Magazine article Geographical

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Magazine article Geographical

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DESERT DELIGHT

I was absolutely delighted to see Nick Ryan's article on Western Sahara. Nick did an excellent job in capturing the reality of daily life in the camps. How the Saharawis have survived for 23 years in such a barren environment and against the unrelenting heat still amazes me. I only just survived three days there!

I am sure you will be pleased to learn that Morocco and Polisario appear to be reaching a settlement which could lead to a referendum in March 2000.

Richard Stanforth, Western Sahara Campaign, Leeds

RISKY BUSINESS

Bill McGuire's article, `A Risky Business' in your February issue was a timely one and far-reaching in its implications. A recent story in the Sunday Gleaner of Kingston, Jamaica, advised readers to keep away from yellow-plated vehicles at all costs. The colour indicates a public vehicle and there is simply no insurance on these as a result of the parlous state of the Jamaican economy. Geohazards are only one of the many problems faced by people in many countries of the developing world on a regular day-to-day basis.

Michael Spragg, Norfolk

DOUBLE TAKE

I think that Geographical is excellent and read it from cover to cover, but I couldn't help but notice an error in your April issue. In the `Sail of the Century' feature you gave misleading information about the photograph on page 53. It is not, as you state, the departure of the James Caird from Elephant Island. It is actually the joyous welcome given by the members of the expedition who had been left on Elephant Island to the appearance of the longboat from the Chilean vessel Yelcho, on which Shackleton returned to rescue them.

John Williams, London

CAN YOU HELP?

I am researching a book about Deception Island in the South Shetland Islands off Antarctica. Your magazine carried an excellent article about the volcanic eruptions on Deception Island in the November 1969 issue.

Although I have a photocopy of this article, I am seeking an actual issue of the magazine for the superb colour photos that accompanied the story. I would be very grateful if any fellow readers who have a copy of that issue would be willing to part with it in return for a modest sum.

Jeff Rubin, Middletown, USA Ed: Contact us at the address at the bottom of the page and we will pass on any messages.

ABOUT TIME TOO

I thoroughly enjoyed your interesting interview with polar explorer Wally Herbert in the May edition. …

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