Major Paul Whittle TD

Location: Woking Surrey
About The Speaker...

My professional career was mainly in the City of London. In 1999 I was granted my ‘Freedom’ and appointed a Freeman. In addition, for 34 years I served in the Royal Corps of Signals, Territorial Army, being awarded the Territorial Decoration (TD)..
I have been a public speaker for almost 20 years, raising funds for charities in Myanmar (Burma), India, Nepal and elsewhere, and also lecturing on cruise ships for Fred Olsen and P & O Cruises. As a keen traveller I have visited almost 70 countries. I am a keen military historian and have visited the battlefields of the Crimean War, the American Civil War, The Russian Eastern Front and the French Maginot Line defences.
With my interest in heritage transport, I am a member of several UK heritage railways and I am also the Vice Chairman of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society. Finally I am President of a local group for the blind and partially sighted.

About Their Talks...

My talks are generally suited to male, female or mixed audiences and are usually timed for 45-60 minutes. I welcome questions at the end.
Using Powerpoint I can offer all my talks either in person or via Zoom if necessary, and can provide all equipment including screen or use what the venue provides. For good quality picture definition the venue should be able to be shielded from bright sunshine. Some talks can be delivered without images for visually impaired audiences.
I am happy to consider bookings anywhere in the UK or to step in at short notice.

Fee:

Minimum of £80 plus travel (30 ppm).

My Contact Details:
Phone:

07387 159 487

Treasures of the Nile

Public Speaker in Surrey Major Paul Whittle talks about Treasures of the Nile

From El Alamein and Alexandria to Luxor, Aswan and the temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel – a voyage along this most historic of rivers.

Steam to Mandalay and Burmese Days

Public Speaker in Surrey Major Paul Whittle talks about Steam to Mandalay and Burmese Days

Two talks on the history, main tourist sites, and the many challenges currently facing Myanmar (Burma), travelling by vintage steam train and river steamer.

Steaming On ! - The best of Britain's heritage railways

Public Speaker in Surrey Major Paul Whittle talks about Steaming On ! - The best of Britain's heritage railways

Train travel from a more leisurely time, featuring many of our 120+ preserved railways. The scenery, the stations, locomotives and carriages lovingly restored, and the many volunteers who give their time and enthusiasm to recreate the ‘romance of the rails’.

Hill Stations of the Raj

Public Speaker in Surrey Major Paul Whittle talks about Hill Stations of the Raj

Nostalgic reminders of the days of Empire. Tea gardens, stunning mountain scenery, and a visit to former hill stations in India, Myanmar (Burma) and Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon).

The Best of British

Public Speaker in Surrey Major Paul Whittle talks about The Best of British

A wide-ranging tour of gardens, country landscapes, historic houses and castles, industrial heritage and much more from across the UK.

The Venetian Connection

Public Speaker in Surrey Major Paul Whittle talks about The Venetian Connection

Venice and the many Mediterranean cities and regions once ruled by this formerly very powerful city-state. Also the main tourist sites as well as the lesser-known parts of this wonderful UNESCO World Heritage city.

The Lady with the Lamp - The Florence Nightingale Story

Public Speaker in Surrey Major Paul Whittle talks about The Lady with the Lamp - The Florence Nightingale Story

The life (1820-1910) and many achievements of this remarkable Victorian lady. Also the people and places associated with her, and a look at the Crimea of today. (Separate talk on the Crimean war also available).

America's Historic East

Public Speaker in Surrey Major Paul Whittle talks about America's Historic East

From the Civil War Confederacy cities of Atlanta, Charleston and Richmond, we travel north to Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York. A journey full of variety and showcasing America’s heritage.

Alaska Adventure

Public Speaker in Surrey Major Paul Whittle talks about Alaska Adventure

By rail through the Canadian Rockies to Vancouver on the Pacific Coast and then north by cruise-ship to Alaska, America’s largest state and once owned by Russia. And the US Coastguard in a dramatic sea rescue operation!

In the 'Land of the Gods' - Exploring Eritrea

Public Speaker in Surrey Major Paul Whittle talks about In the 'Land of the Gods' - Exploring Eritrea

A wide-ranging visit to this secretive former Italian colony in the Horn of Capital. Includes a spectacular train ride from the Red Sea port of Massawa to Eritrea’s capital of Asmara, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its impressive 1930s modernist architecture.

Viceroy Special - Images of Sri Lanka

Public Speaker in Surrey Major Paul Whittle talks about the Viceroy Special - Images of Sri Lanka

A leisurely tour of this beautiful island on a vintage steam train. temples, tea plantations, turtles- and a visit to an elephant orphanage.

Tsars and Commissars - Aspects of St Petersburg

Public Speaker in Surrey Major Paul Whittle talks about the Tsars and Commissars - Aspects of St Petersburg

Russia’s ‘Window on the West’ founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703. The city’s architectural splendours and its turbulent past including the 1917 revolution and the terrible 900 day Nazi siege in WW2.

Rock Steady - The Gibraltar Story

Public Speaker in Surrey Major Paul Whittle talks about Rock Steady - The Gibraltar Story

A fascinating tour of this historic British military bastion -its history, heritage, fortifications, tourist attractions and its vital role in WW2.

Toy Train to the Clouds

Public Speaker in Surrey Major Paul Whittle talks about Toy Train to the Clouds

A visit to Darjeeling, former hill station of the Raj 7,000ft up in the Himalayas, travelling there on the World Heritage narrow gauge railway built by the British and still using its original steam locomotives. Tea gardens, wonderful mountain scenery and much more.

Slow Train to Damascus

Public Speaker in Surrey Major Paul Whittle talks about the Slow Train to Damascus

Petra, the Dead Sea, Roman cities and a rare desert train ride on the Turkish-built Hedjaz Railway wrecked by ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ in WW1.

Secret Siberia

Public Speaker in Surrey Major Paul Whittle talks about the Secret Siberia

From the formerly secret naval city of Vladivostock we travel west on the Trans-Siberian and BAM rail routes to stunning Lake Baikal.
Truly Russia at most remote.

River Kwai Railway - The True Story

Public Speaker in Surrey Major Paul Whittle talks about the River Kwai Railway - The True Story

The infamous Burma-Thailand WW2 ‘Death Railway’, the iconic 1957 film – and the many differences between fact and film-making!

New England in the Fall

Public Speaker in Surrey Major Paul Whittle talks about New England in the Fall

Wonderful autumnal scenery, Mount Washington, Cape Cod -and a tea party in Boston!

The Andes and the Incas -Peru Explored

Public Speaker in Surrey Major Paul Whittle talks about The Andes and the Incas -Peru Explored

Offshore islands, volcanic mountains, unexpected conflict in the Amazonian rain forest, and the amazing UNESCO World Heritage Inca site at Machu Picchu.

Train to the Arctic Circle

Public Speaker in Surrey Major Paul Whittle talks about The Train to the Arctic Circle

Norway’s attractive capital city of Oslo, train travel north up the west coast to Bodo for a ferry visit to the stunning Lofoten Islands. Then via Narvik and its memories of bitter fighting in WW2 to Sweden, reindeer, husky dogs, and a chilly ice hotel!

Major Paul Whittle TD Contact Details:
Phone:

07387 159 487

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