Words & Music

Tom Armitage sent me this cover by the band Saint Etienne who I had not heard of.

“The album’s cover art was designed by Manchester art collective Dorothy. Band member Bob Stanley explained, “They had done this map of a fictional area with all these road names, which were songs. I just got in touch with them and I was like, ‘I love this, would you want to do one that was tailor made for us with all of our favorite songs?’ They said yes. The general theme of the album is marking a route in your life through music—the idea is that you can follow roads on the map and end up with a playlist of different journeys. There are 312 song titles on the map—it’s our hometown.”[20]


How many song titles can you find on the map?

Next stop – not your desk

Luke Harvey spotted this map on the cover of the Metro, London’s free morning paper available on the Underground (July 18th 2019).

Apparently the average commute to work in London takes 74 minutes, the map shows some alternative destinations that you could choose instead of going to work.

Normally I would question whether a printed map should get included as a Map in the Wild but when they print almost 900,000 of them with a readership of about 1.75 million I think it is worth sharing.

Massive maps at Madingley American Cemetery

Paul Hardy shared these massive maps from the Memorial Hall at Madingley American Cemetery.

“Here are two really big maps from a building in my locality – on the inside and the outside of the Memorial Hall at the Madingley American Cemetery, at 52.216 N, 0.056 E (close to the zero meridian). Given the recent anniversary of the Normandy landings, these are particularly relevant. The cemetery has 3,800 war graves of US dead, and a wall with the names of over 5000 dead whose bodies were never found (including Glen Miller, and Joseph Kennedy)”