Details of talks given by Phil Cooper
I have accumulated what I feel are good photographs to illustrate my talks which relate to my travel experience. 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. “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).
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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 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!!"
"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, but the word interesting cropped up many times. I am a former graduate Biology teacher and also coached cricket for 24 seasons. mainly in New Zealand,Scotland and Amsterdam. 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. This would be another option, but i suspect many have already visited this wonderful country.
|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
|Travel|| A trip of a lifetime Syria- Damascus, Krak des Chaveliers Allepo and Jordan,Mt Sinai and Cappadocia.
Phil Cooper HistoricTravelTalks Tagged: Syria | Crusader Fortress | Petra | Damascus
|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
|Travel|| Assam Wildlife Reserves Amritsar and the Raj in Calcutta.
Phil Cooper HistoricTravelTalks Tagged: Rhino | Calcutta | Amritsar | Wildlife Assam
|Sports|| Cricket in New Zealand, Amsterdam, Glasgow, Notts and France -(will travel)
Phil Cooper HistoricTravelTalks Tagged: Cricket | New Zealand | Cricket Coaching | Scottish Cricket
|Travel|| Cuba and Panama – Independence, revolution and pirates.
Phil Cooper HistoricTravelTalks Tagged: Cuba | Panama | Havana | Portobello
|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