ISSUE 13, April 2005

Editorial
The Campbells are coming: At speed!
Travel: Warming to Iceland
Royal Masonic Family: The Six Masonic Sons of George III, Part II
Quarterly Communication: Address of the Pro Grand Master and: Report of the Board of General Purposes
The flying eye hospital
Beamish Museum: The million pound project
  Wigan Grand Lodge: The Liverpool rebels
Chelsea Lodge: That's entertainment
Re-enactment: The way we were and: The Russian connection
Community Service: Weathering the storm
Faith and Freemasonry: God and the Craft
Education: Researching Freemasonry on the Internet and: Masonic events
Freemasons Hall: Masons at War
Grand Charity: Report and grant list and: Support for Asian tsunami
Masonic Charities: Reports from the Masonic charities
Obituaries, Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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    What must have been the most spectacular moment for me was coming around a bend and seeing, ahead of me, what must have been clouds with the sun setting on them so that the sky looked as if it had been lit up. The cost for this three-hour trip, however, doesn’t come cheap.
    As I was on my own it cost £114. If there had been two of us on the scooter, which would have made the riding more difficult and hazardous, it would only have cost us £95 each. Only about 60 miles from the Arctic Circle, another of the must-do things in the area is to see the Northern Lights. You really need a clear night for this, and fortunately on one of our three nights, it was perfect.
    However, it wasn’t just a case of standing and looking at the sky. We had to drive around the area looking for them, which meant a lot of standing around at 11pm at night in the freezing cold. Eventually, the waiting became worthwhile! We were privileged to see the solar eruptions which emanated from the sun throwing out light in which streaks of green and red could be seen.
    This was definitely a holiday of a lifetime. Would I go again? Most certainly, as I know that another visit, particularly in the summer months, would be a totally different experience.



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Snow scooters are a good means of transport; Lake Myvatn’s amazing lava sculptures; Solfatrata’s boiling mud pots; Feeding the ducks in Reykjavik



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