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London Meeting, Saturday, March 3rd 2018

Speaking this month we have:

  1. Paul Gillingham – Western Ireland: north to south by bike.

    Riding solo, this is a journey from northern Donegal to Cork and Cobh in the south, visiting along the way the islands of Aran and Achill, the bizarre limestone pavements of the Burren, the annual Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival and the sacred mountain of Croagh Patrick. In passing, Paul considers the Irish passion for Gaelic football, the horrors of the Great Famine, mass emigration, attitudes to the British and Oliver Cromwell’s attempts to crush the Catholics. His talk concludes with the final port of call of theTitanic and, inevitably, kissing the Blarney Stone.

    Now retired, Paul taught history in Canada, Tanzania, UK and Hong Kong, moving into journalism with BRMB radio in Birmingham. He went on to become a newscaster with TVB in Hong Kong and, returning to UK, a freelance presenter/reporter for BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Classic FM, travelling widely in pursuit of stories. He considers his highlights to be: a spell in the Swedish Merchant Navy, a month in a Rwandan refugee camp, meeting Ginger Rogers and interviewing, among others, the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Little Richard and the sons of Martin Luther King and Benito Mussolini.

    In retirement, Paul enjoys long-distance cycle-camping, preferably at a slow pace.

  2. Darren Axe – ‘Aotearoa: Journeys into the Long White Cloud’

    Darren is an International Mountain Leader with a passion for sustainability issues in the mountain environment. In 2007 he spent 6 months living in Wellington, capital city of New Zealand. During this period and a return visit almost 10 years later he explored the dynamic and varied landscapes of this primeval remnant of the paleo-supercontinent Gondwanaland. Aotearoa; Journeys into the Long White Cloud is an illustrated tour of this isolated archipelago with its unique biodiversity and strong cultural identity. The talk also delves into the environmental challenges facing modern-day New Zealand including reflections on the epic journeys involved in getting ‘there and back again’.

    Find out more at: Website, Facebook and Twitter.

London branch meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend.

Admission costs, £3 for Members and £6.00 Non-members. You do not need to be a member to attend, and we do not sell advanced tickets, please just come on the day, the doors open at 2:15pm and the program starts around 2:30pm with each talk lasting between 45 – 60 minutes.

There is no London meeting in August, but we start afresh each September. If you would like to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Globetrotters London meetings and to be sent email reminders prior to the meeting, please sign up here

London Meeting, Saturday, January 6th 2018

Speaking this month we have:

  1. Two Mini Talks
    1. Rosemary Brown – The Incredible Journeys of Women Adventurers – past and present.

      Let’s start the year by celebrating women adventurers — women who defy convention, take a walk on the wild side and venture into the unknown.

      We’ll play tribute to those before us who left inhibition at home and journeyed through a man’s world on awe-inspiring voyages; as well as today’s ‘adventuresses’ who challenge themselves on foot, bikes, skis in the true spirit of adventure.

      In 2018, the centenary year of women’s suffrage, it seems particularly fitting to commemorate women like Isabella Bird, Mary Kingsley and Nellie Bly. And to catch up with contemporary adventurers like Anna McNuff, Sarah Outen and polar explorer Felicity Aston.

      You will ‘meet’ a Queen of the Desert, a yak and elephant rider, a nurse who trudged across sub-zero Siberia and women who have achieved astonishing adventures despite disabilities and discrimination.

    2. Keith MacIntosh – Palestine
  2. Gavin A Fernandes and Dino Zelenika – A Winter Wander around Bosnia and Herzegovina

    In December 2017, Gavin and Dino were invited to Bosnia and Herzegovina to join a press/familiarisation trip to help promote the country as a tourist destination. Although Sarajevo and Mostar are well on the beaten track around the Balkans, few visitors venture further afield. The Via Dinarica is a series of mountain trails running through all 7 Balkan countries suitable for hiking, biking (and snow-shoeing in the winter) and the trip visited several sections in Bosnia and Herzegovina stopping to sample locally produced food (and wine!) on the way. Gavin and Dino extended their trip to continue exploring the region meeting residents young and old keeping old traditions alive.

    Gavin A Fernandes is a travel photographer/writer and editor of Globe magazine; Dino Zelenika was born in Mostar, (then Yugoslavia) but has lived in the UK since 1999. He runs realescapetravel.co.uk specialising in authentic experiences for small groups featuring local gastronomy, history and culture as well as wild orchids.

  3. By tradition we follow this meeting with a New Year Party post-meeting – everyone is invited to bring food and wine or soft drinks (we are not allowed beer or spirits) and participate!

London branch meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend.

Admission costs, £3 for Members and £6.00 Non-members. You do not need to be a member to attend, and we do not sell advanced tickets, please just come on the day, the doors open at 2:15pm and the program starts around 2:30pm with each talk lasting between 45 – 60 minutes.

There is no London meeting in August, but we start afresh each September. If you would like to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Globetrotters London meetings and to be sent email reminders prior to the meeting, please sign up here

London Meeting, Saturday, February 3rd 2018

Speaking this month we have:

  1. Malcolm Arthur – A short but very exciting trip in southwest Mongolia

    Mongolia is a country of great beauty with a range of landscapes including desert, steppe, mountains and lakes. Its people are friendly and incredibly hospitable; it’s in their nature but it’s borne out of necessity. When the journey in to town is a day or two’s horse ride away, it’s good that people whose homes you pass on the way welcome you for refreshment or an overnight stay. The countryside is clean and the air is fresh. The water in the vast Lake Khovsgol in the north, said to contain between 1% and 2% of the world’s fresh water, is so pure that local people drink it directly from the lake. And there’s a good chance you will be a long way from a mobile ‘phone signal; heaven on earth. Is there any wonder that cancer is almost unheard of in this beautiful country?

    Malcolm and his wife, Jacqui, have travelled extensively in Asia and, in particular, have explored several parts of Mongolia where they have witnessed and experienced many facets of the country and its people. However, this talk will concentrate on a short trip they undertook in southwest Mongolia, down towards the border with China. It became one of the most memorable they have undertaken but to find out why, you’ll have to come to the talk.

  2. Alan Palmer – Travels in India’s North East Frontier Agency (Part 2) – The Tribal and Buddhist Landscape of Western Arunachal Pradesh

    Alan previously presented for us at The Globetrotters Club in September 2016 when he talked about his encounters with the headhunters of Nagaland in Travels in India’s North East Frontier Agency (Part 1). In this, the second part of his ventures in India’s former North East Frontier Agency, he visits Western Arunachal Pradesh.

    Nestling at the eastern end of the Himalayas, the remote mountainous Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh> is home to a breathtaking kaleidoscope of traditional tribal cultures unique to this small corner of the world. In his talk, Alan takes us with him on his recent journeys, undertaken by 4×4 and on foot, through unique donyi polo villages, engaging with local tribesmen and participating in their festivals, before reaching the stunning Tawang Valley, close to the borders of Bhutan and Tibet, where he explored the world’s largest Buddhist monastery outside Lhasa.

    Alan is author of “Moroccan Atlas – The Trekking Guide” (Trailblazer Publications 2010, second edition 2014), He has also contributed to Pakistan and The Silk Road (both by Insight Guides). In 2012 he formed his own company, Yak Travel Limited, planning and organising fully personalised treks and 4×4 tours for individuals and small groups in Morocco and North East India.

London branch meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend.

Admission costs, £3 for Members and £6.00 Non-members. You do not need to be a member to attend, and we do not sell advanced tickets, please just come on the day, the doors open at 2:15pm and the program starts around 2:30pm with each talk lasting between 45 – 60 minutes.

There is no London meeting in August, but we start afresh each September. If you would like to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Globetrotters London meetings and to be sent email reminders prior to the meeting, please sign up here

London Meetings, Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Speaking this month we have:

  1. Jonny Bealby – The Silk Road.

    As a writer and traveller Jonny Bealby has visited more than 90 countries and, in addition to his books, has had articles featured in a variety of publications including the Daily Telegraph, The Times, Observer, Daily Mail, Elle, Traveller and Wanderlust. He has lectured to the Royal Geographical Society on a number of occasions in both London and Hong Kong.

    In 2002 he took his small sole-trader business, called Wild Frontiers (named after Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier), and expanded. Taking the same approach to trips that served them so well in Pakistan – namely, ‘off the beaten track-meet the locals-get beneath the surface’ kind of tourism – the business exploded. In 2002 Wild Frontiers took 19 clients to 2 destinations; in 2015 they took 1600 clients to 50 destinations.

    Find out more: Web: http://www.jonnybealby.com/, Twitter: @jonnybealby and Facebook: @jonny.bealby

  2. Jacqui Trotter – Georgia.

London branch meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend.

Admission costs, £3 for Members and £6.00 Non-members. You do not need to be a member to attend, and we do not sell advanced tickets, please just come on the day, the doors open at 2:15pm and the program starts around 2:30pm with each talk lasting approximately 40 minutes.

There is no London meeting in August, but we start afresh each September.

If you would like to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Globetrotters London meetings and to be sent email reminders prior to the meeting, please sign up here

London Meetings, Saturday, November 4th, 2017

This month we have:

  1. AGM : The clubs AGM starts at 1:00 pm (card carrying members only), then at 2.30 the meeting begins

Speaking this month we have:

  1. Brian Anderson – Galapagos Islands

    The Galapagos Islands, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, were named the ‘Enchanted Isles’ by superstitious sailors, and famed for their number of endemic species. The isles were a hiding place for C16 pirates, visited by C18 whalers including the author, Herman Melville, and later, by Charles Darwin on ‘The Beagle’ in 1835.

    In this richly illustrated presentation, photographer and adventurer, Brian Anderson, shares his travel anecdotes and stunning images of the unique wildlife he encountered, including; galápagos penguins, giant tortoises, marine iguanas, sealions and bluefooted boobies. We also learn how these animals which frightened early visitors, have adapted to live on this fragile, isolated and ever changing Pacific archipelago.

    Brian Anderson - Galápagos Islands
    Brian Anderson – Galápagos Islands
  2. Richard Evans – Laidback travel tales – Part 2

    From the vast deserts of Kazakhstan to the Pyrenees via the monsoons of Southeast Asia, the Australian Nullarbor, the Canadian Rockies and Great Lakes, this is Richard Evans’s travelogue of his six-month journey around the world by recumbent bicycle in 2014.

    Averaging around 1,000km per week, Richard shared treacherously potholed highways with speeding juggernauts, faced freezing nights and scorching days, and battled headwinds strong enough to blow him off the road. Having lost 7kg in the first seven weeks and with 19 weeks still to go, it was important to stabilise the weight loss. A cure was found in beer and dumplings.

    Find out more at http://laidbackaroundtheworld.blogspot.co.uk

London branch meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend.

Admission costs, £3 for Members and £6.00 Non-members. You do not need to be a member to attend, and we do not sell advanced tickets, please just come on the day, the doors open at 2:15pm and the program starts around 2:30pm with each talk lasting approximately 40 minutes.

There is no London meeting in August, but we start afresh each September.

If you would like to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Globetrotters London meetings and to be sent email reminders prior to the meeting, please sign up here

London Meetings, Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Speaking this month we have:

  1. Sian Pritchard-Jones & Bob Gibbons – Unknown Africa

    Africa, to the wider TV audience, means the big game parks of the East, the varied attractions of South Africa, like the Cape and, not so long ago, the wonders of the Nile in Egypt. But in fact most of Africa is still a dark, unknown continent, where in so many ways little has changed. Isolated villages of straw-roofed conical houses dot a dry scrub landscape as drums echo across the endless plains after sundown. Dark forests of tall trees disected by a quiet sluggish river; cicadas deafening at dusk. Eerie outcrops and tall turrets erupting from a Saharan sand dune, where the stars are overwhelming and the silence piercing. Animated, colourful traders in a dusty market shaded by a giant baobab tree or wild-eyed Tuaregs guiding a salt-laden camel caravan across an endless horizon.

    It takes a significant amount of planning, and increasingly more than the average ‘budget’ travellers’ resources, these days to get some parts of Africa. We were lucky to cross Africa overland since the 1970/80s and as recently as 2010 in our Land Rover. Places now off limits enthralled us: countries like Algeria, Mali, Niger, Congo-Zaire and South Sudan. Sadly today’s adventurers may struggle to ever get to these places. And yet there are some places, formerly unsafe, that are now on the radar of some contemporary explorers, like those here today perhaps.

    More a pictorial adventure, this program will take you to some of those places. We begin this mixed bag in the Horn of Africa: Djibouti, Somaliland and the Danakil of Ethiopia, where one of the most astonishing sights of Africa is the boiling lava lake of Erta Ale. In central Africa we’ll take you on a short trip to the Central African Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Zaire and Angola (a more recently accessible country).

    Our main programme will take you into one of the most underrated and surprising countries of Africa – Chad, where the Tibesti, Ennedi and Borkou regions have finally become safer than anywhere else in the Sahara. Isn’t that a big surprise!

    That’s the enigma of Africa: unknown places that one day may capture a new audience.

    Chad - Sian Pritchard-Jones & Bob Gibbons - Unknown Africa

  2. Paul Goldstein – Wildlife Photographer & Presenter Paul Goldstein is provocative in everything he does, whether photographing, guiding, presenting or fund-raising. His jobs consist of cramming in a full-time career with a tour operator, owning four safari camps in Kenya, guiding all over the world, fund-raising for tigers and other persecuted species and writing. “Raconteur, conservationist and photographer, Paul Goldstein is the man to improve your camera skills. Be warned: he is a human dynamo, but he will make sure that you go home with fantastic shots from Kenya’s finest big-game stronghold. The Maasai Mara is his second home.” Sunday Telegraph “Paul is not a man you want to disappoint. He takes a somewhat unorthodox approach to both photography and guiding – think Gordon Ramsay armed with lenses instead of saucepans.” The Independent If there’s a decent shot to be had, there’s a chance Paul’s already taken it. It’s why so many people are eager to sign up to his bootcamp-style photography holidays, which he commands with the unrelenting vigour of an army general, demanding – and achieving – results The Evening Standard Find out more at facebook and http://www.paulgoldstein.co.uk

London branch meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend.

Admission costs, £3 for Members and £6.00 Non-members. You do not need to be a member to attend, and we do not sell advanced tickets, please just come on the day, the doors open at 2:15pm and the program starts around 2:30pm with each talk lasting approximately 40 minutes.

There is no London meeting in August, but we start afresh each September.

If you would like to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Globetrotters London meetings and to be sent email reminders prior to the meeting, please sign up here

London Meetings, Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

Speaking this month we have:

  1. Jacqui Trotter – Serbia
  2. John Pilkington – Up the Mekong to Tibet
  • A story from back in 2003, when our president John Pilkington set out on an exciting trip up the world’s twelfth longest river from the South China Sea to Tibet and beyond. Starting in the ricefields of Vietnam, he made his way via Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar and through the gorges of China’s Yunnan province, meeting river-people of seven nationalities along the way. In a climax to the trip, he and two Tibetans stepped onto the glacier at the foot of Mount Guosongmucha, north of Tibet, where the Mekong rises at over 5,200 metres. He was the first European to reach and map its source.

    More at http://www.pilk.net

London branch meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend.

Admission costs, £3 for Members and £6.00 Non-members. You do not need to be a member to attend, and we do not sell advanced tickets, please just come on the day, the doors open at 2:15pm and the program starts around 2:30pm with each talk lasting approximately 40 minutes.

There is no London meeting in August, but we start afresh each September.

If you would like to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Globetrotters London meetings and to be sent email reminders prior to the meeting, please sign up here

London Meetings, there is no meeting in August.

There is no meeting this month.

London branch meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend.

Admission costs, £3 for Members and £6.00 Non-members. You do not need to be a member to attend, and we do not sell advanced tickets, please just come on the day, the doors open at 2:15pm and the program starts around 2:30pm with each talk lasting approximately 40 minutes.

There is no London meeting in August, but we start afresh each September.

If you would like to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Globetrotters London meetings and to be sent email reminders prior to the meeting, please sign up here

London Meetings, Saturday, July 1st, 2017

Speaking this month we have:

  1. Members Slides : Around the world in eighty minutes. 10 presentations of 10 slides

    This month we have a fast paced journey around the Globe..

    Speaking today we have:

    • Francesca Jaggs — Graffiti Around the World
    • David Shamash — Austria Salzburg
    • Jenny Fisher — Jamaican Taino Rock Art
    • Paul Gillingham — Buenos Aries
    • Marion Bull — Madagascar
    • Keith Macintosh — Himalaya
    • Justyna Hellebrand — Yemen
    • Jacek Obloj — Ethiopia
    • Miriam Mutizwa — Miriam’s travels
    • Hemant Amin, Jayesh Patel & Dan Bachmann — Uzbekistan

London branch meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend.

Admission costs, £3 for Members and £6.00 Non-members. You do not need to be a member to attend, and we do not sell advanced tickets, please just come on the day, the doors open at 2:15pm and the program starts around 2:30pm with each talk lasting approximately 40 minutes.

There is no London meeting in August, but we start afresh each September.

If you would like to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Globetrotters London meetings and to be sent email reminders prior to the meeting, please sign up here

London Meetings, Saturday, June 3th, 2017

Speaking this month we have:

  1. Paul Hughes – Adventures closer to home.

    Having grown up in the North East of Scotland, Paul has always felt at home in the great outdoors. His interest in the natural environment has lead to him working in the outdoor industry in Scotland, for an environmental charity, traveling extensively and studying then teaching Geography.

    After moving to London in 2015 Paul became acutely aware that his urban ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’ were in most cases completely detached with nature and wilderness…he decided that something must be done to change this. Therefore in the summer of 2016 he started his biggest adventure to date – to inspire others to leave the urban jungle and travel back to nature.

    Paul will discuss with you his journey of discovery including the why travel is essential and how you can invite adventure into your daily life.

    Find out more at www.rareescapes.co.uk, Facebook: www.facebook.com/rareescapes
    and Instagram: www.instagram.com/rare.escapes

  2. Duncan Gough – Viaje en España – Travelling in Spains

    In this presentation Duncan talks from more than 30 years of journeys in Spain. His experiences have gone into his books ‘Back Roads of Spain’ and ‘Sketches of Spain’.

    The emphasis is on the real Spain of small towns and villages off the
    beaten track, of unusual and interesting places that few tourists may
    have found.

    It is about the Spanish character and culture, and how to make the
    most of interactions with this generous nation.
    Also covered is some of the more important legal and road safety
    issues, with a dash of ornithology and history.

    Duncan realised that many people don’t really think much in advance
    how they are going to record their holiday or adventure, or don’t find
    it easy to develop the record into a narrative.

    The aim of the presentation is to give a structure for making the most
    interesting account, whether for themselves, their grandchildren or
    with the aim of publication.

    It includes suggestions for equipment and information on details
    like the resolution requirements for photography that will print with
    decent quality, audio recording and routes to publication.

    Find out more at duncan-spanish-travel.com or on Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/DuncanRGough/

London branch meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend.

Admission costs, £3 for Members and £6.00 Non-members. You do not need to be a member to attend, and we do not sell advanced tickets, please just come on the day, the doors open at 2:15pm and the program starts around 2:30pm with each talk lasting approximately 40 minutes.

There is no London meeting in August, but we start afresh each September.

If you would like to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Globetrotters London meetings and to be sent email reminders prior to the meeting, please sign up here