Oct 8 12

Create your own Personalised World Map

by MattThomason

Gifts are a staple part of every culture and are an symbol of affection from bearer to receiver. However, it is important to remember that a gift is not just that in itself. It is a demonstration of how well you know someone and understand their personality.

Unlike generic gifts, personalised gifts can last a lifetime and will always hold a special place in someone’s memory. For example, gift cards will get used, coffee mugs can break and tastes will change, where as a personalised world map could occupy wall space for years to come.

Personalised gifts can be given at any special occasion and, contrary to popular belief, they don’t have to be exceedingly expensive. Theclichéphrase “it’s the thought that counts” is what makes the difference when it comes to personalised gifts.

Did you know? Maps International has a range of personalised world maps, personalised postcode maps and much more to excite and impress the people closest to you.

Personalised World Map

Here’s an example of aPersonalised World Map. You can customise the colour of the border as well as the title and sub title. The Personalised World Map would make a perfect birthday gift!

Personalised World Map

Personalised Postcode Map

Here’s an example of aPersonalised Postcode Map. These provide a detailed map of any area in the UK followed by a title and sub title of your choice. The Personalised Postcode Map makes perfect walldécorfor the home!

Personalised Postcode Map

Personalised Postcode Map for Couples

Here’s an example of a Personalised Postcode Map for Couples. Choose two different locations and merge them together followed by a title and subtitle. These areas could be childhood homes, where you first met or favourite destinations.

Personalised Postcode Map for Couples

You can find many more personalised world maps over at Maps International UK or Maps International USA.

Oct 12 12

Old Maps - A Brief History of Cartography

by MattThomason

Old Maps have been part of human history for thousands of years, and are said to date back as early as 16,500 B.C. However, The oldest known maps are preserved on Babylonian clay tablets from about 2300 B.C.

It was not until the early 16th century that the first world maps began to appear, Gerardus Mercator from Belgium was the leading cartographer of the mid-16th century. He developed a mapping projection based on mathematics, which was much more accurate than any other up until that date. He published a map of the world in 1569 based on this projection.

Mercator World Map

Mercator World Map 1569 - Source: wikipedia.org

In light of this, many other map projections were soon developed and in 1570 the first modern atlas was published by Antwerp cartographer Abraham Ortelius.

Ortelius World Map

Ortelius Old World Map 1570 - Source: wikipedia.org

The Nova Orbis Tabula In Lucem Edita is a similar but more ornate version of the Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula. The latter was published in 1630 and was the first dated map to be published in an atlas.

Nova Orbis Tablula in Lucem Edita

Nova Orbis Tabula in Lucem Edita 1689 Old Map - Source: mapsinternational.co.uk

In 1740, German map publisher Matthias Seutter used the Vertical Perspective projection which placed the map observer at a 12,750km distance. This type of projection is the same as is used today for Google Earth.

In the United States in the 17th and 18th centuries, explorers mapped trails and army engineers surveyed government lands. The old map pictured below was released in 1858, after the US had been thoroughly explored and mapped.

The World on Mecrators Projection

The World on Mecrators Projection 1858 Old Map - Source: mapsinternational.co.uk

Many more accurate projections were developed over the course of the 19th and 20th century. Digital mapping in the late 20th century made old maps like these somewhat obsolete, but they still provide an intriguing insight into the evolution of cartography and can make a timeless addition to the home.

Nov 13 12

Google on Mars

by MattThomason

Many of us will already be aware that we can explore space using the wonders of Google Earth. The ability to roam Mars on Google Earth was something that was introduced in 2009, but images were only available in low resolution.

Now, thanks to Context Camera (CTX) on Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter we are able to see the red planet in much more detail.

Updated: Updated: The grey patches in this view of Mars from Google show images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's Context Camera which have been freshly loaded into the freely downloadable application

In addition to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter there are four other active probes on or in orbit around Mars. This includes two orbiters and two rovers. This includes 2001 Mars Odyssey, Mars Express, Opportunity rover, and Curiosity rover.

The Curiosity rover is one of the more advanced probes and has already transmitted some intriguing information back to NASA. Curiosity was set down in the Gale Crater, which Google Earth users can zoom into for a 3D view.

curiosity-rover

Up until recently the mission controllers overseeing NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover mission had been working in shifts aligned with Martian time for the first 90 Mars days, or Sols, of the mission.

The start of the Sol is always changing relative to Earth time which meant the team’s start time for daily planning had to be moved a few hours later each week.

To view these fantastic images download Google Earth

Click on this icon in Google Earth to view Mars >>>saturn

Nov 20 12

Mapping The Movies

by MattThomason

There is always significant debate when it comes to the best movies of all time. Ratings can be deceptive, critics can be challenged and hype can play a significant part in shaping a social, collective reaction.

Watching a movie can be a rollercoaster ride of emotions, both good and bad and like riding a rollercoaster, the best ones are always the ones we remember for years to come. Many people will label and cast assertions about specific genres.

Many men for example, will judge a romantic film as being a ‘chick flick’ which men may only watch when with a female companion. Similarly, many women will judge an action film as being nothing but ‘explosions’ and ‘fast cars’, things which naturally appeal more to men.

So what happens when genres collide? You get the likes of Avatar producing a cocktail of action and romance, admidst a war torn climate with highlighted themes of greed and corrpution. You get the brilliantly acted Forrest Gump which mixes heartfelt drama with comedic elements, creating an unlikely blend of humour and sadness.

A lot of the best movies do not tie themselves to one genre and allow themselves to reach a larger amount of viewers by incorporating influences from different genres. Obviously, if a movie was to take extracts from every genre then it’s likely that it wouldn’t be very successful, however, in moderation a mix of genres can go a long way in creating a cinematic masterpiece.

Vodkaster.com has attempted to create a visual representation of this phenonemon in the form of a subway map. The concept behind this is that each genre is represented by a subway line, while each movie is represented by a station. The points at which these lines meet is where the film has adopted a position between two genres.

Do you agree that these movies are the best of all time? Do you feel that more of these movies have a cross section of genres? Tell us in the comments.

Nov 28 12

Christmas Gifts Discount - 15% OFF!

by MattThomason

The Christmas season is just around the corner. Up until now, the thought of Christmas may have seemed like a far off event but now we are seeing it in magazines, shopping malls, restaurants and in almost every ambient environment.

It won’t be long before Bill Nighy is gracing our screens in ‘Love Actually’ with his rendition of “Christmas (love) is all around me”. With the Christmas Season comes the prospect of buying Christmas gifts for friends and family and, as is often the case, the difficulty in knowing what to buy.

We’re here to help. We’ve got -15% off everything in our online map shop up until 4th December. That’s right, everything. Here’s a few ideas of Christmas gifts to start you off:

Huge World Map

Our HUGE politcal world map is even bigger than resident map maker Kev and is one of our best sellers (the map, not Kev). This map will make a brilliant Christmas gift for the budding travel enthusiast or Geography obsessive and it’s now just £32.60.

Glow In The Dark Map

Our Glow-In-The-Dark World Map is the perfect Christmas Gift for the kids’ bedroom and will help them learn valuable geography skills. This map is now just £32.60.

Nova Orbis Tablula in Lucem Edita

The Nova Orbis In Lucem Edita is a perfect Christmas gift for the historians amongst us. Its fascinating ornate detail will give a real ‘blast’ from the past! Buy this in our medium size for only £24.65.

Christmas Gifts Discount
Dec 3 12

Life Expectancy World Map

by MattThomason

This colour coded life expectancy world map shows the incredible difference in life expectancy across the globe. It shows that the more economically developed countries such as the UK, Japan and Canada have a higher life expectancy than lower economically developed countries like Angola and Zambia.

Countries like Italy and Sweden have life expectancies of 80+ where as places like Chad and Afghanistan have life expectancies of lower than 50.

The country with the highest life expectancy is the city state of Monaco. It has the Worlds highest number of Billionaires & Millionaires per capita and the Worlds lowest poverty rate, as well as exceptional standards of state funded healthcare.

Of the top 5 countries with the highest life expectancies the only large country is Japan, with the rest being city states like San Marino and Singapore.

On the other end of the spectrum, Chad is one of the poorest countries in the World. 80% of the population of the country are living below the poverty line and as of 2004, it was estimated there were 3 physicians, 15 nurses and 2 midwives per 100,000 people.

Click the image below for a larger view.

life-expectancy-map

Jan 9 13

150 years of The London Underground

by MattThomason

The London Underground is internationally renowned for being the third largest (in terms of route miles) subway system in the world. Today marks 150 years since the first London Underground journey took place between Paddington and Farringdon on the Metropolitan line in 1863.

One of the Tube’s most notable features is the design of it’s network map. It is characterised by a non-geographical layout and the use of colour coding for lines. The map is now considered a design classic; virtually every major urban rail system in the world now has a similar map and many bus companies have also adopted the concept.

Tube map

There are many cultural references to the map, including parodies of it using different station-name. Here are a few of our favourites to celebrate 150 years of the London Underground.

Simple, but effective.

londonist1

Football Fans

Football London Underground

Local Life Expectancy

life-expectancy

Jan 16 13

Mapping dialect and it’s influences

by MattThomason

The origins of language in humans has been a topic of scholary discussion throughout the ages. It has been documented in the Christian bible in the book of Genesis as a ‘confusion of tongues’ and has been deemed by some scholars as unsuitable for serious discussion due to a lack of empirical evidence.

In 1866, the Linguistic Society of Paris went so far as to ban debates on the subject. However, today, there are still many questions left unanswered and a growing number of professionals have attempted to address this mystery with new methods.

French Artist Gustave Doré's interpretation of the confusion of tonguesFrench Artist Gustave Doré’s interpretation of the confusion of tongues

Further questions remain around dialect or accent. Received Pronunciation is considered the standard English accent in England although it is clear that around England and indeed Great Britain the accent can vary vastly. People from the West Country may have trouble understanding someone with a Geordie accent. Similarly, someone with a Cockney accent may have problems understanding someone with a Glaswegian accent. Dialect is usually interpreted geographically and split into certain regions.

Every dialectal feature has its own boundary line, called an isogloss and these features can be attributed to the division of certain dialects and associated with names of geographic regions, for example, Bristolian or Brummie accents.

Dialect also has some relation to a person’s social background. In many localities, dialectal differences are connected with social classes, educational levels, or both.

dialectsDialects from across Great Britain

It’s possible that we may see the diminishing of dialect in the modern era. The ability to communicate with people from around the world with ease may cause isogloss boundaries to blur and accents to become more similar.

On the other hand, it could be argued that despite the ease of communication individuals are no longer communicating vocally. In the 21st century people communicate more via email or by short message services (SMS) as oppossed to actually speaking to one another.

Do you think there is a future for dialect?

Feb 8 13

Top 20 Horse Meat Producers in the World: Map

by Ronnie Hazley

World Map of Horse Meat Producers

World Map of Horse Meat Producers

“Frozen-food company Findus is the latest culprit in a number of cases surrounding the use of horse meat in foods labelled as beef. A series of tests on Findus beef lasagne products found between 60 and 100 percent horse meat. Within the last month millions of burgers have been taken off shop shelves amidst findings of horse DNA. We thought it would be interesting to illustrate the top 20 countries in the world that produce horse meat. You can see from our World Map of Horse Meat Producers that China are by far the biggest producers of horse meat.

Horse meat is widely enjoyed around across much of Europe, South America and East Asia and is a healthier alternative to eating beef due to its lower fat content. So, why does Britain host a social stigma against the consumption of horse meat? It can be traced back to centuries when horses were seen as companions and used as cavalry in times of war. Similarly, today horses are considered as pets in a similar category to that of cats and dogs.

As aforementioned, in many countries consuming horse meat is considered socially acceptable. To further highlight this, we have used data from the Food and Agriculture Organisation tomake a map of all the countries worldwide that produce horse meat.”

Feb 28 13

Map of the World’s Credit Ratings

by MattThomason

We’ve created a Map of the World’s Credit Ratings based on Moody’s Corporation Ratings Data. On 22/02/13 the UK lost it’s AAA credit rating for the first time since 1978. This came as a result of a series of blows to the UK economy and speculation that UK economic growth will remain sluggish over the next few years.

The UK saw it’s rating drop to Aa1, which means it will take a long time for the government to reduce its budget deficit - the amount it has to borrow every year because it is spending more than it receives from tax revenue.

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However, Moody’s stated that the UK’s creditworthiness was still “extremely high”. In particular, the UK has a good history of debt control and still has a highly competitive economy. Our Map of the World’s credit ratings provides a visual representation of each country’s credit rating based on Moody’s ratings data.

Map of the World's Credit Ratings

If you’re not sure of some of the country names then use the interactive map of the world’s credit ratings below. Click on a country to find out it’s name.

Mar 19 13

Nuclear Weapon States Map

by MattThomason

The 1930’s was a period of immense change. The great depression caused markets to crash and resulted in economic downfall, whilst Adolf Hitler seized the opportunity to rise to power. Many major conflicts occurred across the world including the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Chaco War and the earth changing World War II. The decade also saw a host of technological advances including television, radio and nuclear fission.

During World War II, it was assumed that Nazi Germany was trying to produce nuclear weapons. To counter this The United States, Canada and The United Kingdom gathered their best scientists to produce such weapons before the Germans. Their efforts were successful and in August 1945 two nuclear bombs were dropped on Japan which ended the war in the Pacific.

Since then, the USA produced the first Hydrogen bomb in 1952 and Russia countered this by building one of their own. Over time, both the USA and Russia continually built nuclear weapons based on the threat each country posed upon one another. By 1986 it was estimated that throughout the world there were 40,000 nuclear warheads. These weapons had the capability of destroying the world many times over.

Today, there are eight states that have successfully detonated nuclear weapons. Five of these are considered ‘nuclear weapon states’ under the terms of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. This international treaty was devised to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, whilst promoting the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Despite this, recent events have seen North Korea testing nuclear weapons and even threatening to launch nuclear strikes on the U.S. North Korea have broken many UN sanctions and are also known to have exported nuclear weapons to countries with a history of corruption, which might harbour terrorist cells.

Nuclear Weapon States

We’ve created a map to illustrate where these nuclear weapon states are. The map is featured below, is colour coded and fully interactive. Clicking on a shaded country will display its nuclear weapon states status. To find out more nuclear weapon states click here.

Apr 24 13

Map Gifts For Father’s Day

by MattThomason

Dad’s can be difficult to buy gifts for. As a broad rule, men are generally harder to buy gifts for than women. It’s often best to play it safe and buy your Dad something that will allow him to reassert his masculinity. Something like a Bosch Power Drill or a screwdriver with interchangeable heads. Chances are, though, he will already have all the things that he really wants. However, there might be some things he doesn’t even know he wants yet!

Maps can provide the perfect solution when searching for a gift this Father’s Day. Whether it’s an Executive World Map for the office, or a Personalised Postcode Map for the living room. Whatever your needs may be, Maps International can help you find the perfect map gift for your Dad. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Premium Executive World Wall Map

Our premium executive world wall map is perfect for the office and available mounted on a walnut style frame. Complete with political detail (countries shaded in different tones), country boundaries and cities shown, this really is the most stylish and practical map available.

Framed Historic British Empire World Wall Map

Our Framed Historic British Empire World Wall Map is truly stunning. The original print is dated back to 1896 when the British Empire was reaching its peak. The map details trade routes and uses shading to illustrate areas of the world under British control. A perfect historic piece for your historic Dad!

Board Mounted Personalised World Wall Map

Our Board Mounted Personalised World Wall Map is a unique take on our classic Political World Wall Map. With this map you can add a title and subtitle to your map, as well as being able to change border and text colours. Personalise your map to add a heartfelt touch to a top quality gift.

Give something unique this Father’s Day. Find the maps above, and more, at our online store.

May 21 13

Mary’s Moonwalk

by MattThomason

Contrary to popular belief, the Moonwalk isn’t just the signature dance move of the great Michael Jackson. It’s also the name of a fantastic event that aims to raise money for the global fight against breast cancer. The Moonwalk is an all night power walking challenge around the streets of central London. But that’s not all. The walk follows a massive 26 mile route and all participants (even the men) must do the walk in a bra!

Last week, our very own Mary Bohm left the Office to take on the challenge. Her team, the Leki Trekkers, consisted of three other ladies determined to raise money for the cause. In total Mary’s team raised a huge £780 for the charity and crossed the finish line in around 7.5 hours. Mary said it was “Most certainly an experience not to be missed although I feel it will be the only time I walk around London in my bra!”

We’d like to extend our congratulations to Mary for her amazing work and we’re proud to have her as part of the Maps International team. If you’d like to be a part of the 2014 Moonwalk then visit www.walkthewalk.org for more information.

Mary's Moonwalk

Jun 28 13

James Davenport’s Airport Map

by MattThomason

The power of flight has changed the way we live. Traversing the whole earth prior to flight would have taken days, if not months to complete. Now, we’re able to fly across the entire planet in a matter of hours. Each decade bringing with it more powerful and efficient aviation technologies. More and more British people take to the skies and holiday abroad, in an attempt escape from the traditional rain sodden summers of Britain.The increase in demand for air travel, coupled with a growth in multinational logistics has resulted in the construction of new airports, in all corners of the globe.

Cartographer, James Davenport has stowed away conventional cartographic boundaries and used digital mapping technology to create a map of the world, plotted using airports. The results are fantastic. Each small blue dot represents an airport and it’s clear to see where flight is the preferred means of travel. The USA appears to be swarming with airports, particularly towards its eastern coast. Whereas Asia tells an entirely different story, with what appears to be hundreds of miles between each airport.

The data for the airport map was gathered from ourairports.com and plots a total of 45,132 runways. The airports on the map range from dirt fields to airports the size of Heathrow. How many have you been to?

Airport Map

Jul 17 13

How to escape a British heat wave

by MattThomason

The UK is currently experiencing ‘Summer’. A phenomenon which happens once a year and usually consists of around a week of sunshine, followed by a lot of wet weather. This year, however, Britain is experiencing an ongoing heat wave, which is only getting hotter. A welcome change to the traditional British summer. The heat isn’t for everyone though and some people may want to escape from it, retreating to the coast to bathe in the sea, or in extreme cases, the other side of the world! So, where in the world are the best places to go to escape a British heat wave?

St Ives

1. Australia

Being south of the equator, Australia is currently in the middle of their winter, making it a perfect time to go there if you want to escape the heat. You can enjoy skiing down Victoria’s slopes or diving into the balmy waters of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.

2. South Africa

South Africa also lies South of the Equator and has a rather mild temperature during the summer months. Visit one of South Africa’s beautiful cities, try some local cuisine and watch the cricket, all in a cooler, more comfortable atmosphere.

3. Hokkaido, Japan

Hokkaido is Japan’s second biggest island. It has very cool summers and is home to some very rare flowers, native to the local climate. Despite the cool of summer, Hokkaido is a hotbed for seismic activity and there are still 6 active volcanoes on the island. Don’t let this put you off though, Hokkaido is a beautiful place with a number of vast National Parks to explore.

4. Cornwall, England

If you fancy taking a break a little closer to home, then the Cornwall coast is likely to be your best bet. Golden beaches, quaint seaside towns and Cornish ice cream make the intense heat a bit more bearable. Take a trip to “Porthminster” in St.Ives and the “Par Sands” beach in Par, next to St. Austell.

5. Greenland

When we think of holidays abroad, Greenland probably doesn’t top the list. Temperatures rarely exceed 10 degrees Celsius and most of the area is uninhabitable. However, there are a few specialised travel companies that will take you to the planet’s largest (non-continental) island, and you’ll get to stay as cool as a cucumber!

Written by guest blogger Jake Blay.

Sep 2 14

How to create your very own travel momento - a photo map!

by Alice Carter

Each week I can spend hours on Pinterest, re-pinning loads of great ideas and products on to my ever increasing number of boards. The latest great craft tip that I saw this week, I was especially excited by – as it involved incorporating my love of travel with my love of maps.

Having only just come back recently from my latest summer trip, I was looking for a way of displaying my travel snaps in a fun and refreshing way. When I stumbled upon the idea of using a map of the place you have visited, as the background mount for a holiday photo. It seemed like such a simple, yet perfect solution to recording my memories of my vacation - a photo map.

I decided to test out what this would look like with one of my photos, and it was so easy and quick that I am definitely going to do this with several more travel snaps. In fact, I may also use this photo map as a way of making a fun and cheap travel gift for Christmas and Birthdays for family and friends.

Check out the images below and see for yourself how simple it is to make your own photo map!

All that you need to make the photo map

Everything that you need to make the photo map!

The end result. Our photo map.

Our photo map of Italy

Aug 15 14

Personalise Your World and create your own travel story this summer

by Alice Carter

In recent times we have seen a growing fascination with maps, and we believe this is partly down to people travelling more than ever and the desire to explore the world, especially to far-flung places. We have come up with a great way of keeping track of where you want to go next and marking on the memories already made on previous holidays– this is through our personalised travel map.

With each world map being mounted onto a pinboard and with the option to add travel tags, pins and your own title and subtitle – you can really make the map your own travel story. What we love about this, is that it can last for years and grows over time – as you explore more places.

You can use this travel map to mark on your own journeys but also those of loved ones – you can for example pin on postcards or travel mementos brought back for you from friends and family. As well as pinning on airline boarding passes and tickets to sights and attractions, which you have visited over the years.

Check out the images below to see our Personalised Travel Map, annotated with postcards and memories collected from across the globe.

Personalised Travel Map

Personalised Travel Map

Rio de Janeiro 2012

Rio de Janeiro 2012

Tanzania 2007 & Thailand 2014

Tanzania 2007 & Thailand 2014

Personalised Travel Map with luggage tags

Personalised Travel Map with luggage tags

Australasia Travels

Australasia Travels

North America Travels

North America Travels

Jul 3 14

Survive the school holidays with the help of our world maps - keeping the kids entertained this summer!

by Alice Carter

Entertaining the kids during the summer holidays, can always be challenging especially with the Great British weather to contend with. However, do not fear we have the answer to keeping them occupied and in the process improve their geography knowledge.

Our doodle map is able to let the children’s imagination run wild as the world comes alive, as they draw their story across the map. The English Channel may become inhabited by a powerful sea monster armed with a sword and shield, Europe might become a secret base full of ninjas. Anything is possible!

After the sun sets and night descends, why not use a glow in the dark world map or glow in the dark star map for kids to provide some ambient lighting to the kid’s bedroom. So they can see that what they thought was a monster, was in fact their coat hanging on the back of the bedroom door! It can also make a great fun addition to kid’s sleepovers or maybe they could even see it glow in their den - which they’ve built under the stairs…

Our Glow in the Dark Map of the World

Our Glow in the Dark Map of the World

Our Doodle World Map

Our Doodle World Map

Our Doodle World Map

Our Doodle World Map

Jun 12 14

We are going nuts for the Brazil World Cup, with our own office sweepstake plotted on our World Map!

by Alice Carter

The atmosphere in Maps International has become rather competitive, as the World Cup gets underway today. Everyone in the office has taken part in a sweepstake, entering two whole pounds of their own money in the hope of picking a team which will win the football tournament.

My two picks were – Russia and Nigeria – these are not the two favourites in the competition with the odds of Russia winning being put as 125 -1 and Nigeria’s odds are 300 – 1. However, for me the World Cup is not just about cheering on our teams to win but also about immersing ourselves in football fever. So why not join in with your own sweepstake, with bringing together your family and friends to take part?

We created ours by using Paddy Power’s Sweepstake World Cup Kit, we then used one of our very own World Wall Maps to pin on each picked country. Check out our finished article below, to get some inspiration!

World Cup Sweepstake

Our World Cup Sweepstake

World Cup Sweepstake

Our World Cup Sweepstake

World Cup Sweepstake

Our World Cup Sweepstake

World Cup Sweepstake

Our World Cup Sweepstake

Apr 10 14

Where in the world are you sitting? Maps as wedding table plans

by Alice Carter

The wedding season is upon us and why not incorporate your love of travel and discovering new places, by using one of our very own maps as a table plan. The idea is to name each table after a country you have visited together or have yet to explore. You could take inspiration from various things, such as your honeymoon destination or the countries where family and friends are travelling from to be there for your special day. This table plan really is truly unique and will be different for everyone, it adds a great personal touch to your wedding and it makes a great talking point too!

The photos seen below, show our Executive World Map personalised and in a laminated and pinboard mounted finish.

Check out our Executive World Map in use as a wedding table plan below, to see for yourself how your love of travel can be included on your big day.

Vintage style luggage tags used as labels for each table

Vintage style luggage tags can be used as labels for each table

Our map as a wedding table plan

Our map as a wedding table plan

Which countries would you choose for your tables?

Which countries would you choose for your tables?

Mar 7 14

Could this be the oldest map to exist?

by Alice Carter

Maps may come mainly in digital forms these days, but 8500 years ago maps were depicted on a much more solid material – stone. In fact, it is difficult to imagine a paper map made today would last for 8,500 years. Although, it is much lighter to carry around than a stone mural map!

At the beginning of this year evidence was published in a journal and the New Scientist, which suggests that the Stone Age mural (seen below) is the oldest known depiction of a volcanic eruption. This claim is disputed as there are other maps which could date further back. However, this is nevertheless an interesting find which helps us to see how maps have evolved from a Stone Age Mural dating back 8500 years to the era of digital mapping apps like Google Maps, in the 21st Century.

Indeed, if a volcanic eruption occurred today it would be seen all over the world and depicted through various forms such as photographs and maps. However, this mural seems to be the only way 8500 years ago to depict from Çatalhöyük in Turkey, the nearby volcanic eruption of the Hasan Dağ volcano.

It may take a few more years before scholars have determined if this is the oldest map to exist. But what are a few more years to the stone mural map which may have survived over 8,500?

one Map Mural created over 8,500 years ago - (Image: Keith Clarke)

The Stone Map Mural created over 8,500 years ago - (Image: Keith Clarke)

Feb 19 14

Our Huge World Wall Map has found Hollywood fame in The Fifth Estate!

by Alice Carter

We have always dreamed of being featured on the big screen, and now that has become a reality as our huge world map recently made a little appearance on the big screen in ‘The Fifth Estate’ – released on DVD this week.

In the below photo you are able to see a sneak peak of our bright world map, although everyone seems to be somewhat distracted from our incredible masterpiece on the wall! If you want to see our huge world map up close, you can see it here.

Hopefully this is the start of our Hollywood fame, so keep an eye out for our world maps coming to a screen near you!

Our map in action!

Our map in action!

Feb 14 14

We can’t believe how many pins this restaurant has managed to fit on our Large World Wall Map!

by Alice Carter

Phil’s Fish Market in the USA has used our very own World Political Wall Map to pinpoint where their customers are visiting from. The results of this are truly incredible!

This map is the fifth version in the restaurant’s 13 year history.

Considering the town of Moss Landing has a population of 204 (as of the 2010 census data), makes the results even more impressive! With patrons encouraged at the entrance of the restaurant to mark on their hometown using the pins from a large bowl, it’s only a matter of time before there will be a sixth version of this map!

Why not try this idea at home with our Large World Political Wall Map? You could mark on where friends and family are in the world or places which you have visited over the years. You could even use each coloured pin to represent different categories i.e. ‘place’s we’ve been’, ‘place’s we would like to go,’ & ‘where family and friends are based!’ See if you can rival how many pins Phil’s Fish Market has managed to fit on our world map!

Where would you put your pin?

Where would you put your pin?

Spot Europe under the map pins!

Spot Europe under the map pins!

The USA taken over by map pins!

The USA taken over by map pins!

Feb 3 14

Personalised Couples Map Centred on Two Postcodes: Give a gift designed by you this Valentine’s Day

by Alice Carter

Valentine’s gifts are always difficult to choose, you want something thoughtful and unique to suit your partner. We believe that our Personalised Couples Map Centred on Two Postcodes is a brilliant way to create an individual gift; it makes a great addition to any home and is something which you can keep forever.

In just a few simple steps you can make your own inspired valentine’s gift from choosing the two centre locations to a border colour and title and/or a subtitle. These areas could be childhood homes, where you first met or favourite destinations. With these options available it is very much a unisex gift, and something which you can enjoy together and display in your home for family and friends to admire.

Our Personalised Couples Map Centred on Two Postcodes product is available exclusively on our website. So with Valentine’s Day not too far away – what are you waiting for? Order your gift in the comfort of your own home and get free delivery now.

Personalised Couples Map Centred on Two Postcodes

Personalised Couples Map Centred on Two Postcodes

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Mapping Dr. Watson’s Stag Do in Sherlock

by Alice Carter

We are all huge fans of Sherlock in the office, so we couldn’t contain our excitement when we were asked to create a pub crawl map for Dr. Watson’s stag do. We were also excited to see two of our other maps appear in season three of Sherlock!

The first map to be featured was the Old British Isles map, which can be seen on the wall in the living room in 221B Baker Street in episode one. You can bring your very own piece of Sherlock to your front room by buying the map here

The second map is our Central London Street map, which aids Sherlock and Watson in their investigation to track down the bomb that is threatening London again in episode one. You can have a closer look at the map here

Our third map was created especially for Sherlock and animation was added to the map base to illustrate Sherlock’s and Watson’s journey across London, as they tried to keep to Sherlock’s planned route for the stag do in episode two.

Check out the photos below to see our maps in action!

Old British Isles Map

Our Old British Isles Map

Central London Street Map

Our Central London Street Map

Sherlock and Watson's Pub Crawl Map

Our map displaying the route of Dr. Watson's Stag Do