In Northern Ireland there is a widespread impression that it is somehow the centre of the universe. This derives in large part from the huge publicity the province, and in particular its capital city, Belfast, has gained over the last half century, albeit often for the wrong reasons.
Of course it also has had great ambassadors in Sir Van Morrison, George Best and Alex Higgins.
So it comes as something of a shock to find that one-third of people interviewed in Britain could not say where Belfast is on the map. Never in the history of the world has communication been so all embracing and instant as it is at the moment thanks to social media, the internet and hundreds of television and radio channels, yet the information obviously doesn't stick with a significant section of the population.
But at least Belfast fares better than cities like Newcastle, Stoke or Sheffield which might as well be in a foreign land according to around two thirds of those questioned.
Makes you wonder can a city be a prophet without honour in its own country?