A phantom island.
Or was it?
Yes, it didn’t exist.
Or did it?
Largest Early World Map – Monte’s 10 ft. Planisphere of 1587 (David Rumsey)
Joshua Sokol writes in the New York Times:
Most of the world maps you’ve seen in your life are past their prime. The Mercator was devised by a Flemish cartographer in 1569. The Winkel Tripel, the map style favored by National Geographic, dates to 1921. And the Dymaxion map, hyped by the architect Buckminster Fuller, debuted in a 1943 issue of Life.
Enter: a brash new world map vying for global domination.
MORE: Can This New Map Fix Our Distorted Views of the World? (NYT)
Probably not, but still…
RTÉ News reported that the British Government is allegedly proposing to build customs posts between five and ten miles along both sides of the border to replace the backstop, as part of the UK’s Brexit deal proposals.
However, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has dismissed the idea.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also dismissed the leaked proposal but told BBC this morning that it’s a “reality” that some customs checks will be needed.
Further to this…
Richard Cantwell tweetz:
Here’s a map [above] showing what a 10-mile buffer zone along *both* sides of the border would look like.
There are over 625,000 people living in the zone.
Last night, RTÉ’s Europe Editor Tony Connelly tweeted:
Tánaiste Simon Coveney responded…
Brexit: Boris Johnson dismisses leaked UK border plan rejected by Dublin as out-of-date – live news (The Guardian)
Assistant Garda Commissioner David Sheahan with Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority (RSA) unveiling a road safety progress review, covering the period January 1 – July 29, 2019… with the visual aid of a Northern-Ireland-may-not-even-exist-for-all-we-care map.
National Road Policing unit Garda Mark Murphy and actor Conor Creaby this afternoon
Store Street, Dublin.
The “Mobility App” will also allow individual gardaí to process fixed charge notices, cutting down on back office paperwork and allowing gardaí to spend more time in the community…
…The app can also add Eircodes to addresses using secure web services. Some 2,000 individual gardaí are to be designated to use the app by the end of this year.
What could possibly go wrong?
New Garda mobile app ‘will revolutionise roads policing’ (Irish Times)
The foyer of ‘Swuite’ student accommodation in Grangegorman, Dublin 7 (top)
Lower Grangegorman, Arran Quay, Dublin 7
Paul Flynn writes
I really didn’t think I could despise the new, expensive student accommodation near me, which is displacing local families and raising average rents, even more.
Coming from the North I find this presentation of the island of Ireland (above) to our domestic and visiting student body to be unrepresentative, divisive and just downright partitionist, especially in the face of Brexit.
The complex is called Swuite (I know, I see what they did there) but their grasp on spelling doesn’t stop there.
Arranmore Island is now called Aran Island. Loungh Neagh, Monagham, Lacis instead of Laois, Aram Island off Galway. Dougarvan, the river Suit instead of Suir. Give me strength!!