Thursday, January 20, 2005
An area the size of Wales
Have you noticed how "an area the size of Wales" has become an all-purpose analogy in the media? It's used to explain any concept otherwise too large or abstract for readers to grasp.
At last, someone has created a online calculator, enabling you to convert any measurement into a handy analogy. Not just Wales, but also whales or the Prince of Wales (not to mention those other convenient media stand-bys; football pitches, double-decker buses and Nelson's Column).
Peter Black's Focus leaflets will never be the same again.
And let's hope Lembit Öpik never gets his hands on this device.