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Should the world map be more realistic? We ask an expert
Geography professor Donald Houston on why the 16th-century projection that exaggerates the western world and diminishes the size of Africa is misleading

Coco Khan

28, Jan, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Mapping fiction: the complicated relationship between authors and literary maps
In a new exhibition, the long, difficult history of literary maps is explored, from James Joyce to Raymond Chandler

Veronica Esposito

19, Jan, 2022 @12:20 PM

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Simon Lewty obituary
Other lives: Artist whose work contained elements of cartography and large blocks of text

Paul Hills

06, Jan, 2022 @5:25 PM

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French coast: the early explorers who sparked British fears of a Francophone Australia
Nicolas Baudin’s voyage at the height of the Napoleonic wars gave us dozens of French place names, and left with kangaroos for the Empress Josephine

Peter Hannam

24, Dec, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Maps of Renaissance Tuscany on show for first time in 20 years
First large-scale representations of region are back on display at Uffizi Galleries in Florence

Angela Giuffrida in Florence

13, Dec, 2021 @4:25 PM

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‘I never saw my guitar again’: readers on belongings they lost in a breakup
Long after two people have gone their separate ways, some partings still rankle. Readers reflect on the beloved items they left behind

Guardian readers

30, Jul, 2021 @2:43 PM

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New words for those stuck in a viral spiral | Brief letters
Brief letters: Handwashing | Old OS maps | Tory sausages | Sci-fi prequel | Covid neologisms


16, Jul, 2021 @4:18 PM

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OpenStreetMap looks to relocate to EU due to Brexit limitations
Open-source UK tech company cites copyright issues, rising costs and prospect of more influence in EU

Alex Hern

30, Jun, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Stone slab found in France thought to be Europe’s oldest 3D map
Archaeologists believe 4,000-year-old engravings on Saint-Bélec Slab resemble topological features

Kim Willsher in Paris

07, Apr, 2021 @6:03 PM

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The travel guidebooks we still love
A decade ago it looked as if guidebooks would not survive the digital age. But well-written, authoritative titles have defied the odds and continue to thrive

Lois Pryce

24, Mar, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Sling a hammock, go on a home retreat: how to satisfy your lockdown wanderlust
Holidays may still feel a long way away but you can calm your itchy feet with these tips from adventurers, explorers and seasoned travellers

Rachel Dixon

09, Mar, 2021 @11:41 AM

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UK's Ordnance Survey to launch mapping app in Australia
Project aims to help outdoor enthusiasts plan walks, cycles and hikes on and off beaten path

Alex Hern UK technology editor

22, Feb, 2021 @5:05 PM

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