Outgoing Ellon Probus president David Couzin welcomed his successor David Barclay and thanked members for their patience and unfailing humour during his term in office.
As of tradition the outgoing president had the honour of being the speaker for the day. For his talk David chose the subject of maps, a field of interest that had fascinated and captivated him from childhood.
As time has advanced, so has mapping techniques and applications. Three-dimensional maps have evolved to give the viewer a far greater understanding of what they are seeing.
The field of mapping has also extended to incorporate topics of huge practical application to mankind including the mapping of one’s life or job, the measuring of animate and inanimate objects such as facial (or other anatomical features), the human genetic code, modern space travel and weapon guidance technologies.
However, to David and to many others, the most impressive and practical map ever produced is that of the London underground rail network.
Charles Fox gave the vote of thanks. The next meeting is on November 14 when Alan Barker will talk on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.