Feeling on top of the world

Apologies to the Lady Antarctica for her absence from this map, but it made me smile. I hadn’t realised just how effective the religion of the ‘north’ has been in creating in me a sense of isolation from the rest of the world.
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My thanks to Ben Emlyn-Jones for bringing this to my attention.

April 13, 2008. Uncategorized.


  1. Ben Emlyn-Jones replied:

    The unfortunate thing about the Mercator projection maps is that to avoid having a square map they ten to amputate the poles!But you’re right; there’s more to Antarctica’s absence than that. I know a lady who went on an Antartic cruise. She got on a ship at Buenos Aires, Argentina and sailed South to the Falkland Islands, the South Shetland and Orkneys and along the Antartic peninsula. It cost her £4000! It struck me that she saw vey little of the continent during her cruise. She merely skirted the coast. Visitng Antarctica is very difficult. Kim Stanley Robinson, the author of “Antarctica”, went there on a specially sponsored programme for writers and artists. The result was that magnificent novel! But unless you can join a similar scheme, getting into the interior of the continent is unlikely. The harsh climate is not the only thing restricting travel; so does the military. There’s ahuge military presence there, ever since Operation Highjump. After reading the article about it in Nexus and meeting somebody who claims to have been there I think something’s going on at the Lady Antarctica.

  2. wise woman replied:

    I had a go at reversing the poles on my globe but it put up a struggle & I didn’t want to break it. I really like the idea of seeing the world differently – anything to help shift the fog of ‘reality’

  3. Ben Emlyn-Jones replied:

    It shifts it like a fast breeze of fresh air. Like Mr Keating said in my favourite movie, Dead Poets Society, stand up on a desk and see the classroom from a new angle. It reminds you how important it is to see the world like that, always new, forever in flux, developing and transient.

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