Where’s Billy?

PUBLISHED: 13:33 04 May 2006 | UPDATED: 13:27 04 May 2010

THERE is a series of books and posters for children (and easily-amused adults) called Where s Wally. Each one is a picture of a crowd of people and the idea is that you have to find a nerdy bloke in a jumper and glasses called Wally who is hidden somewher

THERE is a series of books and posters for children (and easily-amused adults) called Where's Wally. Each one is a picture of a crowd of people and the idea is that you have to find a nerdy bloke in a jumper and glasses called Wally who is hidden somewhere in the drawing.

One of the wonders of the internet is a feature called Windows Live. You feed in a postcode and the site provides a map showing exactly where the postcode relates to. Well, almost every time. If you feed in a Soham postcode, guess what? No Soham. Barway, Broad Hill (somewhere near the Tiger), Wicken and Isleham all appear, but no Soham. If you zoom in enough times a small 'Soham' appears somewhere near Cornmills, presumably the mapmaker considers Downfields Garage is the centre of the town.

Given this omission, it is unlikely that we will ever be able to find a nerdy bloke with glasses in Soham. If Bill Gates uses his own products he will never find us and we will never be able to play 'Where's Billy' in our home town.


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