Monthly Archives: May 2009

The rule book

NUIM Geography and NUIM NIRSA’s very own novelist, Rob Kitchin, has launched The Rule Book, a truly Irish crime novel about Detective Superintendent Colm McEvoy’s quest to stop a spate of murders committed by ‘The Raven’. Get your copy today!

Altered relationships and odd leftover spaces

New plazas, new pedestrian precincts, 200 miles of new cycle paths, now five blocks of Broadway closed to cars: under the guidance of the city’s transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City is altering the relationship between pedestrians and cars. It’s yielding ‘odd leftover spaces’ and a new intimacy between the citizenry and their city. […]

Every little helps!

Few retailers attract as much everyday media attention as Tesco. The retail giant is one of the largest in the world, so news stories about its activities have global appeal. But Tesco is also so prominent in numerous countries around the world, including Ireland, that stories (such as about its role in the centre of […]

The Conference of Irish Geographers 2009

You might well wonder what geographers do in their spare time? Well, once a year, geographers from Ireland and with an interest in Ireland meet for the annual Conference of Irish Geographers. The conference is held in a different venue each year: last year was Liverpool, and this year we travel to the People’s Republic […]

UNEP maps & graphics

Most geographers love a good map. There are loads to see at the United Nations Environment Programme’s web site, including this slick map of Africa’s river basins (drool material for any hydrologist!). Don’t miss the link to the Atlas of the Arctic or the map on the land grab which has been discussed elsewhere in […]

A Diamond geezer?

A major reason for developing this blog is to draw attention to the work of geographers, not least when their exploits hit the news headlines, which admittedly doesn’t happen much. It is, therefore, worth pointing out that Jared Diamond, geographer in UCLA and award-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, has been in the news […]