Insider Cyprus

Bob Goddard

Timbuktu Publishing
East of England
Notice Period:
Short (maybe less than one month's notice)
Paid: £45 plus 30p per mile towards travel expenses
21st December 2019
Mediterranean | Greek | Culture | Cyprus

They call Cyprus the Island of Love, but what is the secret charm of Aphrodite’s birthplace? What makes this sun-kissed Mediterranean island such a magnet for the British, that 70,000 of us now live there?

Probably not its location, perched precariously between Turkey, Lebanon, Syria and Libya. Probably not its turbulent past. Cyprus has been invaded and conquered by Greeks, Phoenicians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Persians, Macedonians, Romans, Arabs, Crusaders, Venetians, Ottomans, British and Turks! Nicosia remains the only capital in the world which is divided between two nations. So what is the attraction?

For nearly 20 years we have owned a traditional stone cottage in the smallest village in Cyprus, hidden halfway up the Troodos mountains. It’s a place where people still go to work on a donkey, herd their goats on the hillside and crush their grapes by foot.

In this talk I reveal what it’s like to live in a land rich in history and culture and why you must never take olive oil to your neighbour after dark. This is an illustrated 40-60 minute Power Point presentation.

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About Bob Goddard

Formerly a journalist and businessman, I am now an author and publisher. I’ve travelled to the farthest corners of the world and even to the Moon (!) to research my books and talks. My wife, Viv, accompanies me on most of these epic adventures, riding a motorbike of her own and emerging as the heroine of the story. For my Moon mission I narrowly avoided being shot into space by calling on experts from NASA and Moscow instead.

My talks are all Power Point presentations and I use around 60 illustrations in each talk. The Mother Moon talk is also available as a stand-alone if required (see below). I can supply my own equipment though I’m happy to use in-house equipment when it is available. Talks usually last between 40 and 60 minutes and can be split for a tea break if required. I’m happy to provide a Q&A session at the end of the talk. I also bring along some books and support materials, so a display table would be welcomed for these.

  • STAND ALONE: I can also provide an unsupported stand-alone talk for Mother Moon. It can be anything from 30-60 minutes long, as required.

  • SHORT NOTICE: I’m often available at short notice, so give me a call if you are stuck.

  • NORFOLK: I rarely give talks outside my home county.

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