Magazine article Geographical

Get Away for a Real Indian Summer

Magazine article Geographical

Get Away for a Real Indian Summer

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Summer, glorious summer: at its best, a round of picnics, barbecues and soft ice creams on the beach. Wouldn't it be great to have just a couple more months of blue skies and sunny days before the days draw in and the nip in the air becomes a permanent fixture? Well, thanks to the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)'s grants programme, you can be certain of a real Indian summer--rather than just praying that the notorious British weather comes up trumps.

The Society offers a range of grants for which anyone can apply and for projects anywhere in the world: whether you want to investigate ecotourism in St Lucia or expand your knowledge of the frozen expanses of the Canadian steppe. They could even send you off globetrotting in the footsteps of Michael Palin, the Society's honorary vice president.

Indeed, the recipients of the inaugural Land Rover 'Go Beyond' bursary, awarded by the Society to a team of three budding geographers, are currently undertaking a trip along the latitude of 50[degrees]N The trio--Peter Lovell, the team mechanic; Spike Read, a keen skier and sailor; and David Smith, who has just completed a PhD at Bristol University--set off from Lizard Point, Britain's most southerly point, in April, and will be passing through Germany, Ukraine, Mongolia, Japan and Canada during their journey around the world, which is scheduled to end back in the UK in August.

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The Society will be offering the bursary again this year to a team who have an innovative journey they would like to undertake that would see them 'go beyond' their normal limits and boundaries, while widening their understanding of a particular geographical environment. The winning team will be provided with the use of a Land Rover 110 Defender and 10,000 [pounds sterling] to take them anywhere in the world--or, indeed, around the world--with the only provisos being that the trip must start and end here in the UK, and that the recipients must be prepared to share their findings, whether through photography, video or audio recordings, or, of course, the written word. …

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