[OSM-talk] UK meetup
lars at aronsson.se
Wed Mar 22 01:10:03 GMT 2006
Andy Robinson wrote:
> Depends when it is, but Oxford is only an hour away fro me so
> might be possible for me if the timing fits.
Most Europeans have a very strange concept of distances. In
northern Sweden, we are told, people drive four hours on a
Saturday afternoon to get "into town" just for a cup of coffee at
a cafe, then they drive back again.
IKEA's founder Ingvar Kamprad is from southern Sweden. In a
recent radio interview he said his experience from Russia had
given him a new perspective on distances and he will open a new
store in Haparanda at the end of this year, at the northern shore
of the Baltic Sea, where Sweden meets Finland (65.8° N, 24.1° E).
For the opening, there are busloads of people from Murmansk
coming. People in northern Norway have said they are "finally
getting an IKEA store in their region". The Norwegian border is
350 km away. Murmansk is 500 km away. That's like
London-Glasgow, Paris-Frankfurt, Berlin-Warszaw or Rome-Milan.
Lars Aronsson (lars at aronsson.se)
Aronsson Datateknik - http://aronsson.se
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