Phil Cooper

Details of talks given by Phil Cooper

East Midlands
Rotary, U3A, possibly Probus, schools could be a consideration

I am a former graduate Biology teacher and also coached cricket for 24 seasons. mainly in New Zealand and Scotland. as a professional. I currently spend the early part of the year in New Zealand and I have delivered several talks, often in New Zealand, which of course I also have an extensive knowledge of having visited the country 14 times.

I continued to travel once I retired. I am prepared to give talks relating to my travel experiences to places, often with a historical background and often not readily visited. These include the Silk Road in Central Asia and Western China, Syria and Jordan, India, Cuba and Peru.

The last 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.

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".

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.

 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!!"

"A very interesting and thought provoking talk."

"Managed to tie in a wide land and historical areas in a concise and interesting way. Gave a wider understanding of the history of these areas which I had not come across before. Would have liked photos of the surrounding countryside."

Some felt there was perhaps a lot of information to handle, others would have liked more information about other areas such as the geography. The word interesting cropped up many times.


Listed talks

History Along the Silk Road in Central Asia (eg Samarkand and Bukhara)and the struggle between empires.
Personal Tagged: Central Asia | Silk Road
East Midlands
Travel A trip of a lifetime Mount Sinnai, Petra, Damascus, Krak des Chaveliers Allepo and Cappadocia.
Personal Tagged: Syria | Crusader Fortress | Petra | Damascus
East Midlands
Travel Along the Silk Road in Western China – Xian, Jiayuaguan, Dunhang, Turpan, Kashgar and Tash Rabhat.
Personal Tagged: Silk Road | China (Western) | Kashgar | Turpan
East Midlands
Travel Assam Wildlife Reserves Amritsar and the Raj in Calcutta.
Personal Tagged: Assam Kaziranga | Rhino | Calcutta | Amritsar
East Midlands
Sports A career in Cricket coaching – the problems of not being Kim Hughes.
Personal Tagged: Cricket | New Zealand | Cricket Coaching | Scottish Cricket
East Midlands