Friday, 9th January 2015

by Joshua Gaskell

On Google Maps, the symbol marking Buckingham Palace Gardens is a green square, not the tree symbol that marks the adjacent Green Park. I assume this is simply because the palace gardens are private, but then check and find that other private gardens – Portman, Bedford, and Manchester Square Gardens – are marked with the tree. I email Google, asking what the green square denotes (Google Maps does not provide a key), and receive the following answer: ‘The square is just a generic symbol for a point of interest. The color green shows that the point of interest is recreational.’ I shall have to take Google’s word that recreation – ‘refreshing or entertaining [ourself] through a pleasurable or interesting pastime’ (OED) – takes place in the garden, which I think should be renamed the Buck House Rec.