Posts Tagged ‘italy’

Alitalia Sorry as Sicily Vanishes (BBC)

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Alitalia Airbus

[Editor’s note: The island simply disappeared off the map! Where might it have gone? Thanks Kellee!]

Republished from the BBC. June 18, 2009.

Italian airline Alitalia has apologised after its in-flight magazine printed a map leaving off the Mediterranean island of Sicily.

The magazine’s editor blamed the error on a printing mistake, and pledged not to let it happen again. A passenger told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that she noticed Sicily was missing – while she was on a flight to the island. Smaller islands, such as Sardinia, were in the right place on the map.

Alitalia was re-launched earlier this year under private ownership. It had been a state-run company for more than 60 years before going bankrupt. One Italian Senator, Riccardo Villari, said it was unfortunate the big advertising campaign surrounding the re-launch had been followed by “unpleasant” errors.

The magazine editor, Aldo Canale, said: “We have run lots of editions on the beauty of Sicily and we would never dream of eliminating it from maps of Italy.”

Geography Illustrations in the Economist (Kelso)

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

[Editor's note: This week's Economist print edition features several geography themed illustrations, including KAL's take on the H1N1 swine flu situation.]

Republished from The Economist.
April 30, 2009

Cover Artwor: The Pandemic Threat
Illustration by KAL

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The Berlusconisation of Italy
Illustration by Peter Schrank

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Australia’s Chinese entanglement
Illustration by M. Morgenstern

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A healthy development: Taiwan and the WHO
Illustration by Claudio Munoz

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Melting Snow Prompts Border Change (The Independent)

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

[Editor’s note: No, this is not an April Fools joke ;) I often get asked, “Hasn’t everything been mapped yet?”. Well, some things always need remapping (and this begs the question as to why don’t movie goers boycott theaters for showing the same the same Hollywood plots year after year, but whatever). The zones affected between Switzerland and Italy include the Matterhorn. Thanks Laris and Todd!]

Republished from The Independent.

Melting snow prompts border change between Switzerland and Italy
By Peter Popham in Rome
Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Global warming is dissolving the Alpine glaciers so rapidly that Italy and Switzerland have decided they must re-draw their national borders to take account of the new realities.

The border has been fixed since 1861, when Italy became a unified state. But for the past century the surface area of the “cryosphere”, the zone of glaciers, permanent snow cover and permafrost, has been shrinking steadily, with dramatic acceleration in the past five years. This is the area over which the national frontier passes and the two countries have now agreed to have their experts sit down together and hash out where it ought to run now.

Daniel Gutknecht, responsible for the co-ordination of national borders at Switzerland’s Office of Topography, said “the border is moving because of the warmer climate”, among other reasons.

Continue reading at The Independent . . .