John Pilkington

Clacton & North East Essex Arts & Literary Society

21st January 2013 John Pilkington. Georgia to Afghanistan. In an exciting sequel to his last talk for us, John follows a spectacular branch of the Silk Road from the Caucasus across the Caspian Sea to Samarkand. He then turns south-east before finishing in Kashgar, China’s so-called ‘Crossroads of Asia’. Sponsored by DEREK and SHEILA NORMAN.

Georgia to Afghanistan Caucasus farmer

 

In an intriguing sequel to his ‘Axis of Evil’ trip, John followed a spectacular branch of the Silk Road from the Caucasus across the Caspian Sea to Samarkand. He then turned south-east to explore the High Pamirs of Tajikistan and Afghanistan – a region well-known to Marco Polo – before finishing in Kashgar, China’s so-called ‘Crossroads of Asia’.
Afghan riv
Yes, I’ve been travelling again, this time in Central Asia. As a sequel to my previous ‘Axis of Evil’ trip, I followed a less-travelled branch of the Silk Road from the Caucasus across the Caspian Sea to Samarkand. Then, reeling from the beauty of that legendary city, I turned south-east to explore the High Pamirs of Tajikistan and Afghanistan – a region well-known to Marco Polo – before carrying on to Kashgar, China’s socalled ‘Crossroads of Asia’, and finishing on the Great Wall. Afghanistan was an absolute highlight. Crossing the river from Tajikistan was like stepping back a hundred years. On the Tajik side there were cars, electric lights, piped water and central heating; on the Afghan side donkeys, candles, water buckets and smoky yak-dung fires.
In the company of two horsemen I reached the source of the River Oxus, helped along by generous bowls of yak’s-milk yogurt and salty tea, the staple diet of the sheep and yak herders in this isolated corner of Afghanistan. As always I took lots of photographs, and I’ve put the best of them into a new presentation. The digital slide/sound show Georgia to Afghanistan generally lasts an hour, but can easily be adjusted to your needs. I provide all equipment, including a big screen. My fee for this talk is £380 plus travelling expenses.
If you’d like to make a booking please get in touch.
My contact details are: John Pilkington 9 Culverwell Gardens Winchester Hants SO23 9JG Tel. 01962 863965 Fax 01722 504594 E-mail john@pilk.net You can read more about this and other talks and books at www.pilk.net.

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