Malcolm worked in Berlin during the final year of Allied control (1994) and saw the great changes as they happened. This presentation looks at the origin of the special status of Berlin and the complexities of travelling to this unique city. Berlin has a great deal to offer to those interested in military history.......from the huge flak towers in the parks to the Führer bunker lost below modern blocks of flats. The Berliners have a great sense of humour and many of the city's landmark buildings have somewhat irreverent names! Malcolm was present at the final Allied parades and was able to explore what the occupying armies left behind. Note......a hybrid version of this talk and "The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall and Inner German Border") is available (see "Berlin & Borders").Views: 1331 | Enquiries: 4
For many years Malcolm worked for the MoD schools (teacher, headteacher, advisory) and was fortunate to live and work in several interesting parts of the world. Several of his talks are inspired by his time in Cyprus and Germany. In 1974, as a young teacher in Cyprus, he experienced the military coup and subsequent Turkish invasion and, when living in Germany, saw the events of November 1989 as the Berlin Wall came down. He currently lives near York but between March and July he is enjoying himself in Cyprus and unavailable to give presentations.
Malcolm is happy to travel to most areas of the country but within a 100 mile radius of York seems like a sensible idea. However, if you are desperate for one of his presentations he can always make an exception!
Malcolm's presentations use his own laptop and data projector......however a screen needs to be provided.
Feedback has always been positive and groups often rebook immediately.
Evaluations following recent presentations:
"What can I say? We always give our speakers a mark out of ten but yours was the first to score 11!!! It really was excellent. You got all three aspects so right. Your research was impeccable; the visual presentation the best we have seen but most of all, you were able to put it over so well. So thank you, very well done indeed.".......R. S. - Collingham Retired Mens Forum.
"I thoroughly enjoyed your last talk to the Forum on “The Story of One Squadron“ ; I have also received a large number of complimentary comments from members."......R. L. - Harrogate Mens Forum.
"Thank you both for your very pleasant company at lunch this Wednesday , we really enjoyed the occasion. Terrific feedback , the room was still buzzing even after you left."......M.B. - Ryedale RAFA Branch.
“You did a talk for our club last October on the topic of York’s Baedeker Raid and the feedback I had from the members was very positive and suggesting I invite you to return.”……D.C – Derwent Probus Club.
“Once again on behalf of myself and this morning's audience, I would like to thank you for such a wonderful presentation; I know everyone present was really captivated by your talk.” ……K.M – Ryedale U3A.
"Comments on the evening itself and subsequently have underlined how much the attendees appreciated your presentation. It was the quality and professionalism of your talk that has made a strong impression. Many of the attendees I have spoken with have asked when we are going to book you again! There's no better endorsement than that." ......P.B. – Skelton Village Trust.
"A huge success yesterday, thank you for such an excellent, captivating and incredibly professional presentation. The feedback was superb and we would like you to come back……..indeed I think the members would lynch me if I didn't ask you!"......B.S. - Heworth Retired Men's Forum.
"At the end of today's presentation I announced you as our next speaker to palpable enthusiasm from the chaps!" ......B.S. - Heworth Retired Men's Forum.
Most presentations last approximately 50mins (+/-5) but can be modified as required.
For 2023, the fee for each standard length presentation is £40 plus modest travel expenses (20p per mile).
From January 2024 each standard length presentation will be £45 plus 25p per mile.
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