Fun Map Tool

You know how flat maps use projections that distort the actual size of objects on a globe, don’t you? Of course you do. Here’s a fun little tool you can use to show the actual size of the country you live in as compared to others around the world.

Here, for example, is how big Greenland would be if it were located on the equator. Play around with it yourself at


Map of Empire, Airline Edition

From an intriguing website, new to me, called map comes from a pdf newsletter available on the site. Best way to properly view it might be to download the pdf and then enlarge the map. Brings back a disappeared world. Not entirely forgotten, especially probably if you were a non-British resident somewhere far out in the empire.

The keeper of the newsletter writes:

“Many of you will be familiar with a particularly splendid poster from 1937 advertising air services by Imperial Airways. This included a schematic map in an inset, detailing mileages and frequencies of flights to all sorts of exotic destinations.”

Time for a Northern Road Trip


Just about time to get the show on the road. We’re a couple weeks away from one last reporting trip to maritime Canada, Iceland, and Greenland ahead of my next book, due at the end of the summer, about travel in the far north. This time we’ll visit St. Pierre et Miquelon, a French territory (passports, Euros) that’s line-of-sight with Newfoundland. We’ll take a spin around Newfoundland and a little bit beyond, to the northern tip and Quirpon Island, and visiting L’Anse aux Meadows, a wintering spot for Norse explorers several hundred years before Columbus. We’ll spend some time on the east coast of Greenland to complement our previous trip the west coast, and we’ll fill in a couple of blanks on our fourth trip to Iceland. Coverage here starting soon.