Geographical

The monthly magazine of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers. Covers a broad range of subjects related to geography in articles on people, places, cultures, adventure, responsible travel, history, science, and the envir

Articles from Vol. 72, No. 12, December

A Life in the Clouds
Jonathan Gregson, 47, won the consumer magazine section Travelex Travel Writers Award in 1999. Born and raised in India, the Oxford graduate became a travel writer while covering business conferences for the Sunday Telegraph. He has written two books...
All Roads Lead to ROMA
Throughout history Roma have been seen as outcasts from mainstream society. It seems that nothing has changed. We have still not learnt to be tolerant of those whose lifestyles are different to our own. FOR CENTURIES GYPSIES HAVE been romanticised...
Bear Necessities
Thousands of endangered bears are in captivity on farms across China. They are being systematically drained of bile from their gall bladders which is used in traditional medicines. According to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) more...
Boats, Camera and Action
Carolyn Fry heads to the South Pacific to see how photographers and filmmakers captured the action at this year's Camel Trophy THE CUMULATIVE WHINE of 64 engines cuts morning quiet as a flotilla of yellow boats speeds out of Nuku'alofa harbour,...
Book Worms
WATCHING WILDLIFE Australia Guide to Australia's wildlife, and the best places and times to see them. Various authors, (Lonely Planet, pb, 12.99 [pounds sterling]) ROUGH GUIDE TO PERU Comprehensive coverage of Peru's attractions and practical...
Brainteasers
QUOTING THE MAP Can you identify the speakers and/or authors of these sayings or quotations about maps? a) Give me a map and I will conquer the world! b) You hurry to a spot that's just a dot on the map. c) Give me the map there; know that...
Editor's Letter
I do not think we realise how vulnerable we are. As an animal species like millions of others, we scurry around on the surface of the Earth on our daily doings. Most species last for a few million years at most. Some evolve into other species, others...
Food with a Bite
Grasshoppers, flies and beetles are still tempting Mexican diners. Oriana de Castello shows us what's cooking THE POP TARTS AND reconstituted ham we have available to us in the shops today are very different to the kind of food that people were...
Friends in High Places
Paul Deegan meets the man widely regarded as the world's greatest mountaineer, who at age of 56 is now climbing the walls of his parliamentary office in Brussels AFTER ALL THE stories and all the hyperbole, actually meeting Reinhold Messner shatters...
Going with the Wind
In the second of a four-part Geographical series on alternative energy, Rory Spowers discovers that the rise of wind power is making some people quite hot under the collar LIKE GIANT LAVATORY BRUSHES in the sky", is how one woman views the wind...
Gorilla Tactics
Jo Salt goes to the verdant southwest of Uganda, where community tourism could be the saving grace of the country's remaining gorilla population TRUE TO HIS NAME 30-year-old Ruhondeza was taking it easy. Sitting deep in the humid canopy `the lazy...
Hot Shots
Do you want to improve your photography? Giles Stokoe takes us on a photographic journey, and reveals the secrets of his trade LIKE MOST PEOPLE, I first became motivated to improve my photography by looking at old photographs and wondering what...
In the Middle of a Chain Reaction
This month, the world's most notorious power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine, will be laid to rest. Nick Middleton takes us around the region's hotspots to assess the legacy of the nuclear accident that shook the world THE WORLD'S MOST notorious...
Late, Great Geographers
Santa Claus Seasonal figure Santa Claus, the world's most infrequent yet accomplished courier service, displays an enviable geographical knowledge every Christmas Eve Who was the man behind the myth? The origins of the man in red, or rather...
On the Job
SENIOR LECTURER & CARTOGRAPHER Michael Wood is a past president of the International Cartographic Association and has just been awarded the Silver Medal by the British Cartographic Society Occupation: Senior lecturer in the Department of...
Out and About
Deborah King takes us on a guided tour of the Natural History Museum in London The magnificent Romanesque Waterhouse building is an apt home for this awesome collection of natural history. Although famed for its gigantic skeleton of Diplodocus in...
Quizzical
HARD LINES Q: Where does eastern Europe start and where does it end? A: The Ural mountains are generally accepted to be the eastern boundary of Europe. However, this is a geographical rather than a political frontier. British geographers consider...
Russian Evolution
Moscow is one of the most expensive cities in the world yet its people are among the poorest paid. Photojournalist Andy Johnstone records the extremes of new Russia The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 promised Russians a bright new future where...
School Rebuilding - a Tribute to Peace and Reconciliation in the Balkans
Complicated UN guidelines mean that the places with the greatest destruction and therefore need, are often the last to receive help for redevelopment. Children on the Edge, a project of The Body Shop Foundation (registered charity no. 802757R) with...
Space Invaders
Sir Crispin Tickell gives us the lowdown on the chances of Earth being struck from outer space THE IDEA that Earth is subject to bombardment from space is disquieting as it is repellant. Little catastrophes are part of life, but big ones are seriously...
Spacing Out
Discovery Channel takes us into space to witness a scientific and technological marvel that will usher in a new era of human space exploration A new dawn in the space age is emerging and it is one of exploration, of enterprise and of extending civilisations...
Trip the Lights Fantastic
The increasing use of computerised navigational aids has led to the automation of all but one lighthouse in the British Isles. As the technological tide rolled in, lighthouse keepers were replaced by central computers, turning lighthouses into ghostly...
Uganda Fact File
Location: a landlocked country on the equator in East Africa, Uganda is bordered by the Democratic Republic of Congo (formally Zaire) to the west, Sudan to the north, Kenya to the east and Rwanda and Tanzania to the south Climate: Uganda's temperatures...
Watching over Threatened Species
The World Conservation Union (IUCN) has launched a new `Species Information Service' (SIS) to complement its `Red List of Threatened Species', the most comprehensive inventory on the status of the world's plants and animals. Conservationists hope the...
Y2k
Geographical looks at some of the projects undertaken to celebrate the millennium Y2K You would have to be returning from a holiday on Mars to be unaware that this year has heralded the start of a new millennium. It is estimated that on New Year's...
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