The old lady, the cow and the goat

From 2013: The village of Mcheneka is an ‘average’ village according to Davie. Sited along a dirt road, there are scattered houses made from clay brick and straw roofs.

The Life Geographic

11 May 2019 – This is an imported page from an old blog I kept during my travels to Malawi. Next month (June 2019) as part of this year’s Norwich-Dedza Partnership exchange, teachers from Malawi will be visiting the UK. So in celebration and preparation for that, I will be re-blogging the thoughts I made during my visit in 2013.

You can find an index of all the 2013 Malawi blog entries here. Zikomo!


“The old lady, the cow and the goat”

29th May 2013; Mcheneka, Malawi

Run, run fast as you can!
You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!
I am your dreams and I am your hopes
But a greater distance I seem to span
You will tire
As I stay quick
Until the carrot
Becomes the stick
If you are idle or tend to despair
I will ever be out of touch
But passion and…

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We are all made of stars

From 2013: A colleague and I went off-grid for a couple of days: Mcheneka is approx 15km WSW of Dedza – not far at all, you may say. But the way is by unpaved dirt road, full of bruising divots and bumps… and we decided to go by bicycle taxi… #Malawi

The Life Geographic

11 May 2019 – This is an imported page from an old blog I kept during my travels to Malawi. Next month (June 2019) as part of this year’s Norwich-Dedza Partnership exchange, teachers from Malawi will be visiting the UK. So in celebration and preparation for that, I will be re-blogging the thoughts I made during my visit in 2013.

You can find an index of all the 2013 Malawi blog entries here. Zikomo!


“We are all made of stars”

28th May 2019; Mcheneka, Malawi

The carpet; the tiles; the door; the mobile phone; the roots; the soil; the grass; the pavement; the mobile phone; the car; the road; the gear stick; the road; the pavement; the shop door; the product; the mobile phone; the shopping trolley; the product; the product; the product; the mobile phone; the toddler trying to trip you over; the product; the checkout; the wallet…

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Amazing Umbwi

From 2013: Amazing Umbwi: We can list the number of overwhelming things we have experienced today. And I sit here (well, two of us!) trying to think of all the jaw-dropping moments. #Malawi

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07 May 2019 – This is an imported page from an old blog I kept during my travels to Malawi. Next month (June 2019) as part of this year’s Norwich-Dedza Partnership exchange, teachers from Malawi will be visiting the UK. So in celebration and preparation for that, I will be re-blogging the thoughts I made during my visit in 2013.

You can find an index of all the 2013 Malawi blog entries here. Zikomo!


“Amazing Umbwi”

27th May 2013; Dedza, Malawi

“Overwhelmed”. When have you truly been overwhelmed? I imagine that first you would have to define what the word actually means, to you anyway. And with that definition, perhaps comes the power, energy and the stock that accompanies it. Now can you think of a time when you have been overwhelmed in a positive way. Did it move you to tears? Did you get a lump in your…

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On the road!

From 2013: We are on the M1, which takes us from the airport to Lilongwe, and then onto Dedza. It is Malawi’s main highway – and journeying along it helps to see a bigger picture. #Malawi #GeographyTeacher DTW_Education

The Life Geographic

06 May 2019 – This is an imported page from an old blog I kept during my travels to Malawi. Next month (June 2019) as part of this year’s Norwich-Dedza Partnership exchange, teachers from Malawi will be visiting the UK. So in celebration and preparation for that, I will be re-blogging the thoughts I made during my visit in 2013.

You can find an index of all the 2013 Malawi blog entries here. Zikomo!


“On the road!”

26th May 2013; Lilongwe, Malawi

Let’s play a game of ‘narrow your gaze’, if you will. Look forward through the windscreen of the bus and squint. What you will see is a very normal scene: a paved road, with impatient cars whizzing by our slow chugging minibus. Either side of the road, concrete lampposts stand tall, lining the edge like a regimented army platoon. Dancing in and out of them, on occasion…

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Made by youngsters, for youngsters!

From 2013: Made by youngsters, for youngsters! UK high-school Geography students make lesson materials about their lives for their Malawi peers.

The Life Geographic

07 May 2019 – This is an imported page from an old blog I kept during my travels to Malawi. Next month (June 2019) as part of this year’s Norwich-Dedza Partnership exchange, teachers from Malawi will be visiting the UK. So in celebration and preparation for that, I will be re-blogging the thoughts I made during my visit in 2013.

You can find an index of all the 2013 Malawi blog entries here. Zikomo!


“Made by youngsters, for youngsters!”

20th May 2013; Framingham Earl, UK

The best gift is one which has taken a lot of thought, dedication and time to produce. In our consumer-society it is all too easy to pick up something for a few pounds, and then give it to the recipient, anxious that you’ve made the right choice.

One gift we are taking to Malawi is a learning resource that we created ourselves. Every Monday…

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Teaching & Learning Resources for Malawi

From 2013: Sharing Malawi teaching and learning resources with all you overworked educators out there. Part of a Year 9 Geography scheme of work on development.

The Life Geographic

06 May 2019 – This is an imported page from an old blog I kept during my travels to Malawi. Next month (June 2019) as part of this year’s Norwich-Dedza Partnership exchange, teachers from Malawi will be visiting the UK. So in celebration and preparation for that, I will be re-blogging the thoughts I made during my visit in 2013.

You can find an index of all the 2013 Malawi blog entries here. Zikomo!


“Teaching & Learning Resources for Malawi”

15th May 2013; Framingham Earl, UK

I stand in front of a Year 9 class, passing a fleeting gaze at each face from the back of the class to the front. These young people are in full transition from youth to adult. Is this the last year of true and total innocence? As next year it will be the start of their GCSEs, to which the foundation of their…

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Learning From Malawi

We all have experiences in our lives that change our mentality and perspective - for better or worse. Some of these experiences even change who we are. Next month (June 2019), as part of this year's Norwich-Dedza Partnership exchange teachers from Malawi will be visiting the UK. So in celebration and preparation for that, I will be re-blogging the thoughts I made during my visit to Malawi in 2013.

Geography: Will You Marry Me?

"Geography: Will You Marry Me?" - A piece of performance poetry for the #InspringGeogStories project. Performed at the Geographical Association's Annual Conference (GAConf19) TeachMeet. Click here for the lyrics and recording of the performance.

Inspiring Geography Stories – Part 2

The final three of six #InspiringGeogStories - featuring wolves, identity and spiritualism - these will be showcased by a piece of performance poetry at the Geographical Association's Annual Conference (#GAConf19) #TeachMeet and lecture on conference Thursday (4:20pm).

Inspiring Geography Stories – Part 1

The first three of six #InspiringGeogStories, which will be showcased at the Geographical Association's Annual Conference next week in Manchester. The conference #TeachMeet will feature a piece of performance poetry and the lecture will detail the stories behind the lyrics on conference Thursday (4:20pm). Thanks to Stephen Schwab, Juliette Horsford and Rebecca Carver for their contributions!