London Meeting, Saturday, October 6th 2018

Details for this months talks are:

  1. Tim Hannigan – The History Archipelago: Travels in Search of Indonesia’s Past

    Encompassing 17,508 islands, a quarter of a billion people, 300 languages and 127 active volcanoes, Indonesia is a country on a staggering scale. But compared to the other Asian mega-states, India and China, it is little known amongst outsiders.

    For the past fifteen years, journalist and author Tim Hannigan has explored the history and cultures of this enormous archipelagic state, mixing research in libraries and archives with motorcycling odysseys through the hinterlands of Java and Borneo, hair-raising bus rides in the mountains of Sulawesi, and stormy ferry crossings in Nusa Tenggara. From ventures into the crumbling Chinese quarters of Jakarta and Surabaya and investigations of colonial-era misadventure, to meetings with mystics, dragon-worshippers and witch doctors, he shares some of his most memorable encounters in a country where past and present are always in a formidable tangle.

    Tim is the author of A Brief History of Indonesia, Raffles and the British Invasion of Java, A Geek in Indonesia and several guidebooks covering Indonesia.

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  2. Lindy Pyrah – Mauritania iron-ore train

    The Mauritania iron ore train is the true definition of a cult classic: an epic overnight train journey involving hopping on a freight wagon full of iron ore in zero comfort through a dangerous country while experiencing the amazing Sahara desert and night sky.

    Lindy Pyrah Lindy is a train journey enthusiast and one of our Globetrotters committee members, she did the Mauritania iron ore train solo in January 2018 and would love to share her story of how she prepared, experienced and lived to tell the tale of this amazing journey. Normally desk bound for most of the year, Lindy tries to make the most of her small holiday allowance to undertake memorable adventures. 

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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.

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  1. News from TFL:

    From 08:00 on Saturday 6 October until 17:00 on Sunday 7 October, Oxford Street will be closed in both directions between Orchard Street and Portman Street.

    A number of bus routes will be affected by this closure. Please click here to see if your bus route is affected.

    Please check your travel and allow more time for your journey.

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