Monthly Archives: May 2011

County by County: A Journey through the United Kingdom

Having recently read the book ‘State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America‘ I was exposed to a series of vignettes written by multiple authors who have written about each state in the US. It’s a great insight into the … Continue reading

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China: A new view through a lens

After attending a recent film screening of amateur documentary film entitled ‘Brave Father’ held by the Chinese Film Forum UK I decided to buy a book recommended by one of the academics in the discussion that followed the film. The … Continue reading

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Prague – An eerie view

On a research trip to Prague this January I spent a large amount of time wandering around the city trying to find the location of my next interview. One morning I had to get up extremely early as I had … Continue reading

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UNESCO World Heritage sites challenge: Historic Centre of Oporto

The city of Oporto, built along the hillsides overlooking the mouth of the Douro river, is an outstanding urban landscape with a 2,000-year history. Its continuous growth, linked to the sea (the Romans gave it the name Portus, or port), … Continue reading

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Map your surname

An interesting website will help you uncover the geography of your surname: Apparently my surname has roots in Western Europe but is most popular Australia, UK, New Zealand, United States and Canada.

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Mississippi Floods – Open the floodway

Due to the severe flooding experienced from the Mississippi river in Louisiana, the decision has been made to open to Morganza floodway to designed to minimize the risk of catastrophic flooding in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the Army Corps … Continue reading

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It’s National Doughnut Week.

Its National Doughnut Week 7th – 14th May 2011. Raising money for The Children’s Trust. For one week every year through the sale of doughnuts at their outlets, participating bakers across the UK will be helping to raise money for … Continue reading

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Earthquake prediction: It’s not easy

Seismologist Raffaele Bendandi predicted that Rome would be hit by a huge earthquake on 11 May. On 11 May an earthquake occurred near the town of Lorca in southern Spain. Once again proving that earthquake prediction is a tricky task. … Continue reading

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Even clouds have families

Clouds are grouped into families by altittude. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) classification uses the French term ‘étage’: high étage (3-8km/2-5miles); middle étage (/2-4km1.25-2.5miles); and low étage (surface to 2km/1.25miles). Family Altitude (depending on region) Species Features A (high) 3,048-18,288m … Continue reading

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Geographical Heroes: Mary Kingsley

Mary Kingsley (1862-1900) was the first European to visit several parts of West Africa. She was the daughter of the Doctor, naturalist and writer George Kinglsey, and many of her fathers interests became her own. She was self-taught, using her … Continue reading

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