Last lectures available online

They’ve called it a career but the parting thoughts of two of Brock’s “teaching titans” are now available for all to see.Professors David DiBattista (psychology) and Lorne Adams (kinesiology), who retired last month, presented their last lectures on May 1 at the annual Spring Perspectives event hosted by the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation.Videos of their talks, the concept of which is based on the New York Times best-selling book The Last Lecture, are now available online.

William Wordsworths descendant campaigns to save beloved Lake District from National Grid

first_imgWe owe it to his memory to preserve its beauty for future generations to enjoyChristopher Wordsworth The line of 47m high pylons will also run right across the top of the Duddon Estuary, interrupting stunning views into and out of the high fells of the Lake District.The National Grid is planning to link the proposed new nuclear plant at Moorside near Sellafield, Cumbria, to the UK power network at the Heysham power station in Morecambe, Lancashire.Mr Wordsworth said: “William Wordsworth was enthralled by the unique beauty of the Duddon – it inspired his famous series of sonnets.”As much as the works of my ancestor are an important part of our literary heritage, his ‘long-loved Duddon’ is an important part of our natural heritage. We owe it to his memory to preserve its beauty for future generations to enjoy.”Other campaigners stress this would irreversibly scar the national park’s iconic landscape, which is steeped in history.Landscape charity Friends of the Lake District and campaign group Power Without Pylons have teamed up to fight the pylon plan.They want National Grid to adopt an alternative solution, which would remove the need to take the power cables up the valley and around the estuary.Friends of the Lake District is urging local people to take part in a consultation, which ends on January 6. Dr Kate Willshaw, policy officer at Friends of the Lake District, said: “We need as many people as possible to tell National Grid that putting pylons just metres outside of the National Park’s south-western boundary will cause unacceptable damage.”It will destroy the special qualities of the National Park and interrupting people’s enjoyment of our beautiful landscape renowned throughout the world.”Graham Barron, secretary of Power Without Pylons, said: “Protecting this important area is not just a local issue but a national issue.”Over 40 million people visit Cumbria each year to enjoy these special landscapes: they don’t want them scarred by lumps of metal and unsightly overhead wires.”Earlier this year, a wave of protests helped stop the North West Coast Connections project, which intended to install pylons through the Lake District.National Grid confirmed that it would now put 23km of cables underground, running through the Western side of the National Park. Where his ancestor wandered lonely as a cloud, Christopher Wordsworth may soon be wandering through giant electrical pylons.William Wordsworth’s great-great-great-great grandson is fighting a £2.8 billion plan to “fence in” the scenic Lake District, where the poet wrote his most famous sonnets.Mr Wordsworth has protested against National Grid plans to build a 3.5km line of pylons in Whicham Valley, each one standing just 10 metres outside the Lake District’s boundary. He said officials “owe it to the memory” of his famous ancestor to block the plans. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more