Britain, (In)exactly

I was born (at an early age) in Scotland, which is part of Britain.

But what is Britain? That question recently occurred to Justin – on a rainy day, appropriately enough. He found this Euler diagram at the Wikipedia page Terminology of the British Isles.

14britainsBut what shape is Britain? One way of answering that question is to photograph maps and overlay the shapes of Britain. That is indeed the method chosen by Ben the graphic designer. Ben’s fuzzy Britain prompts musings about the disconnect between map and territory at my favorite cartography blog.

In case you were wondering where in Britain I was born, the answer is: Inverness. Perhaps I should try to mark it on these maps…

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