Desert Dinner 17 November 2017
The Desert Dinner 2017 was held at the De Vere Cotswold Water Park Hotel. The event started with drinks and a very short AGM in an area comfortably set aside for the desert party. Dinner was in a room just the right size for about thirty of us. Tanya Burton gave a thrilling account of her crossing the Suguta Valley in Kenya, and then everyone talked and talked - largely about deserts. Nearly all those present were staying in the hotel, and so the journey to bed was just a few steps along the corridor. An excellent evening for all.
Desert Dinner 4 November 2016
The Desert Dinner 2016 was held in the great surroundings of the Picture Gallery of Royal Holloway (picture left), near Egham, Surrey, on Friday 4 November 2016. Adam Gibson from University College London, the Club's Secretary, took great trouble making the detailed arrangements.
Our chief guest was Stephen Cox CVO, Chair of Council of Royal Holloway. Before dinner he kindly showed the members the highly decorated College Chapel. After dinner David Hall spoke about the formation of the Club in November 1981 at a grand dinner at the Headquarters Royal Engineers Mess at Chatham when members brought maps, photographs and artefacts to form an interesting exhibition. He also described the Zerzura Club formed by R A Bagnold and other explorers at Wadi Halfa in 1930, the war bringing an end to their meetings. He talked, briefly, too about the Zerzura Club based in Italy. Those present asked that the Club's greetings should be sent to the new Zerzura Club. Mention was made of Professor Andrew Goudie's new publication, Great Desert Explorers. A message had been received from Admiral John Trewby sending best wishes from a desert in the southern hemesphere, while it was noted that Andras Zboray was deep in a desert in the northern hemesphere.
Some fairly recent books
Another desert book by Andrew Goudie. Great
Desert Explorers. If not bought instantly it's definitely one for
your birthday list.
Some recollections of members.
Dinner at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 2012. The Desert Dining Club and the Rain Forest Club joined together for an evening at Kew. The dinner was preceded by a tour of the Gardens, and photographs were taken in the Olympic Rings.
Report of visit to Gebels Arkenu and to Bahari in SE Libya by András Zboray. Splendid photographs of fabulous rock paintings and carvings, and interesting reports and comments. Go to: http://www.fjexpeditions.com/expeditions/past/oct03/oct03.htm
Andrew Goudie has produced Wheels across
the desert - exploration of the Libyan Desert by motorcar 1916 - 1942.
Published by Silphium Books, an imprint of the Society for Libyan
Studies. ISBN 978-1-900971-07-2. Book list - other deserts Know more about camels. They can
swim! John Hare was the first to offer material for the web site.
hearing his account of an exciting camel journey in Kenya, can read about it
here. He also provides a
from the Wild Camel Protection Foundation of which he is Founding Chairman.
Picture of racing baby camels which followed a camel polo match in Laikipia,
Kenya to raise funds for the wild camel cause.
Book list - other deserts
Know more about camels. They can swim! John Hare was the first to offer material for the web site. Those who missed hearing his account of an exciting camel journey in Kenya, can read about it here. He also provides a newsletter from the Wild Camel Protection Foundation of which he is Founding Chairman. Picture of racing baby camels which followed a camel polo match in Laikipia, Kenya to raise funds for the wild camel cause.
Other sites of possible interest:
Member's web sites Any member wishing to have a personal web site
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