167 - Gales in the Atlantic, Gaels in the North Sea
On 23 July 1977, this map appeared in Krazy Comic, a short-lived (Oct ’76 – Apr ’78) British comic magazine. Judging by the colours alone, this is pretty much your standard atlas relief chart, green being low-lying land and ever brighter colours indicating higher altitudes (and differing hues of blue showing underwater elevations). But it’s not an ordinary map. Something funny happened to the islands of Ireland and Great Britain. The largest two of the British Isles have switched place, supposedly after a gale swept the Gaels of Ireland over what is sometimes referred to as the ‘mainland’ and dropped the Emerald Isle in the North Sea somewhere between England and Holland. More has happened to the map – indicated by the mode of projection indicated at the top left hand corner of the map: comical, not conical.
This map was kindly provided by Adrian Bailey.
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