May Map Madness

I am busy in real life at the moment.  London and the U.K. is bursting with tourists and I barely have a moment to think.   So in lieu of one my more wordy blog posts, here are some more great maps from my burgeoning collection which I hope people will enjoy.

The first map below relates to the impending EU Referendum in the U.K. in 1 months time. One of the great uses of maps like these is to illustrate the difference of opinion in different parts of the country or indeed planet over various subjects.   It is fascinating to see that the population of all areas of England is almost entirely, predominantly Eurosceptic.  Wales (to the left) is pretty evenly split whilst Scotland is starkedly more Eurofriendly.

Interestingly the most Eurosceptic areas of England include some of the biggest agricultural areas where it is thought population movements have had a negative effect on salaries and impact on general way of life, perhaps due to the smaller indigenous population to begin with.   London is split down the middle, literally with the most Eurofriendly areas perhaps due to the cosmopolitan culture and a large number of Europeans living there.

The map doesn’t predict the vote result however as it is expected many will vote in favour of EU Membership despite being sceptical of it.


This map below indicates the global opinion of The Queen.  People were asked to rate the most admired women in the world.  Perhaps surprisingly, Germans placed The Queen as number one even above their renowned leader Angel Merkel whilst China and Russia also rates her highly.    Unsurprisingly the people of Argentina don’t particularly rate The Queen highly due to the recent disputes over The Falklands Islands.     Personally I’m surprised The Queen isn’t more admired in the USA given the popularity of the Roual Family there, perhaps she needs to get a reality TV show and breast enhancement surgery to compete with the Kardashians.


Forgetting that The Independent seem to have got the key to the map below back to front. This map indicates one of the great splits in the world, who prefers tea and who prefers coffee.  Generally speaking, the Americas are clearly most enamoured with coffee whilst Asia and Africa generally prefer tea.  Western Europe is mostly a coffee area except for the British Isles.  Personally, I can’t even stand the smell of coffee and can’t think of anything more disgusting to drink!


If you walk around certain parts of London, the Arty parts you might come across humerous maps or cartoons framed up as a nice expensive print to purchase.  The unusual map below is of the U.K. with the landmass made up of funny and unusual place names in each locality.  There are some great ones on the map but none of the really rude ones that you can find hidden away in the country.  I always liked the name of Snoring in North Norfolk, a great indication of just how busy the place is.  Just up the road is obviously a much more happening place, Great Snoring!



The map below was created on the very simple MS Paint software.  It is an accurate map of the world based on current population.   Obviously India and China really stand out here as does to a degree, Pakistan and Nigeria.   The massive country of Australia is almost impossible to find due to is comparatively small population whilst the USA is almost identical to its geographic size.   The U.K. itself is quite prominent with a comparatively high population, especially compared to Russia (in yellow left of China).



`The map of the world below shows the mass of fresh water lakes across the planet.  Canada, Northern Eyrope and East Africa really stand out here.  The British Isles are just about visible by a collection of smaller lakes but that is still more than France, Spain and Portgual below us.


The map below is of the great rivers of the world.  It’s one of the most fascinating maps to study not just for the major rivers but the the lack of them in the Sahara, Central Asia, Arabia and to my surprise, Italy.


The map below illustrates the major road networks of the world.  Some things stand out such as the density of roads in China, and S.E Asia, the Eastern half of the USA, the UK and Benelux/Germany areas.   Perhaps more subtle is the density of roads in Israel, Lebanon, Syria and the Cairo area at least in comparison to the surrounding places.


If you can’t guess, the map below illustrates the major sea ports of the world.  Perhaps not surprisingly, there seem to be few if any seaports in the Somalia part of Africa and indeed Southern Australia and much of Russia.   Italy, the U.K, New Zealand and Japan however seem to be one giant sea-port.

8569-1ivq7qnI’ll finish this post with some slightly humerous maps on global politics.  The first one below sees a near-future in a German dominated Europe with Britain apparently out of the EU, Chinese finance dominating the Mediterranean and the rather facisct Hungary Government also seemingly having gone its own way…or been ejected.


The map below shows a very simplified version of how many outsiders might have viewed the region.


In the old days, Medieval cartographers used to populate their maps as best as they could.  It was difficult as they didn’t always know much of what was beyond Europe and their ideas of who lived in these places were either entirely made up or based on misunderstood rumours and legends.  So lots of places were full of dragons, mutant type people and various monsters.   These days we seem to know most things about the world, except for Russia.


About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including several #1 sellers. I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. I run my private tours company with one tour stated by the leading travel website as being with the #1 authentic London Experience. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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10 Responses to May Map Madness

  1. Sunayana Sen says:

    I laughed so hard reading this (esp. the last three ones)! “Passive Aggressive Kingdom” “Frozen Vodka Ocean” Haha! Going to share this on Twitter.

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  2. Rosemarie says:

    A reality show and breast enhancement….yeah, that is contemporary American culture. But Drumpf wants to make America great again. To him that’s means more reality shows and more breast enhancement. Sometimes it is so frustrating and embarrassing to be an American. I love Bernie. There is someone who could make America great again.

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    • Bernie would have my vote and I haven’t found anyone in the UK who would vote for anyone else. It would be a foregone conclusion over here I think. I’d actually be interested in who 18 or so ladies in the world Americans rate higher than The Queen. I’m sure there are millions of women who are “better than The Queen” but I must say, I can’t think of more than a handful in the international arena. Maybe Aung San Suu Kyi of is the only one I’d rate up there too. I have never thought much of Angela Merkel unfortunately nor Mrs Clinton since she resigned from her government position and admiring professional performers or Reality stars isn’t really my thing!


  3. Back on topic, I love the maps! Taken together you can get some interesting insights about the world.


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