Mapping old age



“Our maps have improved in a
kind of spurious precision as they have deteriorated in the amount of
worthwhile information they convey…If the Ordnance Survey were worth the
paper it prints on it would be producing a special series of maps for the
over-forties, the over-fifites etc. (When you reach a hundred you end up merely
with an enlarged plan of your house, with the location of the lavatory clearly
markeed and a small arrov pointing towards the crematorium” (MacLean 1986: 106)

From a paper by Andrew Blaikie entitled
Imagined Ladscapes of Age and Identity, in Ageing and Place:
Perspectives, policy, practice (Eds. Andrews and Phillips)