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  1. I'm not sure I would say its properly funded in Scotland. Its a huge area and there are..... wait for it...... 2 air ambulances (helicopters) that respond to emergencies. One in Aberdeen and one in Glasgow. There are also two fixed wing aircraft for scheduled transfers.


    Other helicopters come from the armed forces at a huge cost, the NHS are billed for their use. Recent initiatives include the Retrieval Service. This provides support to community hospitals in rural areas and a team of specialist consultants doctors are helicoptered to assist GPs, who generally run these units, with the severest of ill patients and accident victims.


    Sadly the funding for this service has been withdrawn by the Scottish Executive.



  2. The current edition of PC Plus (October 2006!) issue 247 has a few GPS

    related programs on the cover DVD which may be of interest to some.....


    (NB I think they also do a version with a cover CD, the programs may or

    may not be on that, take care)




    EasyGPS is the fast and easy way to transfer waypoints, routes, and

    tracks between your computer and your Garmin, Magellan, or Lowrance GPS.


    ExpertGPS is the ultimate mapping software for Garmin, Magellan, and

    Lowrance GPS owners.


    GPS Tuner is a high precision measurement, mapping and geocaching tool

    for Pocket PC.


    GPS2CAD enables design professionals to easily and inexpensively use

    recreational-grade GPS units to collect field information and plot it in

    their CAD program.


    Photoscape 3D, enabling you to see the places you know in fantastic,

    photo realistic 3D.


    HandMap viewer program turns your PDA into a roving map.


    MapsGo is a simple GIS (Non-GPS) for Pocket and Desktop PCs.


    Visitor Guide - Metro Paris.


    Pocket A-Z Viewer


    RoadMap is an open source (GPL) program that provides a car navigation

    for Linux, UNIX and now Windows CE (a.k.a. PocketPC).

    Note US only!




    (Info gleaned from uk.rec.walking - Neil Pugh)



    Team Ballibeg

  3. As Geocachers we are often on Rights of Way and so I think its worth us helping this site along. It'll help all ROW users in the end.


    Their blurb is,


    "The Challenge


    Take part in the Use Your Paths Challenge - to walk all the public rights of way in England and Wales by September 2007. It’s the biggest-ever walking project in the UK!

    Anyone can join in - as individuals or as part of a group:


    1. Choose a grid square (or squares) to walk. You’ll find the national grid on most maps

    2. Walk all the public rights of way (see the map key for information) in your chosen square(s)

    3. Report any problems you come across (obstructions, missing signposts etc) to the relevant council

    4. Submit your completed squares


    And that’s it - simple and fun!"


    Use your paths



  4. This is something I did a lot when working in schools as an outdoor education provider.


    Often children have difficulty understanding the concept that maps are drawn from a birds eye point of view. What I did was take some photos around the classroom and school grounds from unusual angles and then ask the children to identify where the place the photo was taken from. A few of these can be strung together to form a mini course where the next photo clue is at the location of the previous picture. This gets the mind working!


    Photos of a chair taken from directly above can help show that, for example, you can't see the legs under it.


    I found the concept of satellites fine to explain but the in depth detail of how it works with timings and triangulations a bit too much for some age groups. I played a game I called Bat and Moth. Make a circle with the kids somewhere safe. Blindfold two children and call one the moth and one the bat. When the bat says bat the moth must say moth. Using the sounds the bat can hunt the moth. Develop this theme of sounds helping to find something by getting two children to stand apart. The blindfolded child must get between them. When the blindfolded child waves (left for satellite one, right arm for satellite 2) the two children must say Satellite 1 or satellite 2. The blindfolded child can than listen and place themselves between the satellites. Set it up again but put a mark on the ground half way between the two satellites. Of course within the rules they can find half way when the blindfolded child hears the satellites at an equal volume. When the mark is moved away from half way it gets harder. You can then introduce 2 more satellites at 90 degrees to the first two. Of course now where the two lines intersect is where you put the mark. The blindfolded child signals satellite 3 and 4 by raising left or right legs. This signalling the satellite is of course not how it happens with GPS but without doing it the blindfolded child cannot hear where well enough the difference between the 4 satellites talking at once. Of course the kids enjoy the odd arm and leg waving! Where left and right an issue I have placed coloured hankies on the appropriate limbs to help. The downside of this activity is that you have more children doing nothing than taking part but present it well and you'll have them entralled. Of course this can lead on to a discussion as to why GPS isnt pinpoint accurate etc etc.


    Hope this makes some sense and is of use to you.





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