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London Meeting, Saturday, October 6th 2018

Speaking at our London Meeting on Saturday, October 6th 2018, we have Tim Hannigan – “The History Archipelago: Travels in Search of Indonesia’s Past” and Lindy Pyrah – “Traveling on the Mauritania Iron-ore train”.

Details for this months talks are:

  1. Tim Hannigan – The History Archipelago: Travels in Search of Indonesia’s Past

    Encompassing 17,508 islands, a quarter of a billion people, 300 languages and 127 active volcanoes, Indonesia is a country on a staggering scale. But compared to the other Asian mega-states, India and China, it is little known amongst outsiders.

    For the past fifteen years, journalist and author Tim Hannigan has explored the history and cultures of this enormous archipelagic state, mixing research in libraries and archives with motorcycling odysseys through the hinterlands of Java and Borneo, hair-raising bus rides in the mountains of Sulawesi, and stormy ferry crossings in Nusa Tenggara. From ventures into the crumbling Chinese quarters of Jakarta and Surabaya and investigations of colonial-era misadventure, to meetings with mystics, dragon-worshippers and witch doctors, he shares some of his most memorable encounters in a country where past and present are always in a formidable tangle.

    Tim is the author of A Brief History of Indonesia, Raffles and the British Invasion of Java, A Geek in Indonesia and several guidebooks covering Indonesia.

    Find out more at:

  2. Lindy Pyrah – Mauritania iron-ore train

    The Mauritania iron ore train is the true definition of a cult classic: an epic overnight train journey involving hopping on a freight wagon full of iron ore in zero comfort through a dangerous country while experiencing the amazing Sahara desert and night sky.

    Lindy Pyrah Lindy is a train journey enthusiast and one of our Globetrotters committee members, she did the Mauritania iron ore train solo in January 2018 and would love to share her story of how she prepared, experienced and lived to tell the tale of this amazing journey. Normally desk bound for most of the year, Lindy tries to make the most of her small holiday allowance to undertake memorable adventures. 

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, September 1st 2018

Speaking at our London Meeting on September 1st 2018, we have Jane Harries – Hiking the Camino Frances to Santiago de Compostela and Julian Elliott – Forbidden Access, Photographic stories of going beyond the norm to get access to unseen views and imagery.

Details for this months talks are:

  1. Jane Harries – Hiking the Camino Frances to Santiago de Compostela.

    Success is so often labelled as winning, but there can only be one winner. Does that mean the rest of us are failures? It’s a theme adventurer Jane Asurmelia Harries explores in a talk filled with striking landscapes and human drama. In an intertwining personal journey, she revisits events that stalled her dream of competing in the famous Marathon Des Sables footrace in the Sahara; and how those disappointments and self-doubt ultimately propelled her when her time to compete finally arrived. Her simple message is not about winning or even taking part, but about never giving up. Jane is a training consultant and presenter who originally qualified as a solicitor. Specialising in tax enabled Jane to mix work with pleasure, as she indulged her passion for travel whilst working with some of the Big 4 Professional Services firms on three continents.

    Jane describes herself as a ‘soft’ adventurer. Her adventures have included hiking over 750 km along an old pilgrim trail from France and across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela; rafting and canoeing for 17 days on the Zambezi River; and travelling across China by overland truck before heading down Pakistan’s Karakoram Highway to Islamabad.

    She’s been a runner-up in veteran women’s team competition at the Australian 24-hour Rogaining Championships; raced across New Zealand’s South Island on foot, by bike and by kayak; and sometime ago, found herself in Venezuela during an attempted coup, as a passenger in a six-seater, flying below radar detection as planes were being shot at!

    Jane also recently lunched a magazine called Adventure She www.adventureshe.com

  2. Julian Elliott – Forbidden Access

    Photographic stories of going beyond the norm in order to get access to unseen views and imagery.

    Find out more at:

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

Toronto meetings, Friday, November 16th, 2018

Everyone Welcome “TRAVEL” with TORONTO GT’S

Speaking this month:

  • Tentative topics not yet scheduled.

For information on Ontario meetings, please contact Svatka : hermaneks@yahoo.ca or Bruce : bruceaweber@hotmail.com / tel. 416-203-0911. Meetings and travel presentations are held on the 3rd Friday in January, March, May (4th Friday), September and November at 8.00 p.m at Old York Tower, 85 The Esplanade ( corner of the Esplanade & Church St.) – two blocks east of the Union station. Public parking garage is at the foot of Church Street right next to the Old York Tower.

Toronto meetings, Friday, September 14th, 2018

Everyone Welcome “TRAVEL” with TORONTO GT’S

Speaking this month:

  • Tentative topics not yet scheduled.

For information on Ontario meetings, please contact Svatka : hermaneks@yahoo.ca or Bruce : bruceaweber@hotmail.com / tel. 416-203-0911. Meetings and travel presentations are held on the 3rd Friday in January, March, May (4th Friday), September and November at 8.00 p.m at Old York Tower, 85 The Esplanade ( corner of the Esplanade & Church St.) – two blocks east of the Union station. Public parking garage is at the foot of Church Street right next to the Old York Tower.

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 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, April 7th 2018

Speaking this month we have:

  1. Olie Hunter-Smart – Walking India Top to Bottom

    In April 2017, British adventurer Olie Hunter Smart set off from the Line of Control in Ladakh to walk the length of India, a 4,500km journey that would take him seven and a half months to complete. His aim: To uncover untold stories about Partition and Independence from Britain that took place in 1947, and to find out how it impacted the ordinary people of India.

    Olie will be sharing some of his experiences from his epic journey, from navigating his way through the crowded streets of Delhi and the fear of walking through a tiger reserve to the difficulty of finding a place to stay in rural villages and seeking out heart-rending stories from those that were directly affected by the largest mass migration of people in history.

    Olie was born in the south of England, spending much of his youth messing about in boats. At the age of 18 he spent 6 months in Belize working on a conservation project to rebuild a remote ranger station and teaching in a local school. The experience gave him an appetite for adventure, travel, to see the world and to understand more about different people and cultures.

    Since then, Olie has worked in the London advertising industry taking every opportunity to travel and see more of the world. In 2013 he backpacked his way from Russia, through Asia, Australasia and across South America. In 2015 Olie became one of only a handful of people to have travelled the length of the Amazon River unsupported on foot and by kayak, and in 2017 Olie took on a new challenge, to walk the length of India to uncover untold stories of India’s struggle for Independence.

    Find out more at

  2. Becca, Max and Joel – Global Convoy -The Art of Absurd Travel.

    The Global Convoy – made up of Joel, Becca, Rich and Max – are a group of young adventurers who somehow managed to complete a full circumnavigation of the entire world in the space of a year! Using two cars they saved from a scrapheap, without a plan and not even close to a sensible budget, they set off East with their fingers crossed and their sights on the horizon. 4 continents, 46 countries, hundreds of hitchhikers and thousands of incredible stories later they rolled back into Dover with the new goal to help people see the world in the best and most exciting ways possible!

    Find out more at

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

Toronto meetings, Friday, May 28th, 2018

Everyone Welcome “TRAVEL” with TORONTO GT’S

Speaking this month:

  • Alex Rice and Francyne Charland will present their recent trip to Vietnam “A Vietnam Sampler”–with Alex’s excellent photography.
Toronto GTs meeting Friday May 25 2018
Toronto GTs meeting Friday May 25 2018

Our Buffalo friends, Linda Schmieder and Jay Wopperer have offered their Youngstown, N.Y. house for our summer picnic. Some overnight accommodation could be provided. Is this possible or too many problems crossing the border? Will discuss at the meeting.

For information on Ontario meetings, please contact Svatka : hermaneks@yahoo.ca or Bruce : bruceaweber@hotmail.com / tel. 416-203-0911. Meetings and travel presentations are held on the 3rd Friday in January, March, May (4th Friday), September and November at 8.00 p.m at Old York Tower, 85 The Esplanade ( corner of the Esplanade & Church St.) – two blocks east of the Union station. Public parking garage is at the foot of Church Street right next to the Old York Tower.

Toronto meetings, Friday, March 16, 2018;

Everyone Welcome “TRAVEL” with TORONTO GT’S

Speaking this month:

  • “Ypa! Ypa! (Cheers!) Moscow to St. Petersburg by boat” by Shirley Lewis
Toronto G.T.'s 20180316 Russia1
Toronto G.T.’s 20180316 Russia1

For information on Ontario meetings, please contact Svatka : hermaneks@yahoo.ca or Bruce : bruceaweber@hotmail.com / tel. 416-203-0911. Meetings and travel presentations are held on the 3rd Friday in January, March, May (4th Friday), September and November at 8.00 p.m at Old York Tower, 85 The Esplanade ( corner of the Esplanade & Church St.) – two blocks east of the Union station. Public parking garage is at the foot of Church Street right next to the Old York Tower.

London Meeting, Saturday, July 7th 2018

Members Slides : Around the world in eighty minutes.

10 presentations of 10 slides

Speaking this month in a fast paced journey around the Globe we have:..

  1. Hilary Clark — The colours of Mexico
  2. Jenny Power — Stranded on St Helena
  3. David Shamash — Baltic Cruise
  4. Janie Butler — Hawaii
  5. Peter Hall — The trip from hell
  6. Mary Fogarty — Seven saints of Marrakesh: Mary’s pilgrimage

Coffee/Tea/Chat

  1. Emily Edgell — Mongolia/New Zealand
  2. Cristina Lopo — Remote tribe in Thai forest: why not to get insurance
  3. Justyna Hellebrand — Myanmar (Burma)
  4. Jayesh Patel — Uzbekistan
  5. Hemant Amin — Coastal Odessa
  6. Rosemary Brown — In the Aegean: Welcoming Syrian refugees

Reserve speakers

  1. Simon Finnamore — Chiang Mai highlights
  2. Francesca Jaggs — Sri Lanka

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, June 2nd 2018

Speaking this month we have:

  1. David Redford – Glimpses of the Nile – and echoes of the great explorers.

    Images and stories from a number of short visits to East and Central Africa to illustrate the enormity and history of the River Nile, and hopefully to pass on some of its fascination to travellers.

  2. Russell Maddicks – Magical Mexico City

    Built on the ruins of the ancient Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, Mexico City has mushroomed into the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world. A melting pot of all that makes Mexico great, and with more museums and cultural institutions than any other city in the world apart from London, it can be hard for first-time visitors to negotiate this sprawling behemoth. Travel writer Russell Maddicks, author of the Culture Smart! Guide to Mexico, brings you his top tips for enjoying this magical city like a local, taking in the history, art, music, food and people that make it so memorable and unique.

    The previously advertised talk on Nicaragua has been postponed due to the current situation in Nicaragua

    Russell is the author of Bradt Guide Venezuela, Culture Smart! Ecuador, Cuba, Mexico.

    Find out more at

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