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Vaguely Vulgar Italians
Gary Gale's Vaguely Rude Places map has been a long time favorite with visitors to Maps Mania Mansions. Here you have one example of Moscow, Russia, printable vector street City Plan map full editable V3-2016-010.08, Adobe PDF. This week we were extremely fortunate to be visited by an Italian gentlemen, who regaled us all with ribald translations from the Italian edition of Mr Gale's atlas.
For months the Vagamente Volgare has been titillating readers across the continent with its collection of risque Italian place names. Indeed the map has proven so popular that Mr Gale has included the Vagamente Volgare in the latest publication of his own Vaguely Rude Place map.
This second edition of Mr Gale's respected tome now includes both a map of place names which sound rude to those of us who speak English and a map of place names that may appear Rabelaisian to our Italian cousins. Source.
Ukraine gained independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and has since veered between seeking closer integration with Western Europe and being drawn into the orbit of Russia, which sees its interests as threatened by a Western-leaning Ukraine.
Europe's second largest country, Ukraine is a land of wide, fertile agricultural plains, with large pockets of heavy industry in the east.
While Ukraine and Russia share common historical origins, the west of the country has closer ties with its European neighbours, particularly Poland, and nationalist sentiment is strongest there.
A significant minority of the population uses Russian as its first language, particularly in the industrialised east. In Crimea, an autonomous republic on the Black Sea that was part of Russia until 1954, ethnic Russians make up about 60% of the population.
Russia once again seized and annexed Crimea in March 2014, amid the chaos following the fall of President Viktor Yanukovych, plunging European into its worst diplomatic crisis since the Cold War.