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eNewsletter – Autumn 2016

Dear Globies, friends and fellow travellers,

Welcome to the Autumn eNewsletter with tips, news and discounts as always. I hope many of you have been enjoying the  digital edition of Globe magazine, we’ve had many new members join us since the switch over so I’ll take that as a good sign!

This edition is some news and archive articles from from our past issues, if you would like to help edit the eNewsletter or even just submit stories please get in touch.

Happy travels.

Globetrotters Calendar 2017

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Globetrotters members should soon be recieving their free copy of the 2017 Calendar.

Many thanks to all members who responded to the call for calendar submissions this year, the standard of photography was again very impressive with a great variety of destinations and subjects covered, making the selection process all the more difficult.

Thirteen pictures by members have been selected with the calendar running December 2016 to December 2017

All members will receive a free copy of the calendar, if you would like a copy then please join here.

If you would like to buy extra copies at £4 + P+P please click here

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Join us at the Adventure Travel Show 2017

The Adventure Travel Show is returning to London’s Olympia on 21st & 22nd January 2017 and is the UK’s only event dedicated to off the beaten track travel experiences, featuring over 100 FREE Inspirational Talks.

The show is the UK’s only event that is dedicated to off the beaten track experiences, featuring once in a lifetime adventures, wildlife encounters, eco travel, remote discoveries and more.

The Adventure Travel Show 2017

Volunteer to give travel advice.

We will be again having our travel advisor stand at the Show, if you would like to help on the stand and give advice on places you have been etc please signup below.

Volunteers will receive free admission passes to both show days, hopefully you will explore the Show and attend some talks – but spend much of the day advising as part of our team, with at least 4-5 globies available to share advising visitors.

Our volunteer travel advisors can :-

  • Give general advice for anxious travellers making their first major trip.
  • Share in-depth knowledge of countries they have visited in the past.
  • Share current experience gleaned during recent travels.

To volunteer click here.

Buy show tickets at a reduced rate.

If you would just like to attend the show, we also have a discount offer for show tickets.

Get advance tickets to The Adventure Travel Show 2017 at Olympia London for only £6 – saving £4 off the door price! Just quote GLOBETROTTERS when booking online at www.adventureshow.com or when calling 0871 230 7159 (calls cost 13p per minute plus network extras).

*Advance tickets go off sale at 1pm on Friday 20th January 2017.

Up a mountain in Montenegro

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A two and a half hour bus ride from Dubrovnik in Croatia lies the Bay of Kotor set in the rugged landscape of Montenegro – a country whose name means ‘black mountain’. I checked-in to a hostel in the old town for a couple of days to explore the medieval architecture and the surrounding hills…

It’s gonna rain tomorrow morning, they told me. So I went for an evening drink in the bar. The local firewater or ‘grappa’ differs slightly all over the Balkans but the effect is much the same – singing and dancing on tables is the norm. And I might have had more than one…

Finding that I had missed breakfast the next morning, I wandered into the Old Town to hunt down a local bakery and investigate its varieties of borek – the ubiquitous savoury pastries of the region – and try a shot of the local coffee. But as I walked out, the skies cleared from grey to blue and …

Continue reading this story in the Summer 2016 issue of Globe (free to all members).

The Great Game: 30,000 Miles Across Central Asia

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Jon Beardmore spoke recently at the November London Meeting, about his journey from London to Russia along the Silk Road, through the “Stans”, China and SE Asia returning via India, Nepal, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey and finally back to Europe.

Would you like to get your own copy of the award winning film?

To reward your support of the fundraising efforts, every donation of £10 and above will get a downloadable copy of the film and a electronic copy of the film poster.

http://www.justgiving.com/TheGreatGameMovie

“100% of profits from this film are going to the charity Afghan Connection to support education and cricket in Afghanistan” – Jon Beardmore

Afghan Connection funds and supports schools, teachers and sports opportunities, especially in rural areas. With our partners we have built 43 schools across Afghanistan, which currently educate over 50,000 children.

Share your thoughts on the film, Jon would love to hear your tweets / FB posts of your thoughts on the film:

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Free London Museums: The Bank of England

The queue at the Bank of England (2.5Hrs) for Open House 2006
The queue at the Bank of England (2.5Hrs) for Open House 2006 (c) Paul Roberts

The Museum is housed within the Bank of England, at the heart of the City of London. It traces the history of the Bank from its foundation by Royal Charter in 1694, to its role today as the nation’s central bank. Displays include: gold, bank notes and a reconstruction of the 18th century office. In addition, inter-active systems allow visitors to look behind the doors of the central bank or to examine the intricacies of bank note design and production, and a computer-driven simulation gives visitors an idea of what it is like to deal on the US Dollar/Sterling spot market.

The museum is open Monday to Friday, 10.00 – 17.00 and admission is free. See the Bank of England web site for details.

Historical Bank of England Trivia

  • The Bank of England was founded in 1694 by a Scotsman, William Paterson, and the Bank of Scotland in 1695 by an Englishman, John Holland.
  • The monarch’s portrait didnot appear on Bank of England notes until 1960.
  • The highest value bank note issued by the Bank of England was the £1000 denomination. It was last issued in 1943.
  • The fiver (£5) is the longest running denomination of Bank of England note: it was first issued in 1793 and the new polymer/plastic fiver issued in 2016 was the first non paper note issued, (£10 and £20 are to follow,) and the new polymer notes last up to 2.5 times longer than paper.
  • Bank of England notes were not wholly printed until 1853. Until that year they were still signed by one of the Bank’s cashiers.
  • Kenneth Grahame, the author of children’s book, The wind in the Willows, was the Secretary of the Bank of England 1898 – 1908. The book was published in 1908, the year in which he retired from the Bank. It is possible that some of the characters in the book were based on those people he knew and worked with.

This article was first bublished in September 2002 by The Beetle but the details have been updated.

Seeking Seokbulsa by Hal Swindall

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Religious architecture being an interest of mine, I have visited as many Buddhist temples in Korea as I have had time for. Naturally, therefore, when I lived in Busan a few years ago, its largest temple, Beomeosa on a mountain named Geumjeongsan, was on my list of places to see. However, I have particular preferences connected with religious sites: I prefer ones that are remote, and I like to hike to them; you could say I find the mental and physical challenge spiritually edifying. Since my Lonely Planet guidebook mentioned that a smaller temple named Seokbulsa, at the other end of Geumjeongsan from Beomeosa, is hard to find, I decided to go there.

Continue reading this story in the Summer 2016 issue of Globe (free to all members).

Globe goes digital.

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After holding membership fees at 1995 prices we have reduced them by producing Globe digitally (and saving on the printing and postage costs).

Members can read Globe on or offline on

  • iPads & tablets.
  • Kindles & E-readers.
  • Smartphones; iPhone & Android.
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  • Print out a paper copy of Globe .

Club membership now £12 a year for every member wherever they are in the world.

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Join now with our no-risk guarantee. If you find that Globetrotters does not offer the advice and information you need, let us know within 14 days of joining  and we will refund your subscription fee in full. Join today-Just Click Here!

As a member, you will be a part of the oldest travel network in existence and have the opportunity to make new friends who share your interest in travel. Once you are a member, you will receive a copy of Globe, access to our members area where you can contact other club members around the world, and even stay with some of them or offer to put fellow Globetrotters yourself!

Click here to join & become a Globetrotter.

Upcoming meetings

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London

On December 3rd, 2016 we had talks by Brian Anderson – Tierra del Fuego – ‘The Land of Fire’ and Richard Evans – Laid Back around the World in 180 Day and on Saturday, January 7th, 2017, when we had 4 talks and 5 speakers, Rosemary Alexander on Beijing; Adam Lang speaking about Beijing and Hong Kong; Hilary Clark and Hemant Amin – talking about traveling from London to the Mezzogiorno by train and Sylvia Pullen talking about the Philippines. which was followed by our annual New Year party.

Future meeting are on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 and Saturday, March 4th, 2017.

See London Meeting Programme webpage for futher details.

Chester

Chester meets on

  • Saturday January 21st 2017
    • Mike Challinor — Paddling Scotland coast to coast the big pull.
    • Darren Axe — Treading Lightly – Journeys among the mountains of Europe.
  • Saturday March 18th 2017
    • Roy Willis — ‘Antarctic, Celebrating Shackleton’
    • Anna Manning and Howard Jennings — A Sense of Swaziland

See chesterglobetrotters.co.uk

Toronto

The next meeting is on 20th January 2017 at Old York Tower, 85 The Esplanade ( corner of the Esplanade & Church St.) – two blocks east of the Union station.

Meetings and travel presentations are held on the 3rd Friday in January, March, May (4th Friday), September and November at 8.00 p.m

See https://globetrotters.co.uk/local-meetings/toronto-ca.html for details

Keep up to date with London and Toronto meetings on the brand new website: globetrotters.co.uk and find out about the Chester meet ups on their own site: www.chesterglobetrotters.co.uk

Globies eNewsletter – Winter eNewsletter 2015

Dear Globies, friends and fellow travellers,

Welcome to the Winter eNewsletter, packed with tips, news and discounts as always. I hope many of you have been enjoying the  digital edition of Globe magazine, we’ve had many new members join us since the switch over so I’ll take that as a good sign!

This edition is some news and archive articles from from our past issues, if you would like to help edit the eNewsletter or even just submit stories please get in touch.

Happy travels,

Join us at the Adventure Travel Show 2016

The Adventure Travel Show is returning to London’s Olympia on 23rd & 24th January and is the UK’s only event dedicated to off the beaten track travel experiences, featuring over 100 FREE Inspirational Talks.

The show is the UK’s only event that is dedicated to off the beaten track experiences, featuring once in a lifetime adventures, wildlife encounters, eco travel, remote discoveries and more.

The Adventure Travel Show 2016

Volunteer to give travel advice.

We will be again having our travel advisor stand at the Show, if you would like to help on the stand and give advice on places you have been etc please signup below.

Volunteers will receive free admission passes to both show days, hopefully you will explore the Show and attend some talks – but spend much of the day advising as part of our team, with at least 4-5 globies available to share advising visitors.

Our volunteer travel advisors can :-

  • Give general advice for anxious travellers making their first major trip.
  • Share in-depth knowledge of countries they have visited in the past.
  • Share current experience gleaned during recent travels.

To volunteer click here.

Buy show tickets at a reduced rate.

If you would just like to attend the show, we also have a discount offer for show tickets.

Get your tickets to The Adventure Travel Show 2016 for only £6 when booking in advance!*

Just quote ‘GLOBETROTTERS’ when booking tickets online at www.adventureshow.com or when calling 0871 230 7159. (Calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras.)

*Advance tickets go off sale at PM on Friday 22nd January 2016.

Globe Winter 2015

Globe Winter 2015 cropGlobe is an info-packed newsletter with travelogues by members, book reviews, travel tips, bargains and news. There is a mutual aid section where you can exchange information; place advertisements and find travel companions.

In the Current Issue

  • Travel News All the latest news, discounts and events for Globies
  • Remembering Doris Dunkerley
  • Ex-Pat – A novel by Chris Watts Chris sets the scene on a strange small Greek island in this intriguing extract
  • Europe and Russia – What next? The next instalment from Mr Pilkington
  • Wintery Norway Gavin’s expensive yet picturesque trip
  • Meetings & Membership News New ways to contribute to the club
  • The Wanderlust Page An exclusive instalment of global news and views from Wanderlust magazine
  • Globetrotters’ Discounts Take advantage of your membership
  • Members can download this issue from the members area

Members can download this issue from the members area. If you are not a member, you can enjoy globe for £12 a year, by joining the club, all new members be sent a free 2016 Globetrotters Calendar (while stocks last).

Upcoming meetings

Upcoming meetings - February

London

In February we have a talk by Nathan Millward – Postie Bike across America and a second talk which is to be confirmed (as the previous speaker had to cancel) and in March we have talks from Daniel Evans – Footsteps Beyond the Pond and Alan Palmer – Trek in the Kameng districts of Arunachal.

Chester

Chester meets on Saturday March 19th with two talks  “Eritrea” by Pat Jones and Traversa: “A solo walk across Africa to the Indian Ocean” byFran Sandham

Toronto

In Toronto, tentative topics for the next meetings on Fri., Mar. 18 and May 20 (4th Fri.) are “The Wonders of Dubai” by Bob and Sue Roden; “Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, with Friendship Force” by Mort Sider and Marilyn Weber; “Down the Rhine” by Jay Wopperer and Linda Schmieder; and “Japan with Friendship Force and Kaetaro” by Bruce Weber.   What else?  …Volunteers?

Keep up to date with London and Toronto meetings on the brand new website: www.globetrotters.co.uk and find out about the Chester meet ups on their own site: www.chesterglobetrotters.co.uk

Season's greetings from the Globetrotters Club

The Globetrotters Club would like to wish all our eNewsletter readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The eNewsletter will be returning in the early 2008, until then why not read some of our most popular articles from past issues.

  1. Murder and Horses by Daniel Wallace
  2. The Beetle Goes Diving in the Similan Islands
  3. Meeting News from London
  4. Mac’s Travel Reminiscences
  5. Rio de Janeiro ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ or ‘Reasons to be cheerful in Rio’ by Tony Annis
  6. Continue reading Season's greetings from the Globetrotters Club

London Meeting News By Padmassna

December 2007 London Meeting

At our last London meeting before Christmas, we were treated to two excellent talks.

David Waldman told us about his trip to visit the Nandi of the Rift Valley in Kenya. Inspired to visit by athletes such as Kip Keno, David wanted to discover why this pocket of Kenya has produced over 50% of the long distance running world championship and Olympic medal winners since the 1960’s.

David discovered that running is not just a hobby or a sport, but an occupation, a possible escape from the poverty where those not gifted to run do jobs like breaking rocks or selling tomatos for $3 a day. Despite having no facilities at all, David found whole families who can all run world class marathon times. The runners do a 20km run in the mornings and another 10Km at night, their gym if you can call it that is a rock attached to either end of a metal bar. “Train hard, win easy” is their motto.

Those that make it to Europe can make more money from one race than the average Kenyan makes in a lifetime. They return to buy some land, build a house and farm, though once their running days are over many unfortunately descend into alcoholism. David had set out with the idea that there is a genetic reason for the running dominance, without doubt the altitude helps, but from early on they are out rounding up their cattle, they are doing the sheepdogs job.

And when a neighbouring village come to steal cattle they literally run after them with bows and arrows. There seems to be some degree of natural selection too, those that can run get the girls and produce more runners, the rest remain on the shelf.

Our second speaker was Jo Huxster, who should have been joined by Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent, who was ill. “Tuk to the road” was the story of Jo and Ants 12,500 mile, 12 countries in 14 week trip by Tuk Tuk from Bangkok to Brighton in aid of the Charity MIND.

Anyone who has taken a ride in one of these vehicles around an asian city will know it can be a bum numbing experience. Jo got the idea a couple of years previously while on holiday in Thailand.This was not going to be any old Tuk Tuk though, this was a custom built bright pink Tuk Tuk, which they christened Ting Tong, which actually means “crazy” in Thai.

They had decided on the northern route, via Laos, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany and Belgium. So on 28th May 2006 they set off from Bangkok, crossing the Mekong into Laos, once the paperowrk issues had been resolved. Once in China a slight hitch occured when they discovered they were not allowed on the nice fast dual carriageways, instead they had to use what amounted to cart tracks which ran frustratingly alongside the main roads.

They had to race across China, as they only had a set amount of visa time, Jo particularly enjoyed the drive across the Gobi Desert. They had been fretting about the Kazakh border, but two girls in a pink Tuk tuk got taken to the front of the queue and they were soon crossing the green Kazakh countryside, one day they had to cover over 700Km as there was nothing inbetween. On their map the Kazakh M36 road to Russia was a nice fat red line, however the reality turned out to be one a track dirt road through fields.

The Russian police broke all records for pulling them over, they were stopped 35 times in 2 weeks! Ting Tong stood up to its journey quite well, however the shock absorbers that had taken 10 Chinese all night to repair broke again, but luckily a Ukranian mechanic was able to do the job on his own in a couple of hours, so they were soon on their way again. Once they crossed into the EU it was a case of pedal to the metal and head home, via the Channel Tunnel, arriving in Brighton on 3rd September. Globies raised in excess of £100 in a collection for MIND at the meeting.

If you want to learn more about Jo’s trip, buy the book or donate to the charity you can visit their website http://www.tuktotheroad.co.uk

By Padmassana

London meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden at 2.30pm the first Saturday of each month. There is no London meeting in August, but we will be back in September. For more information, you can contact the Globetrotters Info line on (+44) 020 8674 6229, or visit the website: www.globetrotters.co.uk

London Meeting News By Padmassna

November 2007 London Meeting

Our first speaker was Phil Koniotes who took us to southern Africa to see the vaired wildlife, particularly the bird life of the area. Phil and his wife Linda took in parts of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia on their trip. Phil explained that to see the animals and birds at such close quarters they had to endure long hard days of travel to remote areas, this included what Phil described as one of the most boring bits of road on the planet, the Caprivi strip. But it was worth it for the wonderful photos of Fish Eagles, snorkelling Elephants and an extremely close up picture of a Hippo.Their trip was not all hardship, after flying into the Okovango Delta they stayed in tents with en-suites and enjoyed floodlit evenings by the side of waterholes.

Our second speaker was Jules Stewart whose talk was called Spying for the Raj. This was the fascinating story of how the Himalayas were mapped, during the period of The Great Game. The Pundits were trained in the art of taking an even stride length, whatever the terrain before being sent out to measure distances using sets of Mala beads to keep count, with 8 removed to make an even 100. The Pundits would be gone for up to 4 years before returning with their information.

By Padmassana

London meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden at 2.30pm the first Saturday of each month. There is no London meeting in August, but we will be back in September. For more information, you can contact the Globetrotters Info line on (+44) 020 8674 6229, or visit the website: www.globetrotters.co.uk

London Meeting News By Padmassna

October 2007 London Meeting

The meeting was a full house to hear Globetrotters President Janet Street-Porter give this months opening talk, Janet called her talk “4 Trips in 40 minutes”, she began with Estonia, talking about the excellent and moving Occupation Museum in Tallin before exploring outside of the capital, to the beach resort of Parnu with its art deco Scandic hotel and windswept beaches.

Across the Globe to Papua New Guinea (PNG), where she was invited to open British Council sponsored Film Festival, in a country that does not have any cinemas! She had no idea how dangerous PNG, especially Port Moresby is, when she asked if she could go shopping. No shopping, but Janet did get to meet tribal people who still sort out their differences with bows and arrows and axes. She along with the British Ambassador were dressed up in tribal dress and make up, before being given a pig as they departed.

Australias Larapinta Trail which begins in Alice Springs, was her next destination, taking 7 days to walk what is one of her favourite trails, though the annoying flies meant dressing in head gear and posting lunch letterbox style. The walk takes in places like Simpsons Gap.

Lastly Janet took us to Central Spain to the area around Aracena, a 1.5 hour drive from Seville with its Moorish castles and 13th Century Churches.The villages having a deserted cowboy feeling in the intense summer heat.

Many thanks to Janet for providing a very entertaing talk and for continuing to be our President.

After the break it was time for Ashley Butterfield, a Globetrotters Life Member. Ashley’s talk was called “Not the Magic Bus”, a reference to a new company running trips from the UK to Australia in relative comfort, well to be honest complete luxury compared to the first trips Ashley ran! Ashley got the travel bug early in life when at 12 he was encouraged to cycle from Yorkshire to London, though he cheated after Grantham, getting a lift from a Lorry diver.

After leaving school at 15 he worked for Wallace Arnold, though just in the office and soon got bored with working out how many miles the company’s busses were doing to the gallon. At 19 he left with £120 to hitch hike to India, arriving in India with £70 left, £64 of which then went on a boat back to Marseille. At this point he along with a friend bought a share in a bus which they took to India, though it kept breaking down, it had to be towed off the ferry and was refused entry into Germany because of its near bald tyres.

This was quickly remedied by a diversion into Belgium to a man who cut enough of a tread pattern to allow them back over the border! They eventually got to India and sold the bus which was on its last legs and destined for the scrap heap. Ashley decided using public transport for his trips would be easier and started running trips by rail and bus to India, he reckoned it cost £25 to get to Istanbul, he was always up for trying to make some extra money, including buying playing cards in Afghanistan and selling them in Turkey for which he spent a night in Jail.

Inbetween he worked for KFC in Earl’s Court and one day spotted a new Travel agency opening over the road, Trailfinders, He set up Asian Rover, a company which sold individual legs of the trip to India on trains and busses so that people could travel at their own speed and sold the trips through Trailfinders, he was 25% of Trailfinders business when they began, when he had to stop the trips in 1979 because of the Iranian revolution he was back to being 0.000005% of their business!

Ashley had a “Complaint” book along on his trips for passengers to let off steam about the discomfort etc, one entry from an American Circuit Court Judge probably summed up the trips “If I could I would send the worst criminals on one of Ashley’s trips rather tah jail, but it would probably be deemd a too cruel and inhuman punishment”!

By Padmassana

London meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden at 2.30pm the first Saturday of each month. There is no London meeting in August, but we will be back in September. For more information, you can contact the Globetrotters Info line on (+44) 020 8674 6229, or visit the website: www.globetrotters.co.uk

London Meeting News By Padmassna

September 2007 Meeting Report

Globetrotters new season began with a talk from Globie Jeanie Copland about Tanzania and her sponsored climb of Kilimanjaro. The first part of Jeanie’s talk showed us the sights including the migration across the Serengeti of Wildebeest and Zebra, the spectacular Victoria Falls and the Zanzibar music festival.

Part 2 was Jeanie’s sponsored climb up Kilimanjaro in aid of VSO. Jeanie took the Marango route up Kilimanjaro, she showed us the lodges where they would sleep and meals prepared by their porters each evening, it was surprising to see that there were almost as many porters and back up staff as people taking part.

At Gilmans Point, 5681 Metres is the Ice Cap, temperatures can be -20 and it was from here they set out for the top of Africa’s highest mountain.

After the break our second speaker was Bradt guide author Thammy Evans who gave us an insight into Macedonia, where she lived for a number of years.

Originally she had just intended to update an existing guide book, but after attempting to seek one out, she found that she would have to write one herself from scratch. Macedonia is a place for the outdoors type with impressive mountains, Caves and large lakes such as Lake Ohrid with its inky black waters.

Thammy also showed us the Mosques, of which the country has plenty after 500 years of Ottoman rule, it also has many Monasteries. Macedonia still has traditional crafts such as blanket making and its own version of wrestling. Macedonia only has a couple of railway lines, but is served by a bus network. As yet none of the no frills cheap airlines go there.

By Padmassana

London meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden at 2.30pm the first Saturday of each month. There is no London meeting in August, but we will be back in September. For more information, you can contact the Globetrotters Info line on (+44) 020 8674 6229, or visit the website: www.globetrotters.co.uk