Monthly Archives: October 2013

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chosen area of investigation / theme

What topical areas are you interested in focusing on?

I have chosen to do my project on the Journey from Cambridge to Sheffield. Not just the specific journey itself in the physical term but also the transition that’s made from one place to the other. Showing and comparing the similarities and difference of each city which I call both “Home”. (From Home to Home). I am really excited about the topic I have chosen as I love both places!

What do you want to know /tell more about?

I want to find out other peoples opinions about each city and see how they stereotype them and what they think the similarities and differences are. I want to compare bits of weather data from each place to see if what people think the weather is like correlates with what it actually is like. I want to show that how sometimes my two worlds come together but sometimes they are far apart.

Looking at weather comparison

An idea is to download lots of sets of data to do with the weather eg. Snow, rainfall, temperature etc. comparing Cambridge to Sheffield with Sheffield numbers of snow and rainfall being higher than Cambridge as its one of the driest places showing in like a graph like format having the Cambridge graph on top of the Sheffield graph. Which may also compare the hilliness of Sheffield on the graph as its more extreme.  I want to display it in lots of different layers and not just have a normal printed out boring graph to display the data to make it more exciting and more relevant. To put the data in perspective. Something you can easily understand, instead of just lots of numbers. Showing my journey from Cambridge to Sheffield.

These are 4 maps showing different     that I got from the Met Office site. They also have lots of sets of data that I could use on there.

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Mean Daily Max Temp                                                  Mean Daily Min Temp

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Rainfall                                                               Days of snow lying

From just looking at these maps and the area’s that Sheffield and Cambridge are in you can already tell that there will be extreme differences.

Ideas Extended

I thought it would be good to make a list of things I think about each place and different bits within the topic that I might choose to look at.

Things that come to mind when I think of Cambridge

– River Cam    -Punting    -Pretty University     -Flat     -Bikes

-Friends    -Family    -Home    -Expensive    -Dry area      -Lots of Greens


Things that come to mind when I think of Sheffield

-Peaks      – Hilly     -University (Hallam)     -Uni Friends     -Family

– Home     -Lots of rain     -Cold     -Industry      -Countryside


Positives about CambridgeCambridge_Railway_Station_Bicycle_Racks.preview

-Friends and Family.

-Its good to run on Flat ground.

-It’s nice to ride your bike around.

Negatives about Cambridge

-Expensive Bus Prices.

-Expensive Parking.

-Generally Expensive.

-Can’t walk into town from where I live.

Positives about Sheffieldpeaks

-Cheap Bus Prices.

-Cheaper Parking.

-Nice places to go for walks (peaks).

-You can walk to most places.

Negatives about Sheffield

-The hills put me off running.

-I didn’t bring my bike up because I don’t think I could manage the hills.

-I don’t understand somethings people say.

Thinking about Stereotypes what people think about each place, the difference in Language and culture. For example Yorkshire Dialect/slang that I had never heard before and people generally being more friendly up north. An Idea- Could have like a translation piece Yorkshire Dialect explained?

I’d like to look at comparing the weather as I have heard that East Anglia is the driest place in the UK and it seems to rain a lot more in Sheffield. I’d like to gather opinions from people to see which they think has the most rainfall and then collect actual data to find out that true facts.

Change of Ideas

When I was writing my Ideas up about walking and my foot journey I suddenly had a thought about how when I’m at home (in Cambridge) walking the ground is very flat and when I’m in Sheffield going up and down all the hills.  So I quickly visualized this…ImageI then realized that there was a big contrast that was made even more clear by me visualizing it the walking at home and in Sheffield were completely different lines. I though about laying the lines on top of each other to show the contrast. This is when I got the idea to still continue to look at journeys, but instead to look at my journey from Cambridge to Sheffield. Showing the differences and similarities and things I have to adjust to when going two and from these two places that I now see as “Home”. From Home to Home (thinking that could be my title for this project) I want to look at what I see as the positives and negatives of both places both from my personal opinion from living in both places and from other peoples opinions. I want to compare my findings and show correlations and contrasts in a different way. I want to see if what people think about the place is necessarily true for example what people think about the weather compared to weather statistics (informing people of correct facts).