Davits a metaphor for life

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Davit a device for suspending or lowering a yacht tender

Piloting the hidden pools in the upper lochs in the islands and the West Coast of Scotland is great fun.

Davits are about easy handling and launching of a boat’s tender for enhancing a greater range of sailing adventures.  

 

Using davits as a metaphor for life, can you think of other activities, apps or devices that may make your work and habitual routines a lot easier?

Getting to your destination is dependent on well-maintained equipment and skilled seamanship. Submerged rocks, swirling currents, wind, and waves will influence progress. 

What factors may impact upon the delivery of your plans? 

How do you reach your goals and destiny?

Covering three hundred and eighty miles the yacht, White Eagle, called into:

Loch Spelve, Tarbet and the Pool, Port Ellen, Tinker's Hole, Bunessan, Iona, Fingal’s Cave Staffa, Tobermory, Muck, Loch Moidart, Plockton, Mallaig, Canna, Soay, Loch Scavaig, Rum, Eigg, Tobermory, Loch Aline and Oban.

 

The Hallberg-Rassy 36 used its tender to explore these scenic jewels in blistering hot weather.  The dinghy allowed the crew to have great fun.

Accessing and reaching the most incredible places was easy. By enhancing the voyage through the use of the tender, we experienced a much wider range of exciting opportunities.

 

Without the highly functional davits, it would be hard work launching and retrieving the tender. Un-tie two lines to lower or raise.  Easy.  The process is quick compared to the labour-intensive alternatives.

You see the amazing shimmering Moidart castle at the head of the loch.  In a locker, tied on deck, the tender is a burden. It has to be inflated, laboriously launched over the side and kitted out.

 

How does it feel?

What makes repetitive activities easier?

Do you waste your time and efforts on faffing?

 

What aides, devices, modifications, changes in routine or habits will make your life and work easier?

Davits or laborious struggles?

I am part of the anti-faffing, can-do crew.

And you?

 

 


Sense of Agency and the Environment

 

Action and commitment from local people who care about their environment and others improves the quality of life.

What positive actions and commitments can individuals take to help them self and others?

Is it possible to overcome the restrictions of families, local communities, or the culture of the wider society?

 

 

 

Do you think and care?

What environmental space influences you?

http://www.communicationuk.com/2015/07/carpe-diem-in-snapewood.html

The Lancaster Green Party campaigned to save land from property developers:

http://www.communicationuk.com/2015/02/save-freemans-wood.html

Neighbourhood tidying project:

http://www.communicationuk.com/2015/02/green-party-project-the-ashton-road-lancaster-a-safer-environment.html

Cabus Parish Council plant bulbs to make the environment more appealing:

 

 

Cabus Parish Council A6 Daffodil Bulb Planting Project from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.

 

 

Can you make positive things happen?

Or, are you restricted by circumstances?

How can you improve the quality of life and the environment?


South Lancaster Speakers Club

 

SPEAKERS CLUB

 

Invitation to join the new South Lancaster Speakers Club.

7.30pm Wednesday 26th September

The Methodist Church Hall

Hollins Lane

Forton

PR3 OAB

 

Call David Knox now on 01524 805554 or email davidknox49@hotmail.co.uk.

 

 

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Become a better speaker, a better presenter, and a better leader.

Our newly formed club is reaching out to new members who wish to improve their communication skills.

Are you seeking:

  • A mutually supportive learning environment
  • Having fun
  • Individual coaching
  • Self-help
  • Developing a speaking style
  • To gain confidence and skills

 

Testimonial

Abi https://vimeo.com/182210488

 

Testimonial from Abi from ASC on Vimeo.

 

Additional Resources

Association of Speakers Clubs http://www.speakersclubs.uk/index.html

 

South Lancaster Speakers Club

Call David Knox now on 01524 805554 or email davidknox49@hotmail.co.uk

 

 


What is your compass bearing

The position of Polaris, or the North Star, is an important marker for celestial navigation.

 

What is your compass bearing?

 

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Old Harry From Studland Bay

 

INTRODUCTION

 

In committing yourself to act, what informed and guided your decision? How did you reach your destination? Do other factors influence the direction of travel?

Using a compass and its application to navigation as metaphors, I’ll pilot you, and guide you like the position of Polaris, or the North Star is to celestial navigation.

For a successful personal agency to make positive things happen, we need a guiding beacon. What’s yours?

One of the greatest poets of the twentieth century, the granite-faced, chain-smoking, W. H. Auden in his powerful, selfish tribute and immortalised poem by the film industry, painfully gasped:

 

“He was my North, South, my East and West.”

 

Wow. Beat that as a metaphor of a compass rose. Who guides you?

 

MAIN PART

 

WHERE ARE YOU?  WHAT IS YOUR DIRECTION OF TRAVEL?  WHAT INFORMS YOU?

 

Let me tell you a true story and a nautical incident that I was involved in last month. The grounding and capsizing of the 42’ luxury yacht was due to a lack of diligence, poor seamanship, and as referenced by the title of this article, not using a compass or applying the basic principles of navigation despite having mountains of reference points, and explicit aides to prevent this incident.

On the 7 May, the Irish yacht, Dawn Glory, started a seven-day cruise around the Isle of Skye northwards through the Kyle Rhea tidal gate and fast flowing narrow tidal channel that separates mainland Scotland from the Island.

The cruise plan took a small fleet of the Howth Yacht Club to the Crowlin Islands, Rona, across the Minch to the Shiant Islands, along the east coast of the Outer Hebrides, and the back to Skye.

The crew and I were having a late supper after a long passage.

As darkness and the cold night enveloped the anchorage in the loch, sudden crunching noises and the boat rapidly tilting, capsizing from the vertical to a ninety-degree horizontal position, indicated that Dawn Gory had run aground and was falling onto a rocky outcrop.

The is the important issue and the key point, despite having detailed charts, the latest navigation devices, GPS chart plotters, and iPads with the best digital charts, this incident happened. It may have had very serious consequences.

Good seamanship, navigation, and the successful use of a compass in piloting a boat require expert insights with constant reference to guiding beacons, lights, and charts mapping out the course.

The causes of this yacht going aground incident were:

  • Not listening
  • Not responding to facts
  • A lack of understanding and
  • Poor seamanship

The skipper and first mate did not accurately know their position.

They did not use their compass to fix the boat’s position and did not respond, and ignored feedback.

My hypothesis in using this analogy to the personal agency in our, your lives, is that we need to be informed by a sound compass bearing to make well-informed decisions.

In reality, some constraints from the dynamics of family life, the communities expectations, and societies cultural expectations may inhibit this. Other obvious factors such as our finances, economic well-being, and personal health may impinge on our ability for personal agency.

However, by positively and successfully using our agency, it may be possible to overcome the negative influences. 

What I am suggesting is that having clarity of thought, the ability to have informed insights and deliver solutions will impact upon our, your direction of travel and prevent catastrophes such as hitting the rocks and going aground.

Despite being told by the alert crew, the skipper and mate did not listen or react to informed insights.

 

SUMMARY

 

LEARNING POINTS

In summary, I have used the metaphor of a compass, a compass bearing, and navigation regarding your direction of travel.

The true story of Dawn Glory going aground on a moonless night in a remote loch could have been catastrophic.

What do you use to guide, lead, and inform your life?

Are you well informed?

If you were in a four person life raft floating on the ocean and had to make a decision on which one of the five people had to be ejected for the others to have chance to be saved, who would you vote out? The skipper, the first mate, cook, the PR rep, or the mother?

What is your compass bearing?

 


Kyle Rhea 360 Video

SAILING WEST COAST OF SCOTLAND | YACHTING SKYE | CRUISING SHIANT ISLANDS & OUTER HEBRIDES | SAILING THE MINCH

 

Sailing Shiant Isles Minch Outer Hebrides Scotland from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.

 Introduction

An early April cruise on the West Coast of Scotland covered two hundred and fifty miles from Armadale, Skye through Kyle Rhea to the Crowlin Islands, Rona, the Shiant Islands, the new Isle of Harris, North Harbour, Scalpay, and Loch Harport, had calm settled weather. A small fleet of three yachts from the Penguin Crusing Club sailed in company. The video was filmed aboard the Dutch yacht Ab Fab on charter from Armadale.

 

The Penguins at Scalpay North Harris from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.

 

Ab Fab was the first yacht to use the new Isle of Harris Marina pontoons in north harbour on Scalpay. The Penguin fleet sailed across the Minch from Rona via the Shiant Islands.

 

 

Kyle Rhea | Penguins Crusing Club | Outer Hebrides Voyage from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.

 

 

Thought of the Day

In terms of individuals, boat crews, and the larger flotilla, what is going on here?

What are their narratives and story? 

How do they make things happen?

You can apply this problem-management approach in many contrasting situations and organisations.

 

Main Part

How does it feel being surrounded by rainbows plunging into the swirling lochs at dawn on a murky Spring day? Even at neap tides, the currents and eddies buffet vessels as they transit this narrow passage between mainland Scotland and the Isle of Skye.

Kyle Rhea is a classic pilotage and great care must be taken due to strong tidal streams. Eight knots are the norm in this tidal gate. However, with good timing and seamanship skills, the Kyle Rhea is a must-do and terrific transit to complete.

Once through, new scenery, adventures, and challenges begin.

 

 

Kyle Rhea 360 Video Yacht Transit from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.

 

THE ABOVE 360 VIDEO REQUIRES CHROME OR A 360 FRIENDLY BROWSER

Travelling north on neap tides, a yacht records a 360 video of the passage between the mainland of Scotland and the Isle of Skye.

 

 

Sailing from Rona to the Outer Hebrides - Crew Feedback from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.

 

The crew let down their hair and have fun on Rona. When sailing in fair winds in the Minch travelling south along the coast of the Outer Hebrides they burst into song.

 


Hydrologic Water Cycle Geography Videos

 

Geography Video Hydrologic Water Cycle from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.

 

 

Oceans, lakes, and rivers cover over 70% of the earth’s surface.

Evaporation moves water from the surface into the air as vapour. Clouds may form.

 

 

Hydrological Cycle Introduction from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.

 

Rain and snow carry water back to the surface.

The process is called the hydrological or water cycle. Use your words to define and describe this.

 

 

Brisbane River The Hydrological - Water Cycle Video from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.

 

 

How and where people live is determined by their water supply.

Assess a globe and a world map to consider the implications.

 

 

Hydrologic Water Cycle River Wey Geography Video from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.

 

 

Explain how lack of water for home, industry, and farming is an important issue.

Evaluate sustainability and the management of water supplies to communities may create tensions.

 

 

Geography Video Water Sustainability from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.

 

 


Water Cycle Geography Videos

 

 

Water Cycle

The hydrolic cycle describes the circulation of the planet’s water. Temperature and weather conditions influence whether water is gas, liquid, or frozen.

Oceans, rivers, lakes, and the atmosphere influence the movement of water.

Can you think why, where, and when this occurs?

What happens?

Recycling Water

Earth has been recycling liquid water, as solid ice, or as a gas vapour for billions of years.

When you drink a glass of water, think who may have tasted it before you.

A polar bear, a brontosaurus, a Viking, farm animals, or an ancient city dweller?

 



 

Evaporation and Condensation

The changing state of water is due to evaporation from the oceans into an invisible vapour. Clouds hold this and condensation produces liquid rain or snow.

Think about this process and trace the weather patterns that cause it.

 

The Hydrolic Cycle

Run-off rainwater may return into rivers by flowing into the oceans. The water in hydrolic cycle is part of a never ending pattern.

Make a picture, diagram, or collect images of the water cycle.

 

Your Local Water Cycle

Using your location, map out, make a chart of your local water cycle.

What factors may influence the water supply?

 

Glaciers and Snowfields

Glaciers and snowfields trap and contain freshwater in it frozen state. Snow and ice trap most of Earth’s freshwater.

12% of the earth is ice today. Thousands a years ago, it was a third of the planet.

Check out and contrast the changing nature of the frozen planet over time.

 

Water cycle glacier river

 

 


Water cycle glacier river

 

 


Water cycle glacier river

 

Sea Level Rises 

Melting ice caps and glaciers cause sea levels to rise. What is the impact for communities around the world?

 

Key Words

What do these geography words mean?

Evaporation

Condensation

Precipitation

Collection

Moisture cycle

Hydrologic cycle

Hydrosphere

Transpiration

Summary Water Cycle

The movement of water is a dynamic process. It involves changes in different physical states.

 


Art Education Child Development

 

 

 

The Importance of Art Education in Child Development

How do your learners develop essential cognitive and motor skills? Is the child benefiting from art in school?

Does the national curriculum, exams, SATs, and OFSTED deliver this? What’s your view?

Mothers, parents, and artists use art for skill development. These activities are precarious in some schools.

Art education and child development promote a range of life-skills.

DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS

  • Fine and motor skills
  • Language development
  • Decision making
  • Visual learning
  • Inventiveness and
  • Cultural awareness

The benefits of arts-rich activities lead to enhance literacy and mathematical capabilities. These lead to improved academic performance.

Exploratory play, art, and creativity engage the learner's high order thinking abilities.

HIGH ORDER THINKING SKILLS

  • Analysing
  • Comparing
  • Organising
  • Deconstructing
  • Interrogating

Art in education helps by nurturing the human experience through emotional literacy.

Successful learning takes account of the learners preferred learning style.

 

 

LEARNING STYLES

  1. Visual – Learns best with pictures and images.
  1. Physical – Using kinaesthetic learning using movement and touch.
  1. Aural – Using sound and music as the preferred way to learn.
  1. Verbal – Learns most by using words in speech and writing.
  1. Social – In groups or through interpersonal exchanges with other people.
  1. Logical – Using reasoning and logic in mathematical concepts.
  1. Visual Arts – By developing spatial awareness, dexterity, color, shapes, symmetry, and perspective.

These have implications for successful teaching. Special school staff customize the curriculum to the needs of their pupils. Mainstream schools find this approach difficult to put in place.

 

Michelle Ayavoro |Director of HerArt CIC | http://www.herart.co.uk/ & Sally Burston

 

Art pedagogy raises academic achievement, encourages reflection, independence, and collaboration with others. It has direct connections in developing high order thinking.

Art and the expressive arts suffer in our centralized bureaucratic state education system.

Evidence shows that art delivers many pathways to successful learning. Children develop essential cognitive, motor skills, and core developmental processes.

 

Art Education | HerArt | Delamere School from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.

 


Illegal Immigrants Running Hiding

 

Running Hiding Fearing from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.

 

How does it feel to be fleeing, running, hiding, scared for your life?

 


Resilience Emotional Well-Being Videos

Dedicated to a 15th February birthday.

 


Asta's Bird Shadows

A series of learning resource videos to support school assemblies, social studies lesson plans, and awareness of resilience.

Based upon a fictional ninth century narrative based in the north of England, the plot can easily be referenced to events and news stories happening in the present.

As in James Joyce's Ulysses or quantum theory physics, viewers may pursue numerous paths in gaining insights through critical thinking. The content puts  demands on the audience.

These videos are part of an ongoing series. They comprise of teaser and trailer videos for Asta's journey and longer features outlining the story.

Full access to all the resilience, emotional well-being videos are available on Vimeo via VOD and OTT.

 

The Story

“Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was ………..”

 

MAP SETTING THE SCENE FOR ABOVE

Located in the Morecambe Bay and its physical geographical features. The scope includes the IOM, Walney Island, Peil Island, the Lune and Wyre, Bowland Fells and Ingleboro.

 

MAIN CHARACTER & HEROIN

Asta (Ash -ta) is a diminutive of Astrid. Astrid originates in Old Norse languages and means "divine beauty".

SAVIOUR OF ASTA & HER FAMILY

Gyda is a Danish variant of Gytha. Gytha originates on Old Norse and means "God is gorgeous".

HEROIC SCHOOL FRIEND WHO LEADS EVERYONE TO SAFETY

Leif. Descendant of Leif Erickson

KEY SUPPORTING CHARACTER WHO IS THE GREAT THINKER THAT BRINGS PEACE

Magnus. Great.

 

PLOT/ARC/DEVELOPMENT/EMOTIONAL HOOK

Nordic hamlet raided by Celts from the Cumbrian Mountains

Above escape

Tell their story(ies)

Include key ethical/moral/learning points:

    • Telling a personal voyage of discovery
    • Overcoming challenges
    • Having a powerful epiphany
    • Redemption and learning point(s).

 Asta's Bird Shadows

Shivering, shaking, blinking, I suddenly woke from deep sleep to a nightmare. Hearing terrifying cries, filling the nights’s darkness with violent echoing chaos, I put my head under a pillow.

Arrows took the last breath away from the night watch and silenced the guards.

The silent northern blue tattoed raiding Celts, skilfully scaling the hamlet’s wooded defences and breeching the battlement, were now howling for blood. Swinging, flashing silver blades, struck the heart of my community.

Now howling and screaming, the violators charged, kicking in doors, entering, and ending the lives of families stumbling from their last slumbering movements. Oozing blood flowing from the living signaled the ending their conscious existence. Final screams and gurgling from surpised gaping mouths signalled their ending. They had no chance.

The burning hamlet on Priory Hill sent flaming fingers upwards. Relecting clouds lit up an image of bedlam and hell.

Grabbing my hands, with the tattoed raiders storming up the stairs, Leif and Magnus, were lowering me out of the window, as the old world was ending. Capturing Gyda and dragging her away, the torched the wooden house and cremating the inturned bodies.

These are worst scene from the nightmares haunting my early life. May you never experience the misasma from hells infernos of the burning stench of human flesh panicking, baying animals escaping flaming barns.

Stumbling along a hidden forest path with night birds guiding and flanking our paths to safety, a parliament of tawney owls were scouting the escape route. Bats sonic screeching helped by spotting hazards and fallen trees. A chorus of hooting was guiding the fleeing refugees. Silent, sure footed roe deer guarding the flanks, helped by propping us up, stopping us falling.

 

Away to the North West, on Priory Hill, evil skies were reflecting angry red and yellow flames started by the evil night raiders.

At the ending of the escapade from the raiders, the trooping deer, who had been skilfully, and very, very quietly escorting my frail party, led us into a secret hunting lodge hidden high in the foothills of the fabled Table Top Mountains.

The refuge was guarded by dense thickets, fast flowing rivers and small lakes. Only the best and fittest survived here. Eagles and birds of pray, carrying out high level reconnaissance from the skies, were searching, scanning, and circling the hidden refuge for signs approach from the marauding kidnappers.

For two days, laying low, we spent sleeping, talking, planning, and discussing escaping from our catastrophic nightmare. Staying locked in the warmth security of our safe house would have been the easy option. The will and the desire to save Gyda and try to do something positive was the winning option.

Again with the roe deer silently guiding us through the thickets we found a small coracle tied to the moss covered bank of the fast flowing river bank. With salmon and otters escorting us, the leather craft was soon quickly bobbing down the winding river. Birds, wrens, robins and crows were keeping a sharp look out. Ferrying past rocky rapids, valley troughs, deep pools with swirling whirlpools, we escaped to the sandy estuary where the river entered the bay. Here the deer and bird friends handed over the watching brief to gannets, petrels and black backed gulls. Darting, dancing, glinting dolphins began towing the tiny craft over the blue seas to the magical castle on the island in the west where the sun sets.

As the moon was waxing, the dolphins were safely guiding us into a sheltered cove hidden from prying eyes and the evil raiders.

Scheming how to rescue Gyda in the magical island castle, Magnus, the wise, began slowly evolving his cunning plan with the horned, helmeted Norsemen. Leif used his heroic fathers links to build up new friendships with the clans, families and alliances that had evolved from his families proud heritage exploring distant lands across the ocean toward the setting sun.

 

Constantly, the petrels and swallows, were bringing news of sightings and developments on the movements of the the northern raiders. A drugged and tied up Gyda was being taken north into the Purple Mountains and the home of the Celt marauders.

Circling high over the hill route to the northern, purple mountains, buzzards following the raiders, were constantly informing on the raiders movement. Magnus, thinking, working hard, and mapping out the information, was developing a courageous plan to save Gyda. In the briefing for the raid to save Gyda, Magnus was delegating duties and tasks. Whales and dolphins for aiding the rescue party across the blues seas and into the sandy estuary. Flights of birds were the eyes and ears with deer and hares leading the heroic rescuers to the brigands camp.

Tawney owls coordinating the rescue, hooting as dawn was breaking, were secretly scouting the approach route to the brigands den. Asta, Magnus and Lief riding on the backs of the deer, knowing the otters were breaching the stockade, prepared their stun granades and laser swords. Creeping through the silent, sleeping enemy den with snoring Celts, quietly waking a trembling Gyda, Leif treading silently led the brave raiders to the safety of the surrounding forest.

The animal friends, escorting the rescuers, gave no clues away to the drunken Celts. At the estuary, a school of whales, towing the long boat, ploughing the gentle waves, sped the rescuers to safety.

Gyda, crying, laughing, speaking, was telling the party of her ordeal when the golden eagle landing on the balcony, told how the Celts, fighting a loosing battle with the forest animals, were being driven out of their mountain dens.

Celebrating the victory, Asta, proclaiming peace, made a declaration of independence for the animals and the people the magical land of the Winding River.

 

 


VR 360 curriculum videos

 

Virtual reality 360 learning resources to support curriculum lesson plans and school assemblies.