Monday, 20 October 2008

Grim Reaper's Road Map

Today's mapping story is courtesy of the BBC who have caught my attention with the Grim Reaper's Road map. Actually it's a book, not quite yet released, entitled "The Grim Reaper's Road Map: An Atlas of Mortality in Britain (Health and Society Series)". The first thing to note is that it doesn't seem to cover Britain; unless Scotland has no deaths whatsoever which I find hard to believe. Secondly, young deaths (ie until about 30) tend to be caused more by traffic accidents and suicide than the more heralded causes of knife and gun crime. Road death stats are not to be ignored.

I'm also interested to note that the Community Justical Portal calls this an 'exciting new atlas' (interesting use of the word exciting) and then continues to list other hot titles this month including 'Traffic Jam' and 'Tackling Prison Overcrowding'.


John said...

It does cover Scotland, it's just that Scotland is small in population terms - each cell represents a parliamentary constituency.

Oh, and people die earlier in Scotland, particularly in Glasgow. All related to poverty.

Ruth said...

Thanks John. Perhaps I should employ you to check my blogs before I post them?! ;-)