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Christmas

22
Dec
2017
8

Happy holidays from OS and The Cedar School

We have a special relationship with The Cedar School in Southampton. Earlier this year a team from OS helped renovate their forest garden. As part of our GetOutside initiative, which inspires people to get outside more often, all 79 children visited the garden and gave us muddy fingerprints for this year’s OS Christmas card.

Our workplace choir, Off the Scale, also visited the school this month to sing Christmas carols. They were treated to a reciprocal performance from some of the children, signing and signing.

We wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

 

12
Dec
2017
8

Personal touch – what we really want this Christmas

Forget splashing the cash and extravagant gifts this Christmas – according to our study what we really want from friends and family is something personal and thoughtful.

Whether it’s a jar of jam or chutney, a book or something crafty, research revealed 9 out of 10 of us say the most important part of a gift is the time and effort that goes into it, as opposed to the cost.

Corrine Sweet, Author and Psychologist, said: “Nothing stays in the memory and mind more than important experiences and beautiful images – especially when they celebrate our hobbies. Something personalised means ‘I know you and want to make you smile’ and a custom-made map reflects good times in your life.”

With that in mind, we think our OS Custom Made map is the perfect stocking filler for both outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who wants to capture a memory of that special location. Read More

8
Dec
2016
0

Merry (Cold) Christmas

IMG_0188With just over two weeks to go until Christmas, we started thinking about our favourite Christmas place names around Great Britain. Take a look and let us know of any others we should add to the list…

From Cold Christmas (Hertfordshire) and Christmas Cross (Shropshire) to Holly Green (Worcestershire) and Ivy Tree (Cumbria), there are places scattered across the country where it feels like Christmas all year round – even if only in name. Read More

1
Dec
2016
0

Top 5 mappy Christmas gifts

It’s December, so we feel safe mentioning the ‘C’ word and sharing our 5 favourite Christmas gifts for the map lover in your life. Grab some inspiration here:

1. The Great British Colouring Map: A Colouring Journey Around Britain

CBRelax this Christmas and take an immersive colouring trip across the country, from coasts and forests to our iconic cities and landmarks. The latest addition to the colouring-in craze puts the intricate detail our maps on the page, ready for you either restore them to their original colour scheme – or add your own abstract creative touch! Practice some mindfulness and colour in or simply pore over the maps: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/great-british-colouring-book.html

2. OS Custom Made

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then one of our Custom Made maps tells a story. You can put your memories – where you were born, where you met, where you live –at the centre of one of our maps. You can choose a folded map at OS Explorer or OS Landranger map scale, add your own photo and title and centre it wherever you like. Or pick a unique flat map that can be framed and hung on the wall – still with your own title and centred where you choose. For the first time this year, we’re also offering a canvas version for you to hang on your wall. Custom Made map prices start at £16.99, take a look: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/custom-made-maps.html

3. OS clothing collection

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9
Dec
2015
0

Give the best mappy gift this Christmas with Custom Made

shutterstock_346606550Finding the perfect Christmas gift for loved ones can be a tricky task. Each year millions of us unwrap a present and feign happy surprise, but what are the gifts that turn our Christmas cheer into despair year after year? Research released today saw novelty jumpers or clothing, soaps, cheap bottles of wine, candles and socks top the list of the worst or most useless presents we receive.

The poll also asked people to rate the gifts we can predict we’ll get year after year with chocolate, toiletries, socks, gift vouchers and slippers coming in top. And who are the most likely culprits for giving predictable presents? Our lovely mums and partners! Read More

11
Dec
2013
0

Top five gifts for map lovers this Christmas

JigsawMapIf you haven’t yet finalised your Christmas shopping and you’re stuck for gifts for the map lovers in your life, we’ve come across some great ideas recently and thought we’d share them with you.

1. The novelty of seeing your own home on a map never seems to dim and this personalised jigsaw from The Little Boys Room (available for locations across Great Britain) illustrates that perfectly. You can even choose a historic map if you really want to challenge someone’s skills!

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14
Dec
2010
0

Our first annual festive geography quiz

frustrationThinking about winding down the grey matter as Christmas approaches? Well think again, as it’s time for our first annual (hopefully) festive geography quiz! To be honest, the questions aren’t very festive but they most definitely are geography related.

Alas in the age of austerity the only prize we can offer is a sense of pride at being a geography wizard and generally more intelligent than everyone else.

The first person to leave all the correct answers as a comment will be officially crowned as the winner – thinking caps on and try not to resort to Google immediately! And you never know, just some of the answers might be lurking in previous blog posts…

1. What name do islands in England, Scotland and Wales all share?

2. Britain’s longest river rises in Wales; what is it called?

3. Which islands lie between Iceland and the Shetland Islands?

4. Which area of land in England is administered by Verderers?

5. What is the most easterly point of mainland Great Britain, and which OS Landranger Map is it on? – OSGB grid reference please!

6. What is the length of the coastline of Great Britain, including all major islands, at Mean High Water at 1:10,000 scale, to the nearest 10 kilometres?

7. What is England’s Second Largest Cathedral?

8. Why is Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, so called?

9. Name the three towns or cities that have contained Ordnance Survey’s Headquarters?

And finally,

10. What was the first map to contain the words Ordnance Survey?

[Image by Sybren A. Stüvel via Flickr]