Monthly Archives: November 2009

Mapping feeder schools

The leafy campus of NUIM is Open. The 27th and 28th of November are NUIM’s annual open days, where secondary school students and their teachers visit the campus, get a feel for subjects and degrees, and experience what student life might be like. However, the openness of Open Days does not necessarily translate into student […]

Apres nous, le deluge

‘Eye on the world’ has been rather quiet this week – we blame numerous (worthy) distractions. Our Geography colleagues in Cork haven’t had the same luxury: they’ve been coping with flooded buildings and roads, an inundated university, and interruptions to the supply of water and electricity. However, geographer Denis Linehan has found time to map […]

New blog on the block

Here’s a shameless plug for a new blog – Ireland after Nama – produced by some researchers at NUI Maynooth and other universities around the country. The site “was created with a view to emulate debate on an on-going basis, providing a platform to share thoughts, ideas, comments and reactions around the geography and spatiality […]

Book review

One of this blog’s aims is to highlight geographers in the news. So, with great pleasure we note that one of Ireland’s prominent geographers, Arnold Horner, who works in UCD, has just published a splendid book review in the Irish Times. The reviewed book, The Fourth Part of the World: The Epic Story of History’s […]

From cultural geography to a Pulitzer Prize

Cultural geography can bring you notoriety, fame and critical acclaim. Ask Jonathan Gold, winner of a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2007. Gold won the prize for his restaurant reviews, spanning 25 years of eating and writing in Los Angeles. Unlike many restaurant reviewers, concerned with haute cuisine and Michelin stars, Gold explores the entirety […]

Border boosting

Geography students: read David Harvey. Read and learn about Harvey’s view of geography and capitalism [or watch and learn about Harvey’s view of geography]. And bear in mind that Harvey’s work – albeit alongside the work of many other geographers – has helped put the discipline ‘on the map’. Ok, lecture over! One of David […]

Towards a geography of the X-Factor? Why Jedward CANNOT win….

Reality TV shows would appear to be one of the last things that should attract the atttention of the geographical community, but voting patterns for these often betray the same strongly defined spatial patterns that are associated with more ‘formal’ election events. (Voting patterns in the Eurovision Song Contest deserve a separate forum post of […]

Carroll’s City: Mapping the Zoe developments

Property bubbles. Property crashes. Ghost estates. Nama (or is it now the SPV?). The Bludget. The Tiger crisis. Any need to continue? Probably not. You get the picture: Ireland’s woe. One critical actor in the story is Liam Carroll, the man behind Zoe Developments. According to Frank MacDonald, an Irish Times journalist, Carroll was the […]

Like, whatever

This post is about, like, whatever. ‘Whatever’, in this case, refers to the increasing ‘whatever’ attitude among students towards formal writing. According to a (well-written) story in today’s Observer newspaper, the ‘whatever’ attitude towards formal writing can be seen in text speak appearing now in exam scripts and essays. This wrankles lecturing staff; but perhaps […]