Inspiring, exciting, tiring and educational… Mark Beaumont is ‘The man Who Cycled the World’.
In 2008, Mark beat the previous world record for a continuous cycle around the world by 2 months, and he averaged something like 100 miles per day over a period of 194 days (more than 6 months)! An incredible journey of 18,296 miles through Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia & New Zealand and finally the States.
Mark is also a vegetarian (or was normally) but he had to resort to all sorts of food on his journey just to get the 6,000 calories per day needed to keep himself going. Also home-educated for his primary school years, this is an inspiration for what can be achieved through experiences of non-formal education.
The cycle was also documented in a series of films for BBC Scotland and having watched one of them on YouTube, they are worth watching to get a different experience of his experience.
Some shocking / interesting facts and figures on the state of the human race, produced by the UN Development programme.
Ok, my Kindle has officially packed up. Yes, first it just froze, then started working again a few weeks later, then while on the camping trip to Bucklegrove, the screen has gone.
Anyway, it’s paper books all the way for a while till that’s fixed. Either way, the Kindle wouldn’t have been able to present ‘the history’ in anywhere near the same high quality way, compared to the paper version. If I had an ipad, I could have downloaded it in full colour.
But, A History of the World in 100 Objects is well researched and interesting, with some very good images. There is a good background section to each of the objects and each is used to explain a period of human history, from the Stone Age to our present.
If anyone I know wants to borrow it then be my guest – it’s fairly expensive but well worth a look, especially if you are interested in history or human psychology. As a printed format, it works well and i’m not convinced that the original radio format was the best way to convey the details, given that seeing the objects is a major part of the experience of an object, for most people. A picture is worth a thousand words.