Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Last post...

This is the 679th post on this blog, and the last from me.
Hope you all have a good summer.
Keep an eye out on your travels for examples of sustainable transport solutions - take pics with your mobiles, pick up timetables etc.
Best wishes to KHCTC staff and students too.

Mrs. Clarke will now take over...

Best of luck with Year 11 - I will be checking in from time to time to see what you're up to...

Mister P

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Big Huge Magazine Cover

Big Huge Labs is one of my top 10 sites.
We used the MAGAZINE COVER MAKER today to start to think about the cover for our coursework portfolio.
Here's my starter effort....
You might also want to read this post on the BBC NEWS website.

Monday, July 14, 2008

KES Car Parking Policy

I'll put this up here now so that you can have access to it when you need to...

This is the first piece of work that you will probably do next year, but I am putting it here now so that you can think about it over the summer, and also to save Mrs. Clarke a job.

Before you move on to this, you need to have done the research on the various forms of transport that we mentioned, and also consider the factors that put people off using the bus (and other forms of public transport) and how they can be overcome (think of the CARROT and STICK idea that we have discussed before)
These are some problems with the car parking provision at school. Are there any others ? Is this a realistic assessment ? Is it too pessimistic ?

There are some follow up activities to complete now:
A powerpoint will be available on the school network (and SLIDESHARE)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Velib problems ? and a Svalbard story...

We have been looking at the VELIB scheme in Paris.

Take a look at this useful SCRIBD document too, which contains a useful FAQ on the scheme. You need to consider whether this scheme could work in King's Lynn. If so, how could it be planned to work ? Where would you place the cycle stations ? What potential problems could there be ? How sustainable is the scheme ?

Read this article from the TIMES, which goes through some of the issues that the scheme is now facing.
Does this item focus on the good aspects or bad aspects of the scheme ?

What are the impacts of Velib on encouraging cycling ? Cycling deaths are apparently well down, and there have been a total of 27 million Velib trips.

Also thanks to SLN member Plene for pointing out THIS ARTICLE which has some useful information on SVALBARD: a good focus for an EXTREME ENVIRONMENT.
It starts:

It is forbidden to die in the Arctic town of Longyearbyen.

Should you have the misfortune to fall gravely ill, you can expect to be despatched by aeroplane or ship to another part of Norway to end your days.

And if you are terminally unlucky and succumb to misfortune or disease, no-one will bury you here.

Why do you think that might be ?

Saturday, July 12, 2008


May be the extreme environment of choice in some schools...

Thanks to Alan Doherty for presentation via Slideshare

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Car Sharing

While having a mooch in Sheffield yesterday, I saw this car. It was parked near the University, and the old Jessop's hospital (and the Henderson's Relish place).
It was in a bay marked CAR CLUB.
There was a website address called WHIZZGO on the side of the car.

If you follow the website link you will find lots of information about this particular online car club, and see that Sheffield is one of several cities where they have cars which can be borrowed by the hour (or for longer periods)
This is a nice idea for those people who don't want the running costs of owning a car.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008


Keep an eye out for the summer competition that we are running at KES this summer.
Take a picture which looks as if you're squishing a landmark, building, landscape feature or geographical feature between either your fingers or two hands.
There is an e-mail address to send your digital images to.
The winner will have their image made into a mug or mouse mat.
Thanks to Emma J for the prize idea.
We look forward to your entries !

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Bus Design Competition: A New Bus for London

Image from HERE.

London was famous for the Routemaster Bus.
It's the classic bus with the platform at the back with a spiral staircase to the upper deck, and the pole to hang onto as you jumped on and off, patrolled by a conductor who would spiral out a ticket with his (or her) machine. I remember on many occasions getting the night bus from Trafalgar Square back to Brixton and other boroughs...

Image by Flickr user metropilot, and made available under Creative Commons License

And then the Routemaster was removed from the routes - why ??
Apparently there were some issues with the design of the old bus... Do some RESEARCH on this.

Image by Flickr user Annie Mole, and made available under Creative Commons License

Now Boris Johnson, the new Mayor of London is keen to bring back the bus. He wants to phase out the 'bendy bus', and is keen to

This GUARDIAN article outlines the details.

The mayor said the Routemaster had been "fabulous" and its successor should seat at least 72 people and be "green" in terms of carbon dioxide emissions and red in colour.
More details in this BBC item too.

So head over to the COMPETITION WEBSITE, which is nicely designed: A NEW BUS FOR LONDON.
All the details and entry forms are available...

Friday, July 04, 2008

2 lessons to go...

OK. There are 2 lessons before the end of the year.
They are both in the computer room. You need to do the research for the first part of the magazine...

Next Friday you have an Army day...
Here's a movie on rising bollards...

Car Parking in London

Car Parking charges.

Hourly rate of parking:

Manchester £4.50
Liverpool £2.00
Central London: 20p an hour...

Why is parking in London so cheap, and how does this relate to the Congestion charge ?

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Cycling Proficiency....

An excellent "Big Question" feature in 'The Independent', which looks at whether we are turning into a nation of cyclists.
There is a very useful graphic which shows the growth of cycling in London, but also points out the considerable gap that still exists between the average distance travelled by car compared to the bicycle.

Introduces an interesting idea of "liveability".

Also, starting this weekend is the world's greatest sporting event.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Sustainable Transport: the start of the next stage of the course...

Transport is defined as:
The MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE AND GOODS from one place to another.

Sustainability: What is the definition of this term ?

Put them together, and you get Sustainable Transport

So how would you define it ?

Is the car a sustainable form of transport ?

If not, why not ?

1. Research the following methods of transport:

a) Rickshaw - where have they been used, and which cities have they

b) Light Rail

c) Guided bus - this has been planned for North of Cambridge

d) Maglev - a short section of track has been laid in Shanghai between the airport and the city - how fast can it travel ?

e) Tram - the example of Sheffield and its SUPERTRAM network should be looked at - what other cities in the UK also have tram networks ? - produce a map to show those towns and cities which have introduced a tram network

f) Community bus - is there a local community bus scheme ? what is it called ? how does it work ?

g) Car pooling

h) Velib - bicycle hire scheme in Paris

Provide an example of an actual place where each of these have been used, and how successful the project has been (also try to identify any costs, and other issues involved in setting up the scheme)

The BUS is a more SUSTAINABLE form of transport. Why ?

2. Think through the various stages involved in taking a bus journey – try to account for every stage in the journey. Produce this in the form of a flow chart. I will get you started on this...

3. Now try to think of the different problems that could occur at each of the stages, which might put people off using the bus as a form of transport. Remember that not everyone is able bodied and has all their senses working 100%

4. Now try to come up with a solution to the problem that would encourage people to keep using the bus

Where do the following fit into this ?

· Heavy rainfall

· Bus full by the time it gets to your stop

· Electronic information boards

· Kneeling bus

· Bus shelters

· Oyster cards

· Pre-payment tickets

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

And..... relax......

They think it's all over....
It is now...

Any thoughts ?

Monday, June 23, 2008

Last minute reading...

...on cheap T Shirts
BBC NEWS MAGAZINE article and little iPlayer video
Relates to tonight's PANORAMA programme.

A final Tony Cassidy contribution...

If you get an A*, you owe Tony a pint....

We will use an edited version of this, where we look at OUR PLACE, and also Svalbard rather than Antarctica...

Exam tomorrow...

Do a few last minute bits of revision tonight
Get a good night's sleep - don't stay up late
Don't forget to bring your equipment with you tomorrow
Set the alarm clock before you go to bed
Eat breakfast !

So don't forget: DGDSE....

And don't forget FUGIS either....

Good luck to all KES students, and good luck to all Kirk Hallam students !!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Final few days of revision...

Enjoy your weekend, but try to do a few short revision sessions...
Use the blogs
Play Tony's Apprentice mega-quiz

Thursday, June 19, 2008

What's so special about Bristol ??

Special prize for the first KES student to tell me....
Clue: it has something to do with the work you'll be starting the week after the exam is over...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Welcome to Mrs. Clarke - new blog author...

I gave Mrs. Clarke an intensive training course yesterday (well, 5 minutes...) and she has posted her first blog post. Mrs. Clarke will be keeping up the blog next year in my absence, and reminding you of the various deadlines. Remember that the Year 11 work is already on the blog in the relevant months (scroll to the bottom of the right hand column...) and also all labelled accordingly.

Here's a nice transport cartoon I came across recently, showing how the transport we use changes with age...

Don't forget to check Tony's blog for the latest and last help with revision....

New post

Testing this new post

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Stripy icebergs...

These pictures arrived in e-mail attachment today - they're obviously doing the rounds... Anyone know what causes the stripes to happen ?
Post a comment below KES pupils....

As Svalbard melts away (a possible future...) is this going to be a more common sight ?

Monday, June 16, 2008

Sunday, June 15, 2008


Greenland has a very cool flag...
Of course it's not called Greenland by everybody: Kalaallit Nunaat...
It is an amazing place, and the Wikipedia article has some very useful information.

There is a GREENLAND statistics site here.

Here are some questions for this section of the Pre-Release booklet.
The focus is a place called NUUK. This is also known as Godthab.
Here is the climate information for NUUK.

Why not go here on HOLIDAY. There are quite a few YOU TUBE videos too...

Use this in relation to the work in the booklet...

Location Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Nuuk -4.4 -4.5 -4.8 -0.8 3.5 7.7 10.6 9.9 6.3 1.7 -1.0 -3.3 1.74 Mean Daily High
-10.1 -10.6 -10.6 -6.1 -1.5 1.3 3.8 3.8 1.6 -2.5 -5.8 -8.7 -3.89 Mean Daily Low
39 47 50 46 55 62 82 89 88 70 74 54 756 Precipitation

Here are the questions:

1. What is the precipitation in Nuuk in June ? (1)
2. What is the temperature range in Nuuk ? (2) (for this you need to subtract the lowest temperature from the highest - don't forget that there may be some negative values involved here...)
3. List 6 reasons why tourists might visit Greenland.
4. What makes Greenland an extreme environment ?
5. How might Greenland change in the future ?
6. What was your example of an extreme environment ?
7. Describe how 3 different groups of people are making use of Greenland.
8. Name one group of people who live in Alaska in a sustainable way.

Public thanks to Tony Cassidy again for sending me a very nice FUGIS document to use with this final week of preparation.

Car Sharing on the rise...

A good article with a video from the BBC NEWS site on the increase in people car sharing.
This will be useful for the Year 11 Sustainable Transport work

With the rising price of diesel, this could well become even more likely.
There is a range of websites that already exist to help people make contact with others.


How is this more sustainable ?

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Many thanks to Comrade Cassidy !

From the time that we started on the Pilot GCSE Geography, we have been lucky to have worked with Tony Cassidy and Ingrid Marston at Kirk Hallam Community Technology College. I would recommend that you continue to follow Tony's blog next year (as well as look at back posts... I will tell you all about the Year 11 work once the exam is over...)

Tony has produced a new version of an infamous resource that he produced using 'The Apprentice' as a guide. This is a MEGAQUIZ....
Remember that in the section on MY PLACE, there may be references to a place other than King's Lynn.....

There are only 10 days to the exam, so you will need to be in TOP GEAR for your revision now...
The final section on GREENLAND will be added tomorrow...

This POST on Tony's blog has the final links to some pre-release assistance that he has added recently...

Pre-Release latest...

OK, so work experience is now over...
Back to school next week for 2 weeks of preparation...
We will have 3 hours to recap on the booklet, but I hope you have been using these blog posts and can come with some evidence of this. I have to say that there should have been a lot more comments on the blog posts over the last few weeks.

Read Resource 16, and visit a few suitable websites. is an obvious one...

Create a MIND MAP explaining:

  • What organic farming is.
  • Why some people say it is more sustainable than conventional farming.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Blankety Blank...

Gap fill exercise on Bangladesh. Once again, thanks to Penny Parry for this activity...
Do you know your onions ?Fill words in the blanks (Use Resource 9) -

In Bangladesh _______ jobs in the textile and ____________ industries produce items for sale in _______ and __________. Most workers are ___________, aged between _____ and ______, working between _____ and _____ hours a ______.

Unskilled workers take home _____ taka, or £_____ a month, but many are not paid ___ ______. Working conditions are poor: for example __________________________________________ and many managers do not allow _____ _______ to be formed.

(15 marks) - use the information in the booklet.

Bonus point if you identify the person in the picture...

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

North or South ? If only it was so easy....

This post refers to Resource 8....This is a world map, which contains some information on the manufacturing of clothing work by a year group who are the focus for the pre-release booklet.
TONY has produced a very nice powerpoint on this resource too, which we shall use next week when the great adventure that is Work Experience is over...

You will notice that there is a solid line which separates what we could call the rich 'North' from the poor 'South', but it is seldom as straightforward as that... Indeed, there is some debate over whether the line is valid anymore given the economic growth in places such as the Arabian states, South Africa, Brazil and China to name but a few...

The line is called the BRANDT DIVIDE, (also known as the North South divide) after Willy Brandt, who chaired the group who proposed the position in the late 1970s. I had a copy of the book when doing my degree in the early 1980s...
Wikipedia article linked to above also offers a suggested updated position for the line (see below)Some questions on this map today:

1. Which continents are in a) the North and b) the South ?
2. How can Australia be in the North, and China be in the South ?
3. Which countries that were in the South on the map in the booklet are proposed to be in the North in the map above (i.e. are now shaded blue) ?
4. How many of 10SR's clothing were manufactured in a) the North and b) the South ?
5. Do a similar survey of 10 items of clothing from your wardrobe and bring the results in when you come back next week ! (this is important)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Euro 2008 - Who will you support ?

Interesting that as none of the UK teams have qualified for this tournament (it's Football by the way) the BBC and other broadcasters are making a lot of the fact that we have pockets of people from different countries living in the UK. There has been a push to support Poland by certain retailers, who are keen to sell products as they will miss out on the bonanza that occured in 2006. The cost could be as much as £2 billion in lost sales.

Some local towns have links with certain places.
The TIMES had a very useful article on Saturday looking at why some retailers are supporting certain countries:

Two years ago the World Cup in Germany helped Tesco to sell more than half a million St George’s flags, 400,000 footballs and 50,000 two-pint glasses in the shape of the tournament’s trophy.

This summer the supermarket is again draping its shelves in red and white: it is backing Poland.

Tesco has brought in extra supplies of Polish snacks and beer at 150 stores in areas with large Polish communities such as Slough, Hammersmith and Glasgow.

“There are three good reasons to support Poland,” a Tesco spokesman said. “They’ve contributed a lot to our economy, they’re underdogs, and they’re in the same group as the old enemy - Germany.”

THETFORD has a large Portuguese community.

Useful GUARDIAN article on a similar theme.

Using BBC's BORN ABROAD site, can you suggest which country these retailers should be supporting ?

  • An off license in ...
  • A cafe owner in ...
  • A sportswear retailer in ... etc.
Also check out the excellent mapping produced by Danny Dorling and co at Sheffield University on their SASI site. There is also the excellent HUMAN GEOGRAPHY OF THE UK site.

Add a comment below - who are you supporting and why ?

Also an interesting article on Liverpool's CAPITAL OF CULTURE status and how it is affecting the city.

Using Resources 4,5 and 6

Image by iStockPhoto

Whose results are better: Simon or Purdeep's ?

  • Why are Purdeep's results not going to accurately represent the customer base at Broadmead ?
  • What other survey(s) could Purdeep have done to get over these problems ?
  • Suggest three other ways that the information that was collected could have been represented. Which method(s) would you prefer and why ?

Think about carrying out a similar investigation in the Vancouver Quarter in King's Lynn (as the town centre has now been 'rebranded'...)Image by Flickr user richgpz600, who also has some other great image sets in the King's Lynn area

You are going to find out how shoppers in the town feel about the new development (advantages and disadvantages) compared with going to a mall like Chapelfield or Castle Mall in Norwich, Grand Arcade in Cambridge or Queensgate in Peterborough.

What aims / hypotheses would you begin with ?
How would you collect data ?
What secondary sources might you use to support your primary findings ?
How would you present your results ?
How would you consider different target audiences for your report ? Who might these different audiences be ?

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Signature... Multicultural UK Resource

Last week they were wowing an audience of millions.

This week, there was an article in the "Daily Mail" which would make a very good resource for use with MY PLACE and also CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY.
It's an article about the 2 people that make up the act "Signature". They explain why they are both PROUD TO BE BRITISH

Friday, June 06, 2008

Velib problems...

I mentioned the VELIB scheme earlier. This is a good one for Sustainable Transport for Year 11 next year.
It's a scheme which involves renting bikes, which are placed in numerous locations around Paris. One of my FLICKR contacts Evan Austin posted this photo recently.Apparently the lack of maintenance upkeep and vandalism is reducing the 'fleet' of Velib bikes ?

Similar scheme also works in SANDNES in Norway, which I've visited...