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23rd Apr 2006, 07:24
You know on the inflight entertainment maps, the one where it shows which part of the globe is in darkness? Is there a website which has a realtime similar picture? Is there maybe an overlay for Google Earth that does this?

Solid Rust Twotter
23rd Apr 2006, 07:36
Google geoclock.

B Fraser
23rd Apr 2006, 08:44
Who chooses which cities are depicted on those infernal maps ?

You are winging your way back to blighty and a couple of major cities appear along with some random villages who's only claim to fame is that they have a rather old duckpond and an award winning tea-room. I'm sure that there are hordes of tourists wandering around trying to find the great metropolis of Wisbech as it obviously has far more to offer than Cambridge.

23rd Apr 2006, 12:09
It's on a DVD in the Airshow DIU. I guess it's a default program develped by Airshow, and customized for the specific airline.

23rd Apr 2006, 13:15
It is rather amusing, though. I mean Runnymead obviously has some historical significance but I would have thought London might just trump it as far as airline passenger interest is concerned. Think of the confusion when said PAX looks out of the window at FL360:

"Bugger me, that Runnymead is a big place..."

Trios Rivieres in Quebec is one that interests me. No matter which Oceanic track you use you always seem to fly close to Trois Rivieres. I keep looking out of the window for three rivers but all I see is bloody forest.

I love the skymap, much better than those movie things they show :O

23rd Apr 2006, 14:27
It's a tiny place, just an area of riverside cattle grazing, with Cooper's Hill to the South, no buildings. But that was where they signed the document that goes a long way to make a lot of the world what it is today. The Magna Carta.



By the way it's Runnymede

I know, I live on Cooper's Hill

23rd Apr 2006, 14:30
Runningmead Island in t' middle of t' Thames
I'll tell of the Magna Charter
As were signed at the Barons' command
On Runningmead Island in t' middle of t' Thames
By King John, as were known as "Lack Land."

Some say it were wrong of the Barons
Their will on the King so to thrust,
But you'll see if you look at both sides of the case
That they had to do something, or bust.

For John, from the moment they crowned him,
Started acting so cunning and sly,
Being King, of course, he couldn't do wrong,
But, by gum, he'd a proper good try.

He squandered the ratepayers' money,
All their cattle and corn did he take,
'Til there wasn't a morsel of bread in the land,
And folk had to manage on cake.

The way he behaved to young Arthur
Went to show as his feelings was bad;
He tried to get Hubert to poke out his eyes,
Which is no way to treat a young lad.

It were all right him being a tyrant
To vassals and folks of that class,
But he tried on his tricks with the Barons an' all,
And that's where he made a 'faux pas'.

He started bombarding their castles,
And burning them over their head,
'Til there wasn't enough castles left to go round,
And they had to sleep six in a bed.

So they went to the King in a body,
And their spokesman, Fitzwalter by name,
He opened the 'ole in his 'elmet and said,
Conciliatory like, " What's the game?"

The King starts to shilly and shally,
He sits and he haws and he hums,
'Til the Barons in rage started gnashing their teeth,
And them with no teeth gnashed their gums

Said Fitz, through the 'ole in his 'elmet,
"It was you as put us in this plight."
And the King having nothing to say to this, murmured
"Leave your address and I'll write".

This angered the gallant Fitzwalter;
He stamped on the floor with his foot,
And were starting to give John a rare ticking off,
When the 'ole in his 'elmet fell shut.

"We'll get him a Magna Charter,"
Said Fitz when his face he had freed;
Said the Barons "That's right and if one's not enough,
Get a couple and happen they'll breed.''

So they set about making a Charter,
When at finish they'd got it drawn up,
It looked like a paper on cattle disease,
Or the entries for t' Waterloo Cup.

Next day, King John, all unsuspecting,
And having the afternoon free,
To Runningmead Island had taken a boat,
And were having some shrimps for his tea.

He'd just pulled the 'ead off a big 'un,
And were pinching its tail with his thumb,
When up came a barge load of Barons, who said,
"We thought you'd be here so we've come"

When they told him they'd brought Magna Charter,
The King seemed to go kind of limp,
But minding his manners he took off his hat
And said " Thanks very much, have a shrimp."

" You'd best sign at once," said Fitzwalter,
" If you don't, I'll tell thee for a start
The next coronation will happen quite soon,
And you won't be there to take part."

So they spread Charter out on t' tea table,
And John signed his name like a lamb,
His writing in places was sticky and thick
Through dipping his pen in the jam.

And it's through that there Magna Charter,
As were signed by the Barons of old,
That in England to-day we can do what we like,
So long as we do what we're told.

23rd Apr 2006, 17:04
Oops, sorry about the spelling. I'll have to take more notice of the Airshow/Skymap or whatever it is called. Thank heavens I spelt Trois-Rivieres correctly (apart from missing out the hyphen) otherwise I'd have the French Canadiens on my back.


23rd Apr 2006, 21:25
If you just want a nice spinning globe on your 'puter which shows night and day, have a look at this piece of software: http://www.cary.demon.co.uk/pmglobe/

23rd Apr 2006, 21:34
You can also get it off the Breitling website..

24th Apr 2006, 04:27
Try this:


24th Apr 2006, 05:40
Thanks Alan907, best one yet.