'History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme' - Mark Twain.
A gallimaufry of random China history and research interests
Monday, March 2, 2009
Deviation Posting - What's It Like Working in the Map Room at Stanfords?
Stanfords of Long Acre in London's Covent Garden is a favourite bookshop of mine - it has a wealth of travel writing and guide books but mostly it has racks and racks of maps which for a map nut like me is a couple of hours wasted browsing every time. I always thought working there might be quite nice and then noticed that on Stanfords web site someone who actually does work in the map department has written about working there (click here).
Perhaps it's not quite as romantic as I imagined - after all you do actually have to work rather than just spend all day looking at the maps apparently which is a bit disappointing. I think I'll stick to the occasional visit when in London, drag out a bunch of maps, unfold them all and then decide not to buy them as usual before feeling guilty and settling on a small mapof Burma (the last time I visited anyway).
As someone who divides their time pretty evenly writing about China now and China back then this seemed like a place to throw all the interesting bits that fall through the cracks somehow and never get used anywhere else.
It's basically the stuff that doesn't get used in my writing about modern China or in the books I do about old China - i.e. probably of little interest to anyone but me and therefore ideally suited to an obscure blog up a dark cul-de-sac of the Internet.