Magazine article Geographical

A World of Diversity

Magazine article Geographical

A World of Diversity

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One of the great things about working on Geographical is the incredible diversity of material to which I'm exposed. I've always had an enquiring mind, and it certainly gets its fill from the stories that I get to deal with each day. Indeed, I'm regularly amazed at the number of articles whose subjects are completely novel to me--the ones where I invariably ask myself, 'Why haven't I heard about this before?'

This issue is a good example. First up, there are Bangkok's ghost towers (page 26), the architectural remnants of the Asian currency crisis of the late 1990s. When the crisis hit, foreign investment suddenly and catastrophically dried up, leaving more than 500 high-rise developments standing in various states of completion.

Next, there are the Zabbaleen of Cairo (page 44). This community of Coptic Christians moved to the Egyptian capital from southern Egypt during the 1940s to escape drought and poor harvests. They quickly created a niche for themselves by collecting the city's rubbish, feeding the food scraps to the pigs that they had brought with them and recycling an impressive 85 per cent of the remainder. …

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