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    Default Shrinking Caithness?

    I did realise the BBC weather map sort of skewed the map of the UK but had not realised how bad the distortion was!

    See http://www.flickr.com/photos/caleyseoras/6775782187/

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    We need our kids to have a basic idea of geography and the BBC are really not helping things - they should know better!

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    Buy them a map
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    Complaint left!

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    Let me guess.

    You're stupid, aren't you?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Map_projection

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    but, but, but please miss, the world isn't really flat is it?

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    From your first link, it looks to me that things have improved since the 70's.

    They used to have Orkney and Shetland wandering off somewhere east of Aberdeen in the North Sea, which drove me nuts (ah, that explains a lot for me).

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    Newsflash. The earth is a sphere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Banks View Post

    They used to have Orkney and Shetland wandering off somewhere east of Aberdeen in the North Sea,
    That's why they claim all the oil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backlass View Post
    I did realise the BBC weather map sort of skewed the map of the UK but had not realised how bad the distortion was!

    See http://www.flickr.com/photos/caleyseoras/6775782187/

    Complaints can be posted to the BBC at

    https://ssl.bbc.co.uk/complaints/forms/?reset=#anchor or http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/complain-online/

    We need our kids to have a basic idea of geography and the BBC are really not helping things - they should know better!

    For goodness sake its not distortion, its projection. The Earth is a globe and has to be flattened out to make into Maps etc.
    All Navigation charts are in Mercators Projection and the view differs from the Equator to the Poles. Why teach your children geography from a BBC Weather map?? get an atlas or a globe.
    Once the original Grumpy Owld Man but alas no more

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    Large chip on shoulder I think the OP has,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ballymore View Post
    Complaint left!
    You've certainly given the BBC a good laugh about Caithness people. Thanks!

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    Why are you having a go at the OP?
    I think they have a point. The map is shown in perspective view, and as such, Caithness and Orkney/Shetland in progressive order are more difficult to see on TV's that arent as big as a whole wall.
    Furthermore, when they show the name "Stornoway" on the map, it obliterates the whole of the North Coast. Thats over 100 miles of area that are covered over by one wee word.

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    I despair for the OP's kids if the extent of their geography education is from the BBC weather bulletin. What's next, mathematics from deal or no deal?
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    I learned French from the side of an HP sauce bottle.

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    We'd have much better weather if they made Caithness the big bit at the bottom.
    Last edited by sids; 24-Sep-13 at 12:01.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Even Chance View Post
    I think they have a point. The map is shown in perspective view, and as such, Caithness and Orkney/Shetland in progressive order are more difficult to see on TV's that arent as big as a whole wall.
    Yes, it's perspective, and it's not a crazy thing to do on TV. The UK is a tall skinny country, and today's TVs tend to be much wider than they are high. Viewing the country from above, but at a non-zero angle from the vertical, and using perspective makes it appear shorter without squashing it.

    The effect has nothing to do with projection, which would have little effect on the relative size of Scotland versus England - because the UK is small on a global scale. In fact, Mercator projection, for example, would make Scotland look bigger relative to England, not smaller!
    Last edited by secrets in symmetry; 24-Sep-13 at 00:43.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alrock View Post
    Ahh! That's why Alex Salmond's head looks so funny.

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    Need to use a globe to get perspective right. Or a round telly

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    Quote Originally Posted by theone View Post
    Newsflash. The earth is a sphere.
    No its not its an oblate spheriod

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