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The Transglobe Expedition Trust





I introduced by RANULPH FIENNES

The Royal Geographical Society

(with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR

7pm on Monday 10th September 2012

Tickets £25


To order tickets, please send a cheque made payable to Transglobe Expedition Trust with your name and contact telephone number on the back together with a stamped addressed envelope to:

Transglobe Expedition Trust, Walnut Tree Farm, Benhall, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1JB

Tel: 01728 604434 e-mail:

Doors open at 6pm. Refreshments can be bought both before and after the talks

Transglobe Expedition Trust is a registered charity number 1029586

This year we have a glorious mix of speakers with tales of adventure, danger, and wonderment. From their travels around the world we are very fortunate to be able to bring together three outstanding individuals whose experiences will inspire and astound you. Over the years, our evenings at the RGS have grown hugely popular and our line-up for 2012 will be as entertaining as ever. We are extremely grateful to our speakers. With their participation we are able to continue to support the many remarkable people whose projects break new ground in human achievement. We very much look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be a festive and thoroughly enjoyable occasion.

Joanna Lumley

was born in India and bought up in the Far East and England. She was cast as Petruchio in the school play and after a three year stint as a swinging sixties model managed to bluff her way into films, television, and finally the stage. She has played countless roles… Dracula, Pink Panther, James Bond, Coronation Street, Avengers, performing works by Ibsen, Coward, Ayckbourn, Wilde, Chekhov and Somerset Maugham, directed by Jonathan Miller, Blake Edwards, Harold Pinter and Trevor Nunn. No part was considered too small or large, too dangerous or ridiculous, or poorly paid. She has been richly rewarded for commercial work for which she is entirely grateful. Also, Joanna has travelled, making films about orang-utans, the Rothschild giraffe, following the Nile to its source through five African countries, searching for the Northern Lights in Norway and roaming round Greece. She has made films about cats, Ian Fleming, and the White Rajahs of Sarawak; and been cast away on a desert island for the programme Girl Friday. Her books have been about Bhutan, wartime love letters, Tsarabanjina, and several about her own life, the latest, called Absolutely, recalling Absolutely Fabulous in which she appeared with Jennifer Saunders. She is married to musician Stephen Barlow who spent much of his reckless youth at Glyndebourne; her son Jamie is happily married, and two granddaughters have brought a blaze of sunshine into a life already gilded to the gunwales.

John Simpson

is the BBC’s World Affairs Editor, the senior member of a team of foreign and specialist correspondents. He joined the BBC in 1966 and, across four decades, has reported from 120 countries, 36 war zones and has interviewed more than 150 kings, presidents and prime ministers! John has spent much of his life in the firing line: from Tianamen Square to Tehran; and recently covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 1991 he was appointed CBE and named Royal Television Society’s Journalist of the Year (an honour repeated in 2000). He has also received three Baftas, a Golden Nymph, an International Emmy (among other awards) and the odd bit of shrapnel. In 2009 John, together with Ran Fiennes and Robin Knox-Johnston took part in the TV series Top Dogs where each took turns to introduce the others to their world of adventure. John took Ran and Robin to the front line in Afghanistan and joined them on a sailing boat around Cape Horn and manhauling sledges in the Arctic where he added frostbitten fingers to his list of trophies.

Felicity Aston

is the only woman to have skied across Antarctica alone. The 1744km, 59-day journey completed in January 2012 also made her the first person to do so purely by muscle power without the aid of kites or machines. In 2009 she led the 38-day, 911km Kaspersky Lab Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition, the largest and most international women’s team ever to ski to the South Pole (one of the most arduous journeys on Earth) which included recruiting and training ‘ordinary’ women from Brunei Darussalam, Cyprus, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Singapore and New Zealand. Her book, ‘Call of the White: Taking the World to the South Pole’ was published in March 2011. Previously, Felicity has led several expeditions including the first British women’s crossing of Greenland, a 700km winter crossing of Lake Baikal in a Siberian winter and an expedition in Iceland for young people with brain injury. She was also part of the first all-female team to complete the Polar Challenge, a 500km endurance race to the magnetic north pole. Trained as a Physicist and Meteorologist, Felicity’s first polar experience was with the British Antarctic Survey.

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