Who are the most amazing people that have been born in your country? How are they recognized and honoured? Those are questions that interest me on my travels. It is interesting to walk the streets that Charles Dickens wrote about in London and to wander through Montmartre where Edith Piaf sang in the streets, or to visit Gettysburg in the USA and see the place where President Lincoln made one of this great speeches. You can join me on a journey and share stories of amazing people you have met on your travels.
What makes a leader amazing? Is it their ideas and creativity, their knowledge, their ability to make things work or the fact that they develop a business and make money? Galileo led by looking beyond Earth and finding a new world in the skies. Dr Louis Pasteur led by searching for and finding minute organisms, [...]
Why were they hunted down, brutalized and burnt ? That is what happened to thousands of people called the Cathars, during the so called middle ages. Recently, I took a flight from the UK and went to Carcassone in France. Soon as I arrived at the airport, I saw a sign that said – ‘Welcome to [...]
Every year, the people of the USA celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November. The origins of the event go way back to the early days of European settlement. It is said the original event was when sailors gave thanks for a safe crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. Later, it was associated with the annual harvest and bringing families and communities [...]
In the year 1800, it is estimated there were one billion people on Earth. By 1927, the figure reached 2 billion. This week it was announced that there are now 7 billion. So, in the last 84 years – the lifetime of one generation – the population has increased by 5 billion people. How many of [...]
This week Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived in Australia. The Queen is 85 years of age and the Duke is 90. Travelling 10,000 miles, even with the aid of a modern jet plane, is tiring due to the jet lag. Add to that the official engagements in a hot climate. Also, I [...]
How many will remember what happened on September 3rd 1939? It was a black day in the history of the world because Nazi Germany caused the start of the Second World War. Two days earlier, they had invaded Poland and, as a result, Britain, France, Australia, New Zealand and other countries declared war on the [...]