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My father has an appointment at a clinic next week to see if there is anything that they can do for him to ease the pains in his knees, as he sometimes finds it very difficult to walk.
He, my mother, Dave and I all knew roughly where this particular clinic was but none of us were sure of the exact location, so I offered to find out for mom and dad and let them know.
It would be no problem; I would just look in my A to Z, it was that easy. Well, actually, no it was not going to be that easy, as when I reached for my A to Z I remembered that I had already packed all my books ready for our house move! Now what could I do? Knowing mom and dad if they set of with only a vague idea of where they were headed who knows where they’d end up?
It was then that I turned to my good friend the Internet for help. I accessed the search engine www.google.co.uk and typed in the words ‘street map’. Unbeknown to me there was actually a site called www.streetmap.co.uk and I was VERY impressed with it. Let me tell you all about it.
The home page is very simple and, apart from the help and contact us features, it just has the facility to search for the street map that you want.
The site offers access to maps for the whole of the UK and the search can be performed using one of the following: Street Name Post Code GB Place Name OS grid Reference Land Ranger Reference Latitude and Longitude Telephone Code London Street
Since I knew that the place that I was trying to find was not very far away from my parents’ house I began by typing the first 3 digits of their postcode.
I was surprised and very impressed when a map began to download almost instantly and was complete on the screen within less than 30 seconds; other map sites that I have used have taken much longer to download.
The full colour map appears as a series of nine squares, each measuring 6.5 centimetres in either direction, formed into one large square (3 by 3). Each of the smaller squares represents 500 metres in either direction.
Around the perimeter of the large square there are a series of eight arrows, one on each side and one at each corner. By clicking on an arrow you have the facility to move the map by one square at a time in any direction. So, for example if you click on the arrow on the left hand side of the map the whole map moves across the screen one column to the left, the far left hand column disappears and a new column appears down the right hand side. Thus you can track a route across a particular area.
You can click on a square at the bottom right hand corner of the map to zoom out to either 1,000 metres per smaller square or 10 kilometres per smaller square, depending on how detailed you need your information to be.
If you search by entering the complete postcode of the place that you are trying to find the map will appear with a yellow arrow pointing to the place represented by that postcode.
If you do experience any difficulty in finding the place you are looking for you can contact the site manager on email@example.com and they will try and help you.
All in all I was very impressed with this site, especially as I hadn’t even known of its existence before I did that search on Google! I was able to print off an easy to read map for mom and dad to use safe in the knowledge that they won’t get lost!
I would certainly recommend the site and I will be using it again without a doubt.
By the way some of the boxes below don't actually apply but I had to complete them before the opinion could be accepted, so just ignore the ones that don't make any sense!