Biggles Travels mapped out

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Re: Biggles Travels mapped out

Postby Recker » 23 Aug 2017, 21:26

Kismet wrote:There's a lot of Britain that Biggles hasn't visited. He covers much of the South of England and the Scottish Highlands, but virtually all the Midlands, Northern Britain, Southern Scotland, and Wales are unvisited. He never goes to Ireland, either.


Considering that Johns seemed to be fascinated by malevolent sea creatures I'm very surprised Biggles didn't have a run in with Nessie in "The poor rich boy".
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Re: Biggles Travels mapped out

Postby Recker » 23 Aug 2017, 21:30

kylie_koyote wrote:That's a splendid map, and what a lot of work it must have been!

RE: the USA...

I would like to point out that they do visit New York City on their way south in both "Condor" and "Flies West" (and probably "Flies Again" but it doesn't say).

And Algy and Bertie wait for Biggles in San Francisco in "in Mexico".


Did they stories spend much time in those places? I tried to keep it to where the main parts of the story took place.
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Re: Biggles Travels mapped out

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 24 Aug 2017, 07:02

I love these maps, Recker and Wanderer. I have a wonderful print of WEJ's own map (courtesy of FB) which we brought home with us along with a wonderful Biggles and Chums poster (courtesy of S666). Mr RSG and I are still deciding exactly where to hang the map. I would love to be able to add both of yours at some stage. I love maps :claphappy: :yay: (Oh, and welcome back, Recker.)
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Re: Biggles Travels mapped out

Postby Fairblue » 24 Aug 2017, 08:41

RAAF Spitfire Girl wrote:I love these maps, Recker and Wanderer. I have a wonderful print of WEJ's own map (courtesy of FB) which we brought home with us along with a wonderful Biggles and Chums poster (courtesy of S666). Mr RSG and I are still deciding exactly where to hang the map. I would love to be able to add both of yours at some stage. I love maps :claphappy: :yay: (Oh, and welcome back, Recker.)

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Re: Biggles Travels mapped out

Postby kylie_koyote » 24 Aug 2017, 11:27

Recker wrote:
kylie_koyote wrote:That's a splendid map, and what a lot of work it must have been!

RE: the USA...

I would like to point out that they do visit New York City on their way south in both "Condor" and "Flies West" (and probably "Flies Again" but it doesn't say).

And Algy and Bertie wait for Biggles in San Francisco in "in Mexico".


Did they stories spend much time in those places? I tried to keep it to where the main parts of the story took place.


Algy and Bertie waiting in San Francisco - and then renting a Piper Cub to come and search the desert - is a decent part of the story, although the distance from San Francisco to Mexico in real life makes this quite impossible.

Biggles and Ginger set out from Los Angeles in a hired car and drive to Mexico - plausible. Algy and Bertie wait for them in San Francisco - not really plausible. I'm not sure why they would travel several hundred miles in the opposite direction to wait for Biggles and Ginger. ;) But Bertie was keen to do some sightseeing and we know once he gets an idea in his head, it's hard to shake him.

I made this map for our "Biggles in Mexico" thread a while back to illustrate this. I hope it's useful for you.

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Re: Biggles Travels mapped out

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 29 Aug 2017, 06:40

Fairblue wrote:Did you have to fold the map in the end, RSG?


Unfortunately, we did, FB. But we followed the lines and ensured it was folded correctly as a map should be :yay:
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