Robin A. Crawford’s guide to mapping the peatlands

In his book Into The Peatlands, Robin A. Crawford explores the peatlands of the Outer Hebrides over the course of the year, explaining how they have come to be and examining how peat has been used from the Bronze Age onwards. In describing the seasonal processes of cutting, drying, stacking, storing and burning he reveals one of the key rhythms of island life, but his study goes well beyond this to include many other aspects, including the wildlife and folklore associated with these lonely, watery places. Read More Robin A. Crawford’s guide to mapping the peatlands

Pisa’s “Il Gioco del Ponte” – the game of the bridge

There is more to Pisa than its leaning tower and its easy travel connection to the UK. There are some really nice parts of the historic centre and the sweep of the river through the town is pretty spectacular. Also, through June each year there are a series of public parades and spectacles. Passing through Pisa airport on our way to the coast we saw the posters promoting “Il Gioco del Ponte” – the game of the bridge – held on the last Saturday of June and we decided to go.

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Going to Budapest? Make sure you visit the Schiffer Villa

Annabel Barber, Editor of the Blue Guides tells us about Miksa Schiffer and urges us all to add the Schiffer Villa to our places to visit in Budapest: Read More Going to Budapest? Make sure you visit the Schiffer Villa

Stanfords Staff Selects: London Fiction

Here at Stanfords we sell maps and books from all over the world, but sometimes there is no place like home. We currently have a buy one get one half price offer on a selection of our favourite London books, gifts and guides. To give you a real taste of this wonderful city, here is some of our favourite London fiction: Read More Stanfords Staff Selects: London Fiction

5 Reasons Why Mountain Huts Are Special

Huts are more than just shelters. They can be meeting places for climbers. They can be staging posts for trekkers on a multi-day tour. Or they can be somewhere to visit on a there-and-back day’s hike from a valley base; somewhere to stop for lunch perhaps, to sit outside in the sunshine, enjoy the view, and then move on. In The Mountain Hut Book, author Kev Reynolds draws on his vast experience of mountain exploration, giving examples of huts throughout the Alps,  outlining his favourites and suggesting hut-to-hut routes. Here he tells us why mountain huts are so special: Read More 5 Reasons Why Mountain Huts Are Special

A cartographic taster from the National Army Museum

We asked Robert Fleming, the Templer Study Centre Manager at the National Army Museum to give us a few tasters of some of the fascinating collections related to survey and cartography held at the museum. Read More A cartographic taster from the National Army Museum

5 mind-blowing places in Wales that you’ve probably never heard of

 

Wild Guide Wales is Daniel Start’s new compendium of adventures, from the best-selling Wild Guide series. The guide contains over 1000 hidden places to explore. Here he highlights five reasons to explore Wales this summer, and five iconic adventures that few people know about. Read More 5 mind-blowing places in Wales that you’ve probably never heard of

5 Reasons Why Travel Safety is the New Cool

To celebrate the launch of his book The Travel Survival Guide, our go-to guy on all matters of travel safety, Lloyd Figgins gives us five reasons why travel safety is the new cool. Over to you Lloyd:

There was a time when people would glaze over when I told them what I did for a living. Being a Security Expert for people travelling overseas was tantamount to being the fun police. Nowadays however, I have seen a remarkable turnaround. I’ve even been asked if my work is like being James Bond. Well, it’s not quite Bond, but it can be exciting and I am responsible for keeping people safe when they travel to some of the most interesting places on the planet, which makes it very rewarding. So why is travel safety becoming so chic? Read More 5 Reasons Why Travel Safety is the New Cool

5 top animal guests on the Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures, by Helen Scales

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures are perhaps best known for the noisy, messy physics and chemistry experiments, performed to demonstrate aspects of cutting edge-science in front of an eager, young audience. In years when the lecturer’s chosen subject is biology – in particular the science of the natural world – these demonstrations often take on a distinctly wilder tone, as menageries of living animals are welcomed into the RI’s world famous lecture theatre.
I delved into the last century of the RI’s biological Christmas Lectures for my book 11 Explorations into Life on Earth, and here’s my pick of the most delightful, intriguing and tricky animal assistants. Read More 5 top animal guests on the Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures, by Helen Scales

How to Land a Plane by Mark Vanhoenacker

Pilot and author, Mark Vanhoenacker has just had his second book, How to Land a Plane, published. It’s a short, light-hearted but informative look at how planes stay up in the air, how they’re controlled, and how, exactly, they’re returned to the surface of their home planet.

Like us, Mark is a big fan of globes. Here, Mark tells us a bit about his new book and exactly why globes are so important to him:

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