Stillness and depth: River Thames (emotive geographies 12)

The old adage asserts that still waters run deep. The river Thames communicates this point poignantly. It always reminds this blogger to “keep calm and….” study, persist, explore, live fully, experience life, and so forth. If the Seine inspires movement, the Thames brings a sense of emotional balance. Calm. Poise. Stillness. An unruffled state of…

Emotive Geography (2): Westminster, Whitehall London

A walk around Westminster during term time means coming across various protests – many of them longterm ones. It’s always interesting to stop, and get a sense of the broad range of political and social causes that attract  varying sized crowds – from one woman protests that have been going on for years over Tibet,…

‘Emotive’ Geography (1) : London, Millenium Bridge and St. Paul’s

The  places that we live, the world around us, is continuously drawing out different emotional responses:  peace,  contentment, inspiration, anger, security .. and insecurity, and different psychological dispositions: willpower, pride, confidence or the opposite. I’ve been thinking about how different parts of Paris and London evoke particular emotional responses and how they affect – positively…

Among the smartest of them all

Grateful graduate project: reasons 208-212 Paris and London are interesting places to observe as ‘smart cities’, I appreciate: 1. The convenience of moving about easily, not needing a car, being mobile, thanks to great public transport systems in both places; 2. The accessibility of the city, in financial terms, to students…although London offers a much…

Paris, London true colo(u)rs

Grateful Graduate Project:  Reasons 148 – 167 Our experience of urban life is informed to a great extent by our senses –  the  images fed through sight, smells, tastes, sounds… and perhaps even  touch. In exploring the  signature colours of Paris and London,   it is possible to   come up with some narration of…

One Hundred random things about London and Paris…

Grateful graduate project reasons 48-147 Paris and London make for great contexts in which to study.  Beyond  the computer screen, there are so many small things that have made my experience of pursuing studies here manageable – and an all round enjoyable experience.  I am immensely and continuously grateful to be here. Here are just…