God bless The Register. Apparantly I’m “A tube spotting geek” to them – goes with the territory I suppose. But at least everything else they’ve written is sympathetic.
You have to admire the blatant lie in the TFL statement that they make (a verbatim copy of what they gave to Radio 5 the other night, what – do they just hand out photocopies or something to anyone that asks?), in which they say:
“We are not just talking about one or two alternative maps being produced each year but literally hundreds and we cannot allow alternative versions to be produced unhindered without some regulation.”
Really TFL – really? Let’s see. My sillymaps pages had 19 mashed up variations of maps, not hundreds. Where are all these other versions then which you think are produced unregulated each year? (and can I have copies of them? ~chuckle~) As I certainly haven’t seen them – there were just a humble nineteen of them, on one site – mine.
Except make that more than one site now, because a quick count up yesterday told me that there are now 34 other sites out there hosting copies of these maps all because of this incident. So you’ve now got at least thirty four other people/sites to go and chase.
I can’t link to any of them (but like I say, Google and the world “Sillymaps” springs to mind) because after just speaking to my host (Claranet) just now, it would seem that even linking CAN can get me in trouble, as a ‘warning’ has already been issued to me. i.e. Clara told me that – yes – there are probably lots of their customers webpages that merely link to other sights with which people might have a problem with, but until a complaint is received about them, they don’t have to do anything about it. As a complaint has been recieved about mine, I am now “under review”, although they wouldn’t say for how long.
Bizarrely I found out yesterday that I’d also made it into Sunday’s edition (just gone) of The South African Tribune. Someone I know in Durban spotted it, scanned it in and sent it on to me. It won’t be the last of a few press mentions that will happen this week to help highlight my cause.
More as it happens …