Writing from September 2013

‘Measuring America’ by Andro Linklater

I recently read the 2003 book Measuring America by Andro Linklater (Amazon UK, US). The subtitle, “How the United States Was Shaped By the Greatest Land Sale in History” is too flippantly dramatic to do the book justice. It’s a fascinating read, all about how and why the United States was mapped, starting in the east, working westwards, using nothing more than poles, chains and ever more elaborate brass instruments. Imagine measuring a continent, on foot, using long chains, hacking through the wilderness to get a clear line of sight from one position to the next.


In Books on 1 September 2013. Permalink

Ask About Going Home

Recently the UK Border Agency were in the news again because of posters at immigration offices suggesting immigrants “Ask about going home”. This followed the Home Office trialling mobile advertising hoardings which suggested passers-by should “Go home or face arrest” if they were in the country illegally.


In Misc on 7 September 2013. Permalink