Geography & Adventure

Welcome to the BRLSI Geography and Adventure page!

Our Geography and Adventure Programme for 2020:     Convenor: Dick Bateman     Co-Convenors: Penny Tranter; Jacki Hill-Murphy

The subjects of the talks range over all branches of Geography and Adventure and are aimed at non-specialist audiences.

Suggestions of topics and speakers are welcome and should be sent to   [email protected]   In addition to the information which appears about each talk in the BRLSI calendar/newsletter and on the BRLSI website; a special email giving information about lectures related to this group will be sent if you provide your email address to  [email protected]

BRLSI's public lectures are temporarily on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We will continue to provide lots of new digital content to keep you informed, stimulated and entertained and hope that lectures in BRLSI will re-start in April 2021.

TALKS ALREADY COMPLETED

Thursday 13th February  Duncan  7.30pm start  ‘Buses from Bristol and Bath – Past, Present and Future]  by Martin Curtis,  Managing Director of Bath Bus Company.

"The story of how Bristol influenced bus and tram services throughout the UK through innovation and vehicle manufacturing, how bus service ownership, structure and the Bristol-Bath route network has evolved and how it might change into the future."

About Martin Curtis and Bath Bus Co:

Bath Bus Company was formed in May 1997 by Martin Curtis and three other former Badgerline managers. It commenced operating open top tours in Bath with Bristol VRTs and an AEC Routemaster. It diversified into the operation of tendered services. In 1999, Bath Bus Company became a City Sightseeing franchisee and later started the Air Decker link between Bath city centre and Bristol Airport.

 

Wednesday 11th March Elwin   “The Meteorology of the Australian 2020 Bush Fires” Dr. Mark Parrington, Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts, Reading UK.

Dr. Parrington has been following the recent bushfires very closely and will be able to give a comprehensive overview and explanation of the fires and smoke output in South Eastern Australia..

 

SPRING SUMMER AUTUMN 2020

 

The BRLSI Geography and Adventure Group programme continues digitally and online during the pandemic. It includes three videoed walks first published professionally by 'Discovering Britain' on the Royal Geographical Society website. Dick Bateman and John Law have converted these walks into PowerPoint videos. 

 

Here they are with a direct link to each walk  on the Virtual BRLSI You Tube channel in blue below each one.

  

1. 'Avon Routeways': A figure of eight walk around Saltford showing routeways created by 7 internationally significant innovators.

Avon Routeways

 

2. '7,000 Years of Cotswold Enterprise'  A circular walk from Saltford to the top of the Cotswold Hills and back showing how people have re-invented the landscape since Mesolithic times.

7,000 Years of Cotswold Enterprise

 

3. 'Party Real, Partly Dream' A circular walk in Dorset from Thomas Hardy's birthplace to where his heart is buried and back.

"Partly Real, Partly Dream" Thomas Hardy's Wessex

 

The Geography and Adventure team has also created three recorded interviews,

 

4. Dr. Bharat Pankhania "Covid-19 after Lockdown"  (interviewed by Penny Tranter and Dick Bateman)

To watch the video please click on the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV1COwnnvFc&t=1218s

 

5. Penny Tranter  "Severe Weather" (intervewed by Jacki Hill-Murphy)

To watch the video, please click on the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srWmEcHgRF0

 

6. Jacki Hill-Murphy "Being The First Woman (Explorer) " (Interviewed by Penny Tranter)

To watch the video, please click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-ttr33U16c&t=30sTo watch the video, please click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-ttr33U16c&t=30s

 

In production . . .

 

Autumn:  A PowerPoint on Patrick O'Brian's “The Mauritius Command” in association with the BRLSI Patrick O’Brian Group

 

Probably more powerpoints and interviews in the Autumn from Dick, Penny and Jacki

 

2021 Programme          [Update after August 2020 Management Committe]    BRLSI is not expected to open for physical lectures until April 2020]

 

Thursday 8th April     [Week after Easter]   “Eating Up Easter”    

A film with special permission from Plastic Oceans for BRLSI Geography & Adventure Group [in association with the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers]

Easter Islander Sergio Mata’u Rapu’s award winning film showing a real life drama on his home island.  The local people risk losing everything to the globalizing effects of tourism. Four islanders, descendants of the ancient statue builders, work to  *  Recycle rubbish, *  Use music to reunite their divided community and * Build new businesses. These stories reveal the complexities of development and the contradictions within us all as we are faced with hard choices about our planet’s future.

 

Thursday 13th May  The Apache Helicopter – Sustaining a UK Attack Capability’ by Stephen Collins

The Apache helicopter was designed during the Cold War to counter the threat of Soviet tanks in Northern Germany and still considered by many to be the best attack helicopter in service today. This talk explores its procurement by the UK, its capability and the implications of sustaining its fully integrated flying system that is constantly evolving.

Steve Collins is a retired Civil Servant and keen aviation enthusiast with flying experience in the Robinson R22 helicopter. He is a former reviewer of major Government programmes and projects for the Office of Government Commerce including maintaining a future attack helicopter capability. He is a qualified PRINCE2 and Managing Successful Programmes Advanced Practitioner.  

 

Thursday 14th June 2020   Tony Coverdale     Admiral Ramsay and his roles in WW2. Details to follow

 

Thursday 8th July:  Ian Gilchrist   Iran

From 1976 to 1979 Ian Gilchrist lived in Iran, enjoyably having adventures. He returned to England and latterly to a successful time in local politics, representing Widcombe on B&NES where he eventually became Chair and then, from June 2017 to June 2018, Ian was Mayor of Bath. In 2019 he returned to Iran for a study visit. This personal view has illustrations from both periods in Iran and includes Ian's observations on what has changed and what has not.

Thursday   9th September Elwin TBC

 

October Nil                           

 

Wed. 10th November Elwin 12.30-4pm Geography "A"Level 6pm - 9pm Geog School Quiz

 

December Nil

 

Updated by Dick Bateman on 9th September 2020

 

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