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Annie Taylor: breaking into Tibet, with cold tea and a Christmas pudding

If you were Annie Taylor, risking your life on a dangerous journey through Tibet in the late 1800s, you could at least expect to enjoy a decent cup of tea. 3,221 more words

Royal Scottish Geographical Society

Petrified Forest National Park

Did you know that the Petrified Forest National Park was established in 1962? The park is located in Arizona and is known for its fossils, especially petrified wood. 205 more words

Lunch Notes

The Geography of Connection

“There’s a lot happening in the world right now that would lead us to believe how disconnected we are from each other — but if this map says anything, I believe it’s that connection is real, alive, and important to us all.”

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Sir Marcus Garvey Say, "Ujamaa"

Marcus Mosiah Garvey, a son of Jamaica, came to the United States in the early part of the twentieth century at the age of 23.  In the span of less than ten years, his accomplishments were nothing less than outstanding.   574 more words

Community Building

Giant Sausage To Protect Dawlish Warren

There are some excellent opportunities for fieldwork or class-based studies using recent decisions made to control flooding in the Exe estuary in Devon. The Environment Agency and Teignbridge District Council are working together on a new beach management scheme at Dawlish Warren, which will get under way in early 2017. 250 more words


bonjour! wie gehts? and du iz tak?...two books for giving at Christmas

Today’s books fairly dance with the mysterious allure of languages. Each would make a great gift for a wide age-range.

Travel around the world to hear a fascinating array of languages, plus put on your thinking caps to delve into a fantastical world with its own new mother tongue. 534 more words


Conventions on What Constitutes Europe and What Constitutes Asia, in Decreasing Order of Sanity

0. ‘Europe’ and ‘Asia’ are dumb, outdated concepts. There is only Eurasia.

This is really the only acceptable resolution to the question of where one continent ends and the other begins. 1,254 more words