Geography of Fictional Worlds Blog Assignment 1 2015

Here is the first blog assignment for Geography of Fictional Worlds. The assignment is to use the information in this blog entry to assess the habitability conditions on this terrestrial world. Please reference the lecture notes for essential components that you must asses, including, star type; distance; rotation, axial tilt; composition; ice/water/land ratios; atmosphere; gravity; magnetism; tidal impacts etc.

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Political Geography Blog Assignment 1 – 2015

Here is the first blog post for the semester. The specific charge for this assignment is to discuss the use of flags and maps in these propaganda posters from WWI; with specific reference to this weeks class information on state nationalism 

Please comment on this blog post directly, if you do now wish to use your name, or have an email address that is not obvious, please email me with your pseudonym. Blog is due by midnight on Sunday September 6th

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Review: “In Some Lost Place- The First Ascent of Nanga Parbat’s Mazeno Ridge”.. By Sandy Allan, VP, £24.00

I’ve just ordered this, on the advice of my friend Cathy O’Dowd, who was the third member of the team and the one who had to turn back before the final push to the summit…

Iain Macwhirter

Mountaineering books tend to follow a fairly predictable pattern. Expedition through exotic locations; long arduous haul up snowy slopes; a near death experience at high altitude; rounded off with some metaphysical reflections.

Scottish mountaineer Sandy Allan’s account of his epic climb on the Mazeno ridge of Nanga Parbat (8,126 mtrs), observes the conventions. But he manages to rise above the cliches to produce one of the best adventure tales I’ve read in years.

Allan and his Scottish climbing partner, Rick Allen, were in their late 50s when they took on this inconceivably demanding route on one of the highest mountains in the world in 2012. The Mazeno Ridge is about the same length as the Cuillin Ridge in Skye, 10 kms, but it is nearly all above 7,000 metres and requires fourteen days of intense climbing.

You might wonder what the point is – but the ridge remained unclimbed after…

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What does Kezia Dugdale need to do now?

It’s interesting to see the parallels between Corbyn and Sanders, and the enthusiasm for their agendas of change…

Iain Macwhirter

The SNP’s popularity is even higher now, at 62 per cent, than after the May “tsunami”, even though the Nationalists have been treading water recently as their lacklustre and self-satisfied conference agenda shows. Labour stand to lose all their constituency seats in the Scottish parliamentary elections next May.

If this isn’t a moment for a radical break with the past, I don’t know what is. When political extinction is staring you in the face, it’s no time for business as usual. Yet Labour have conducted their usual unimaginative, safety-first campaign with the front runner, Ms Dugdale, saying as little as possible and Mr Macintosh even less.
What radical ideas have we heard from Ms Dugdale? A House of Lords in Glasgow; good luck with that. A new pay deal for teachers, letting EU nationals vote in the referendum on Europe? Curiously tangential to the central issues in Scottish politics.


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