Thanks, Nick - but does anyone know if Vanessa is a cyclist and will put her
soon-to-be-considerable spoke in? Or shoulder to the wheel (not exactly the
right metaphor, but the best I could come up with at present)?
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Nick Millea [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: 05 June 2000 10:01
> To: lis-maps
> Subject: OS map review
> Dear Lis-mappers,
> For those of you who do not subscribe to "Cycle Touring and
> Campaigning", you may find the following extracts from a map
> review of interest. Chris Juden has commented at length on "O/S
> Touring maps of Cornwall and Devon: Tried and Tested" - his
> views may seem somewhat Oliveresque to many lis-maps regulars!
> With best wishes,
> "For the first time since 1979, the Ordnance Survey has
> produced a new map on a suitable scale for cycling (i.e.
> between 1 to 100 and 150 thousand.....) .... "
> "Could this be a first glimpse of that holy grail of British
> cyclists, a national series to plug the yawning gap between 50k
> Landranger and 250k Travelmaster? I'm afraid not.
> I have never been more disappointed upon opening a map. What I
> saw is little more than a blown-up Travelmaster. In one respect
> it's even less: Travelmaster minus contours, leaving only
> height colours at wide and irregular intervals.
> You've heard the expression dumbing down? Here it is, writ
> large, with a map designed to be read with half of one eye at
> Although there's more than six times as much space for it, I
> struggled to find any extra information compared to
> "... this 'Touring' product does not claim to be any sort of
> cycling map. Rightly so. It's yet another for the filling
> station counter. A sad thing that does not encourage personal
> discovery of the county even by car-borne visitors, but
> perpetuates honey-pot tourism by delivering hapless grockles to
> industrially organised attractions. Between these attractions
> is a blank: a place where cartographers of old inscribed "here
> be dragons". ......
> "For three decades CTC [Cyclists' Touring Club] has been asking
> Ordnance Survey to fill the corresponding gap in their range.
> If this is their answer I won't buy it and hope that neither
> will others. For if these maps sell it's possible they'll make
> more of the same and cyclists will never get a decent national
> series at this scale. If you think that's important you'd all
> better write and tell the Director General, Ordnance Survey,
> Romsey Road, Southampton, SO16 4GU."
> Nick Millea
> Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG
> tel : 01865 277013
> fax : 01865 277139
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