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July 22, 2019

Fake Britain: A map of fictional locations in England, Scotland, and Wales

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From Londonist:

• Ever wondered where to find Midsomer, Holby City, Emmerdale, or Broadchurch?

• Where are Hogwarts, Bleak House; and the 100 Aker Wood?

• Do you know where Postman Pat, Trumpton, Fireman Sam, and Thomas the Tank Engine are set?

We've put together a map of fictional locations from film, TV, literature and other sources.

Take a look around this alternative nation and see how many places you recognise.

From Judge Dredd to Vanity Fair, it's all here.

The vast majority of entries are well-defined geographically.

Some — such as Beanotown and Blackadder's Dunny on the Wold — are a little more nebulous, but we've added them for fun.

Hogwarts is an unmappable location (unless it's a Marauder's Map you're looking at), but we've had a go anyway.

Is there an index to places?

Yes! It took bloody ages but we now have a full list of locations and their inspirations.

You can find it here.

We will adjust the list to reflect new changes to the map.

We started off with about 200 locations (see original below),

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but the map has since been improved immeasurably by suggestions from many others.

The tally now stands at about more than 875 locations (top), so most of the map is crowdsourced.

Prints available here.

July 22, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Polly: The girl who can only speak in Spoken Word

Starring Cam Spence.

July 22, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Other Side of the Hedge — E.M. Forster (1911)

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July 22, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Experts' Expert: Use your digital camera as a scanner

Wrote i_am_proteus on Hacker News:

If you have a digital camera (SLR or mirrorless), which most people who shoot film do, you also have an excellent scanner. I scan 35mm, 120, and 4x5 with a DSLR, inverted tripod, and macro lens. The results are better than any flatbed scanner.

Use a rocket or canned air to keep the dust off, and a sheet of anti-Newton glass to keep the film flat and focused while scanning.

Developing B&W at home is economical if you use a shelf-stable developer (I like Kodak HC-110, a half-open bottle keeps for years) and fixer (Ilford Rapid). Per-roll developing cost is between 50¢ and $1.

I shoot a few rolls and throw them in a big Paterson tank. Two rolls of film take 30 min to develop and 15 min to scan. Not much longer than the time to drive round trip to the photo lab.

No darkroom necessary — I load film in a dark bag. Post-process the scans in Lightroom or Darktable. Batch-processing means it's pretty fast. If I want to make prints, either I send out the digital positive to ProDPI or I rent time at the community darkroom.

July 22, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Polar Iceberg Water

From the website:

Pristine ice, locked up for millenia and fresh as the day it fell as snow, is handpicked during its brief few months of life before it melts away forever in Arctic waters.

Melted and bottled, it becomes Svalbarði.

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Harvested, melted, and bottled in the Arctic outpost of Longyearbyen, Svalbarði iceberg water is an exclusive fine water.

With no nitrates or pollutants the ultra low-minerality makes for a light mouthfeel, with a slight bite and sweetness.

Svalbarði is an experience for the palate, much like a fine wine.

With a unique terroir, our pure water is also the perfect accompaniment to pair with delicate dishes, chocolates, or beverages to enhance flavours.

Iceberg waters are some of the rarest in the world due to the difficulty of gathering this arctic water.

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Svalbarði is the world's northernmost bottled water and is recognised by the Fine Water Society as the world's best tasting super low mineral water.

Melted icebergs — calved freshly from the fjords around Svalbard, just 1,000 kilometres from the North Pole — provide the source for Svalbarði’s pure water.

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Svalbard's glaciers release approximately 5 billion cubic metres of icebergs into the sea every year.

We head out for anywhere from 3 to 7 days to find the perfect ice.

The icebergs need to be from the most protected inner part of the glacier.

The presence of ancient air bubbles, which make a crackling sound as they melt, is a key sign that the right pre-industrial era iceberg has been found.

The source ice can be up to 4,000 years old and requires no chemical treatment.

The iceberg must then be carefully lifted out of the arctic water.

This is hazardous work.

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Rough seas can threaten to crash tonnes of ice against the Ulla Rinman, our gathering vessel.

Calving glaciers can shoot pieces of ice hundreds of metres.

Ensuring maximum safety means sometimes the search must move on to find a safe location with the right type of ice.

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Polar Night, Polar Day, or Limited Dark Season Edition, per bottle: €79.95.

[via the Guardian]

July 22, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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