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There will be a Twitter discussion today, 28 March starting at 11am and 8.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, 6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 12.00 noon Central European Summer Time, 9am – 11am BST. Note this is a staggered discussion.
Use the tags #waterread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of #waterread, so others can join in the conversation too.
“How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.”
– Arthur C Clarke
With water covering 70% of Earth’s surface there’s huge scope for us to discover more about it through reading, watching and playing.
Consider the following aspects when you’re thinking about #waterread.
The science of natural bodies of water, such as rivers
, and how they shape the landscape of our planet.
More recently Roger Deakin gave a unique perspective in his travelogue, Waterlog
, when he swam through the British Isles.
Water plays an important role in sustaining life on the planet, and impacts greatly on our own health. It ensures we are able to grow food
we need to survive, as well as keeping us hydrated.
As well as the benefits of technology we also have the negative impact industry can have on water, in the form of pollution
The control of sources of water, the desire for countries to have control over specific bodies of water, naval battles
, and the Cod Wars
all highlight how politics has an impact on water too.
such as swimming, diving, boat racing, surfing. You can participate in them, or find out more about those people whose lives are focused on excelling in these sports.
Maybe you’re a fan of tear jerkers – did Love Story
make you cry?
Do you have any authors you like to read when you’re around water? Maybe when you’re relaxing by the pool or on a beach. Or when you’re relaxing with a good book what’s your preferred drink? Tea, coffee, a glass of wine, perhaps?
Water and horror can be a lethal mix – the killer shark in Jaws
; Piranhas; Sharknado
(you’re not even safe when you’re miles away from the sea); and The Fog