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Land lost in Louisiana | Emerging economies | The Honourable Woman An eagle-eyed reader noticed that our sums did not quite add up when we said Louisiana had lost nearly 1,900 square miles of land in 80 years and equated that to losing a football field an hour ( Engineers ape nature in effort to turn back tide in Louisiana , 15 October, page 22). We had conflated two measurements made over different periods. A paper by US Geological Survey scientists says coastal Louisiana lost nearly 1,900 square miles over the period 1932 to 2010, and that trend analyses from 1985 to 2010 show a wetland loss rate of 16.57 square miles per year the latter being approximately equivalent to the loss of an area the size of an American football field every hour. A long read article ( Once upon a time in the west , 14 October, page 31) stated that No less than the World Bank admitted last month that emerging economies might have to wait for three centuries in order to catch up with the west. In fact it was the Economist, analysing IMF data, which said that last month. Continue reading... Jess Cartner-Morley ( Wang brings sport and scuba chic to high street , 18 October) curiously ignores the similarity between H&Ms latest collection, and George Osbornes S&M outfit, designed and oft-employed by Steve Bell . Surely the defining influence? Eddie Dougall Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk   Recent activity in the fossil banks would suggest an appropriate name for the current geological era ( Letters , 17 October) might be the Rapacious Period - known perhaps colloquially, as the Boracic? Chris Osborne Nottingham Continue reading... The Dodo was native to which island? Spoiler alert: answers to this and other teasers below (dont cheat!)1 Whose 2014 wedding speech praised his wife as the ideal celebrity? 2 The Dodo was native to which island? 3 What did Eric Thompson adapt from Serge Danot? 4 Traudl Junge was whose last private secretary? 5 What is Britains bestselling magazine? 6 Devadatta tried repeatedly to kill which religious leader? 7 The Al Ahly versus Zamalek football derby takes place in which city? 8 How does an extra ne lose 16.047kg? What links: 9 Ralph Lauren; Lloyds Bank; Hermès; Ferrari; Porsche? 10 Lannisport; Qarth; Kings Landing; Braavos; Astapor? 11 Joe Girardi; Joe Torre; Buck Showalter; Stump Merrill; Bucky Dent? 12 Pushkin; Rimsky-Korsakov; Peter Shaffer; Falco? 13 James Francis Edward; Charles Edward Louis John Casimir Sylvester Severino Maria; Henry Benedict? 14 Argentina; Australia; Chile; France; New Zealand; Norway; UK? 15 Changes; My Generation; You Aint Seen Nothing Yet; Psycho Killer; I Feel For You? Continue reading... SpareRoom.co.uk | Spicy tomato soup recipe | Dads Army theme song An article in last Saturdays Money section described how fraudsters obtained the keys to a west London flat by renting it through Airbnb and then advertised it for long-term rent on SpareRoom.co.uk, taking deposits from several would-be tenants. It went on to quote one of the victims of the scam as saying she had contacted SpareRoom.co.uk but they didnt even bother to reply. In fact the company did respond promptly ( Property to let but not by the owners , 11 October, page 47). The winning recipe in the readers recipe swap section of last Saturdays Cook supplement ( Tinned tomatoes , page 12), for a spicy tomato soup to serve three or four people, listed half a tablespoon of cayenne pepper along with the other spices in the ingredients. Following queries from readers, the contributor agrees that half to one teaspoon would be more appropriate for most tastes. Continue reading... If the taxi driver quoted in John Craces sketch (Im David Farage, 17 October) is correct that Rochester is the arsehole of Kent, what does this make the politicians passing through? Edward Rees QC Doughty Street Chambers, London Re The juvenile thrills of a puff in the park (G2, 16 October): I presume the tigers in Trafalgar Square referred to are the ones under Napoleons Column. Sally Howel London Continue reading... A teacher of young people with mental health issues, this reader is a big fan of the Society section and is sometimes enlisted by her dad to help with the crosswordMy name is Julie and I’m 57 this week. I live in Twickenham and I have a son who has just graduated from university and is currently in Italy doing a bit of writing embarking on a burgeoning journalistic career perhaps! Continue reading... Smethwick feature | London assembly | Kate and Gerry McCann A feature about Smethwick in the West Midlands (16 October, page 7, G2) referred in error to the late Avtar Singh Jouhl. We have since been assured that Mr Jouhl is very much alive. Apologies to him and his family. The article also said that in the 1964 general election Labour came to power in Westminster for the first time in 15 years; 13 years, that should have said. It also said Patrick Gordon Walker, who was defeated in the Smethwick constituency in 1964, had seemed destined for a senior role in Harold Wilsons Labour cabinet. In fact Wilson appointed Gordon Walker as foreign secretary after the 1964 election despite his not having a parliamentary seat at the time; he stood in a byelection for the Leyton constituency in January 1965 but failed to win it, then resigned from the cabinet. Gordon Walker won Leyton in the 1966 general election and then served under Wilson as minister without portfolio and education secretary. A report ( Rotherham abuse scandal is tip of iceberg police chief , 16 October, page 1) repeated an all too common error in referring to the Greater London assembly. There is no such thing a point made in our style guide, which adds: The Greater London authority comprises the mayor, who runs it, and the London assembly, which holds the mayor to account. The report also referred to abuse perpetuated on the young; perpetrated, we meant. Continue reading... If the IMF and the World Bank are really about serious tackling inequality ( Editorial , 14 October), they could do worse than visit Bolivia. Since President Evo Morales first took office in 2006, not only has the economy grown by 5% per year but the wealth from its considerable gas resources have been redistributed to its population through educational and social reforms, as well as infrastructural projects. The measure of extreme poverty has fallen from 38% to 18% and the people like it well enough to elect Mr Morales to a third term in the presidency. Bob Cant Brighton Mark Brown ( Deutsch delight , 14 October) says that close inspection of the Tischbein portrait reveals that Goethe has two left feet. He doesnt, but he does have two left shoes: until the early 1800s shoes were made in identical pairs (straight shoes) with no differentiation for right and left feet. Val Taylor Bollington, Cheshire Continue reading... My friend Margaret Cooper, who has died aged 91, was an editor and campaigner who contributed greatly to awareness of cruelty to animals, and understanding of homeopathy.Born in Northamptonshire, daughter of Charles and Mildred Cooper, Margaret was the eldest of three. She won a scholarship to Peterborough high school and during the second world war served as a postal and telegraph officer in Peterborough, transmitting coded telegrams. In 1950, she passed the civil service examination and entered the Foreign Office. Continue reading... Chibok schoolgirl abduction | Isis | Charles Bowden | FGM The caption on a front page photograph, and the first paragraph in an accompanying article inside the paper, stated that it was the six-month anniversary of the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from a school in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram. Anniversaries are, of course, annual events ( Half a year on, Chibok nightmare continues , 15 October, page 18). An article about businesses, pets and a river that share the name Isis with the Islamist militant group included a photograph of a river in Oxford. The location was right but the river was the Cherwell, not the Isis ( No, were not that Isis , 14 October, page 10, G2). Continue reading...