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route master

a gadget to precisely calculate the length of your planned route.
 
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it comes with A3 sized ordnance survey type maps; all the roads are scored along their length and digitally encrypted. A little programmable model car is set down at the start point of your route.

on a key pad you type in the co-ordinates of your start and finish points and several places on the way that you wish to visit e.g. coffee at a specific point on the M4, lunch at that swish little place on the main drag in llanfairpwllgwngogogarethgyndrobethllantysiliogogogoch (sp? cannot be bothered to look it up), take in a museum in the centre of London and then fish & chips and a beer in Lewes town centre. set the car down - it runs the distance on a couple of AA batteries and an LCD display on the top of the car displays the length of the journey and any hazardous weather condtions… oh OK I made that bit up – sorry.

po, Oct 28 2002

CityZen http://www.cs.man.a.../~hancockd/CityZen/
"CITYZEN is a combination of a world map and a database... You can...measure distances using the pen." [phoenix, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Mechanical map measurer http://www.jholmesw...k/store/map110.html
[phoenix, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Electro-mechanical map measurer http://www.irl.bc.c...on/map-measures.htm
[phoenix, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

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       Doesn't Mapquest already do this for you? Minus the little car, of course. And don't try telling me you don't have internet access in your car, [po].
snarfyguy, Oct 28 2002
  

       Nick, that is postively spooky. did you do that deliberately?? Very sorry Nick but that link just had to go. feel free to put up half a dozen different ones.   

       anyway I plan my journeys at home as I am renowned for my talent for getting lost.
po, Oct 28 2002
  

       Hey everybody! Nick put directions to his mum's house on the internet! Let's all go over there and see if she'll make us cookies or something!
snarfyguy, Oct 28 2002
  

       I believe postcodes (which is what was used) narrow down a few houses.   

       thank you Nick. BTW that is such a nice link.   

       phoenix, phoenix, phoenix. yes lovely dear - but not half as much fun as mine eh?
po, Oct 28 2002
  

       tell your Mother, I am in the neighbourhood on Saturday. I will bring a quiche if she makes a big pot of tea <g>
po, Oct 28 2002
  

       I know they already have one of these. I have one in the glove box of my car.
adriennenight, Nov 01 2002
  

       yeah, well, don't lend it to po, you'll never see it again. ;)
DrCurry, Nov 01 2002
  

       sp: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch
nick_n_uit, Nov 03 2002
  

       whats that in *real* money?
po, Nov 03 2002
  
      
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