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A question for the Austrailian Palinites by mrsteabag on 25 January 2009 1:43am
 
Are your maps oriented towards the north or the south? I ask because I have a friend who is leaving for a month of tango lessons in Buneos Ares on Monday. She has been going slightly nuts because all the maps have been using south as the reference point rather than north as is done up here...thanks and creme egg pancakes for both of you!
 
Re: A question for the Austrailian Palinites by kazzzz on 25 January 2009 6:30am
 
North!
 
Re: A question for the Austrailian Palinites by mrsthing on 25 January 2009 7:53pm
 
mrst--you mean, South is on the top, and North is on the bottom? That would be confusing for me, too!
 
Re: A question for the Austrailian Palinites by kazzzz on 25 January 2009 11:16pm
 
Funnily enough my maths teacher from high school (very enterprising man) produced the upside down map of the world, it's sold at airports throughout the world, with Australia at the top:) Clever. He made an absolute fortune out of it. There are many versions now but he did the original.
 
Re: A question for the Austrailian Palinites by mrsteabag on 26 January 2009 8:27pm
 
Yes, the BA maps have the south at the top. Kaz,I'm intrigued...even though I feel rather dyslexic thinking about the map. :)
 
Re: A question for the Austrailian Palinites by kazzzz on 27 January 2009 7:10am
 
http://flourish.org/upsidedownmap/

It's this one 3rd map down, McArthur's map:)

Imported from Australia and laminated in the USA. Unique downunder viewpoint with cheeky Aussie humor. This map was created by Stuart McArthur of Melbourne, Australia. He drew his first South-Up map when he was 12 years old (1970). His geography teacher told him to re-do his assignment with the "correct" way up if he wanted to pass. Three years later he was an exchange student in Japan. He was taunted by his exchange student-friends from the USA for coming from "the bottom of the world." It was then, at age 15, he resolved to one day publish a map with Australia at the top. Six years later, while at Melbourne University, he produced the world's first "modern" south up map and launched it on Australia day in 1979. It has sold over 350,000 copies to date.
 
Re: A question for the Austrailian Palinites by mrsteabag on 27 January 2009 8:14pm
 
Thanks, Kaz..adds a new meaning to standing the world on its head, doesn't it?;)
 
Re: A question for the Austrailian Palinites by johnnythemonkey on 28 January 2009 12:17am
 
Australia was always placed at the bottom of maps for a reason. The clue is in 'bottom'. Where is Melbourne ? At the bottom ! Been there...what a shithole of a place. :)

" I belong to Glasgow, dear old Glasgow toon........."
 
Re: A question for the Austrailian Palinites by kazzzz on 28 January 2009 4:45am
 
Matron I would have to agree, I don;t even know wot a spotted dick is, is it a medical condition?

I should add that MacArthur also won first division lottery twice and also won loads on the horses using mathematical systems. He's no longer a school teacher!
 
Re: A question for the Austrailian Palinites by johnnythemonkey on 28 January 2009 5:32am
 
kazzzz, spotted dick seems to be a pudding that the English like to eat but the English being what they are......
 
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