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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

Chester Meetings, Saturday May 19th 2018

Globetrotters in Chester

Presents

  1. Dominique Schickele – Moscow and St Petersburg

    Dominique has been a member of Chester Globetrotters for many years and during that time has travelled extensively. This talk takes us to two major cities of the former Soviet Union now opening up more extensively to tourism.

  2. Rina Tillinger – Sushi Sake and Sumo

    From the Midwest US and Northwest UK, Rina Tillinger speaks on Anglo-American history and clashing cultures with a splash of humour.  Her talks are entertaining, educational and thought-provoking.  Each talk is accompanied by photographs, pictures, drawings, paintings, cartoons and even caricatures.

Chester Meetings May 2018
Chester Meetings May 2018

Doors open 1pm for 1:30pm Start till 4:30pm Entrance Fee £3.00 includes refreshments and two talks Grosvenor Museum 25-27 Grosvenor Street, CH1 2DD Enquiries to Hanna tel: 01244383392 or Angela tel: 01244 629930

Chester Meetings, Saturday March 17th 2018

Globetrotters in Chester

Presents

  1. Paul Gillingham – Pilgrims Progress: Santiago de Compostela by bicycle.

    Now retired, Paul taught History in various countries, then became a radio and TV broadcaster, travelling widely. After serious illness he decided to cycle from UK to Santiago in 2013 as a form of pilgrimage. It was a 6-week, 1600-mile solo ride through France, over the Pyrenees and across northern Spain, camping in France and staying in pilgrim hostels in Spain.

    His route takes us through changing landscapes and historic towns and villages, with interesting encounters with a range of pilgrims along the Camino (the Way of St James).

  2. John Brinkley – A small collections of Stans – Travels in Central Asia.

    A former geology teacher and now lecturer and photographer. 
    Deserts, mountains, Silk Road cities and architectural wonders make up the rich tapestry known as Central Asia. This talk will present a glimpse of this fascinating part of the World

Chester Meetings March 2018
Chester Meetings March 2018

Doors open 1pm for 1:30pm Start till 4:30pm Entrance Fee £3.00 includes refreshments and two talks Grosvenor Museum 25-27 Grosvenor Street, CH1 2DD Enquiries to Hanna tel: 01244383392 or Angela tel: 01244 629930

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

Toronto meetings, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

Everyone Welcome “TRAVEL” with TORONTO GT’S

Speaking this month:

  • “Morocco: Beyond the Tourist Trail” by Mick and Margaret Brighton.
Toronto G.T.'s 20180119 Morocco
Toronto G.T.’s 20180119 Morocco

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, 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

Chester Meetings, Saturday January 20th 2018

Globetrotters in Chester

Presents

  1. Trisha King – With my camera in Gujarat

    India – love it or hate it. My first visit was as a very young engineer in 1980. I was reluctant to go, but it was love at first sight. More recently I have been holidaying in different parts of India at least every couple of years. I find myself happiest touring rural India, somewhat off the beaten track, and combining my fascination with the people and culture with my love of colour photography.

    This talk is illustrated with 100 slides and focusses on the westernmost state of Gujarat, home to many so-called ‘tribal’ peoples. It touches on various topics including The Rann of Kutch, farming and irrigation, handicrafts, wildlife, stepwells, the Jain religion, and M K Gandhi, who was Gujarati.

  2. Anna Manning and Howard Jennings – Bangkok to Saigon by Tandem.

    The talk will cover a two week trip where we explored Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam by tandem. We will describe how bike travel can bring you closer to the country you are passing through and the preparation needed to embark on such a trip.

    Not everything will be bike-focused: we will take time to describe the experiences we had from as many angles that we can think of so that you get a clear idea of the countries we travelled through. We aim to leave you in the position of having enough information to decide whether or not you would like to visit these three countries and whether a cycling holiday in this region is for you.

Chester  Globetrotters January poster 2018
Chester Globetrotters January poster 2018

Doors open 1pm for 1:30pm Start till 4:30pm Entrance Fee £3.00 includes refreshments and two talks Grosvenor Museum 25-27 Grosvenor Street, CH1 2DD Enquiries to Hanna tel: 01244383392 or Angela tel: 01244 629930

Chester Meetings, Saturday November 18th 2017

Globetrotters in Chester

Presents

  1. Brenda Rewhorn: “Tatting Around Japan”

    Travelling is an education in every aspect and I have always enjoyed visiting all parts of the world as well as every corner of the British isles. I was invited and visited japan on four separate occasions and much of the visits were staying with local people who have become friends. The slide show is a compilations of all those visits from one end of the country to the other.

  2. John Brinkley: Arctic Europe: The Cold Lands to the North

    John Brinkley, a former Geology Teacher and now Lecturer and Photographer has travelled widely across the world. His website: www.driftwoodimages.net shows the different journeys John has made.

    (this replaces the talk by Roy Willis who is currently ill)

November Poster 2017
November Poster 2017

Doors open 1pm for 1:30pm Start till 4:30pm Entrance Fee £3.00 includes refreshments and two talks Grosvenor Museum 25-27 Grosvenor Street, CH1 2DD Enquiries to Hanna tel: 01244383392 or Angela tel: 01244 629930

Chester Meetings, Saturday September 16th 2017

Globetrotters in Chester

Presents

  1. John Sunter and Nikki Young: “Highlights of Burma”

    We travel as much as work will allow and are regular Globetrotter attendees. We spent a week on a busy tour covering the highlights of Myanmar, including Shwedagon Temple in Yangon, Inle Lake, The U Bein Bridge and the plethora of temples at Bagan

  2. Ryan Amos: “Six months in India”

    Ryan who now works for a travel agency has gained a lot of experience in the business so it is no surprise to learn that he spent six months in India traveling to many sites of interest and during that time documented his travels, the subject of his talk.

September Poster 2017
September Poster 2017

Doors open 1pm for 1:30pm Start till 4:30pm Entrance Fee £3.00 includes refreshments and two talks Grosvenor Museum 25-27 Grosvenor Street, CH1 2DD Enquiries to Hanna tel: 01244383392 or Angela tel: 01244 629930

Chester Meetings, Saturday July 15th 2017

Globetrotters in Chester

Presents

  1. David Redford: “Glimpses of the Nile -and echoes of the great explorers”

    After retiring from the NHS, David Redford has worked with an International Development project delivering life saving skills in childbirth. This has taken him to a number of African countries, some rarely visited by tourists, and has gradually stimulated his interest and reading into the history of the River Nile, and also the great Victorian explorers who strove to answer the centuries old question – “Where is the source of the Nile?”

  2. Pat Jones: “Mongolia including the Naadam Festival”

    Pat Jones has enjoyed travelling for many years and has had many great travelling experiences. This show shares her memories of a wonderful holiday to Mongolia. She chose to go there when the Naadam Festival , which is held once a year in July , was on. Most of the accommodation was in Gers and she even joined in the building of one!!

July Poster 2017
July Poster 2017

Doors open 1pm for 1:30pm Start till 4:30pm Entrance Fee £3.00 includes refreshments and two talks Grosvenor Museum 25-27 Grosvenor Street, CH1 2DD Enquiries to Hanna tel: 01244383392 or Angela tel: 01244 629930