“What gets us into trouble is not…”

A throwback to this post 2 years ago, sparked by news of an upcoming
@BBC documentary about ‘Climategate’ – Thursday 14th November 2019 at 9pm on BBC4 (https://bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000b8p2).

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Whatever opinion anyone may have about science, what is indisputable is that modern humans simply could not exist without it. Even groups who chose to reject science as a way of life cannot be 100% free of it, but I’m not going down that long and winding road which ends up pointing out the many benefits of science enjoyed by people who are hostile to it. Those in who hold anti-vaccine or climate-skeptic ideals are not necessarily anti-science, so that debate would be unhelpful.

It is fascinating to me why people do reject certain aspects of science or even the scientific process outright. After-all, science conducted honestly and methodically is the pursuit of the absolute truth. But this is where I think science is its own worst enemy – and that’s due to people tending to pick out their own truths that back up their beliefs.

I’ve engaged in…

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Breathe, think, consider, tweet

Arguably, current affairs mean that the time for pause and substantiated critical thought is more important than ever. Social media in particular is full of quick judgements and prejudice on one hand, and unfortunately down-right nastiness and abuse on the other. Perhaps there is little that can be done with those who engage in the … Continue reading Breathe, think, consider, tweet

Global Climate Strike: Open letter to school leaders

Global Climate Strike (Friday 20th September): My open letter to school leaders.

I’m working on it…!

Don't worry, all! I haven't been updating much that's because I've been up to a lot. I do plan on (a) finishing reposting entries from the old 2013 Malawi blog and (b) summarising some recent and upcoming happenings that are very exciting! Here are a few selected tweets from @Geogramblings which I suppose act as … Continue reading I’m working on it…!

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.

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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

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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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