Geographical contexts to everyday situations explained

The Monster Raving Loony Party's Manicfesto has some amusing comments on Education. One relates to the issue of Gifted and Talented pupils: an area I was involved in at the recent GA Conference.

"Bright pupils will be fitted with dimmer switches to prevent them distracting the rest of the class."


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(Dimmer set to low...)

Which Geographical issues are featured in party manifestos ?
Are the Green party the most environmentally relevant party ?
Do you know what the parties are saying about these issues ?
Why not have a go at the test at
This asks you to answer a series of questions and then ranks your responses.
You may be surprised...
I'm apparently voting for the 'wrong' party according to the answers I gave.

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Magpie Cafe, Whitby

Magpie Cafe, Whitby
Originally uploaded by GeoBlogs.
This cafe is always busy, and there's always a queue whenever I've been past. It has won lots of awards and been recognised as being one of the best chippies in the country.


Originally uploaded by GeoBlogs.

Beach cusps

Beach cusps
Originally uploaded by GeoBlogs.

Runswick 3
Originally uploaded by GeoBlogs.

Runswick Bay 2
Originally uploaded by GeoBlogs.

Runswick Bay

Runswick Bay
Originally uploaded by GeoBlogs.
Here are some phots from my recent holiday in North Yorkshire.

Cloud Appreciation Society

Got my membership badge and certificate today for the above:
Membership no. 719
Check out the website for details on joining: it costs just £1.87
"Some are weatherwise, some are otherwise" Benjamin Franklin

First of several posts today.
Just back from North Yorkshire, where Geography once again became embedded in the holiday in a rather predictable (and enjoyable) fashion.
One of the pile (not literally) of e-mails waiting for me was details of another of those great collaborative projects I like so much.
This one is called Geograph, and is a project aimed at getting an image (or Geograph) for every square kilometre of the British Isles.
If you have a picture of your local area, use an online mapping service (or OS map) to identify the grid square it's in (4 figure reference, plus letter coding at the start e.g. TF for West Norfolk), and upload your picture. See if you can get on the leader board above me!
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