Monthly Archives: October 2009

Uruguayan school kids lap it up

Give every school child a laptop: that’s a good idea. And in Uruguay, that’s what has happened. News reports about the new policy – emerging at the same time as the country goes to the polls – have put Uruguay on the map of global efforts to smash the ‘digital divide’.  Plan Ceibal has rolled […]

(More) geographies of the crash

‘The places likely to suffer most from the crash…are the ones least associated with high finance’. So writes Richard Florida in the Atlantic Monthly. Florida suggests that New York, the financial centre of the US, and Washington DC, its administrative centre, are unlikely to be significantly damaged by the economic downturn. Instead, he argues that […]

Overweight Ireland

A recent survey has produced, possibly for the first time, an obesity/overweight index for Irish counties. According to the research carried out by Hibernian Aviva Health (a major health insurance company), 48% of people in Ireland are overweight or dangerously overweight (obese) and almost a quarter of all adults do no physical exercise. In addition […]

The Tiger Crisis

A ‘Tiger Crisis’: not the crisis facing those beautiful big cats [a real crisis, mind you, with three of the eight original subspecies having become extinct in the last 60 years], but the type of crisis that hits so-called ‘Tiger economies’ and shocks their citizenry to the core. Some background: The original Tiger economies were […]

The geography of Islam

New research by Pew has mapped what most astute geographers already know: Islam’s geography is not just a ‘Middle East’ affair. In fact, as the image below shows quite clearly, only one so-called ‘Middle Eastern’ country (Egypt) ranks in the five countries with the largest Muslim populations (the others are Indonesia, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh). […]

Cartograms: Fun with maps

As BBC News reports, Geographers at the University of Sheffield in England have been having some fun with maps. Their worldmapper site presents distinctive cartograms, which are maps with a twist. Take the following example: a cartogram of Britain’s population. The map stretches places in Britain according to the size of their population, so that […]

Appropriating public space

An interesting article on public photography in the Irish Times raises questions about public space in Ireland. The article’s focus is photography: can you take photos in public places, and what exactly is a public place? Despite giving the appearance of public space, with its streets and squares and its free cultural events, the IFSC […]