Phil Cooper

Details of talks given by Phil Cooper


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

I am registered on Zoom and did a trial, with a friend - it worked OK. This will be mainly by screen share, as my talks revolve around photographs I have taken of various places I have visited. I can use Skype also.

During this time where people need help if there are any donations I will be sending them to the homeless who are vulnerable at this time. I would stress that for me it isn't a money making venture. Any donation from the Costa Rica talk will go to the reforestation project "Rainforest of the Austrians". Please google this to see details of their tremendous project. There is a PayPal reference if a group wants to support this. More details are on the website.

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 had 19 speaking engagements in 2019, to various organisation. These presentations relate 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 and Cuba. 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 trip I wish to really promote is the trip to Costa Rica. Anyone who is interested in wildlife will enjoy this. There are some excellent photos provided by a colleague on the trip and lots of video. One particular scene involving sloths was something the guide had never seen in his 18 years experience. It also features a superb reforestation project "The Rainforest of the Austrians", re establishing habitats and adding to the carbon trapping capacity. I have liaised with the inspirational Michael Schnitzler and ALL funds generated are sent to Costa Rica to continue this.

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.

To contact Phil Cooper select a talk listed below.

Listed talks

Travel
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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
Anywhere
Travel
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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
Anywhere
Travel
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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
Anywhere
Travel
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Assam Wildlife Reserves Amritsar and the Raj in Calcutta.
Phil Cooper HistoricTravelTalks Tagged: Rhino | Calcutta | Amritsar | Wildlife Assam
Anywhere
Sports
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A Cricket journey New Zealand, Amsterdam, Glasgow, Notts and France -(will travel)
Phil Cooper HistoricTravelTalks Tagged: Cricket | New Zealand | Cricket Coaching | Scottish Cricket
Anywhere
Travel
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Cuba and Panama – Independence, revolution and pirates.
Phil Cooper HistoricTravelTalks Tagged: Cuba | Panama | Havana | Portobello
Anywhere
History
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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
Anywhere
Nature
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Beasts Birds and Bugs of Costa Rica and the rainforest of the Austrians
Phil Cooper HistoricTravelTalks Tagged: Costa Rica | Wildlife | Sloths | Travel
Anywhere
Travel
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Amazing Animals of Costa Rica and the Rainforest of the Austrians
Phil Cooper HistoricTravelTalks Tagged: Costa Rica | Wildlife | Sloths
Anywhere
History
Online
The Great Game – A conflict between Great Britain and Russia in Central Asia and Western China.
Phil Cooper HistoricTravelTalks Tagged: Great Game | Russia V Great Britain | Central Asia | 19Th Century
Anywhere