Crazy Cardiff Curtain Cartography

Nobody enjoys going to hospital, but the Cardiff NHS Trust has found a way to make the experience even less pleasant.

Cardiff map

All the bedside curtains in the hospital have this lovely map of local landmarks printed on them – I’m not sure where to start with how wrong it all is. The colour scheme is not very easy on the eye, and because only three shades are in use, Castell Coch (Red Castle) has ended up being sky blue.

Even though the map has been greatly simplified, many of the landmarks shown are in the wrong places, for example:

  • Castell Coch is the wrong side of the River Taff
  • Whitchurch Hospital and Llandaff Cathedral are roughly in the right place, but is that a golf course next to them? Whitchurch Golf club is north of the hospital and nowhere near the river
  • The University (Heath) Hospital of Wales is actually south of Whitchurch Hospital
  • Rookwood Hospital appears to be south of the cathedral, when it should be slightly to the west
  • The City Hall and National Museum of Wales seem to be over in Splott somewhere
  • Llandough Hospital is to the north of the Cardiff City ground
  • Barry Hospital is closer to Dinas Powys
  • And probably worst of all, the Wales Millennium Centre is way to the east, when it should be in the centre, just behind the pierhead building

Here they all are, in their correct positions. Ok, I’m happy now.

Where cranes go to sleep

On the way home the other night, we passed the great crane yard outside Sheffield. I’ve always loved this place, even before I had kids and got used to pointing out every backhoe loader, paver, and steamroller I saw. You never usually see so many cranes together in one place, but I suppose they have to go somewhere when they’re not in use and this must be it. It’s even more of a sight around Christmas, when the tallest cranes are covered in fairy lights.

Ever since I was little, I have looked out for landmarks like this; long motorway journeys can be so boring and it’s good to know you are making progress. Some of my other favourites are:

  • The coloured, mosaiced chimney of the old Fine Fare at the junction of the M6 and M62. It’s not there any more, but I still imagine it every time I go past.
  • Fort Dunlop, Birmingham. Still there, but turned into trendy apartments, happens so often these days.
  • The Trow Pool water tower on the M40.
  • Heathrow airport. I love how the planes go roaring right over your head as you pass. Open the windows!
  • On my weekly train journey to Cardiff, I pass right by the Lovell Mk II telescope at Jodrell Bank…Lovell Mk II radio telescope
  • …and Stokesay Castle, a fabulous, 13th Century fortified manor house. We took a detour to visit once and it’s highly recommended.

Feel free to share any of your favourites!

Hello world!

Everyone seems to have a blog these days, and this is mine. I’ll mostly be talking about maps and GIS, in particular label placement. There’s a good chance I’ll get onto other aspects of science, technology, photography, chemistry, and random observations. Or maybe this will be the last post. Who knows?