Thomas L. Friedman,
award winning NY Times columnist and author of The Lexus and the Olive Tree
, Longitudes and Attitudes
, and From Beirut to Jerusalem
, will publish his fourth book, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century
, this week. An article adopted from the book, "It’s a Flat World After All
", was printed in the NY Times Magazine today:
In 1492 Christopher Columbus set sail for India, going west. He had the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. He never did find India, but he called the people he met 'Indians' and came home and reported to his king and queen: 'The world is round.' I set off for India 512 years later. I knew just which direction I was going. I went east. I had Lufthansa business class, and I came home and reported only to my wife and only in a whisper: 'The world is flat.'
Focus On Your World.
A beautiful collection of photographs from the Focus On Your World competition put on by the United Nations Environment Programme
. They are beautiful
, and, at times, wonderfully common
. The thing to remember is that each of these photos is someone else’s daily life.
A fantastic exhibition of these photos is currently on display at--of all places--Heathrow Airport, thanks to the support from BAA