La Gazetta dello Sport

Amici is a little Italian delicatessen cafe near East Finchley tube station. If you are nearby I highly recommend it. The ceiling is bedecked with dozens of sports shirts, mainly football and cycling.

I spotted this cycling top from the Giro tour of Italy with a map on the front and the names of the winners up to 1989.


Raf sent us this wine bottle with contour lines from the Montsant region of Spain.

Apparently it is

“A blend of Grenache with about everything else allowed in Monstsant including Carignan, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of jammy dark fruit and prunes, a distinct earthy almost pencil lead scent, and also some sweeter notes such as gingerbread and chocolate. Ripe mouthfeel, almost port like, also because of the aging. Medium to full bodied with elevated alcohol and medium acidity and tannins. Ending on a ripe medium(+) aftertaste.”

Or in simple english, it’s a nice red wine with a map label – what more could you ask for? A Map that makes you go Wild!

Lakenland Sculpture Park

Alex Code of Line 45 sent us these pics from the Lakenland Sculpture Park

” I had some map sightings on a recent vacation in Michigan’s upper peninsula.
There’s a quirky and fun sculpture park called Lakenenland ( East of Marquette, Michigan that features a number of maps and a decent amount of social and political commentary sprinkled in among a number of other themed and theme-less metal sculptures. It’s well worth a visit if in the area.”

Scratchy Bottom

Andrew Newman sent us this old conservation map at Scratchy Bottom

“I found this very old MAFF conservation walks map at the entrance to Scratchy Bottom. A path heading inland from the South West Coastal Path near Durdle Door Dorset.”

It may be a map of a conservation walk but it doesn’t appear to have weathered too well!

For those readers who are amused by risqué place names like Scratchy Bottom, I commend my friend Gary Gale’s “Vaguely Rude Place Names of the World” 


On Wednesday evening I went along to the Argent office in Kings Cross for the Longitude Space event run by co-editor Ken Field and his colleagues Chris Wesson and Ben Flanagan. Argent are a property developer who are responsible for the regeneration of the Kings Cross area amongst other projects. Their office was full of interesting maps.

The massive model of the regeneration area was the focus of much conversation:

Even their coat cupboard had an outline map of the area engraved on the doors