Pick of the week
I have just been reading an encouraging article in the magazine Oxford Today by Dan Maccannell, author of Oxford: Mapping the City (Birlinn, £30). He notes that: ‘in what seemed like the blink of an eye, old maps have become cool. We should have seen it coming. After all, mechanical wristwatches were “wristwatches” until the digital revolution of the early 1980s inspired us to circle the wagons around them. We have seen unexpected revivals in the use of gliders, balloons and dirigibles, decorating with antiques, making ice cream and butter at home in wooden churns, hand tailoring and pesticide-free agriculture. For every technological leap forward there has been an equal and opposite reaction, hyped as “retro” or decried as “Luddite” but often underpinned by principles or by cost considerations.’ Hooray! At last—someone who can see the connections, rather than gloom that ‘no one wants anything old any more’.