Have a look at this interview, clear, lucid answers to some rather tricky questions:
Owen Jones asks some pertinent questions of the famous economist, Ha-Joon Chang.
He explains why the solution favoured by our government is no solution at all, in fact it actually makes things worse.
I’m astonished by the beauty and mystery of these islands. Technology has a vivid and precise way of allowing us to see vistas and panoramic views that with my own naked eyes I would only see a tiny fraction of the mountain or the loch. The modern film camera enables me to see in a wide expansive way the valleys and hills which would otherwise be a smudge in the distance. The reverse of the microscope which enables us to see tiny, microscopic bacteria which the naked eye would be quite unable to see. Of course the camera and the camera man is sometimes in an aeroplane flying above the rivers and forests and showing me and you a 3D map of the lie of the land.
Even on film Loch Ness looked enormous, a great expanse of fresh water full of salmon swimming back to their breeding ground : the magnificent sight of ospreys catching and swallowing a very large salmon, a red squirrel leaping from tree to tree and dolphins leaping out of the water. These camera men are creative artists just as the Venerable Bede was in the eighth century drawing beautiful pictures and copying by hand Bible stories which would be read to men and women most of whom could neither read nor write.
This is a series of three programmes focusing on the natural life of North and South islands and the many small islands which are dotted all around the main land mass. The photography is absolutely breath-taking and the narration tells the story of the formation of the land and the creatures and the human beings who so recently came to live there. I can hardly find words to describe the beauty and enormous skill of the photographers and producers of these amazing films. The films are on BBC iPlayer and show us what a beautiful and amazing planet we live on. The camera tells the story of our planet in visual images, it is also helpful to have the words to tell the story of how are planet has changed and continues to change.
So much teaching in schools: in geology, geography, history , social sciences and languages could be stimulated and made understandable to all children. This kind of filming is comparable to the invention of the printing press and the enormous changes brought about by the availability of books. The dawn of a new age in schools.
Here’s a link to the programmes: write placeblog.wordpress.com