Shetland in a box on a cake

Today is GIS Day, so you get an extra bonus map in the wild thanks to Ross McDonald of Angus Council. Apparently they celebrated GIS Day with this scrumptious map cake.

For those not in the UK, the reference to Shetland in a box may be confusing. Recently the Scottish Government passed a law requiring map makers not to use the well established cartographic device of an inset map when representing the Shetland Islands, you can read more about this cartographic insanity here

A Stillness Heard Around the World

Dave Lovell has an almost inexhaustible collection of map pics. I wish we’d have had these map collages in time for Remembrance Sunday (just past) but better a little late than not at all.

“Here’s a small series of (not very good) photos taken in Bramhall Methodist Church’s (wild!) remembrance exhibition ‘A Stillness Heard Around the World’ The map collages represent the sentiment in the poem MCMXIV looking back at a time before WWI.”


Those long uneven lines
Standing as patiently
As if they were stretched outside
The Oval or Villa Park,
The crowns of hats, the sun
On moustached archaic faces
Grinning as if it were all
An August Bank Holiday lark;

And the shut shops, the bleached
Established names on the sunblinds,
The farthings and sovereigns,
And dark-clothed children at play
Called after kings and queens,
The tin advertisements
For cocoa and twist, and the pubs
Wide open all day–

And the countryside not caring:
The place names all hazed over
With flowering grasses, and fields
Shadowing Domesday lines
Under wheat’s restless silence;
The differently-dressed servants
With tiny rooms in huge houses,
The dust behind limousines;

Never such innocence,
Never before or since,
As changed itself to past
Without a word–the men
Leaving the gardens tidy,
The thousands of marriages,
Lasting a little while longer:
Never such innocence again.

Philip Larkin (1922-1985)

Oxford rare book walk

Jory Fleming sent us this sweet little hand drawn map for a rare book walk around Oxford colleges.

“Was given this hand drawn map done by the librarian at Wadham College, for a rare book tour some colleges put on.”

Is it wild? Well it’s hand-held and I can see some greenery in the background, so just about. And here is another view including Wadham College.

Canterbury Plains

I saw this example on a recent journey through Canterbury airport, New Zealand. As I wandered through the departure area I naturally thought the patterns on the carpet looked like a map then when you look at the vast expanse rolled out in front of you it becomes obvious it is a map. You are literally walking across a giant abstract map of the Canterbury Plains.

The purpose was to provide visitors to the area with a lasting taste of South Island that mirrored the spectacular views of the Southern Alps from the lounge itself. The carpet has been designed to show the patchwork agricultural shapes of the plains juxtaposed with the rising mountainscape. Satellite imagery was used to re-create the landscape and the carpet is actually a fair representation of the region from Ashburton across the Alps.

Attingham Hall

Jeremy Bolwell sent us this map of Wales

“This map of Wales dates from when Attingham Hall was a college, I think. I have always considered it a good idea to paper maps to walls – the scale needs to be right but it gives insights into the geography of the area or country displayed that you simply do not get when looking down on a map spread on a table top or similar.”

The picture first appeared on Geograph