This month our two speakers are:
Russell Maddicks — Exploring Venezuela: A Land of Natural
Russell Maddicks, the author of the Bradt Guide to Venezuela will
highlight some of the most fascinating areas of Venezuela to visit
and what you can expect to see and do. Drawing on his experience of
adventuring in Venezuela for more than 20 years, the Russell will
take you to:
The “Lost World” mountain of Roraima and the unique
ecosystem of its summit
The unique thunderless lightning phenomenon in the south of Lake
Maracaibo known as Catatumbo Lightning
The magical mountain of Sorte where devotees of Maria Lionza
practice a syncretic religion unique to the country
The record-breaking and awe-inspiring waterfall of Angel Falls,
known as Kerepacupai-meru to the local Pemon people.
One of the 17 most megadiverse countries in the world, Venezuela is
home to Caribbean beaches, dense rainforests, high Andean valleys,
mysterious table-top tepui mountains, and seasonally-flooded plains
that are literally teeming with birds, beasts and creepy-crawlies.
Venezuela is also alive with the sound of folk music, from the
Afro-Venezuelan tambores of the coast, to the harp-driven Joropo
songs of Los Llanos and during his talk Russell will present several
examples of the music to be found in the regions he discusses.
For more information see:
- The “Lost World” mountain of Roraima and the unique
Rona Cant — Just do it – become the best you can
Once an unexceptional, single parent she took part in the BT Global
Challenge Round the World Yacht Race (the toughest yacht race in the
world); two days later she embarked on the West Coast Trail on
Vancouver Island (one of the world’s toughest), encountering
bears and cougars. Rona helped organise and was on The Nordkapp
Expedition, dogsledding in the Arctic Circle to the northernmost tip
of Europe, a trail thought to be impossible.
Rona tells how she has achieved her goals using stories from her
childhood, her marriage, how she entered into a life of adventure,
her diverse adventures and what she has accomplished.
For more information see: http://www.ronacant.com
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
There is no London meeting in August, but we start afresh each