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Kernovian
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I expect 'most all here have been furtively guilty of using up odd rainy days, emulating footie tournaments with nowt more than pencil, paper & a couple of dies (in the olden days, at least) - especially if like me, you were Subbuteo-less!

I've met a few people however, who have remained playing these self-created games, on-and-off at least, for dozens of years, and who have kept astoundingly meticulous records of them. One of them (emulating cricket matches rather than football) had 40 years of contiguous game playing records, stretching over thousands of individual matches, a long happy marriage and the raising of four kids!

I, myself have dabbled as a teen, but stuck as I was in Rhodesia (now called Zimbabwe), it wasn't something that developed much past the discovery of the bikini-clad wenches in that swim-pool & barbeque obsessed culture!

However, that brief period of dabbling did lead to my developing one related and eventually yes, EPIC pointless passtime, in which I'm still active to this day.

Having been carted from UK to this foreign country at the age of eleven, with my footie passion still developing, and with all these exotic places named on maps of my new country - I became obsessed by cartography, and soon began drawing imaginary maps all over the place. However, to begin with, none of my drawings could satisfy me. Something was always 'wrong'. Then, it dawned upon me that most place names have descriptive meanings of locale &/or history, and it struck me that in any map I could draw, there would have to be naming conventions and rules. e.g. 'SomethingFORD' ought to exist in a river valley, or at least right next to a watercourse. Likewise 'AnotherPORT' really should be on the coast, or maybe on a major river near the coast.

Also at this time I decided that the placenames on my maps should all be originals and should not already exist anywhere in the world. Oh, and plus, they HAD to be essentially 'British or Irish'. At long last, the maps brought satisfaction! But then, I lost all interest in drawing them, and the survivors got packed-away amongst my artwork portfolio and gently forgotten for years on end.

Aged 22, I returned to UK, and my now motheaten maps accompanied me, like venerable old friends who were too precious to entirely lose contact with. However, they were faded and falling to shreds - so, inspired by my purchase of one of those new-fangled PCs, I just transliterated all those names into a database file.

That database's latest descendent sits now in this PC - just three placenames short of its 3500th. entry! (Although tbh, there's another database in this PC somewhere that holds about 1200 'European' language based placenames, too - however, I don't really count them yet, as I have yet to master the learning of anything but the most rudimentary naming conventions and rules for any other languages)

Thought I'd share. Anyone got similar they might take sheepish pride in? Smile



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WestBerksPalace
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Sep 16, 2015, 5:23 PM

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This beggars belief! Do you have an imaginary 'friend' as well?
I sometimes think ground hopping is pointless, but imaginary maps, I'm lost for words.



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I've questioned my own sanity regarding ground hopping on a few occasions!


greenwood
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This beggars belief! Do you have an imaginary 'friend' as well?
I sometimes think ground hopping is pointless, but imaginary maps, I'm lost for words.


Many people have an imaginary friend, who apparently hates gays and women. Not only that, they think that by killing other people - who share the same imaginary friend, but worship him in a slightly different way - they will gain a place in Paradise, where they can have the carnal knowledge of 72 virgins.

All of which makes drawing up imaginary maps and place-names sound quite normal.


WestBerksPalace
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To be fair, I do actually love maps myself. Always have had a fascination in visiting new places, wondering where they are near, what the places are like etc. I suppose ground hopping does help with that wunder lust.
Three weeks ago I'd never heard of Myndd Llandegai, because of footy and hopping I now know all about this tiny little village atop a mountainside in North West Wales!



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Have to admit I quite like maps, so it's a good job my imaginary friend works for Ordnance Survey.


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This beggars belief! Do you have an imaginary 'friend' as well?
I sometimes think ground hopping is pointless, but imaginary maps, I'm lost for words.


Many people have an imaginary friend, who apparently hates gays and women. Not only that, they think that by killing other people - who share the same imaginary friend, but worship him in a slightly different way - they will gain a place in Paradise, where they can have the carnal knowledge of 72 virgins.

All of which makes drawing up imaginary maps and place-names sound quite normal.

But don't some people think another imaginary friend was nailed to a cross & ascended to an imaginary place called heaven. That has an imaginary ruler, who happens to be 'nailed to the cross' guys old man, bizarrely they're actually the same person & there's some imaginary ghost knocking about in the imaginary story!!!


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Ah, the smugness of the heretic! Laugh

Obviously no-one can prove either way but there's a big difference between imagination and faith. I doubt the OP has many believers, for example...


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Imaginary maps are all well and good but where do you draw the line....?



Where's the 'ignore this poster' button?


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Ah, the smugness of the heretic! Laugh

Obviously no-one can prove either way but there's a big difference between imagination and faith. I doubt the OP has many believers, for example...

The difference is, faith is believing things that other people have imagined. Often hundreds of years ago.




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