Phil Cooper

Details of talks given by Phil Cooper


Organisation:
Phil Cooper HistoricTravelTalks
Region:
East Midlands
Notice Period:
Short (maybe less than one month's notice)
Type:
U3A, Rotary, Probus, Womens Institutes
Biography:

The accent is on the visual, with enough verbal to explain the story of where I have visited. I have accumulated what I feel are good photographs to illustrate my talks which relate to my travel experience. I have 18 speaking engagements in 2019, to various organisation. These are to places, often with a historical background and often not readily visited. These include Syria and Jordan, the Silk Road in Central Asia and Western China,, India, Cuba and Peru.

Cuba and Panama. “Great presentation – I spoke to people tonight they were the cleanest photos seen at a Travel Club Presentation. Very good 9 out of 10. It must have been good, hardly anyone dropped off to sleep!” (Taradale Travel Club New Zealand).

My blog site is http://historictraveltalks.blogspot.co.uk (Copy and paste)

One recent trip I undertook was to Northern India and the wildlife reserves in Assam, such as Kaziranga, where there is a large variety of wildlife, including the vulnerable One Horned Rhino. This is the basis of a talk which was well received at Havelock North Rotary Club, Hawkes Bay New Zealand in February 2018.

I look back at my trip in the Middle East - from Cairo to Istanbul and reflect on what I saw then and what I see currently in places like Aleppo. However the highlight for me was the crusader fortress of Krak des Chevaliers, which is shown on the photo I have included. This was described by TE Lawrence as "perhaps the best preserved and most wholly admirable castle in the world". Indeed he associated with many places along this journey.

I research the topics thoroughly and I provide a narrative and background to illustrated talks. I operate on a voluntary basis and am prepared to travel within reasonable distances from my home in North Nottinghamshire.

 Along the Silk Road in Central Asia Talk Feedback

This part of Central Asia included in particular Kunya Urgench, Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. The buildings are simply stunning and the area is historically very interesting. It is the arena where the Great Game was played out, the political and diplomatic confrontation between Britain and Russia in the 19th century, which was described by one of the audience as fascinating.

"Very interesting talk. I could hear every word. I knew nothing about this area and learnt a lot. Pleased I came!!"

“Your talk was extremely interesting and I do believe, if you had spoken for much longer   everyone should enjoy it, and no-one would be bored. I did like the aspect that you kept referring to the map when relating to the history this indeed helps when discussing reasons and timings when situations occurred in the distant past. I also feel that your talk appeals to almost all  age groups, and both male and female.”

I am a former graduate Biology teacher and also coached cricket for 24 seasons. mainly in New Zealand,Scotland and Amsterdam. as a professional.

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Listed talks

Travel Along the Silk Road in Central Asia (eg Samarkand and Bukhara) and the struggle between empires.
Phil Cooper HistoricTravelTalks Tagged: Central Asia | Silk Road | Tamerlane | Mongols
East Midlands
Travel A trip of a lifetime Syria- Damascus, Krak des Chaveliers Allepo and Jordan and Mt Sinai
Phil Cooper HistoricTravelTalks Tagged: Syria | Crusader Fortress | Petra | Damascus
East Midlands
Travel Along the Silk Road in Western China – Xian, Jiayuaguan, Dunhang, Turpan, Kashgar and Tash Rabhat.
Phil Cooper HistoricTravelTalks Tagged: Silk Road | China (Western) | Kashgar | Turpan
East Midlands
Travel Assam Wildlife Reserves Amritsar and the Raj in Calcutta.
Phil Cooper HistoricTravelTalks Tagged: Rhino | Calcutta | Amritsar | Wildlife Assam
East Midlands
Sports A Cricket journey New Zealand, Amsterdam, Glasgow, Notts and France -(will travel)
Phil Cooper HistoricTravelTalks Tagged: Cricket | New Zealand | Cricket Coaching | Scottish Cricket
East Midlands
Travel Cuba and Panama – Independence, revolution and pirates.
Phil Cooper HistoricTravelTalks Tagged: Cuba | Panama | Havana | Portobello
East Midlands
History A historical approach to the Central Asian conflicts on the Silk Road and the Great Game and beyond
Phil Cooper HistoricTravelTalks Tagged: Central Asia | Silk Road | Great Game | Mongols
East Midlands
Nature Beasts Birds and Bugs of Costa Rica and the rainforest of the Austrians
Phil Cooper HistoricTravelTalks Tagged: Costa Rica | Wildlife | Sloths | Travel
East Midlands
Travel Amazing Animals of Costa Rica and the Rainforest of the Austrians
Phil Cooper HistoricTravelTalks Tagged: Costa Rica | Wildlife | Sloths
East Midlands