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Letter from the Editor

This month I am writing my letter to you from Shanghai, two days after the earthquake struck Sichuan in China. We arrived yesterday, the day after the initial quake, but the aftershocks have been nearly as severe and there are fears of at least one more serious shock. I thought of plenty of things I might like to talk about in my letter whilst on the flight, but with this tragedy so immediate, and occurring so soon after the Burma cyclone, the relatively trivial subjects I had to talk about become inconsequential in the face of so much devastation.

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