David Mumford writes to point to Roger Pountain’s curious story of a map his son created on the unfinished wall of their kitchen:
I had found my oldest son Alistair (25) up a ladder with a felt-tip marker and a “man at work” look. With no training in cartography but a lifetime’s immersion in family irony, he was rapidly coming up with more and more place names to put the finishing touches to his new map of Unfinishtstan and its neighbouring countries. A chip off the old bloke, I thought, but then I wouldn’t have thought of doing this. I was only able to come up with one idea for a place name, and that wasn’t particularly witty — so I left it to the master. It is all his own work. All the colours are original, inspiring the shapes of the countries and the sea.
This story was posted on the Collins Maps Blog, which I have somehow managed to miss despite its being in operation for nearly a year.