Set among the etchings is a plastic relief map
of a territory rendered anonymous by the want of any labeling, save that of the title of the piece itself -- "The Revenge of Geography: Beirut.
Like Parker I remember my first one, but unlike his, mine was not a plastic relief map
of the West Midlands and Wales discovered as a six-year-old like treasure in a cobwebbed cellar.
I chose lumpy bumpy pie - a sponge base with cream and a chocolate coating - lumpy and bumpy because it was rather like one of those plastic relief maps
we studied in geography lessons.