In 2010 I was honoured to lead Clare Balding on the first ever night walk for her wonderful Radio 4 series, Ramblings.
Yesterday we were out in the South Downs again, this time from Arundel and during the daytime. We had a good natter, as you do on a walk, and looked at lots of the fun clues in The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues & Signs. Leaf and lichen compasses, tracks in the mud, lots of trees, wildflowers, weather lore and much much more.
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The piece I did with Mark Thompson was broadcast on BBC Stargazing Live on BBC2 last night. It will be available on iPlayer for a for a short time. Inevitably TV is short of time, so it ended up being a very brief introduction to some ideas. For those who are interested, below is a much more detailed explanation of the nuts and bolts of what happened on that boat that night.
The following piece was first published in Navigation News:
Astronavigating with the BBC
It was cold…
The latest issue of Navigation News (The magazine of the Royal Institute of Navigation) contains an opinion piece I wrote on two contentious subjects. I've included excerpts here for those unfortunate souls who do not subscribe.
Why do we get disorientated?
Men and Women: The better navigator?
Update: On Monday 17th I discussed male and female navigation strategies and aptitudes on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4. You can listen to it here. It includes my theory as to why men won't ask for directions.
It has been quite a restless few days.
Last Saturday I spent the morning in London as a guest on BBC Radio 4's Excess Baggage. In the evening I led a group on a night walk. The conditions were perfect. We watched as blue turned to orange. Then as the orange faded to dark blue and black we were treated as Arcturus, Deneb, Altair, Vega, Capella and others began to appear. Lurking luminously between the silhouetted branches of a two hawthorns there was a bright white…
Full marks to Radio 4's Today programme for allowing even a few minutes' discussion of the role of technology in our appreciation and understanding of nature.
Mike Saunders, Kew Garden's Digital head, and I exchanged ideas and perspectives yesterday in a glancing and enjoyable way. 'Today' is prime radio real estate and they could not have been expected to indulge us for much longer.
Of course there were many points that I would have like to have made, but could not, the effect being a rather truncated view, which appears to many to be fairly blunt.…
The title of this post is not, for once at least, a reference to my style of blog-writing, but to the BBC Radio 4 program hosted by Clare Balding.On Wednesday night I joined Clare and the Ramblings team for a walk on the South Downs Way; we headed west from Amberley, finishing at the Bignor Hill car park. We were treated to stars, planets and a full moon. I'll let you know when it is airing, but should be sometime in June.I felt hugely privileged and honoured throughout the walk, as early on Clare revealed that she has been embarking…
Welcome Radio 4 listeners! You have found your way to the home of natural navigation on the Internet. (A podcast of my walk with Evan Davies for the Today programme can be found here. The short article that I wrote to go with the interview and the video that accompanied the broadcast can be found here.)The book reviews are starting to come in:'In a sat-nav dominated world, where GPS and a host of other acronyms designed to get us from A to B have overtaken paper maps, it is refreshing to meet someone who understands technology, but prefers…
I went for a walk with Matt Baker and the 'Open Country' team from Radio 4 a few weeks ago. It was broadcast a couple of days ago but you can still listen to the programme, 'Sussex Visions', using BBC iPlayer. We chat about flowers and the Tuareg and one or two other things.