New iPhone maps relocate India's Taj Mahal off Brighton's Western Road

New iPhone maps relocate India's Taj Mahal off Brighton's Western Road

BRIGHTON? the Taj Mahal

MONUMENT: It's a bit of a squeeze, but this is where Apple thinks the Taj Mahal in Brighton should be

MOVED: The Clock Tower has been relocated to Church Street

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It may cost you upwards of £500 but the new iPhone 5 won’t be able to navigate you to some of Brighton and Hove’s most well-known tourist attractions.

Niggling problems with Apple’s new map feature include the replacement of local sights, shops and amenities throughout the city with a few new landmarks also thrown in.

The city’s Victorian Clock Tower, which has proudly stood at the junction of North Street and Queen’s Road for 122 years, has been moved by the new phone.

Tourists may now struggle to find the listed structure with iPhone users incorrectly directed to nearby Brighthelm Park.

iPhone user Sophie Dent, 23, said: “It’s a bit silly really because it’s not in the right place.

“But it could affect tourism if people start going to the wrong places.”

Equally puzzling is the inclusion of a phantom service station at the south end of Lewes Road – sure to anger visiting drivers if they happen to be caught low on fuel.

The Royal Pavilion is thankfully located at Old Steine but residents of Bedford Place will be surprised to find the Taj Mahal in their midst according to the map – possibly after programmers became confused with the nearby Taj International Foods store.

Alan Wong, 30, a restaurant manager and tech enthusiast, said: “It’s just part of some initial teething problems which were to be expected as with any major product launch.”

Elsewhere in Sussex, Uckfield is gaining worldwide recognition as the forgotten town. Despite locals being able to trace the settlement’s roots to Anglo Saxon times, it has all but disappeared on Apple Maps.

What remains has been incorrectly located eight miles away in a farmer’s field.

Other mistakes already picked up on by customers include the disappearance of Helsinki’s main railway station along with Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon and London Paddington.

Elsewhere, Dublin has gained a new airport, St Katherine’s Dock in London has been filled with concrete and a grocery shop which closed down some 15 years ago has re-emerged.

Hotelier Nick Head, who runs the Ambassador Hotel in Brighton and is the chair of Sussex Tourism Partnership, said: “I think we all rely on our phones a little too much, it’s much safer to use an A to Z.

“It is quite surprising that they have misplaced tourist attractions such as the Clock Tower. You would think they would get that right.”

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1:11pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Andre Spooner says...

I don't really understand what all the fuss is about here. Surely I cannot be the only resident of Brighton and Hove to use the time honoured Sussex method of using an apple to navigate the twisting streets of the city. I recall in the hazy days of my youth, pushing four "pip-pointers" into the apple, each labelled with a point of the compass, and then spinning the punctuated fruit in order to calculate the direction in which I should walk. Just the other week, during an adventurous ramble through Hove, accompanied by my Mighty Horse, we saw a number of tourist attractions which are frequently left off the guide books that portray our great city. The Taj Mahal of Western Road pales into insignificance for one who has ascended the Eiffel Tower at Palmera Square, offering views as far as picturesque Worthing on a clear day. Looking east, one can just see the sorry ruins of the legendary Horse Dance Arena sticking out from underneath the Amex building. And what trip to the South Coast would be complete without gazing on the Colossus at Ditchling, its stern visage a reminder of the origins of this glorious town. Alternatively, an idyllic stroll around the Hanging Gardens of Whitehawk will put a smile on the long face of the glummest of Mighty Horses.

Unfortunately, this was the end of our sightseeing tour, as, with no concern for his own safety, my poor Mighty Horse decided at this point to eat our direction apple, pip-pointers and all. I tell you this with the weary resignation of one who has sat up all night mopping the fevered brow of a sickly equine companion. I imagine those wishing to consume the Apple Phone Number Five will have found it similarly hard to swallow.
I don't really understand what all the fuss is about here. Surely I cannot be the only resident of Brighton and Hove to use the time honoured Sussex method of using an apple to navigate the twisting streets of the city. I recall in the hazy days of my youth, pushing four "pip-pointers" into the apple, each labelled with a point of the compass, and then spinning the punctuated fruit in order to calculate the direction in which I should walk. Just the other week, during an adventurous ramble through Hove, accompanied by my Mighty Horse, we saw a number of tourist attractions which are frequently left off the guide books that portray our great city. The Taj Mahal of Western Road pales into insignificance for one who has ascended the Eiffel Tower at Palmera Square, offering views as far as picturesque Worthing on a clear day. Looking east, one can just see the sorry ruins of the legendary Horse Dance Arena sticking out from underneath the Amex building. And what trip to the South Coast would be complete without gazing on the Colossus at Ditchling, its stern visage a reminder of the origins of this glorious town. Alternatively, an idyllic stroll around the Hanging Gardens of Whitehawk will put a smile on the long face of the glummest of Mighty Horses. Unfortunately, this was the end of our sightseeing tour, as, with no concern for his own safety, my poor Mighty Horse decided at this point to eat our direction apple, pip-pointers and all. I tell you this with the weary resignation of one who has sat up all night mopping the fevered brow of a sickly equine companion. I imagine those wishing to consume the Apple Phone Number Five will have found it similarly hard to swallow. Andre Spooner
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2:06pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Spanners says...

"Hanging Gardens of Whitehawk"

Brilliant, that one made me chuckle !
"Hanging Gardens of Whitehawk" Brilliant, that one made me chuckle ! Spanners
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2:12pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Crystal Ball says...

Is it the name of a restaurant near Western Road? If not I am sure there will be plenty of people searching for the said monument to have their picture taken in front of it.
Is it the name of a restaurant near Western Road? If not I am sure there will be plenty of people searching for the said monument to have their picture taken in front of it. Crystal Ball
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1:51pm Thu 27 Sep 12

gregsick says...

30 seconds on Google or a journalist with local knowledge would have saved this total non-story being written - http://www.118.com/b
iz/6239367.mvc/brigh
ton-supermarkets-gro
cers-taj-mahal
30 seconds on Google or a journalist with local knowledge would have saved this total non-story being written - http://www.118.com/b iz/6239367.mvc/brigh ton-supermarkets-gro cers-taj-mahal gregsick
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10:58am Fri 28 Sep 12

Sarah Booker says...

gregsick wrote:
30 seconds on Google or a journalist with local knowledge would have saved this total non-story being written - http://www.118.com/b

iz/6239367.mvc/brigh

ton-supermarkets-gro

cers-taj-mahal
However, when you click on the information icon it provides information about the Indian landmark rather than the supermarket.
[quote][p][bold]gregsick[/bold] wrote: 30 seconds on Google or a journalist with local knowledge would have saved this total non-story being written - http://www.118.com/b iz/6239367.mvc/brigh ton-supermarkets-gro cers-taj-mahal[/p][/quote]However, when you click on the information icon it provides information about the Indian landmark rather than the supermarket. Sarah Booker
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12:35pm Sat 29 Sep 12

Archibald Plebthrasher III says...

No doubt a fix will be along soon to iron out this glitch. There is sufficient disposable labour in both areas of the globe concerned to ensure the buildings can be physically swopped. I think, after the initial confusion and outrage of the Indian government, this will lead to many new tourist oppportunities in both this remarkable grocery store and the iconic building's new site in Brighton.
No doubt a fix will be along soon to iron out this glitch. There is sufficient disposable labour in both areas of the globe concerned to ensure the buildings can be physically swopped. I think, after the initial confusion and outrage of the Indian government, this will lead to many new tourist oppportunities in both this remarkable grocery store and the iconic building's new site in Brighton. Archibald Plebthrasher III
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