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Not suitable for children
on 8 February 2013
This map really annoys me.
If you're studying politics at University, or you're a political journalist who wants an easy to read local-government map for your wall, then this is a very good chart.
But if you're looking for a map of the United Kingdom for your child, then you'd probably be wasting your money if you bought this thing.
As other reviewers have pointed out, the map doesn't show the United Kingdom divided up into its traditional "ceremonial" counties, which is the map that 99.9999% of British adults carry around in their head.
Instead this "UK Counties Map" shows the current, local government divisions of the United Kingdom which is not a lot of use for most children.
For instance, the southern part of the great County of Lancashire -- the location of Liverpool and Manchester, and cradle of The Beatles, The Smiths, and other world famous rock bands does not appear as part of the County of Lancashire, but as a fractured mosaic of tiny territories with names such as "Knowsley" and "Halton". Indeed parts of this map remind me of a detailed political map of the Holy Roman Empire, with tiny statelets and principalities.
My eight-year old son is growing up in Halifax and what he needs to know from a map of the United Kingdom is that Halifax, along with nearby Leeds, Huddersfield, Pontefract, and Wakefield is in Yorkshire.
But on this map West Yorkshire, like Lancashire, has disappeared: fissured into a bewildering mass of tiny "unitary authorities" in which Halifax appears as part of "the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale".
This is not a useful piece of knowledge for my son. Should he need to know that Halifax is in the borough of Calderdale then I will tell him (although I can't imagine any pressing need for this as he doesn't vote, pay any council tax, or have to worry about who is failing to collect the household refuse).
A good map for the tiny minority of adults who need to know about "unitary authorities" (and who haven't got time to look them up on the internet).
But a terrible map for children.