Monthly Archives: June 2007

Fill the Gap!

Last weekend was the “Fill the Gap” mapping party in Kew and Richmond – the gap being between all of our stuff around Putney and the stuff further south-west coming up towards Kingston. Although I had volunteered to help organise it, there wasn’t much to be done after Etienne had found a venue. Having a pile of overhead imagery already printed out was worthwhile, since nobody brought their own!

Photos of Streetsigns

Photos of Streetsigns – sitting around in the pub working on the day’s mapping generally attracts curious onlookers – people can never work out what we’re up to!

Fill the Gap

This was after me, Dave and Mike had finished – hence the half-empty table!

On Saturday Mike made his first real foray into the world of OpenStreetMap, and he and Dave went mapping around Mortlake whilst I did the stuff further up the hill in Sheen. With the weather turning a bit miserable I volunteered to stay in the pub and mark up all the morning stuff (and lend a hand with other people), and when everyone was done we went for some pizza down at the river (courtesy of our sponsors; tastes twice as nice!). On Sunday morning Dave and I went round collecting a handful of missed bits from my Saturday zone, before I volunteered to have a quick blast around Richmond Park on my bike, hence saving Nick Whitelegg a few miles walk. Whilst I was there, I nipped out to fill in a couple more council estates that I’d got bored of doing on a previous expedition to darkest Roehampton.

One thing that surprised me in the pub – in amongst all the people with no idea what we were doing, one person remarked “Oh, OpenStreetMap? Yeah, I’ve heard of you guys”. Interesting, and I wonder where from.

All in all, another good mapping party, and now the third that I’ve been on. At this rate though, there’ll be not much left to map in a couple of years – and what will we all do then?

Pennine Way Redux

Almost a year ago, Ant and I walked the Pennine Way. More recently, Josh Roberts pointed me towards an article he has written for USA Today about it. You can read the full article online.

Pity I can’t even get my own age right – gah! Thanks go to Josh for quoting me in his article. I’m sure Ant is still kept awake by recurring thoughts of my terrible (and slightly repetitive) singing.