May
19
Thu
2022
Healthy Walking @ JAVEA - Rafalets to Tarraula roads and woods.
May 19 @ 09:00 – 10:00
Healthy Walking @ JAVEA - Rafalets to Tarraula roads and woods.
JAVEA – Rafalets to Tarraula roads and woods.
DATE: Start Time: 9 am WALK LEADER: Walks:
Tuesday 17th May Peter & Valerie  
Thursday 19th May Peter & Valerie  
Duration 1hr
Meeting Point El Rafalet park in Calle Mar de Noruega of Benitachell road CV740, opposite ecopark. GPS: 38°45’44.5″N 0°08’52.7″E
Walking Route Distance : Across to the La Colina area and around the woods and country lanes.
Terrain Walking Surface Mostly roads but some rough paths through woods.
Ascent Some, mostly on roads..
Directions to Meeting Point From Moraira:
Take the road from to Benitachell . Turn right at the traffic lights and drive to Javea(CV740), pass the golf club. When you passed the golfclub you find the Rafalet parking on the right on the corner of Calle del mar de Noruega.
From Javea:
Leave Jávea on the CV734 towards Gata. Turn left at the Ferrobox roundabout onto CV740 to Benitachell. Straight over roundabout at Cabanes. Shortly after the stone cross on right, turn left into the large El Rafalet car park on the left on the corner of Calle del mar de Noruega.
May
23
Mon
2022
The Oak that Walked from Malaga to Manchester @ La Senieta
May 23 @ 10:30 – 12:00

We will see how Britain was transformed once the ice sheets had disappeared approximately 16,000 years ago.

As the climate warmed trees moved north from Southern Europe but each species moved at a different pace so the landscape continually changed.

The meaning of the terms ‘native tree’, naturalised tree’, and ‘introduced tree’ will be discussed.

We will also see the impact that mankind and the industrial revolution has had on our treescapes as we move towards modern times.

House of Gucci @ La Senieta (Theatre), Moraira
May 23 @ 17:30 – 20:30
May
24
Tue
2022
Healthy Walking @ JAVEA Golfclub – Around the paths and woods of Ladoga / Las Laderas
May 24 @ 09:00 – 10:00
Healthy Walking @ JAVEA Golfclub – Around the paths and woods of Ladoga / Las Laderas
JAVEA Golfclub – Around the paths and woods of Ladoga / Las Laderas
DATE: Start Time: 9 am WALK LEADER: Walks:
Tuesday 24th May ALex & Elaine  
Thursday 26th May ALex & Elaine  
Duration 1hr (+stops)
Meeting Point CALLE LAGO TANGANYKA parking area. GPS: 38°45’07.1″N 0°09’47.4″E
Walking Route Distance : Around the woods and tracks of the Ladoga and Las Laderas area.
Terrain Walking Surface Some tarmac roads, many compacted dirt paths (some rough).
Ascent Some modest climbs, nothing severe.
Directions to Meeting Point From Moraira:
Drive to Benitachell and turn right at the traffic lights. Go straight on at the next lights. After passing the large furniture store (Devygar Mobles) turn right. Take the 2nd exit at the next roundabout and go past the entrance to Cansalades Park on the right.
After 400m there is a junction where the main road bends to the right, but you need to turn LEFT in front of the large concrete sign LAS LADERAS, into Calle Lago Como.
From Jávea:
From the Mas y Mas supermarket, take the road towards Benitachell up the hill. 600 metres after passing the Inn on the Green bowls club, the road bends left at the old El Campo restaurant. There are two roads on the right hand side as the road bends left. Take the second of these two roads Calle Lago Como; do not take the road immediately alongside the restaurant.

Drive past the parking area on the right, up to the top of the hill and round the right hand bend. Then take the first left into CALLE LAGO VANERN and then bear right into CALLE LAGO TANGANYKA. Park here.

May
26
Thu
2022
Healthy Walking @ JAVEA Golfclub – Around the paths and woods of Ladoga / Las Laderas
May 26 @ 09:00 – 10:00
Healthy Walking @ JAVEA Golfclub – Around the paths and woods of Ladoga / Las Laderas
JAVEA Golfclub – Around the paths and woods of Ladoga / Las Laderas
DATE: Start Time: 9 am WALK LEADER: Walks:
Tuesday 24th May ALex & Elaine  
Thursday 26th May ALex & Elaine  
Duration 1hr (+stops)
Meeting Point CALLE LAGO TANGANYKA parking area. GPS: 38°45’07.1″N 0°09’47.4″E
Walking Route Distance : Around the woods and tracks of the Ladoga and Las Laderas area.
Terrain Walking Surface Some tarmac roads, many compacted dirt paths (some rough).
Ascent Some modest climbs, nothing severe.
Directions to Meeting Point From Moraira:
Drive to Benitachell and turn right at the traffic lights. Go straight on at the next lights. After passing the large furniture store (Devygar Mobles) turn right. Take the 2nd exit at the next roundabout and go past the entrance to Cansalades Park on the right.
After 400m there is a junction where the main road bends to the right, but you need to turn LEFT in front of the large concrete sign LAS LADERAS, into Calle Lago Como.
From Jávea:
From the Mas y Mas supermarket, take the road towards Benitachell up the hill. 600 metres after passing the Inn on the Green bowls club, the road bends left at the old El Campo restaurant. There are two roads on the right hand side as the road bends left. Take the second of these two roads Calle Lago Como; do not take the road immediately alongside the restaurant.

Drive past the parking area on the right, up to the top of the hill and round the right hand bend. Then take the first left into CALLE LAGO VANERN and then bear right into CALLE LAGO TANGANYKA. Park here.

May
31
Tue
2022
Healthy Walking @ TEULADA – around the camis behind Font Santa
May 31 @ 09:00 – 10:00
Healthy Walking @ TEULADA – around the camis behind Font Santa
TEULADA – around the camis behind Font Santa
DATE: Start Time: 9 am WALK LEADER: Walks:
Tuesday 31th May Alex & Elaine  
Thursday 2th Jun Alex & Elaine  
Duration 1hr
Meeting Point Font Santa car park, Camí la Font Santa, 03725 Teulada, Alicante.
GPS: 38°42’54.8″N 0°07’33.6″E
Walking Route Distance : 4,2 km Around the country lanes behind Font Santa
Terrain Walking Surface Nomal roads Tarmac , concrete
Ascent One long hill at the beginning of the walk that becomes very steep for the last 300 metres.
Directions to Meeting Point From Moraira:
Take the main Teulada-to-Moraira road (CV743). Go right on the LIDL roundabout, go over the bridge and turn left. The karting facility is about 800m towards Teulada. Go past the Go-Karting car park on your right and park in the next parking area on the right.
From Benitachell:
Take the road towards Moraira (CV737), Straight over
the new Mercadona roundabout. When you have passed clinica assistel, 100m onwards, take the next small road on the right, signposted Font Santa. Ignore the turning to the right and follow the road as it curves to the right. Shortly, after passing new bridge off LIDL on the left, you will reach the karting parking area on the right. Go past the Go-Karting car park on your right and park in the next parking area on the right.
Jun
2
Thu
2022
Healthy Walking @ TEULADA – around the camis behind Font Santa
Jun 2 @ 09:00 – 10:00
Healthy Walking @ TEULADA – around the camis behind Font Santa
TEULADA – around the camis behind Font Santa
DATE: Start Time: 9 am WALK LEADER: Walks:
Tuesday 31th May Alex & Elaine  
Thursday 2th Jun Alex & Elaine  
Duration 1hr
Meeting Point Font Santa car park, Camí la Font Santa, 03725 Teulada, Alicante.
GPS: 38°42’54.8″N 0°07’33.6″E
Walking Route Distance : 4,2 km Around the country lanes behind Font Santa
Terrain Walking Surface Nomal roads Tarmac , concrete
Ascent One long hill at the beginning of the walk that becomes very steep for the last 300 metres.
Directions to Meeting Point From Moraira:
Take the main Teulada-to-Moraira road (CV743). Go right on the LIDL roundabout, go over the bridge and turn left. The karting facility is about 800m towards Teulada. Go past the Go-Karting car park on your right and park in the next parking area on the right.
From Benitachell:
Take the road towards Moraira (CV737), Straight over
the new Mercadona roundabout. When you have passed clinica assistel, 100m onwards, take the next small road on the right, signposted Font Santa. Ignore the turning to the right and follow the road as it curves to the right. Shortly, after passing new bridge off LIDL on the left, you will reach the karting parking area on the right. Go past the Go-Karting car park on your right and park in the next parking area on the right.
Jun
7
Tue
2022
Healthy Walking @ JAVEA - Cansaladas Las Laderas urb. and woods -2
Jun 7 @ 09:00 – 10:00
Healthy Walking @ JAVEA - Cansaladas Las Laderas urb. and woods -2
JAVEA – Cansaladas Las Laderas urb. and woods -2
DATE: Start Time: 9 am WALK LEADER: Walks:
Tuesday 7th Jun Peter & Noelene  
Thursday 9th Jun Peter & Noelene  
Duration 1hr
Meeting Point Cami Lago Como of cami de les Cansaladas CV-747 before El Campo Restaurant, left in Cami Lago Como near Mailboxes of Las Laderas urb. GPS: 38°45’00.4″N 0°10’08.3″E
Walking Route Distance : Through Las Laderas urbanisation into the woods and around the rear of the Jávea Golf club.
Terrain Walking Surface Some roads but mostly good tracks and paths
Ascent Mostly flat but starts with a fairly steep climb through the urbanisation. (Ascent 105m).
Directions to Meeting Point From Moraira: Drive through Benitachell towards Javea. Pass the football field on the right and take the first road to the right CV-747 towards Javea arenal. Pass the roundabout, go straight and follow the road until it bends to the right. At this point turn left into Lago Como. do not take the road immediately alongside the restaurant. Parking near the mailboxes..

From Jávea: At Barclays Bank, take the road towards Benitachell up the hill. 600 metres after passing the Inn on the Green bowls club, the road bends left at the old El Campo restaurant. There are two roads on the right hand side as the road bends left. Take the second of these two roads; do not take the road immediately alongside the restaurant. Parking near the mailboxes.

Jun
9
Thu
2022
Healthy Walking @ JAVEA - Cansaladas Las Laderas urb. and woods -2
Jun 9 @ 09:00 – 10:00
Healthy Walking @ JAVEA - Cansaladas Las Laderas urb. and woods -2
JAVEA – Cansaladas Las Laderas urb. and woods -2
DATE: Start Time: 9 am WALK LEADER: Walks:
Tuesday 7th Jun Peter & Noelene  
Thursday 9th Jun Peter & Noelene  
Duration 1hr
Meeting Point Cami Lago Como of cami de les Cansaladas CV-747 before El Campo Restaurant, left in Cami Lago Como near Mailboxes of Las Laderas urb. GPS: 38°45’00.4″N 0°10’08.3″E
Walking Route Distance : Through Las Laderas urbanisation into the woods and around the rear of the Jávea Golf club.
Terrain Walking Surface Some roads but mostly good tracks and paths
Ascent Mostly flat but starts with a fairly steep climb through the urbanisation. (Ascent 105m).
Directions to Meeting Point From Moraira: Drive through Benitachell towards Javea. Pass the football field on the right and take the first road to the right CV-747 towards Javea arenal. Pass the roundabout, go straight and follow the road until it bends to the right. At this point turn left into Lago Como. do not take the road immediately alongside the restaurant. Parking near the mailboxes..

From Jávea: At Barclays Bank, take the road towards Benitachell up the hill. 600 metres after passing the Inn on the Green bowls club, the road bends left at the old El Campo restaurant. There are two roads on the right hand side as the road bends left. Take the second of these two roads; do not take the road immediately alongside the restaurant. Parking near the mailboxes.

Jun
13
Mon
2022
English Colonisation of North America: Mayflower and a Whole Lot More @ La Senieta, Moraira
Jun 13 @ 10:30 – 11:30
English Colonisation of North America: Mayflower and a Whole Lot More @ La Senieta, Moraira

English interest in North America began with John Cabot, a contemporary of Columbus, who sailed to Newfoundland in 1497 in search of a route to Asia.  The first attempts at settlement came a century later and were unsuccessful.  The most ambitious failure was in the 1580s under Walter Raleigh at Roanoke Island in today’s North Carolina.

The first successful colony was Jamestown (Virginia), established in 1607 by economic migrants.  The second was at Plymouth (Massachusetts), founded by settlers arriving on Mayflower in 1620, escaping religious persecution in England.

By 1750, the British had 13 colonies (soon to become the first 13 members of the United States) on the eastern seaboard between Georgia and Maine, together with two in present-day Canada: Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

The lecture will examine the origins and development of these colonies, with some emphasis on Jamestown and Plymouth.  Reference will also be made to the parallel activities of the Spanish, French, and Dutch.

(Click on any image to enlarge)

Jun
27
Mon
2022
Blacks in Art: A VERY Superficial Overview. @ La Senieta (Theatre), Moraira
Jun 27 @ 10:30 – 12:00

SPEAKER ROSALIND MIRANDA.

This talk was inspired by an article by Denise Murrell, who did her doctoral thesis on unnamed black models in famous Western artworks.

It starts with sub-Saharan African art from 70,000 years ago in South Africa, then some from Niger, Benin bronzes, & wooden sculptures.

Next, Western artists who were influenced by Afrtican art around the start of the 20th century:

Vlaminck – Derain – Modigliani – Matisse – Picasso

Then, black models in Western art:

Manet’s Olympia, etc

Géricault’s model at the apex of the Raft of the Medusa

To end, four of the many blacks who have “made it” as artists:

Edmonia Lewis, an African-American woman sculptress, 1844-1907

Elizabeth Catlett, American, 1915-2012

Jean Michel Basquiat, American, 1960-1988

Chris Ofili, British (No Woman No Cry), b 1968

Ofili, Chris; No Woman, No Cry; Tate; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/no-woman-no-cry-201122
Sep
12
Mon
2022
20th-Century Canadian Art: Indigenous and Immigrant @ La Senieta
Sep 12 @ 10:30 – 12:00
20th-Century Canadian Art: Indigenous and Immigrant @ La Senieta

The lecture will explore the work of two groups of Canadian artists: those with an indigenous background whose work comes from a tradition developed over thousands of years; and those with an immigrant background (mostly European) going back only as far as the start of the colonial period in the 18th century.

The principal focus under the immigrant heading will be the Group of Seven: Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A. Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J. E. H. MacDonald, and Frederick Varley.  They were a loose association of men with a British background who set out to develop a distinctly Canadian style of landscape painting.  Associated with the group, other important artists that we shall look at include Tom Thomson and Emily Carr.

Indigenous artists paint relatively few landscapes and often portray myth and traditional culture.  Their styles vary geographically.  Those whose backgrounds and work we shall explore include, on the west coast, Bill Read and Mungo Martin; in northern Ontario, Daphne Odjig and Norval Morrisseau; and in the Arctic, Kenojuak Ashevak, and Peter Kooyoo.

Sep
26
Mon
2022
The History of Crude Oil
Sep 26 @ 10:30 – 11:30

 – From Mesopotamian Origins to Colonel Drake

The discovery of crude oil and bitumen can be traced back to the Neandertals but more widespread use started in Mesopotamia around 8000BC. Ziggurats were made secure by bitumen oil mortar and Nebuchadnezzar allegedly waterproofed his hanging gardens with bitumen.

Unlikely medicinal uses were found and it was not long before the flammable properties of crude were exploited by the Byzantines who made oil grenades as a naval warfare weapon. We will see that in North America the native Indians were using crude oil as an insecticide and for skin treatments long before the famous sinking of Drake’s Well in Pennsylvania in 1861.

Oct
10
Mon
2022
The History of the Submarine @ La Senieta, Moraira
Oct 10 @ 10:30 – 11:30

The first fully recorded submarine was built in 1620 by a Dutchman, Cornelius Van Drebbel, who was in the service of King James 1st of England. Despite it being an underwater rowing boat, it proved to be very successful and Von Drebbel later built two larger versions in one of which it is believed the King accompanied Van Drebbel in a voyage up the river Thames.

Von Drebbel’s submarine was watched by thousands of disbelieving Londoners who gathered along the banks of the Thames.

However, it wasn’t until 155 years later in 1775 when an American called David Bushnell built a submarine intended to sink British warships during the American revolution against the British, that the full possibilities began to be realised by Governments and various prototypes began to be constructed.

In 1800, Napoleon Bonaparte commissioned another American, called Robert Fulton to build a submarine intended to sink British vessels but despite building a submarine which proved to be perfectly viable the French Naval authorities decided to abandon the project.

Various other experimental submarines were built in the following years but it wasn’t until the American Civil War that the Confederate submarine ‘Hunley’ successfully sank the Union warship ‘Housatonic’ in 1864 by ramming an explosive charge into its hull. Unfortunately, the explosion was so powerful that the Hunley submarine also sank.

This talk ends at the beginning of the first World War before submarines became sophisticated vessels so there is no highly technical content.

Oct
24
Mon
2022
The history of computing @ La Senieta
Oct 24 @ 10:30 – 12:00
The history of computing @ La Senieta

A non-technical look at the history of computing from the abacus to the quantum computer and the story of the key individuals involved.

Today’s business computers are soulless. They even have a soulless name –“servers”.  We talk to them every time we Google something on our pc, but we’re not aware of it.  They hold vast amounts of data and work at incredible speeds, and when bunched together in server centre they generate so much heat that many are being located in the Arctic to save on refrigeration.  But who cares?

It hasn’t always been like that.  In the 1960s computers had rows of colourful switches and flashing lights, like the bridge on the Tardis.  They emitted a barely perceptible, sinister, hum.    Much more fun.

Come along on 24th October and hear Mike Granville answer these and other questions:

  • What place does Ada Lovelace, daughter of the poet Byron, have in the history of computing?
  • Was what Alan Turing helped devise in Bletchley Park to break the German’s Enigma code the first modern computer?  Why was it destroyed after the war?
  • Which science fiction author first predicted the modern computer (it’s not who you think)?
  • Is it true that your phone has more computing power than the first lunar lander?
  • Who is that Ernie bloke and why does he never pick your Premium Bonds?