the book.
These include documents, examples of student work and school planning, and useful web links.

I will be handing a copy to my Primary colleagues in the new academic year.

Disclaimer: I am closely associated with the GA, but this is my honest opinion - it's an excellent resource for Primary (and Secondary) colleagues.