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So farewell Sir Terry Pratchett. Since I first read The Colour Of Magic in 1983 you made me smile, you made me laugh out loud and above all, you always made me think. In 2004’s Going Postal, Terry wrote about the clacks, a series of semaphore towers that were the Discworld equivalent of the old […]

Quick, take a look at this map. There’s something wrong with it. It’s a map of the coast of West Africa dating from 1839. Compared with modern maps, a few things have changed. Senegambia was the French controlled Senegal and the British controlled Gambia, Soudan is today’s Sudan and Upper Guinea is part of today’s […]

I wasn’t at WhereCamp EU in Amsterdam recently. At least, I wasn’t there in person, but according to Mark Iliffe and Giuseppe Sollazzo I was certainly there in spirit. You see, at WhereCamp EU in Berlin last year I was doing what I usually do at conferences; watching a talk, laptop on lap, live Tweeting furiously. […]

I’ve been thinking a lot about the etymology of place names recently. That’s a slightly verbose way of saying that I’ve been thinking about the origin of place names and where they come from. Take London for example. That’s pretty easy as most sources of information seem to agree that London derives from Londinium, the […]

I should start off by saying that I don’t mean mapping web sites. There’s no Ovi, Yahoo!, Google or OpenStreetMap web sites in this post. No, this is a blog post about Eddie Izzard (at least slightly), Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle (even more ephmerally), the (death of) RSS, maps and cartography (generally) and (in the main) […]

Since I started my new job, Terminal 5 at Heathrow has become close to a second home. This means I’ve been taking a lot of local minicabs to the airport early in the morning. The experience of frequent use of minicab services has been interesting, to say the least. With this in mind, I offer […]

At the end of this week, anyone with even a passing interest in OpenStreetMap will be descending on Girona to be at the annual mapfest that is the State Of The Map conference. Sadly I won’t be there this year, as I mentioned in a post earlier this year. But Chris Osborne will and he’s […]

It may have escaped your notice but London is pretty much map mad at the moment. If it’s not documentaries on the BBC it’s exhibitions of maps at the British Library. Which seems an apt and fitting time to organise an ad-hoc, impromptu, totally unofficial gathering of latent geographers, geo-wonks, map-nerds, professional cartographers and anyone […]

Sadly the domain geotastic.com is already taken but even so a Google search on “gary gale geotastic” shows www.garygale.com as the prime hit (and we’ll just conveniently gloss over the “did you mean: gary gale egotastic” suggestion). And now, hot out of a FedEx package from neighborhoodies.com comes the next step in the evolution of […]

Most browsers have a variation on the theme of a home page, which automagically loads your favourite web page when you start the browser or open a new browser window or tab. A lot of web sites try to capitalise on this, offering earnest entreaties to “make me your home page” … “no make me […]