Here be no dragons?

I wonder with the waters, quakes, landslides and sink holes that the world goes through on a seemingly daily basis what our world will look like in a few years time.

Jigsaw Map
Jigsaw Map for those of you unaware of the forum, it is “The world’s platform for change – 146,453,478 people taking action” it often highlights issues e.g. recently they were asking for support to get Palestine ‘on the map’. Until that email I hadn’t been aware it wasn’t. I do love a map, although I do prefer them to be accurate, after all that’s the whole point right?

Since that revelation, I have spotted this book which I will probably add to my collection at some point.

An Atlas of Countries That Don’t Exist: A Compendium of Fifty Unrecognized and Largely Unnoticed States

What’s it all about? “Acclaimed travel writer and Oxford geography don Nick Middleton takes us on a magical tour of countries that, lacking diplomatic recognition or UN membership, inhabit a world of shifting borders, visionary leaders and forgotten peoples. Most of us think we know what a country is, but in truth the concept is rather slippery…the places in this book may lie on the margins of legitimacy, but all can be visited in the real world

Wow! Who knew. In these days of global migration versus national pride it is a brilliant concept for a book. I hope schools will take it in, at least as something to discuss in geography or social studies.

If you are off on your travels soon (handy little Expedia link if you get the urge) don’t forget your up to date guide book with maps, Lonely Planet are experts in their field. They now issue excellent books for the kids who may be escorting you. What a great way to make them feel in control of their own trip and to educate at the same time. Well done LP!

I wonder with the floods, quakes, landslides and sink holes that the world goes through on a seemingly daily basis what our world will look like in a few years time. Do you think drones will be updating maps each hour, with live downloads to our web? If so will it be progress? Will our obsession with borders and boundaries continue?

By the way, you may be gutted, as I was, to learn that no map contains the words “Here be dragons?”  According to The Atlantic

…Not a single old paper map presents those exact words—“Here be dragons”— in the margins or otherwise. Nor does any paper map include “Hic sunt dracones,” the words’ Latin equivalent…”

However joyfully “…a globe does…One globe—just one—contains the words Hic sunt dracones. Called the Hunt-Lenox Globe, it was built in 1510, making it one of the first European globes ever made. It’s tiny and made of copper…


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