MONTHLY MEETINGS 2014
|January 13th||TRAVELLERS TALES - BY STEAM TO MANDALAY
Paul has been a Public Speaker since 2003 - he averages 120 talks each year, raising money for charities supporting young children and students, in India and Burma. He is also a Cruise Lecturer for Fred Olsen.
Paul has visited over 40 countries, including such relatively unusual destinations as Armenia, Burma, Syria, and Eritrea. He has also crossed the Sahara Desert. Paul told us about the highlights of a 1,200 mile tour of the reclusive country of Myanmar (Burma) - the 'Land of Gold and Green' by vintage steam train. He showed us magnificent religious sites, beautiful scenery and friendly local people.
|MAJOR (Ret'd) PAUL WHITTLE|
|February 10th||SEYCHELLES' ISLANDS, BIRDS AND PEOPLE
Christopher, owner of Wildwings Bird Management, Guildford, for over 17 years, is our Speaker for this Meeting. Seychelles has been settled by people for only around 250 years, but during that period man has had huge impacts on the islands and their wildlife. Since the 1960's, however, efforts have been made to conserve what has survived and to restore some areas to something approaching their former glory.
|DR CHRISTOPHER FEARE|
|March 10th||HISTORY, WITHOUT THE BORING BITS
Susan not only speaks at a large variety of functions throughout the Country, but after completing a notoriously demanding exam set by the London Tourist Board she qualified as a Blue Badge Guide. This most prestigious qualification in the profession enabled her to guide at all the major London sites and throughout the UK and overseas. She has taken painting tours to Zanzibar, riding tours in the Rockies, wildlife tours in Africa and tiger tours to the jungles of India.
|May 12th||LIVING IN INDIA, AND BEING AN INDIAN PENSIONER
How does a young lad from Lancashire end up getting a pension from India? No - this has nothing to do with the MARIGOLD HOTEL!
The answer is a story involving chemistry, a lot of travelling, and running multi-national corporations! Brian moved to New Delhi in 1995 as Regional Director, President and CEO of Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals and lived there for over 10 years. Brian illustrated some of the social and economic change in India that he witnessed during that time - and from a personal perspective he shared some of the learning experiences that he and his family had setting up their home and living in India.
Brian now advises Companies, Banks, Investment Funds, Private Equity & High Net Worth Individuals on their strategy in Asia based on his wide experience in China, Japan, South East Asia and India. He now lives in Grayswood with his wife, Jasmine, and youngest son, Jake
|BRIAN W. TEMPEST, PhD, CSci,CChem, FRSC|
|June 9th||TRAVELTRENDS IN BRITAIN: WHY HAS CAR USE STOPPED GROWING WHILE RAIL TRAVEL KEEPS INCREASING?
Peter is a member of the Independent Transport Commission, and of the Roads Task Force, set up by the Mayor of London to take a long term look at road network requirements in London. He is also advising the Chinese Government on how to deal with growing traffic congestion and air pollution in Chinese Cities.
Since the late 1990s, the growth in car traffic in Great Britain has slowed dramatically, despite the economy growing strongly in the first half of the 2000s, and on a per person basis, car use appears to have levelled off, after around 50 years of continuing growth. At the same time, rail passenger traffic has grown rapidly - and contrary to most other European countries - has continued to do so during the current recession. This talk will look at what has been going on ' below the surface' where we find that these national trends hide large differences in behaviour among different population groups; it will also speculate on why these changes might be taking place - and what this means for the future of transport in Britain.
|Peter Jones Professor of Transport and Sustainable Development in the Centre for Transport Studies at UCL|
|September 8th||ACTING UP -
the third presentation by the London Science Museum about
‘SPACE JOURNEYS AND WALKING ON THE MOON’.
Since the nineteen-eighties the museum has used professional actors to play roles in the galleries. Gene was involved in several space journeys and was the last NASA astronaut to walk on the moon during the final Apollo mission - Apollo 17. He gave a dramatic overview of the perils and excitement of space travel. In the guise of Anthony Richards (Head of Learning Operations at the museum, currently abroad) he explained why they use actors at the museum and how very popular these presentations are with the visitors.
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|October 13th||FORBIDDEN PLACES – BRITAIN’S TOP SECRET WEAPONS
A glimpse of the remains of some classified Military establishments that were ‘off limits’ to the public.
This talk began with a chance discovery of a mysterious construction found deep in a wood, and an explanation of its function. Further serendipitous encounters led to an exploration of the hush-hush world of a few of the scientific sites that were vital to our country’s military capabilities in the Second World War and the Cold War. The result of these investigations is a remarkable, and sometimes thought provoking picture of Britain’s efforts to safeguard our defence in wartime, and to maintain the country’s military standing on the world stage at times of uneasy peace. Times that many of us lived through – unaware of what was happening behind the scenes.
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Patrick is a retired Scientist and Author.
|November 10th||AGM OF HASLEMERE U3A
Click here for the AGM calling document with Agenda.
Followed by a talk about ‘ASPECTS OF LIFE IN THE FALKLAND ISLANDS’.
Mike gave a short talk on the day to day life in the hard fought for Falkland Islands, including how the islands are administrated and a description of the huge hydroponics nursery where much of the island’s food is now grown.
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