About The Speaker...
After 25 years flying in the RAF as a navigator, I found myself running a training company for airline pilots for the next 25 years after doing a favour for a friend.
My wife had a lavender business, growing 15 varieties of lavender and producing a range of lavender products (I was the tractor driver). When she opened a shop which was too large for her sole use, I closed my training company and took the spare half of the shop to indulge my passion for selling antiques. My wife and I give talks on the history of lavender, growing lavender and how it is used and this, together with being a trustee of our small but beautiful local museum and a love of antiques and history, has resulted in me giving number of talks on a variety of historical subjects. I use Powerpoint for my presentations; I bring my own laptop and projector but I would appreciate the provision of a screen or a suitable blank wall to project the pictures on. Each talk takes about 45 minutes plus as long as it takes for questions which is usually about 15 minutes.
If you need a speaker at short notice, just contact me and I will probably be able to help. My contact details are: landline 01934 750973, mobile 07979 994126, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The RAF trained me to instruct and I just love presenting the subjects I care so much about.
About Their Talks...
These are the talks I offer:
Time Gentlemen Please – The history of the measurement of time. The origins of our calendar – and the alternative calendars, why there are 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour and 60 seconds in a minute.
Remember, Remember – The story of the gunpowder plot. There is far more to it than Guy Fawkes and a few barrels of gunpowder. The talk explores why it happened, what happened, who really made it happen and (briefly) what made me research this event in our history.
Dispelling the Myths of Climate Change – There is a great deal more to climate change than carbon dioxide and there is a great deal of confusion between “climate change” and “pollution”. The major cause of climate change is the Milankovitch oscillations and not many people know about them ! For many years I taught meteorology and climatology to the highest level required by the Civil Aviation Authority and I am appalled by some of the things said about “climate change” by “experts”.
In Search of Terra Incognita – The life and voyages of Captain James Cook.
N.B. I have found that this talk contains a lot of information in one session and takes well over an hour. I can do this as one talk but recommend that it is broken down into two talks:
From the Farm to the Fleet – How James Cook, born in 1728 the son of a farm labourer, became the most respected navigator and map maker in the Royal Navy in the 18th century.
In Search of Terra Incognita – The three voyages of James Cook and how he explored and accurately mapped the unknown third of the world’s surface.
Lavender, the Forgotten Herb – The history of lavender in this country, how it is grown, the different varieties, its properties and uses. This is based on our experience creating and running our lavender farm in Somerset.
Operation Black Buck – The Vulcan bomber raids in the Falklands conflict. How we prepared the air-to-air refuelling plan and what really happened – it didn’t go smoothly !!
Coming soon: Bristol Airport: Past, Present and Future: The title says it all.
Talk fee: £50 plus mileage at 30p per mile or train fare if it is less than mileage using my veterans railcard. If it’s more than 100 miles from our home in Somerset I may require overnight accommodation.