Here are your geography links for the week ending….. 2nd November.

  • One for the weather geeks out there. The BBC has a new Twitter ‘bot’ that replies to your tweets asking it about the weather forecast. I tried and it works! Details below
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Here are your weekly geography links for the week ending….. 26th October 2014

  • The first autumnal storm swept across the British Isles earlier this week. The remnants of Hurricane Ganzalo overturned lorries and brought down tress. Find out why it wasn’t a hurricane here
synoptic chart displaying frontal systems over the British Isles during the 21st October 2014.
synoptic chart displaying frontal systems over the British Isles during the 21st October 2014.

Synoptic charts such as the one above convey detailed meteorological information about the current and forthcoming weather. When the Isobars (lines on the map like contours) are packed close together, it means it will be windy. Lots of isobars very close together like the map above mean very windy!

You can see real time wind and weather at this very cool website called EarthWind map. 


  • We looked at global networks and how parts of Africa and be ‘switched off’ from globalisation. This infographic suggests the continent is more connected than we thought




  • Continuing on the continent theme…..
    What’s the biggest threat to people living in Africa? It’s not Ebola:


Year 12 – TNC’s homework for half term.

You have two tasks to complete over half term. The first is a 15 mark essay question from June 2013:

Q9b – Study Figure 9

Examine the role that TNCs play in the growth of globalisation (15).

The mark scheme is below

mark scheme 1

The second task is the powerpoint presentation on a TNC case study – Vodafone:


You need to produce a Powerpoint presentation on Vodafone as a TNC.

Remember to outline:

  • What does Vodafone do?
  • How many people work for it?
  • Where is it based?
  • Where is Vodafone’s HQ? Explain how it supplies it’s products
  • globally and it’s impacts on the environment and societies.
  • How does Vodafone encourage and promote globalisation?
  • What negative points have been made against Vodafone?

The Vodafone homepage is a good place to start, and this link takes you to a BBC article outlining how Vodafone paid no tax in the UK in 2012.

The graphic below is the Economist graphic I used in the lesson on Friday showing the difficulty in establishing which country a TNC actually belongs to.

Are businesses still national



Here are your geography links for the week ending…. 19th October.

* China and India, the dominant emerging economies of the 21st century right? The reality is that they have featured pretty heavily as the world’s largest economies over the couple of thousand years

* It’s not just the UK’s weather of low pressure storm systems and high pressure, blue bird skies that the Met Office forecasts. They have now moved into the realm of space weather forecasting. When will the next solar flare occur?

* I haven’t got an oil obsession, but….. This article explains quite nicely the global links between the black stuff pulled out of the ground around the coast of Scotland and globalisation.

* You’re all getting old….. But not as old as the earth at 4.5 billion years. This BBC website tells you how much has changed on our planet since you were born. How many volcanoes have there been? How much CO2 has been emitted?

Year 12 – Must watch BBC Question Time

This weeks BBC Question Time (16/10/14) has a very good first 20 minutes on migration to and from the UK. We will be looking at migration within the EU in the next few weeks so this is very relevant.

Focus on:

1.The arguments put forward for limiting and encouraging immigration.

2.The constraints put on the UK government’s approach to dealing with immigration due to our membership of the EU and Free Movement of people clause.

3.The difference in views between the public and panel members.