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Rail map charts Merseyside's galaxy of stars.

A NEW artwork giving a Mersey Transport icon a different twist is proving so popular outlets are struggling to keep up with the demand.

Centre of the Universe takes the instantly recognisable rail map of Merseyside and replaces the station names with the names of well known people and celebrities with a link to the area.

Since its unveiling last month at Central and Moorfield stations, tourists and commuters have been snapping up art prints of the quirky map, tea towels and bags. The 08 Place, tourist shops, Borders and other bookstores have already ordered more merchandise which has also been launched on sale at www.merseyshop.com and www.hubcapmap.com

Creator Graeme Currie, a page designer at the Liverpool Daily Post, who thought of the idea in summer, 2005, said he was really pleased with how successful it had been.

He said: "It's selling well because it seems to be hitting visitors as well as local people."

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Graeme Currie with his artwork, at Moorfields station
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 27, 2008
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