Sunday, April 12, 2009

A Lack of Width


Sometimes it's surprising just how relatively small the British Isles are. Hadrian's Wall, which is popularly thought to have been built to protect the Romans from the Scots (it was actually to protect the Romans from the Picts, who were -- it must be said -- much more dangerous than the Targas or the JPegs) was not quite 80 miles long. That's from (Irish)sea-to-shining-(North)sea. 

But wait. That's not all. The Antonine Wall is just a bit further north and that bad boy manages to go from end-to-end in under 40 miles. 


Phillip Drawbridge said...

It is a tiny place. I'm surprised we don't keep bumping into each other.

Andrew Bellware said...

It's not even the size of Japan. (But Japan has a population of just under 130 million and the UK is just under 60 million.) So I guess that means: why don't you run into more Japanese? No wait. That's not right. Oh, I know: why don't you run into more Scots?

Now I'm completely confused. But the idea is: 40 miles from coast-to-coast. That's like the width of the narrow part of New Jersey...