Guest blog by Pauline Hand in the OS Media team
A cursory look at the TV listings on any week will prove that we really are a crime loving nation. We appear to like nothing more than pitting our wits, attempting to solve the dark and sinister, through to the perversely familiar murders and mysteries of middle England.
The Countrywide Great Tour kicked off on Saturday, departing Holyhead for the first stage in a 64-day circumnavigation of our glorious British coastline. It involves cycling around 100 km per day and is raising funds and awareness for charities across the UK. You don’t have to do the whole thing – you can enter for one day or a whole week, or as many stages as you choose. And we’re giving away five places for the Southampton to Poole stage.
Great Tour facts
By Mike Collins from the National Trust
Whenever I head down to the North Cornwall coast one of the things that I always make sure that I’ve packed is the OS Explorer 106 map. It’s a well-thumbed and much-loved edition now as we’ve been down to this beautiful stretch of coast in a county full of wonderful coastline many times.
Like so many people going on holiday as soon as I arrive at my destination I carefully unfold the map of the place that I’m staying, usually on the table in the kitchen, to get my bearings. It might mean getting to know somewhere new or starting to re-acquaint myself with the contours of the landscape that feels so familiar; in this case the craggy coastal cliffs around Port Isaac or the sweeping beauty of the Camel estuary.
Thousands of us will be off to Silverstone this weekend, or at least watching on TV as the British Grand Prix takes place. Silverstone is the current home of F1 in Britain, but Donington and Brands Hatch have also hosted races. There are number of other race tracks in Britain for motor-racing, motorcyles and even karting. Think you can name eight of them in our map quiz?
We’ve recently signed up as associate sponsors for the Dell Management Challenge 2015. If you haven’t heard of it before, the Challenge is a great chance for organisations to come together and take part in a two-day adventure race in the Brecon Beacons.
The link between sports and broader achievement is well known, as are the benefits of amateur sports on business activities like team building, communication and discipline. Based on this, the Challenge focuses on delivering benefits through:
We’re looking for keen junior photographers – is that you? Our OS Photofit competition has been enormously popular so far, with over 12,000 photos entered showcasing beautiful Britain, and now we’re appealing for junior photographers too.
We teamed up with adventurer and TV presenter Steve Backshall recently, spending an exciting day filming in the New Forest [watch out for a series of map reading videos coming soon] to launch the junior part of the great photography competition. Steve said he was:
Have you seen the fantastic 3D model map of London at The Building Centre yet? We popped in to see it in early May, but that was ahead of the full interactive display being live over the map. It’s all up and running now and our colleague Danny Hyam, who was also involved in putting the map and data together, took some great photos.