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The Great Tea Robbery

Tuesday 2 March at 4pm

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Perhaps the greatest theft of trade secrets in the history of mankind. Robert Fortune, a young Scotsman went to China to steal their secrets of tea. Travelling disguised as a Chinese merchant by the name of Sing Wa, he went where no westerner had been before, into the interior of China. An amazing tale of 19th Century industrial espionage to bring the best tea to the people of Britain.

The Devil's Daughter and Me

Thursday 4 March at 4pm

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It turns out Ben Nicholls descended from the Devil which explains why he's always been a bit of a maverick. Or at least that’s what he tells himself anyway! Having discovered his own family history, it’s been very enlightening to find out that he is in very good company. Allow Ben to show you the underside of Victorian respectability through the eyes of some of his ancestors who had a devilish streak. There’s Aaron who broke with his religion and his community to be with the woman he loved. And Caroline whose passions for a dashing Parisian left her in total disgrace. Then we’ll travel to Mexico City in 1596 and see what the Inquisitors make of his non-conforming ancestors there. And finally, we’ll meet Melusine herself…

Folklore, Folk Tales and Funny Folk

Tuesday 9 March at 4pm

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In this witty and very humorous talk Geoff Harris takes a sideways look at some of the laws, old sayings, tales and people that make our country the often madly wonderful place it is today. Just what end of a boiled egg was it illegal to break in the reign of Edward VI? What do you use a cow, a pair of breeches and a stout cudgel for on a Friday? How did Chesterfield church get its crooked spire? The answers to these and many other vital questions are answered in this fast-paced, engaging talk. Your life will be changed!

The London No-One Tells You About

Thursday 11 March at 4pm

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Geoff Harris is a wonderful raconteur; he introduces London from his own offbeat angle and tells his stories with a vigour and humour that'll hold your attention from brothel keeping bishops to Nelson's second hand tomb and on to human toilets – yes, female port-a-loos! Geoff recounts at breakneck speed and before you've had time to file away some delightfully quirky fact for future reference he's moved on to another equally intriguing anecdote. Don't miss this one! Talk length - 40 minutes.

A Passage Through India

Tuesday 16 March at 4pm

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Hazel's normal mode of travel is on cruise ships where she works as a speaker. This adventure was different - a bespoke Land Tour of the Golden Triangle of India with a few extras. This is not just a collection of holiday snaps - Hazel includes historical and cultural insights to give a deeper understanding of  this fascinating country. Talk length - 42 minutes.

Morecambe & Wise

Thursday 18 March at 4pm

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Steve Short brings to life the story of how a young Eric Morecambe met a young Ernie Wise with photos and clips. Steve tells his audience the journey they had to become Britain’s best ever double act. In a partnership that lasted from 1941 until 1984, Eric and Ernie were regarded as Britain’s best loved double act. Their career together began when they were booked separately to appear on the Jack Hylton revue ‘Youth Takes a Bow’. From then on Eric and Ernie appeared in a series of shows over the next 20-years. The duo also starred in four feature films. In 1976 Eric and Ernie were both awarded the OBE. This entertaining presentation will bring back many memories of a much loved comedy partnership. Talk length - 31 minutes.

Tibetan Journey

Thursday 25 March at 4pm

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After working with the Tibet Society for many years and now Vice President, Alan Clements gives a brief outline of Tibetan history, religion and culture. His trip to Tibet in 1994 is highlighted with his own photographs and tales of his experiences. Talk length - 44 minutes.

The Misadventures of a Cruise Ship Speaker

Tuesday 30 March at 4pm

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The story of Malcolm Meadows' introduction into cruise ship lecturing featuring the ‘misadventures’, dramas, and delights at sea. This is a fascinating and lively commentary on cruising and the various events which added a true sense of adventure and exploration into so many varied and exciting places around the world. Destinations such as French Polynesia in the South Pacific to the Baltic and Mediterranean suddenly became possible as he became a cruise ship lecturer. Talk length - 42 minutes.

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