2015 – a review

…or, what we’ve been doing the past 12 months

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January 2015

On Foot Holidays

We work with many tour operators and tourism companies and the winter months are usually quite a busy time for us, updating maps for inclusion in next summer’s brochures.

These were just two of a number of new maps for On Foot Holidays.

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February 2015

We are fortunate to have worked with a number of clients over a period of many years. Solent are one of our regular clients.

Solent IW

March 2015

We began working with Assura back in 2013, creating walk maps for display in Doctor’s Surgeries and Health Centres.

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April 2015

This is the third year we’ve worked with Open Studios, producing maps of towns and villages across the Isle of Wight highlighting the location of artist’s studios etc.

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May 2015

During May we worked on 50 maps for Tramlink Nottingham. This project consisted of 27 new maps plus revisions to the existing 23 maps which we also produced by PCGraphics.

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June 2015

This month brought more work from the publishing company Goldeneye. This time it was amendments to their map of Kent.

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July 2015

Holiday time for our kids, Seamus and Sean

Here they are being hatched from dinosaur eggs (that’s where children come from, right?) at Blackgang Chine, Isle of Wight.

Seamus and Sean

August 2015

Another regular client, Helpful Holidays, asked us to update the maps for their 2016 brochure.

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September 2015

We first worked for Kirker Holidays about 15 years ago and, like many clients, they decided to use our services once again this year.

Kirker Athens Kirker template

October 2015

Our project for Kirker Holidays stretched into October as well, updating and creating new maps.

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November 2015

November brought another opportunity to work with a client we’d worked with back in January this year, On Foot Holidays.

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December 2015

New maps for New Experience Holidays, (do you see what we did there?), another existing client, were created in December.

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New Experience template

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Fascinating (Isle of Wight) Facts

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Some fascinating facts about the Isle of Wight that you probably didn’t realise that you wanted to know…..

  • The island has more overseas visitors per year than it does residents – 2,467,909 visitors in 2010/11 with a population of only about 138,400.
  • The Island has more sunshine hours than any other UK resort with on average 1800–2100 hours of sunshine per year, which is more than some areas of northern Spain.
  • The Isle of Wight is said by some to be the most haunted Island in the world.
  • The trains on the Ryde to Shanklin line are ex London Underground tube trains and were built around 1938 – making them older than some of the heritage steam engines on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.
  • The Isle of Wight was called Vectis by the Romans who settled there.

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Brading Roman Villa mosaic (Credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brading_Roman_Villa_15.jpg) 

  • The Isle of Wight is England’s smallest county when the tide is high – Rutland being the smallest when the tide is out on the Island.
  • The world’s first radio station was set up by Marconi, at the Needles, on the western tip of the island in 1897.

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The Needles Battery (Credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Needles,_Needles_Old_Battery_-_geograph.org.uk_-_644576.jpg)

  • The Needles battery was also used as a site for the testing and development of Britain’s space rockets.
  • Blackgang Chine, in the south of the Island, was establishment in 1843, making it the oldest amusement park in the UK and, some say, the World.

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(Credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Blackgang_Chine_main_entrance.JPG)

  • According to audits, the local newspaper, the County Press, is read by approximately 90% of the Island’s adult population.
  • The tallest structure on Isle of Wight is Chillerton Down transmitting station, whose mast is 228.9-metre (751 ft) high.
  • The Isle of Wight is home to the Isle of Wight music Festival. It attracted an audience of 700,000 in 1970 with Jimi Hendrix headlining at the site at East Afton Farm.
  • The world’s biggest gathering of vintage and modern scooters, The Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally, is held on the Island in August each year with between 4,000 and 7,000 participants.
  • Adgestone Vineyard is one of the oldest vineyards in Britain.
  • The hovercraft was invented and developed on the Isle of Wight by Sir Christopher Cockerell, who lived and worked in East Cowes.

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(Credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Portobello_Solent_Express1_2007-07-28.jpg)

  • Formed in 1967, and active in the early 1970s, The Vectis National Party was a political party which sought independent status for the Isle of Wight, on a similar basis to other islands such as the Isle of Man.
  • The well known model village at Godshill incorporates a model village of itself. It is so detailed that within that second model there is a third, even smaller, model of the village.
  • Flying Boats were developed and built by Saunders-Roe Limited at their Columbine Works, East Cowes.

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(Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Saro_Princess_G-ALUN_Farnborough_1953.jpg)

  • The Isle of Wight is one of the richest dinosaur localities in Europe, with over 20 species of dinosaur having been found on the Island. Dinosaur footprints are visible at Compton Bay, near Freshwater, at low tide.
  • When the dinosaur fossils were laid down, between 125 and 110 million years ago, the island was at a latitude similar to that of North Africa today.
  • Osborne House was built between 1845 and 1851 for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as a summer home and rural retreat and the Island became a major holiday resort for fashionable Victorians. Queen Victoria died at Osborne House in January 1901.

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Osborne House (Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Osborne_House_02.jpg)

  • PCGraphics have worked on 94 projects requiring customised maps of the Isle of Wight for various clients since we started back in 1998. That’s roughly one every two months or so.

 

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