Tag Archives: Woods

Red Riding Hood’s Reality Check

I’m due to give a talk next week, and someone – not unkindly – asked if it would be my “Jack Zipes Shitck.” And actually I’m rather hoping not. What I will be doing is looking at Werewolves – and … Continue reading

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Lost Words

A lot was made recently of the decision by the Oxford Dictionaries to take out some words from one dictionary and put in others.   The choices that were especially criticised were the ones where “nature” words were lost in … Continue reading

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Safer to stay at home

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic is an odd mix of cuteness – bears gaily gadding about &c – and danger. From a sweet picture of playing and shouting, the text and the key move (2 mins 13 sec) to a more … Continue reading

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Do they all live in the same wood?

Building on the real question posed by a four-year old reading Red Riding Hood, I would want to explore the nature of the landscape in which ‘fairy tale’ characters from Western European traditional tales have their adventures. Some of this … Continue reading

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Cheap Tricks

When Gombrich talked about woods, fields, hills and a Church spire in the distance as the “cheap tricks” of English landscape painting, he might have had S R Badmin’s painting in mind – such as this Christmas card , which … Continue reading

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Touch Wood – Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

Just a very brief post. Touch Wood This is marvellously inventive! Interesting, too, to look carefully at the iconography here – and to listen with equal care to the soundscape. How silent is outdoors really?

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Gruffalo Hunting

Well now, this is an interesting project: Gruffalo hunting is the new Bear Hunt… Outdoor nation makes some important points about children (and parents) and their thinking about outdoor exploration, suggesting this is an area worthy of some serious discourse … Continue reading

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Teeny Tiny and the Witch Woman

Fantastic animated version of Michael Foreman’s illustrations http://youtu.be/dR0L_aBp490 – but I’ll present this here sans paroles, letting the story speak for itself for now.

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Playing Outdoors

Some very interesting links here for the New Year, for example this one on play in the Early Years or the more general link to a map (which perhaps could do with a bit of elaboration – I note some gaps round Oxford … Continue reading

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Old Road

To return to Rachel Kaplan’s argument I began to explore a while back – really to revisit my walk (not really very adventurous)  up Old Rd in Headington to the Hollow Way down into Wheatley. The Kaplans (Kaplan and Kaplan … Continue reading

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