well, first off, a major apology for the lack of updates lately, and indeed in advance an apology for the lack of updates for the next couple of weeks. i really do appreciate and respect the fact that i have a few regular readers - sorry to not update you with my warped ramblings!
i was, for little or no apparent reason, certainly nothing i will be discussing here anyway, messing about on that google maps thing. it crossed my mind to establish how, if for some reason one wanted to do that, one would get from the upper area of Newcastle to the classy place of Middlesbrough.
google maps provided me with some general directions (heading north makes little sense, but far be it from me to question the magnetic ways of the Geordie compass) and an interesting map. here it is...
do you spot the more interesting element of this interesting map? yes, that's right, they insist you make a very blatant bypass of that magnificent coastal resort town of Hartlepool. i am not sure if it is a blatant or outright snub (they at least list the place on the map), but it does strike me, and indeed Hartlepool, as a bit of a slap in the face.
they probably show this way to save you time, petrol and all that sort of thing. it could, however, of course be the case that they do this as the 'people' who do google maps are in fact French speaking monkeys. they may well fear that the person looking for directions is also a French speaking monkey, and thus do not want to send someone to meet the same fate as one of their illustrious ancestors.this is plausible.
if i notice any more oddities, or spot anything else that i consider to be either an accidental or very well intentioned dig at Hartlepool, i shall surely mention it here.
in the mean time, and indeed until the next time,
be excellent to each other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!