National Geographic : 2000 Oct
Forum June 2000 Readers of the June issue were enchantedby PaulSalopek's pilgrim age through the Sierra Madre in Mexico. One said, "As a sometime writer,I am rotten with jealousy." Another wrote, "Iknow now why he received the PulitzerPrize." London I found the observation that London is "the de facto capital of Europe" interesting. In many respects it seems like the Ameri can capital on the other side of the Atlantic. While the Eurostar may be "packed with French," the busiest international air route in the world is London-New York. JIM STEFAN Nanuet, New York London is a thriving city for some lucky people, but that is only half the story. When cruis ing with Norman Foster's heli copter, the author should have taken a short detour to the dark er sides of London. According to UNICEF the United Kingdom has one of the worst records on childhood poverty in the indus trialized world. Every fifth child in the U.K. lives in poverty. JAN TENHAVEN London, England Britain and Ireland Map On the northwest coast of France only two of the five D day invasion beaches are named: Utah and Omaha, where U.S. forces landed. What about Juno, Gold, and Sword beaches, where Canadian, British, French, and other liberating forces also fought and died? C. JOHN PARKER Etobicoke, Ontario Your map highlighted the little known fact that there is more than one language spoken in Britain today. Welsh, or Cym raeg, was first spoken some 1,500 years ago, making it one of the oldest languages in Europe. GETHIN RHYS Ammanford, Wales The map states that at Culloden the English defeated the Scottish rebels in 1746. It was the British Army, led by the brutal Duke of Cumberland, the son of King George II from Hanover, Ger many, that defeated the Jacobite rebels led by Prince Charles Edward Stuart. RONALD A. GRANT Derby,England Suriname In 1994-95 I had the opportu nity to live and work in Suri name through a cultural exchange program sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency. Your article captured the diversity of this intriguing country both in text and image. RUTHANNE HENRY Phoenix,Arizona I was taken aback by the asser tion that Surinamers turn their eyes to Amsterdam when they think of the outside world. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * OCTOBER 2000 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY "For the increase anddiffusion of geographicknowledge." The National Geographic Society is chartered in Washington, D.C., as a nonprofit scientific and educational organization. Since 1888 the Society has supported more than 6,500 explorations and research projects, adding to knowledge of earth, sea, and sky. JOHN M. FAHEY, JR., Presidentand CEO Executive Vice Presidents TERRENCE B. ADAMSON TERRY D. GARCIA, Mission Programs NINA D. HOFFMAN, President,Books and School Publishing Group CHRISTOPHER A. 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