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A post-university job servicing photocopiers is a disappointing introduction to the world of work for a young marine biologist, so when the opportunity arises to act as an observer on an Antarctic-bound fishing vessel, Matt Lewis jumps at it
From 1888 to 1924, the Detroit Publishing Company was the most significant producer of photographs in North America. It sent staff across the continent to capture pictures to satisfy a growing audience hungry for images of their world
Staying grounded is always a laudable ambition; taking it literally can be an adventure in sustainability. For Ed Gillespie, the challenge of circumnavigating the globe by any means but flight was a way of experiencing travel rather than transit
We live in an increasingly ‘offshore’ world. Many corporations seek out overseas tax havens as a matter of course and, when the sums make sense, transfer manufacturing plants or service hives to places with less onerous regulations and cheaper labour
Constructing globes in early modern Europe was a tortuously difficult process. Between the 16th and 19th centuries, master globe-makers guarded their trade secrets closely, looked askance at their rivals and tended to establish family dynasties
It’s refreshing to be reminded, after the past six months or so, that the Earth has enjoyed four billion years of reasonably good weather: if it hadn’t, we wouldn’t be here
In many ways, Karachi is a microcosm of Pakistan. Plagued by political and criminal violence, the country’s largest city manages to survive beneath a fragile cloak of business as usual
Gordon Peake’s affectionate account of the 21st century’s first new nation reveals a country in which bureaucracy and superstition exert an equal grip: visa applications must be submitted in red folders and people would rather starve than eat fish

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