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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’.

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