Charting the distance of major cities from the equator

Thursday, 4 August, 2016

A handy chart/infographic, prepared by Reddit member mrmbuceta, that plots the location of the world’s major cities, in both the northern and southern hemisphere, relative to their distance from the equator.

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How rectangular in shape is your country?

Friday, 22 July, 2016

How rectangular in shape is the country you live in? What is the most rectangular nation in the world? All these questions, and more, are answered by Australian geostatistician, David Barry.

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This is the age of the world map

Friday, 3 June, 2016

A guide to working out the age of undated world maps, by xkcd… well, you never know when this stuff might be useful.

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World maps without New Zealand, is that All Black envy maybe?

Monday, 11 January, 2016

Defunct New Zealand pop band Split Enz described New Zealand, or Aotearoa, being the Maori name for the country’s North Island, before it became more widely associated with the whole country, as a “rugged individual, glisten[ing] like a pearl, at the bottom of the world”, in their 1981 single, Six Months In A Leaky Boat.

Too rugged for some possibly, considering the country often seems to be omitted from maps of the world, or at least the maps featured in the World Maps Without New Zealand Tumblr.

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Would the world’s actual remotest city please stand up?

Thursday, 27 August, 2015

Being labelled the world’s remotest city probably isn’t as bad today as it might have been fifty, to one hundred, years ago. In the past, trying to reach such a seemingly inaccessible place might have deterred many would-be travellers. Now it would probably be the destination of choice, on account of its apparent isolation.

The problem is though, which “remotest city” in the world is in fact the remotest? There are a number of contenders for the title, including Nuuk in Greenland, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in Russia, Mêdog in Tibet, and Perth in Western Australia.

Then there is Perth, with a metropolitan area of more than two million people, way on the other side of the outback from Sydney, 2,045 miles away. Geographically it’s actually closer to East Timor (1,731 miles) and Jakarta, Indonesia (1,865 miles). There’s no city of comparable size anywhere in the world that’s so remote.

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An illustrated, and elevated, history of Japanese cities

Tuesday, 18 March, 2014

Illustration by Hatsusaburo Yoshida

Almost one hundred years ago Japanese cartographer Hatsusaburo Yoshida drew up a fascinating series of illustrations, depiciting towns and cities in Japan as seen from the air.

This before it was really possible to take to the air for this sort of work.

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Where in the world do the redheads really cluster?

Tuesday, 3 December, 2013

Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and a region in central Russia, are where you’d expect to encounter more people with red hair than anywhere else. At least according to a variety of maps that were doing the rounds earlier this year, that is.

British researcher Mona Chalabi, unable to track down the data these maps were based on, is currently conducting a survey, that you can take part in, of redheaded people in an effort to determine where they are located, and, I dare say, to ascertain the veracity or otherwise, of these maps.

Rather than believing that… concentrations of redheaded people can be found in specific places though, I instead think their presence can be attributed to the Redhead Cluster Phenomenon, which, long story short, suggests we all start showing up in the same places, where ever that might be.

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Basking in the glow of a hand made globe of the world

Wednesday, 23 October, 2013

One of the front rooms, that may be a study or home office, of a house I walk passed some evenings, occasionally glows in the dim light of a vintage illuminated world globe, that sits on the room’s mantlepiece.

From what I can see of it, the room itself, complete with leadlight windows, is something of a period piece, whose layout is possibly intended to be reminiscent of a Victorian era sitting room.

While this room very much appeals to me, I’m not big on Victorian age clutter, but have always thought a world globe would be a fine adornment to a minimally furnished home office… were I ever to have one. This as opposed to setting up camp at one end of whatever dining, or kitchen, table that is available, as I currently do.

If I ever follow through with the plan to have my own, purpose dedicated office, fitted out with with a world globe, preferably one that is illuminated, it would have to be one of these hand made models.

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Imagine if the world was made up of equally sized districts

Tuesday, 24 September, 2013

World of equal districts

Another way of looking at the world’s population density… imagine if we lived in districts – that may, or may not, be sovereign states in their own right – inhabited by ten to eleven million people each.

Very interesting. I can’t seem to track down who is behind this project though. Anyone know?

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Travel broadens the mind, so does looking at maps of the world

Tuesday, 20 August, 2013

Talk about a picture speaking a thousand words… there’s a lot to be learned about the way the world is, and was, from looking at maps that set out anything from people’s attitudes to foreigners and sexuality, through to writing systems, religious beliefs, ethnic diversity, and economic inequality, among others.

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