Friday, 20 November 2015

Coast inspired stamps

In my KS3 Toolkit book for the GA, "Look at it this Way", there was an activity called 'First Class Landscapes' which explored the design of stamps to show a future landscape.
Since then, plenty of stamp sets have emerged, and we are now about to have a really nice looking set of coastal landscapes.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

New Bryson

“Nothing gives the British more pleasure than discussing how to get from here to somewhere else".

New Bill Bryson has been getting a few good reviews. I enjoyed reading it too. It's got some good insights into Britain, and its landscape and culture.

This Guardian article, which I read earlier in the print version is good too.

I'm with Bryson on the topic of dogs as well...

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Sad topographies

Via Twitter, I love this set of snapshots from Google Maps (?)
Depressing place names snipped out of the map and taken out of context.

Also reminds me of a tweet from last night of this location.

How about a set of happy places, or toponyms, or people's names, or .....

Saturday, 3 October 2015

On order

Thanks to Sharon Witt for the tipoff to this book, which I have now ordered.
It's about the Norfolk Broads, and offers a range of interesting short pieces on the nature of the landscape in that area. Written by David Matless.
Scope for using the approach to explore other regions with students...

The introduction discusses an injunction by Georges Perec to ‘see more flatly’ (wryly apt considering the landscape being seen), and the pieces do try to look beyond official accounts of place to draw on tiny concrete details, lived experience, historical perspective, technical boating matters, economics, and so on and so forth. Of course, unless you note everything, the very act of selecting details unflattens them, making (to mix my spatial metaphors horribly) salient features out of what had been background trifles. Similarly, the alphabetical ordering of the pieces is a way of insisting on the ‘non-hierarchical’ approach; I think Matless wouldn’t object if you read them in a random order, as if you were yourself wandering around the Broads, making your own way.
Matless is a geographer, and the introduction does frame the pieces as ‘geographical descriptions,’ but anyone coming to the discipline without a prior knowledge of cultural geography would be amazed by the lack of a ‘neutral’/’objective’ voice, lack of argumentative rigour and even of argument, and lack of traditional academic apparatus such as referencing. Of course, the move away from that rather chimerical lifebelt is one of the characteristic and exciting features of the contemporary cultural geographer. 
Got to love a book that starts with Georges Perec...

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Thought for the Day

"...mountains, like all wildernesses, challenge our complacent conviction - so easy to lapse into - that the world has been made for humans by humans.”
Robert Macfarlane

Monday, 3 August 2015

Landscape survey - a chance to help with some research

I've been sent a link to a survey which I hope you might be able to help with.

My name is Kate Wayland and I'm currently studying Geography (BSc) at Staffordshire University. As part of my degree I have designed my own dissertation project which equates to 1/4 of my final year.

My passion for Geography greatly influences the areas I visit in my spare time. I prefer to visit landscapes that are geologically diverse (landscapes with lots of cool rocks in!). 
I am interested in what people like about the landscapes they visit and in particular the general public appreciation of geodiverse landscapes. 
Amongst other things I've designed this survey to figure out:

- what things attract people to a landscape?

- do people appreciate geodiverse landscapes? 

- what sort of people like geodiverse landscapes?

Hopefully with this information I can suggest suitable ways to encourage  people to enjoy Britain's geodiverse landscapes even more.

If you wish to lend me a hand and contribute to my final project by taking part in my survey then the link is attached  below. It should take 10-15 minutes to complete. Also, the information you share with me will not be passed on to any third parties and will be used solely for the purpose of this dissertation project.

 Please feel free to pass it on to everyone you know, the more the merrier! 

Lastly, if you have any questions or want to find out more my email

Thank you for your time!