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Storytellers – The Three Sieges of Malta

The Three Sieges of Malta was the presentation for the evening.

  • By the Turks in 1565
  • By the Axis Powers during WWII
  • By BBC swimmers in 2014
  1. Jon Attwater will dwell briefly on the fascinating history of The Knights of St John and the Great Siege of 1565
  2. A short film “Malta GC” will be shown on our new screen. This film of 20 minutes duration was made in 1943 at the request of King George VI to record what happened in Malta during WWII. This rare footage was retrieved from the archives of the Imperial War Museum in London in 2005.
  3. Finally, from Jack Stening, a short talk accompanied with some dramatic photographs on the recent BBC swim in Malta.

The BBC swimmers siege of Malta occurred in June 2014 and due to a very busy agenda the Storytellers only managed to find time to hear all about it in November, the last meeting for the year. Bolstered by many members who went on the trip, the number of attendees exceeded 50, which has been a regular occurrence throughout 2014.

It was heartening to know that Doug & Chris Sturrock decided that to celebrate their 14th Wedding Anniversary they would spend it at the Storytellers rather than some swanky restaurant … well, at least Doug decided!

jon-attwater-jack-stenning-650x366Jon ‘Swampy’ Attwater dwelt briefly on the fascinating history of The Knights of St John of Jerusalem and the Great Siege of 1565. As part of the planning of the Malta adventure, Jon had uncovered a wealth of fascinating information and admitted that after his visit, Malta really had lived up to all his expectations and he’d certainly consider another visit, and not only for the fine food and good wine! Jon’s full account of the trip has since been published in the BBC Report Issue 124. Continue reading

Storytellers – Tuesday 18th November 7:30pm

The Three Sieges of Malta

  • By the Turks in 1565
  • By the Axis Powers during WWII
  • By BBC swimmers in 2014
  1. Jon Attwater will dwell briefly on the fascinating history of The Knights of St John and the Great Siege of 1565
  2. A short film “Malta GC” will be shown on our new screen. This film of 20 minutes duration was made in 1943 at the request of King George VI to record what happened in Malta during WWII. This rare footage was retrieved from the archives of the Imperial War Museum in London in 2005.
  3. Finally, from Jack Stening, a short talk accompanied with some dramatic photographs on the recent BBC swim in Malta.

As this will be the last meeting for the year we will conclude with a few drinks (byo of course) to start getting into the Christmas spirit.

Storytellers – Alex Korjavine and Eugene Volskiy summit Mt McKinley

The meeting was well attended by over 50 members and guests all keen to hear Alex Korjavine and friend Eugene Volskiy present a talk of their adventures earlier this year when climbing Mount McKinley, the highest mountain peak in North America, some 20,237 feet (6,168 m) above sea level.
Alex-Korjavine-and -Eugene-Volskiy-summit-McKinley

Jackie B took the opportunity at the start to give everyone an update on our good friend Jack Stening who had a serious mishap in the Sunday race. Fortunately for Jack the BBC is blessed with some quick thinking and qualified members who sprang into action to rescue him and pack him off to hospital in record time. The news was good and Jack was up and about after being discharged from hospital and being drained of gallons of Middle Harbour water!

Alex (Mr KGB) is now one of our regular presenters, this occasion being probably his fifth time. Alex showed some video clip and breathtaking photographs of their climb to reach the summit. He spoke of the obstacles they needed to overcome, the extreme cold temperatures that average -20 C at the base and -45 C at the summit, high altitude sickness, and numerous crevasses. As they climbed higher each step became more dangerous, rather like walking in a minefield. Alex and Eugene were attached to a safety rope with the lead climber readying himself in case he suddenly fell down a crevasse, likewise the tail climber would be poised to put the brakes on and take the weight if such a disaster happened. Alex-Korjavine-and-Eugene-Volskiy-bbc-storytellers-650-366 Continue reading

Storytellers – Tuesday 21st October 7:30pm

Climbing Mount McKinley

Earlier this year our own Alex Korjavine and friend Eugene Volskiy reached the summit of the highest mountain peak in North America, some 20,237 feet (6,168 m) above sea level.
Alex-Korjavine-and -Eugene-Volskiy-summit-McKinleyListen to their story about the obstacles they needed to overcome, the extreme cold temperatures that average -20 C at the base and -45 at the summit, high altitude sickness, and numerous crevasses.
They will show pictures and a few short video clips showing storms and their daily routines in these conditions. They will also tell a few expedition anecdotes as well as bringing along their equipment to show members what’s involved in expeditions of this type.
They paid for ALL their expedition expenses including equipment, flight tickets, climbing permits, accommodation “off the mountain”, food, etc. In addition they raised money for IFAW (www.ifaw.org/australia/about-ifaw) an organisation that fights for the protection of whales and the welfare of other animals.
The meeting will commence at 7:30 pm following a BYO BBQ for those interested.