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We have, in the past, made merry with Microsoft and its command of cartography - notably when its MapPoint recommended that the best way to drive between the Norwegian towns of Haugesund and Trondheim was a 2,600 jaunt via the North Sea and English Channel - one of many curious jaunts.

MapPoint could not, however, at that time recommend any hotels en route - slightly inconvenient if you suddenly found yourself in urgent need of a hearty meal and a bed for the night somewhere between Folkestone and Boulogne. It's all sorted now, though, as reader John Rutter explains:

Just got confirmation of a booking at the Holiday Inn in Eastleigh, Hampshire, which included a PDF file containing booking details and two location maps. Attached is a screenshot of part of this PDF, which apparently uses some Microsoft software to display the hotel location. I always thought that Eastleigh was inland, not offshore in the middle of the English Channel as shown in this map!

Spot the hotel, according to MS

Good Lord. Luckily, as John adds: "Multimap seems to recognise the postcode and give me a land-lubber location to go and stay." Unless, of course, Redmond has now acquired the power to relocate entire buildings at will. Highly likely, since it last year - and using nothing more than the power of Windows Server System - moved Switzerland to Russia. Impressive. ®

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