May 7th, 2011

  • Liam D’Arcy-Brown – The Grand Canal of China

    Liam D’Arcy-Brown was born in deepest southeast London in 1970 but raised in Yorkshire. Sent one day into a school storeroom he discovered a discarded Mandarin primer and so his interest in China began, helped on its way by such diverse influences as oriental cookery and Roland Rat’s Hong Kong summer special for TV-am. After reading Chinese at university he went on to study China’s ancient history in Shanghai on a British Council scholarship. He worked as a tour escort for Voyages Jules Verne before turning to travel writing. His first book, Green Dragon, Sombre Warrior, took him from lengthy researches in the British Library and the Bodleian and onward to a great 10,000-mile circuit of China’s four most far-flung compass points. His 1,115-mile journey from Hangzhou to Beijing in 2006 made him the first Westerner in more than two centuries to trace the length of China’s Grand Canal, the world’s longest and oldest man-made waterway, an adventure he captured in his second book, The Emperor’s River. For more information see

  • Ann McCarthy – Uganda

    Ann has travelled to many different parts of the world but since first visiting Uganda has returned many times and has helped to fund the building and development of Uganda Lodge, Ruhanga Resource centre and Ruhanga Nursery and Primary School

London branch 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, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend.

There is no London meeting in August, but we start afresh each September.

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  1. Dear Jacqui,

    I really enjoyed giving the talk to your organisation. Please thank them so much for their kind donations.
    I have allocated four children to be sponsored Bright Otifire 230
    Annita Akankwasa 231
    Ivan Mwijukye 232
    David Tukwatanise 233
    Below is the direct link to the sponsored children’s page so you are able to have a look and copy the photographs if you wish:

    A previous volunteer is also trying to raise £5000 by getting 1000 sign in’s on a co-op fundraising scheme. It is of no cost to the partaker but does have a two part process. I am sending you a copy of the instructions and would be really grateful if you, and your members could take the time to take part.

    Thanking you again on behalf of the Ruhanga community, their children and myself,


    To support Ruhanga development school win much needed funding please go to:
    1) Click ‘Sign up’ at the top right of the home page.

    2) Enter your email address and name. This will generate a confirmation email.

    3) Login to your email account (e.g hotmail/gmail) and follow the confirmation link sent by the Co-op.

    4) When taken back to the site after clicking this link, search ‘Hands On In Africa’ in the search bar at the very top right of the site page. *

    5) And Vote!!

    *Or alternatively go to ‘Region: Southern England’, Sort by ‘Highest votes first’ (I’m on the first page – hopefully!)

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