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Storytellers – Walks

The Story Tellers evening for August was themed as WALKS.

Started off with a presentation by Ian Booth and occasionally prompted by his wife, Pru who has accompanied Ian on most of the walks and including KUMANO KODO

There are 2 World heritage Pilgrimage Treks. The Camino de Santiago, which most people have heard about, and the Kumano Kodo, which hardly anyone has heard about. It is in the Kii Peninsula in the south of Honshu Is., Japan.

The Kumano region is where Buddhism started in Japan, by a Shinto Priest, named Kukai, who was commissioned by the Emperor of Japan in 804AD to bring back Buddhism from China.  Approximately 400,000 pilgrims  (almost entirely Japanese) now hike some part/s of the Kumano Kodo various routes every year. Pru and Ian travelled from Osaka to Katsura, a tuna village on the East coast, hiking, self guided, over 240Km, up and down the difficult mountainous ridges of the Nakahechi Route.

It included stays with the Monks in Koyasan, which was founded by Kukai, and still has 117 amazing temples, plus a mausoleum housing Kobo Daishi (as Kukai is now called) resting in eternal meditation.  The 2 week trek was a fascinating, very moving, highly spiritual experience, including the 3 Sanzan (sacred shrines) of Kumano and the oldest and smallest (Yunomine) Onsen in the world (only 2 people at once) and arguably, also the largest, the 1,000 man pool in the Oto river at Kawayu Onsen.

A fascinating adventure and one, which was helped by their ability to understand Japanese to a certain extent. Ian did a great job with the photos and offered if anyone interested also had a short video on the walk that he had compiled over the 2-week walk. Just email to the facilitator and this request would be passed on to Ian.

IAN BOOTH in action describing part of the walk with background of Pru and Ian on trail.

IAN BOOTH in action describing part of the walk with background of Pru and Ian on trail.

Jan Davies presented the second part of the evening.  Jan was the organiser behind the THREE CAPES WALK in Tasmania in April with 11 other women, mainly BBC members. Continue reading

Storytellers – snow, ice & ski slopes

July 2016 Storytellers had a winter theme and our presenters for the evening were two members well versed in all that is snow, ice, ski slopes, here and abroad, après ski drinks and the like.

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Geoffrey Wall

Geoffrey Wall began proceedings presenting “I saved the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electricity Scheme“. Geoffrey spent six months in a small hut at Blue Lake on the Snowy Mountains Main Range planting his seeds… for soil conservation that is!! Geoffrey told a wonderful story of his experiences in a mountain hut, earning lots of money in overtime in order to raise some cash to go overseas. What better place to NOT spend any money? There was teasing of colleagues, one in particular who wrote a letter later to say that after much research he has recognised that there was never such and such an animal …and he wasn’t happy!

Geoffrey included some lovely anecdotes including what could possibly have been a real life changer when he literally picked up Marlene Dietrich …

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Andrew Horsley

After a short break to stretch the legs, Andrew Horsley (famed Jack Cox winner and Australian Cross Country Ski representative) presented “An evening of Australian Alpine History”. Andrew provided an insight to the Cross Country discipline – its growth, sophistication & characters, as observed over his long involvement as a racer, coach and administrator.

Andrew’s skiing and associated activities are truly extensive and everyone noted how his presentation was modestly understated. Just a few example of his involvement follow: Continue reading

Storytellers – Tuesday 16th August 7:00pm

Epic Walks

Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage

Ian and Pru Booth will be talking about their journey of 240km, self-guided hike along part of 1200 year-old Pilgrim’s Trail in Japan, one of the World Heritage Pilgrimage Treks.

Three Capes Track

Jan Davies is presenting a talk on the newly constructed $30 million Tasmanian’s far south east track. 12 females with packs and 46 kilometres of cliff-hugging wilderness.

The next stop is Antartica. A 4 day walk in a stunningly beautiful and remote part of Australia. A journey that had us in awe of natures beauty.

Both talks are promising to be pictorial adventures that we encourage you to come along and share.

BYO BBQ at 615pm, Show Time 730pm.

Storytellers – Tuesday 19th July 7:00pm

Winter is upon us and that’s the theme for our next meeting. Brrr.
Geoffrey Wall will present “I saved the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electricity Scheme“.
Geoffrey spent six months in a small hut at Blue Lake on the Snowy Mountains Main Range planting his seeds….. for soil conservation that is!!

Andrew Horsley (famed Jack Cox winner and Australian Cross Country Ski representative) will then present “An evening of Australian Alpine History”.

Andrew Horsley competed for Australia with distinction at the Andrew Horsley competing at the World Cross Country Championships in Lahti, Finland, in 1978.

Andrew Horsley competed for Australia at the at the World Cross Country Championships in Lahti, Finland, in 1978.

Andrew will provide an insight to the Cross Country discipline – its growth, sophistication & characters, as observed over his long involvement as a racer, coach and administrator.

The meeting will commence at 7:30pm following a BYO BBQ for those interested. Friends are welcome.

Storytellers – Clive and Denise Interview Hamid Rihani

The meeting was rather special as we got to know one of the three wise men a little better – namely Hamid Rihani.

Hcaptwirling 576Hamid didn’t need much of an introduction. He’s certainly one of the BBC’s identities.

When he retired about 3 years ago there were several articles written about him in the local papers, and there was one quote from fellow BBC member Brian Wilder “Hamid is a one-off; and I don’t think Mosman will see the likes of him in business in Mosman again. He has a fascinating personal story” so in order to capture some his fascinating story, Denise and Clive conducted a ‘Parkinson’ style interview with him. Hamid is colourful but also quite reserved, or so we all thought, but once he warmed up he was hard to stop. He kept the audience enthralled with his interesting life story and amused by his many anecdotes. He’s quite a success story. Hamid’s charming ‘Aussie’ wife Robyn joined us also to check that Hamid’s version of the truth was told … just as well too!

In the interview we explored some of his family history, his early career, what prompted his move to Australia in 1969, the growth of his business in Mosman and how he came to join the BBC.

Born in Fez, Morocco. His mother died when he was 18 months and then his father when he was about 5 years. From then on he was looked after through a trust by a guardian/nanny. Continue reading