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London Meeting Saturday, July 4, 2020

Speaking this month we have:

Members Slides : Around the world in eighty minutes.

10 presentations of 10 slides in 10 Minutes.

Speaking this month in a fast paced journey around the Globe with 10-12 talks of 10 slides.

Speakers to be announced, if you would like to do a talk please get in touch.

Admission costs, we charge a small cash fee of £3 for Globetrotters members and £6 for non-members on the door to cover our expenses, tea/coffee and biscuits are included free in the interval between the talks.

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.

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.

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 21st March

Globetrotters in Chester

Presents

Chris Prior – Kerala and Tamil Nadu

We went on a two-week motorcycle tour around the South Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. From the coastal town of Cochin we rode 1950s Indian-built Royal Enfield 350cc Bullets to Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu. We passed through tea growing areas to Madurai, famous for it highly decorated temples.

Dr Emma Roberts – From Shanghai to Xian, Futuristic and Ancient China

Dr. Emma Roberts is Associate Dean for Global Engagement at Liverpool John Moores University and also heads the BA (Hons) History of Art & Museum Studies degree course at this organisation.  Emma’s academic research is largely based in China as she works with Chinese partner universities to advise on how former industrial sites can be revitalised as hubs for the creative industries.

This talk begins in Shanghai and discusses some of the delights and highlights that travellers may experience in this cosmopolitan, vibrant city.  Following this, we move to Xian, the home of the iconic ‘Terracotta Warriors’.  The history, meaning and creative processes behind these mysterious statues will be explored.  Our ‘travels’ in this talk will therefore move between the absolutely new and the very ancient that China has to offer.

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

Globetrotters Ticket Offer – The Adventure Travel Show

The UK’s only event dedicated to travel experiences off the beaten track returns to Olympia London from 18-19 January 2020.

The London Branch will again be running a travel advice clinic at the show, why not come along and see us as well as catching some of the over 70 FREE Talks and Workshops. You can use the code below to get 10% of tickets.

With 130 specialist adventure travel companies from across the world, over 70 free inspirational talks, one-to-one seminars and a series of beautiful adventure travel films, the show is sure to whet even the most adventurous appetite.

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Over 70 FREE Talks

Intrepid adventurers and travel writers will share their incredible stories, leaving you inspired, informed and raring to go on your next trip.

Plus…

Sir Ranulph Fiennes – “Living Dangerously”

Saturday 18 January 11:30 – 12:45

‘The World’s Greatest Living Explorer’ as quoted by The Guinness Book of Records will be returning to the show on Saturday 18 January. Fiennes will be talking about his life’s expedition work and record-breaking achievements.

Tickets are limited and can be booked now for £22.50


ADVENTURE TRAVEL FILM FESTIVAL 2020 LONDON PREMIER

Make the most of your visit to the show on Saturday 18th January and enjoy an immersive evening of independent adventure travel films curated by Austin Vince from the Adventure Travel Film Festival.

Premiering some of the best independent travel film shorts from across the adventure travel spectrum, the night concludes with a full-length film ‘Going The Distance’ by newlyweds Mike and Alanna Clear. The Clears will introduce their film and take Q & A’s after the showing.

Screening time: Saturday 18 January 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm in the Adventure Auditorium.

SEMINARS

There are over 70 free talks at the show but if you want more in-depth, one-to-one advice then the paid-for seminars are for you. These seminars are delivered by explorers, film-makers, photographers, expedition leaders and travel writers, all with authentic first-hand experiences waiting to be shared with you…

CICERONE’S TREKKING SEMINARS

The team from Cicerone return to the show to deliver some inspiring trekking and cycle touring seminars, delivered by an experienced team of authors and professional ambassadors.


ADVENTURE PLANNING SEMINARS – Overlanding with Chris Scott

This seminar is designed to provide practical advice for those planning an overland trip from experienced overland planner, expedition leader and author, Chris Scott.


ADVENTURE BY MOTORCYCLE SEMINARS

Austin Vince and Lois Pryce give the low- down on taking your motorcycle adventures beyond home soil into Europe and beyond.


WANDERLUST’S MULTI-MEDIA SEMINARS

Whether you’re looking to get into travel writing, make travel videos, or improve your photography, join Wanderlust’s Multi-Media Seminars for insider tips and expert advice…

During these 6 seminars, Wanderlust Magazine editors and leading industry experts will offer an introduction to the key areas of travel writing, travel photography and film-making. The seminars offer a mixture of informative lectures and open group discussion. Each 2-hour seminar has a limited number of participants to ensure you get the best learning environment possible – plus this gives you a brilliant chance to question the experts themselves.


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Join us at the Adventure Travel Show.

The London GT Branch are once again running the “‘The Globetrotters Travel Advice Centre” at the Adventure Travel show in London on 18th and 19th January 2020.

Now in its 24th year, the Adventure Travel Show is the UK’s only event dedicated to adventure travel, with 120 specialist adventure travel companies providing expert advice and once in a lifetime trips for people who like to travel outside of the mainstream, whether it be on small-group adventures, exclusive expeditions or solo adventures.

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.

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.

If you are interested in volunteering please email us to find out more.

To buy tickets and find out more.

Visit adventureshow.com to find out more about what’s happening at the show, and book tickets at a 10% discount using the code “GLOBE“.

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OPENING TIMES & VENUE

Venue: Olympia London, London W14 8UX

Opening Dates & Times
Saturday 18 January 2020 – 9am to 6pm
Sunday 19 January 2020 – 9:30am to 5pm

Chester Meetings, Saturday January 18th 2020

Globetrotters in Chester

Presents

  1. Travelling by Tandem from Chester to Istanbul” speakers: Simon Brown and Diana Wilderspin-Jones
  2. “National Parks of the USA and Canada” speakers: Kevin Jones and Hanna Bastiaansen

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 4th 2020

Speaking this month we have:

1st. Jacqui Furneaux – ​Seven years from India to Bristol on an Enfield bullet!

Jacqui Furneaux reveals the story of her unexpected and unplanned lengthy journey through 20 countries with her trusty 500cc motorbike. It tells the reasons for this epic trip and how a six-month holiday became a seven year way of life in Asia, Australasia and the Americas. Hear how a 50 year-old nurse becomes a mechanic and adapts to life on dusty roads and goat tracks from the mountains to the sea, through barren deserts to lush jungles.

Topics covered include:

  • How it all started;
  • the 500cc Enfield Bullet motorcycle;
  • the travel method and tips on how to do it;
  • benefits and disadvantages of being female in this activity;
  • triumph over adversity;
  • people met along the way;
  • highs and lows,
  • fun and fear!

Find out more at:

2nd. Zara Taylor – Anhui Province – Home of the Four Treasures of Chinese brush painting

As a practitioner in the art of Chinese brush painting, this is a journey to explore the province renowned for its manufacture of the materials for painting – the 4 treasures. Still being produced today by artisans, using ancient and secret methods passed down through the generations. With few foreign tourists, a hidden gem, a region with many ancient villages, water towns and unique Hui merchant architecture to discover.

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!

Admission costs, we charge a small cash fee of £3 for Globetrotters members and £6 for non-members on the door to cover our expenses, tea/coffee and biscuits are included free in the interval between the talks.

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.

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.

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 1, 2020

Speaking this month we have:

1st. Kim Rix – Gemstone adventures in Myanmar (Burma).

There aren’t many unspoilt travel destinations that offer a tourist both an authentic and exciting experience, but Myanmar is certainly one of them, Kim has discovered.

In the course of writing the seventh book in the Gemstone Detective travel guide series, Kim travelled to Myanmar twice in 2019 to undertake research.  Unable to stay away, she is about to return as leader of a gem tour to Mogok, Valley of the Rubies.

Besides giving her audience a flavour of the gem trade in Myanmar, Kim will show that there is so much more to Myanmar than its deserved reputation for fine gemstones.

Foodies will find that the incredible local cuisine will their mouths watering for more.  Fans of architecture will find much to admire in Myanmar’s dazzling Buddhist temples.  Those who love the great outdoors will be spoilt for choice with some great trekking routes, spectacular scenery and pretty waterfalls in the rainforest around Mogok.

Kim passionately believes that Myanmar is the travel experience of a lifetime. “It was so hard to put the camera down.” she says, “The only time it left my hands was when they served Laphet – a local salad of fermented tea leaves, shredded cabbage, deep-fried beans, nuts, peas and tomatoes, all flavoured with chilli and garlic. You won’t have tasted anything like it before!”

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2nd. Robin Ratchford – Beyond our screens – in search of our own perspectives

Iraq, North Korea and Chechnya – three fascinating places that, sadly, when they appear in the headlines it is usually for all the wrong reasons.  Yet each has its own history and culture and many aspects to it that rarely make it to through the forest of bad news.  Robin invites us to take a tour that goes beyond our screens – be they on TV, a laptop or our mobile phones – to look at some of the less-reported features of these three travel destinations

Robin Ratchford has lived in six different countries and visited more than 130 countries and territories on all seven continents.

Looking back, he thinks collecting colourful stamps from the age of six first sparked his interest in foreign countries and cultures all over the world. Travel, adventure and discovery are central themes in his life.

The people he meets and the cultures he has experienced are a constant inspiration for Robin’s writing.

Born in the United Kingdom, Robin is currently based in Belgium.

He counts learning and improving his knowledge of several European languages among his constant passions.

He and his faithful companion Mortimer the Fox Terrier live in Brussels.

find out more at:

Admission costs, we charge a small cash fee of £3 for Globetrotters members and £6 for non-members on the door to cover our expenses, tea/coffee and biscuits are included free in the interval between the talks.

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.

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.

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, March 7, 2020

Speaking this month we have:

1st. Jim Holmes – The Altai of Western Mongolia.    

I travelled around Western Mongolia for UNICEF working on a photographic documentary. From remote camel herding communities to vast moon-like landscapes punctuated by shimmering lakes, this is a location for those who love wide open spaces. Subsistence agriculture and few public services make this a tough environment for families. See how UNICEF is supporting schools to make children’s lives and futures stronger.

Jim Holmes is a professional photographer that specialises in worldwide humanitarian issues.

Find out more at:

2nd. John Pilkington – Llamas and Gangsters in Bolivia

Until 20 years ago, trains of fluffy, brightly-tassled llamas would set
out each June on a 300-kilometre, three-week journey over the Andes
using a track dating back to Inca times. Their woven saddlebags were
loaded with blocks carved from the Uyuni salt lake – the biggest and
highest in the world – which the drovers traded in the lowlands for
maize, honey, chillies, and (this being Bolivia) coca leaves. Our
President joined one of the last of the dwindling caravans.

Going back another 100 years, Bolivia was the haunt of two of America’s
most wanted runaways – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. A Bolivian
miner’s wage packet wasn’t great, but there were a great many miners and
they were all paid weekly in cash. The payrolls were taken to each mine
on horseback. It was just too tempting for the ‘Yanqui’ outlaws; but did
Paul Newman and Robert Redford tell us the whole story? Come and hear
what really happened.


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Admission costs, we charge a small cash fee of £3 for Globetrotters members and £6 for non-members on the door to cover our expenses, tea/coffee and biscuits are included free in the interval between the talks.

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.

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.

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 4, 2020

Speaking this month we have:

1st. Michał Siarek  – Macedonia – the land of Alexander

The very first thing Michał Siarek saw in the capital city of Skopje was the construction site of a 25-meter tall figure of a warrior on horseback which – as he found out later – was the statue of Alexander the Great. Nearly 2.500 years after his death, the legacy of the famous conqueror sparks a conflict between two contemporary states – Macedonia and Greece – both claiming his legacy.

Established as one of the six socialist republics within the Yugoslav Federation, the modern state of Macedonia first surfaced in 1945, its name derived from one of the three geographical regions named Macedonia – not from the ancient kingdom. Despite peaceful secession from the war-torn Yugoslavia in the 90s, the newly proclaimed republic immediately fell into a dispute with Greece over the name and cultural heritage. In 2009, the Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski announced an architectural scheme titled Skopje 2014. The equestrian figure was the crown jewel of the nation-branding policy, likening the modern day Macedonia to its ancient archetype of Alexander’s Kingdom.

“Alexander” is a multi-platform documentary based the relationship between politics, history and culture, centred around the construction of a national myth in the (Former Yugoslav) Republic of Macedonia – a state with no name, fixated on a dispute about origins so distant that they may have never existed at all.

Michał Siarek (1991) is a Polish documentary photographer working in the nexus of by geopolitics, history and national mythologies, driven by stories with complexities which require slow approach and long-term dedication.

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2nd. Brad Parsk  – Mushing Scandinavia: An Explorer’s Journey Across the Arctic by Dog Sled.

Mushing: sometimes referred to as dog sledding. It’s one of the world’s oldest transport methods, originating in Siberia thousands of years ago. Mushing has enabled man to venture out, to travel and to explore places once believed impassable.

Now considered a popular winter sport, Brad discusses the importance that mushing still plays in modern exploration while giving us the full story of his recent groundbreaking expedition across the arctic circle: a 500 mile solo journey through 3 countries by dog sled.

Brad Parsk is an award-winning British explorer, musher and survival instructor that has travelled over 40 countries and led several international expeditions. An elected Fellow of several esteemed societies, Brad is best known for his 2014 discovery of the ancient Guangxi tombs, situated in the heart of China’s Yuecheng mountains.

For more information visit: www.bradparsk.com


Admission costs, we charge a small cash fee of £3 for Globetrotters members and £6 for non-members on the door to cover our expenses, tea/coffee and biscuits are included free in the interval between the talks.

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.

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.

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