Geographical explanations of society, economy and the natural environment depend upon integrating facts about places and the spatial relations between and within them.
Our advice to visitors is to expect nothing. That way if they do find something they may be pleasantly surprised.
This site existed for many years as Geography - Environment - Society. Its main purpose was to provide ideas and guidance for Geography teachers and students. It also allowed for some personal indulgences such as Family History.
The site fell into disrepair because of family health issues for much of the past couple of decades and was removed several years ago. There were a couple of attempts to revive it, but they failed. While it is back yet again it will necessarily be quite different We hope this version meets a better fate than the original.
Where it is deemed helpful some archival advice and data from the old site may be posted. However the very limited offerings here will reflect the current access to knowledge and ideas provided by the present digital age.
Significant personal demands over the past couple of decades meant that this site could not be maintained properly. So it was removed. Some of the old content may be returned here, but because the internet has changed dramatically over that period and many of the former site’s functions are better provided in new ways this site will be very different.
This newly revived site hopes to reflect many of the new ways the internet functions. One of the most used sections of the old site was a comprehensive and varied set of links to aid Geography students and teachers. This information can now be more easily found by using a good Search Engine like Google or by following other schools and researchers on Social Media like Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
This may leave space for this site to draw attention to current issues where Geographic research and insights are providing crucial answers or some valuable learning methods are being employed.
The ideas provided here are meant to stimulate thinking and to challenge glibly held beliefs. The visitor is encouraged to put aside ideological stances and political allegiances and to test previously held dogma by weighing facts presented or otherwise gleaned. This essay was prompted by several folk who asked the author whether he thought that after the pandemic we should "get back to normal" or seek a "new normal".
What follows is almost in the form of an essay. Remember that ‘essay’ is related to the concept of ‘assay’ where a lump of rock is weighed and tested to ascertain its value - does it contain any gold and if so how much. Likewise an essay is meant to weigh and test the worth of a proposition. This web essay is unconventional in that it does not support arguments with copious citations. As an old academic that feels a bit strange but for this medium it seems sensible. Rather it is more journalistic - frequently referring to video discussions and journal articles to provide evidence and explanations in a wide variety of forms for readers to evaluate. So unlike normal citations which can often be ignored here the links usually are an integral part of the essay.