ISSUE 12, January 2005

Editorial
Kitchener of Khartoum: Mason extraordinary
Travel: Where east meets west
Veteran Honoured: Old soldier remembered
Royal Masonic Family: The Six Masonic Sons of George III, Part 1
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech of the Pro First Grand Principal and, Report of the Committee of General Purposes
  Quarterly Communication: Address of the Pro Grand Master and, Report of the Board of General Purposes
Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London: London's first consecration
Soccer: Man in the Middle
Wales: Joseph Parry - flawed genius?
Library & Museum: Donations gather pace
Education: Dates for your diary and, Planning a 'white table' and, Looking to the future and, Time marches on
Grand Charity: General meeting and non-Masonic grant list
Masonic Charities: Reports from the four main charities
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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Above
Another view of Rila Monastery
Below
Rose Valley's `liquid gold'
    Bulgaria is a wine-producing country, and our trip would not have been complete without a visit to a wine cellar. The region around Plovdiv is particularly good for red wines, and although the country tends to export some very mediocre wines to the UK, I was pleasantly surprised by some of the reds I tasted at the Todoroff wine cellar.
     Wines from here are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Mavrud.
     A third of the country is covered by mountains, and I am told, very beautiful. Unfortunately, the areas we covered were not very impressionable. However, we did pass many sheep and cows, each group tended by a shepherd. What was quite sad, was the many factories we passed that had closed with the fall of communism, and are now derelict.
     With people only earning a national average of £100 a month, and unemployment figures at around 30-40% of the population, it is not surprising that our guide warned us to be careful of talking to strangers, and to beware of pickpockets.
     A bonus, however, if you enjoy gambling, are the many casinos which you can enter on production of your passport. Despite all the problems, the country has lots to offer at extremely affordable prices.
     The trip was arranged by Interchange, who specialise in organising holidays for the individual traveller.

Interchange: T. 020 8681 3612.
www.interchange.uk.com
Natasha flew with Bulgaria Air,
which flies from Gatwick Airport.
Reservations: T. 020 7631 1263/637 7637.
www.balkanair.co.uk
Gatwick Express: 30 minutes Victoria­Gatwick.
T. 0845 850 1530.
Book on-line at www.gatwickexpress.com

Beautiful Bulgaria Reader Offer

Especially for MQ readers, tour operator INTERCHANGE, in co-operation with Bulgaria Air and Vegena Travel, have arranged an exclusive short break to Sofia throughout 2005, departing Friday or Saturday.

The offer includes return flights from Gatwick, taxes, three nights in a newly-built centrally located four-star hotel on a twin-sharing bed and breakfast basis for £315 per person. The quoted price also includes transfer to hotel on arrival. For details, please contact Interchange: T. 020 8681 3612 Email: interchange@interchange.uk.com


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