This meeting will be held online in zoom in line with UK Covid-19 regulations.
This month we have:
AGM: The clubs AGM starts at 12:30 pm (card carrying members only), then at 2.00 pm the meeting begins
Speaking this month at 2pm we have: (Get Tickets)
1st. Paul Gillingham – Across Spain the Roman Way, At a Snail’s Pace.
“What have the Romans ever done for us?” scoffs John Cleese in Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’.
Plenty, discover Paul and his son, who cross Spain along the ancient Roman routes, Via Augusta and Via de la Plata
Their 800 mile bike ride starting from the Roman city of Gades (Cadiz) takes them through Andalusia, Extremadura and Castilla y Leon, provinces where the Romans left their mark with bridges and roads, aqueducts, theatres, circuses and baths.
They then head for the hills of Galicia along the Camino Sanabres, completing their journey at the post-Roman shrine of St James in Santiago de Compostela.
Paul taught history in UK, Canada, Tanzania and Hong Kong before becoming a journalist and broadcaster. He began as a TV newsreader in Hong Kong in the 70’s (see Paul Gillingham, HK TV via Google), returning to UK as a TV presenter, and went on to produce travel features from around the world for BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Classic FM. He has written many articles on travel and a book, ‘At the Peak: A History of Hong Kong Between the Wars’ (Macmillan, 1983).
The highlights of his career include: a spell in the Swedish Merchant Navy, a month in a Rwandan refugee camp during the genocide, meeting Ginger Rogers on Broadway and interviewing, among others, the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Quentin Crisp, Little Richard and the sons of Martin Luther King and Mussolini.
2nd: Alan Palmer – In Search of ‘Attaland
Travels in The South of Morocco
Morocco first began to capture Alan’s imagination while he was on a fleeting visit to the country in 1979. He returned to complete his first ascent of Jebel Toubkal, the highest mountain in north Africa, in 1986, and has remained a frequent visitor, trekking regularly, ever since. During this time, he has developed a particular fascination for the Berber Aït ‘Atta warrior tribe which valiantly resisted the French occupation of their country, culminating in their honourable surrender at the Battle of Bou Gafer in 1933. In this talk, Alan describes how and why he has been slowly but inexorably drawn towards the Ait ‘Atta and his exploration of ‘Attaland, their homeland, which stretches from the snowy peaks of Jebel Azourki in the Central High Atlas Mountains, across the barren slopes of Jebel Sahro, to the green oasis of Nekob in Morocco’s deep south.
Alan is Founder and Director of Yak Travel, his company which organises bespoke treks and tours through rarely explored regions of Morocco and North-East India.
He is author of Moroccan Atlas the Trekking Guide (Trailblazer Publications) and has also contributed to three other guide books, Pakistan and The Silk Road (both published by Insight Guides), and the Rough Guide to Morocco. Additionally, he regularly writes articles for travel magazines and travel books and frequently delivers talks and presentations on Morocco, North-East India and Burma (Myanmar) at travel clubs and shows, both in England and in India.
- a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)
- a member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs (RSAA)
- a life member of the British Moroccan Society (BMS)
- a member of the Pakistan Society
- Secretary of The 153 Club (Sahara)
- a member of The Globetrotters Club
- TripAdvisor Destination Expert (DE) for Morocco
Find out more at:
- YouTube –https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbeFQsXbenMiGh9bhm50TdQ
The talk by Derek Mansfield – Riding the Scythian Empire has had to be postponed.
You only need one ticket per screen, not one for each person watching or attending.
Date And Time
Sat, 7 Nov 2020, AGM 12:30, talks 14:00 GMT (London time)
For forthcoming meetings we have
- a suggested donation £2-3 for members to help with our costs. Members will be emailed a ticket code link allowing access to this option or you can access it from the members area.
- a donation of £5-6 for non-members, non-members may join the club for £12 per year and get this and future meetings at members rate for £12, members can also watch the 3 previous online talks, members also receive Globe our members magazine and our annual members calendar, why not join and enter your pictures.
- a catch up to watch later will be available to members and non-member ticket holders. (Members can also watch the previous online talks)