Learning Technologies Newsletter

ISSUE 66 - December 2010 - by Phil Chambers


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Welcome to the December 2010 issue of the Learning Technologies Newsletter. Please continue to forward it to friends and colleagues who you think would find it useful.

This issue, we have results of the World Memory Championships plus My Christmas Mind Map, quote of the month and what I’ve been up to recently.

December's Quote of the Month


"Memory is the mother of all Wisdom"

~ Aeschylus
Ancient Greek Dramatist and Playwright, 525 BC-456 BC

More quotes here


What's Phil Up To?

Mr Li

I was in China for almost three weeks in preparation for and the staging of the World Memory Championships. See Report Below.

I was looked after very well by New Mind Education, the sponsors of the event and Mr Tomson Li, General Manager of the venue, The Mount River Resort Hotel. (Pictured with me and his wife on the left)

This week I am co-presenting a Teachers’ Professional Development day as part of the Schools Memory Championships and will be presenting a seminar on Mind Mapping and Speed Reading to a local software company.



Report on The World Memory Championships 2010

Mind Map Wang Feng Venue
The World's Biggest Mind Map
Wang Feng - Winner of the Competition
The Venue

The 19th World Memory Championships in Guangzhou, China saw the largest number of competitors, 128 finalists from over twenty countries, and the most lavish staging ever. Special thanks must go to Jennifer Goddard and the arbiters team for their tireless work, marking a total of almost one million pieces of data.

The Media coverage was incredible with China Central Television (CCTV) running the competition as top story on their news channel including live reports on the action. It is estimated that a World wide audience of up to a billion people saw the coverage!

The organisers of the championship smashed the world record for the largest ever Mind Map , previously held by Singapore, by spectacularly suspending a gigantic MIND MAP of 600 square metres on the promontory overlooking Lake Helong directly adjacent to the Championship venue, the Mount River Resort Hotel , Guangzhou. The previous record for the world’s largest Mind Map was 140 square metres, dating from 2007.

Many congratulations go to Wang Feng for his fantastic performance. Not only did he win the competition (with a prize of $20,000) against very strong opposition from the German team and defending Champion Ben Pridmore from the UK, but also set 3 World Records in the process. Wang Feng’s score of 9486, the first person in history to break the 9000 point barrier, puts him emphatically at the top of the World Rankings. In addition to the title of World Memory Champion he was also awarded the Brain Trust’s prestigious title of Brain of the Year.

Records were also broken by bronze medallist Ben Pridmore (28 decks of cards in an hour), silver medallist Johannes Mallow (365 Abstract Images in 15 minutes and 120 historic dates in 5 minutes) and Liu Su (2180 digits in an hour). Full results can be found here:

Merry Christmas!

To view my animated 2010 Christmas card click here:

That’s it for this month and this year! Thank you for your support over the past 12 months and wishing you a very Merry Christmas. The next newsletter will be in early January. If you would like to contact me in the meantime my details are here.

Best Wishes