And now, nobody puts Shetland in a box!
“Maps will no longer be able to show Shetland in a box after a new law outlawed the practice, forcing cartographers to include an extra 125 miles of empty sea.”
“The move, which has been dubbed ‘boxit’ by some, comes after years of campaigning from islanders who were ‘irritated’ by the box.”
Well, I guess there’s really not much else to do up there.
“The Islands Bill was welcomed by the islands’ MSP, Tavish Scott.
He told the Shetland Times: ‘There is no excuse now for the Scottish government, its agencies or others to put Shetland in a box. The box is closed.
‘It doesn’t exist, whether that be in the Moray Firth or east of Orkney. Shetland is now in the right place. It is ridiculous that I had to change the law to make this happen but so be it.'”
You’re right, it’s utterly ludicrous. But not, I suspect, for the reasons you think…
So does this affect all mapmakers? Well, no.
“It reads: ‘A Shetland mapping requirement, which stipulates that Scottish public authorities must, in any map of Scotland, display the Shetland Islands in a manner which accurately and proportionately represents their geographical location in relation to the rest of Scotland.'”
Place it on Mars. It might as well be.