A few years back I had the idea of sampling literacy practices along a line drawn on a map of the urban area where I live. I never got round to it, but I often think about recycling the idea as a student project. Recently a friend told me about the No 73 bus blog - check it out! This comes out of research reported a while back on the beeb. It's a great idea, you can learn more here. And if literacy in education is your bag you can read me (and my good friends) in Janet Evans book 'Literacy Moves On'.