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

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