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General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas
« on: January 06, 2016, 11:45:47 AM »
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and I wish you a prosperous 2016. I am a very rare visitor these days.  Life has taken me in many new and unexpected directions but I never forget the support and friendships which the SLN Geography Forum gave me when I was active in the Geography classroom. I am most grateful to many of you.   I have decided to retire this summer after 39 years 'at the chalk face' and while it is a scary prospect in some ways, I know it is time to get on with the next stage of my life.  I am very happy to report, however, that my son who is completing his undergraduate Geography degree this year has decided to follow in my (and his late father's) footsteps and will be studying for his PGCE (PGDE here in Scotland) next year - a sort of chip off two old blocks! 

General Discussion / Morocco pics
« on: May 06, 2011, 01:55:31 PM »
As you may be aware, a number of  SLN folk joined a group from SAGT for a familiarisiation and fieldstudy tour of Morocco last month organised by Rayburn Tours.  It was an outstanding tour geographically and culturally. A flavour of the trip is available to view at

General Discussion / Re: Effect of moon on tectonic plates
« on: March 18, 2011, 05:02:29 PM »
If you follow the link under my supermoon posting, there is a You Tube video which excplains exactly how much the perigee moon affects tides.

General Discussion / Supermoon or super moon!
« on: March 18, 2011, 02:16:25 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Bespoke passports for geographers?
« on: February 15, 2011, 07:32:57 PM »
So you can see what you're missing...
Hope it's not illegal to copy passport pages!

General Discussion / Re: Bespoke passports for geographers?
« on: February 15, 2011, 06:57:57 PM »
How disappointing!  I know of at least two other geographers who have just received bespoke passports!

General Discussion / Re: The Chinese are Coming ...
« on: February 09, 2011, 10:06:32 PM »
I thought it was a completely fascinating programme.  Would any of us (who are supposed to know about these things!) have ever imagined the scale of Chinese involvement in Africa?  I thought the impact of the Chinese on local economies was particularly interesting and the statistics about Chinese tourism in Africa were staggering.

General Discussion / Re: Surname mapper
« on: January 31, 2011, 09:49:33 PM »
A couple of years ago there was a link posted on SLN to a website which showed you the distribution of surnames in the UK and how this changed over time.  You could do a bit of migration work e.g. Irish immigrants to west of Scotland and then their gradual spread east and south.  I lost the link - does it ring a bell with anyone?

General Discussion / Re: Iceland Trip 2011 Advice
« on: January 25, 2011, 09:59:10 PM »
I can confirm that this is true.  The small airline company which used to operate the 5 minute flight from Bakki to Heimaey ceased to operate in the summer.  Instead there is now a short ferry crossing from an artifical harbour near Bakki which was completed in August.  The crossing takes approximately 30 minutes.

General Discussion / Re: Skills/stats practice book?
« on: January 25, 2011, 03:46:25 PM »
Many thanks, Emma!

General Discussion / Birth of Britain...
« on: January 25, 2011, 12:35:51 AM »
....last night on Channel 4 was outstanding- an excellent overview of the evidence for glaciation and climate change in Britain. It's not often that drumlins and erratics get prime time!

General Discussion / Re: Skills/stats practice book?
« on: January 23, 2011, 01:21:10 PM »
Could someone please post a link to the Zigzag skills book?


General Discussion / Bespoke passports for geographers?
« on: January 22, 2011, 12:16:39 PM »
Imagine my surprise when my new passport arrived this week! The pages are watermarked with all things geographical. - synoptic charts and weather symbols, features of coastlines including Durdle Door which I had just been teaching this week, coastal landslides, deposition and groynes and a whole host of other natural environments and their features. For  a brief moment I thought that the passport office now were doing some research and issuing bespoke passports! ;)

General Discussion / Re: Anyone still in school???
« on: December 20, 2010, 11:08:18 PM »
We broke up last Friday and don't go back till the 10th but before you start getting jealous, I am giving up the third week to take a group of 5th and 6th formers skiing.   It seemed like a good idea when I planned it in the spring but leaving from school at 2am on the 2nd is a little less appealing now.......!

General Discussion / Men of Rock
« on: December 10, 2010, 12:11:57 PM »
A bit of crazy BBC scheduling has just come to my attention.  We, north of the border are now midway through a three part series called 'Men of Rock', presented by iain Stewart.  Perhaps it's Iain's East Kilbride accent which means BBC doesn't believe it should be screened south of the border!  Who knows..... but whatever the reason you are missing three gems.
If you hurry, you can catch the second programme which was on plate tectonics and is available in iPlayer for another 4 days and certainly you might want to be aware that next week's programme is on glaciation.  if you are north of the border, the second programme is broadcast again tomorrow on BBC Scotland at 1800.

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