In praise of Maps

 Road Map of London to Harwich published in 1675 by John Ogilby  John Ogilby [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Road Map of London to Harwich published in 1675 by John Ogilby

John Ogilby [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The idea of making a journey foolproof isn’t a new one.

Published nearly 350 years ago, John Ogilby’s road map isn’t so different from your GPS device - simply follow the route from one point to the next, as if you’re travelling in a straight line from London to Harwich.

This is great when everything works as expected.

When it doesn’t its useful to have a more accurate idea of the direction you’re taking, where you’re headed and what’s around you along the way. That way you can quickly work out a practical alternative for getting to your destination.

By all means optimise the routine with a GPS.

Just make sure everyone also has access to the map.

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Kirsten Gibbs