I was going to be helpful.
When we were property-hunting seven or eight years ago, the Resident IT Consultant bought a fold-out paper map of his birth town. The kind where you can look up street names and be told where to find said street on a grid. We reckoned it would be useful, even though he presumably had most of it ingrained on his brain, and I knew some bits of it.
Seven years is a long[ish] time. Most of us, even me, often use a map on a device. For me, not exclusively, but it’s handy having it out with you at all times. Assuming you have some access to all the stuff up in cyberspace when on the move. Or, I don’t know these things, maybe you can bypass old cyber if you app it?
Anyway, I wanted to suggest which map we’d found useful when talking to the newly arrived Swedes I mentioned the other day. Most online retailers reported it as being sold out, and that’s taking into account an edition later than ours. One shop, Waterstones, reckoned it could get it within ten days.
Ten days makes me suspect it won’t happen.
Newcomers need maps. They also need things like mobile contracts and bank accounts, but you can’t easily get one without the other. In which case the map on your mobile is gone when you’ve gone out and about, needing it the most.
Hence the need for paper maps.