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Geographers don’t need to actually understand the rules to appreciate the issues surrounding one of the world’s biggest annual sporting events

‘Unlucky’ island

Boldt Castle is a curious monument to a tycoon’s misfortune
Recumbant, tandem or just a regular bicycle, Geographical rounds up advice for bicycle expeditions
Geographical gets an exclusive preview from development project, Development Progress, ahead of a Royal Geographical Society exhibition starting 16 February
After over a month of sailing through pack ice, Shackleton and the Endurance became trapped just one day from their Antarctic destination
A new survey at the island’s volcanic quarry sheds further light on ancient statues
As China relaxes its infamous one-child policy, one million families apply for the legal right to have a second child
In Upstate New York a heritage centre is preserving a region’s natural, cultural and agricultural history
As logging and climate change alter the Arctic, the indigenous Sámi peoples are open to a new world
Volunteers from the ‘Global South’ are an important, but poorly understood group in development work

Roach rescuers

Being crushed under your own home during an earthquake, and then having a cockroach – drawn by your moans – crawl all over you is not at first thought particularly reassuring

Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer is an author whose latest book, Another Fine Day at Sea, took him aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush as writer-in-residence. His previous work includes a frame-by-frame dissection of Stalker, a Russian movie associated with…
Eight years after he wrote about his experience of walking solo to the North Geographic Pole, Ben Saunders returns to the pages of Geographical to describe his Antarctic sequel
In Pakistan, bonded slavery is as prevalent now as it has ever been. Luke Duggleby reports on the efforts being made to combat this horrific violation of human rights

Making contact

It’s fairly well known that Amazonia, a huge forest region that straddles the Brazil–Peru border, is home to indigenous groups that have little or no contact with the outside world
A World Health Organization report has revealed the world’s highest consumers of alcohol
A reward of $100 is being offered for an orginal copy of the famous advertisement Shackleton is said to have placed recruiting men for his Antarctic expedition
Cuba has been generous during the recent Ebola outbreak, but the country’s health care system faces major challenges

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