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Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting: Remember what ex-president Obama said in 2015?

With yet another mass shooting in America, this time at a Synagogue in Pittsburgh, I’m reminded of a speech by the then President Obama in October 2015 following the mass shooting at Umpqua College in Roseburg. Whilst I cannot pretend

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Mapping the Smells of the City!

On looking for some ‘left-field’ geographical articles to read  I came across this article about an academic attempting to create a ‘smellscape’ city map. As the researcher reported during the news article: “We spend most of our time walking around, we

Going to the Match (1953). L.S. Lowrey Painting.

L.S. Lowry (1887-1976) gained wide public recognition for his paintings of everyday life in the industrial districts around Salford in Manchester. Working full-time as a rent collector, his day job allowed him to witness the ‘everyday’ lives of people living in

‘County Lines’: Drug Supply, Violence and Exploitation.

Every once in a while in my professional life, I come across a real problem facing local communities. Known as ‘County Lines’ drug trading, or ‘going country’, County lines, involves urban gangs moving class A drugs and cash between inner-city

Help to save a life: Use a Public Access Defibrillator. (PAD)

Whilst walking around my home town, I came across several Public Access Defibrillators. Taking a note of where these were, I had a google to see if there was an app or site which lists all those in my local

Would you know what to do in an emergency?

Living in uncertain times, I realised that I was unprepared for how to react in an emergency situation if it happened close to me. Looking for advice, I came across this guide produced by citizenAID. It is a must read

Public Information Films through the years.

Following on from my previous blog post on ‘Amateur film makers’, this perhaps leads nicely on to ‘Public Information Films’. These government commissioned short films, often shown during T.V. ad breaks, were meant to advise the general public living in

Towns & cities captured by amateur filmmakers.

Now having more time to pursue leisure interests, I came across an archive of ‘home movies’ shot by amateur filmmakers in, & around the area where I live. These historical media resources include coverage of; carnivals, regattas, people going about

Perhaps the city can be a bleak place to live?

This advert came on the T.V. whilst I was watching something I cant even remember. But I was totally captured by the animation, & the song in the ad. The story of the advert: ‘Young Jack and his faithful little