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General Discussion / Drinking bat blood in the desert to survive
« on: January 09, 2015, 07:26:09 AM »
Brilliant account of desert marathon runner and how he survived for 10 days in the desert - fascinating story relevant to Specs with Deserts / Extreme Climates topic -

General Discussion / Amazon "real" case study
« on: June 14, 2014, 07:40:32 PM »
Came across this, three guys going up remote tributary of the Amazon, doing crowd-funding, I've pledged £10 and means I'll get the HD film they are making... see - but you can pledge any amount - they still need a fair bit and have only 10 days to go...

General Discussion / Mr Poo
« on: April 27, 2014, 08:55:10 PM »
 :o Thanks to Rob Chambers via twitter... this made my day (after LFC Chelsea misery), just trying to decide which classes I can get away with showing it to... The boys will ALL openly love it, the girls will love being disgusted by it, especially the squelchy bit [sorry, forgive the sexual stereotypes] - but the parents...??? Might have to classify it a 15 and only show it to Y10 and above...
Confess to be slightly surprised about the whole thing, had an image of India which was a bit less liberal than this campaign suggests.

General Discussion / You've heard of the BRICs - what about the MINTs??
« on: January 06, 2014, 09:29:00 AM »

Can you guess which 4 countries make up the MINT acronym??

NICs BRICs and MINTs, love it, good memorable acronyms.

Fascinating thought-provoking article, with relevance to so many topics - not only development, but population (advantages of a youthful population), globalisation, energy, etc. - there's even a titbit about a sinking slum in Indonesia due to over-abstraction...

Not sure about Mexico and Turkey having nearly £50K average incomes by 2050, but who knows??

I do love the way that the tired bi-polar LEDCs v MEDCs has developed (hope the new GCSE and A-level Specs reflect this!!!) - more complex now, but so much more dynamic and interesting :-)

I do wonder how much impact research / news stories like this have - i.e. will the mere suggestion that these countries are the likely places for fastest future growth lead to much greater investment and thus economic growth...?

General Discussion / Geology A-level resource
« on: November 04, 2013, 05:00:01 PM »
Made this PowerPoint for Igneous Rock Identification for the three students I am tutoring... took hours, even though adapted from pre-existing PPt found on web, so thought I'd share [assume there is no ning / SLN-type thing for A-level Geology??]

Interesting research into Ikaria, a Greek island with a life expectancy 10 years above UK etc. - relevant to some Specs I guess - eg AQA AS Health? - or if like me you are just trying to take every opportunity to brainwash your students towards at least considering the value of a non-consumerist approach to life...!

General Discussion / They Might Be Giants
« on: January 26, 2013, 03:10:01 PM »
I love these people - I'm sure not everyone's taste, but for me... so when I recently found that they have some geographically-related songs other than Istanbul not Constantinople (which I played to Y11 as they were discussing about New York being New Amsterdam before - and they loved...):
Alphabet of Nations:
I am a Palaeontologist (for the geologists on here)

General Discussion / Excellent sounding INSET re Ds to Cs in Geography
« on: January 17, 2013, 06:56:09 AM »  - Weds 13th March London 20th March B'ham
Not cheap at £279 but if your INSET budget holder is persuadable I'd def go for it, especially if Ds to Cs is a focus for your school / department...
Osiris INSET I went on a few years ago was the best I've ever been on - inspirational - and that's from me, quite a cynic, hard to please, etc.
And the leader of this INSET is the one and only Alan P...

General Discussion / David Rogers - Teacher Blog of the Year
« on: June 14, 2011, 04:41:07 AM »;section=News;type_uid=1

Not sure if people have seen this...


Apart from the quality, I'm always amazed by the time commitment many geographers seem to put in to stuff additional to the 'day job', David among them.

Have to say, I do feel that geographers largely seem to lead the way with web stuff, and with being a 'connected, sharing community' (I think SLN plays a big part there - though I've noticed fewer posts of late -wonder if it's because more people are tweeting, blogging, etc.)

General Discussion / good resource for mobile phones lesson
« on: November 21, 2010, 04:57:31 PM »
If like me you do the mobile phones lesson linking us with gorillas and guerillas - and toxic e-dumps in China - then this website will be useful:

General Discussion / Dubai changes since 2000
« on: November 03, 2010, 09:55:17 AM »

'Movie' of aerial photos from 2000-2010 - guess might be useful if you teach Dubai at all...

General Discussion / Hydraulic Action - clarification needed
« on: September 17, 2010, 08:26:03 AM »
Can anyone confidently help me with this:

I have always taught hydraulic action as erosion caused by the 'explosive' release of air in cracks following compression from a wave or river water in a joint or other crack in the river bank / cliff.

My AS text book (Barker et al, AQA) doesn't mention this at all and simply talks about "movement of unconsolidated material due to the frictional drag of the moving water on sediment lying on the channel bed".

I'm guessing that both of these processes can be classified as hydraulic action, but I am mystified as to why the AS book doesn't even mention the first bit...

General Discussion / Wycombe High School site
« on: September 14, 2010, 04:48:34 PM »
 ??? Does anyone know where this has gone? - there were loads of good things - guess they might have gone 'private' - seems they have a moodle, so prob the case - but just asking in case there is still a way of accessing the stuff (I use it as extra reading for A-level students)

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