North, South, East, West.┬á┬á Well, I didn’t have to look too far for this one.┬á Tee hee!
From my store cupboard I brought out a variety of foods which we eat in this house.┬á From the left, clockwise, here’s what we have:
Peach and pear slices from Greece
Cashew nuts from India
Golden granulated sugar from Mauritius
Walnuts from the USA
Manuka honey from New Zealand
Tuna (pole and line caught, naturally) from The Maldives
Pumpkin seeds from China (there’s always one … )
Dates from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
“Oh, wait”, I hear you saying.┬á “You’re in England, right?┬á So where’s north?”
Here you go: a genuine bottle of Highland spring water from Scotland.
Now, there has been much discussion on the accuracy of your standard Mercator projection of the world map – this is the one you normally see printed – because the actual proportions of the countries are distorted and it’s hard to see where north, south, east and west actually are.
I used a newer projection called the Gall-Peters projection to try to get a handle on whether, in fact, any of my produce producing countries were actually south of here, and it seems the KSA actually is more or less south of England.┬á┬á So is Greece.┬á Well, close enough to qualify for today, I think, anyway.
I have to go out for a while now, but I’m looking forward to coming back and checking out the other links which Mike and Ziva have for us.┬á I think there might be some interesting interpretations today.