ISSUE 14, July 2005

The King and the Craft
Quarterly Communication: Speech of the Grand Master and Speech of the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech of the Pro First Grand Principle and Report of the Committee of General Purposes Grand Lodge dues: Message from the President of the Board of General Purposes
    Masonic Housing: Major changes Finance: Choosing an investment manager Travel: Tantalising Tunisia Goose and Gridiron: Historic Masonic unveiling Extravaganza: Hollywood comes to Grand Lodge Masonic Events: Day of Fun and Medical, University and Legal Lodges' Festival Education: Sheffield Masonic Library and Forthcoming events and The Entered Apprentice Specialist Lodges: Revving up to success and where eagles dare International: The horror of Phuket and Grand Charity team visit disaster area Library and Museum: Fraternal societies Masonic Charities: NMSF and RMBI and RMTGB and Grand Charity
Obituaries, Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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Tunisians love to spice up their food, and harissa, made from spices with chilli, is usually served on the table, along with tinned tuna and olives. One dish always on the menu is couscous, which is a grain, but which is served with either meat or fish and vegetables, and is a meal in itself. If you are not the adventurous type as far as food is concerned, the hotel restaurants all seem to have international menus as well as local specialities.
    Star ratings dont seem to mean very much, and if you want to stay at a large hotel with all the built-in amenities that such a place provides, it is worth seeing how recently it has been built. Unless it is a comparatively new build, and there appears to be a lot of them around, or really old with character, my impression is that they are not very well maintained. Fortunately, hotels all now have websites, so it is worth checking out where you are considering staying before you confirm a booking.
    Worth considering, too, when you get there is that Tunisian currency can only be bought inside the country. While credit cards can be used in certain places, if you want to buy anything in a souk, it is extremely unlikely that they will take one. What is important to know before you change your money is that, when leaving, you are only allowed to change back one-third of your total amount of Tunisian currency. Therefore, it is important to keep your exchange receipts. Fortunately, the exchange rate is fixed, and is the same everywhere, even at your hotel, so it is advisable to change your money as and when you need it.

The Tunisian National Tourist Office T. 020 7224 5561 Email: Tunisair T. 020 7734 7644

Dar Sad, Sidi-Bou-Sad, Tunisia T. 00216 71740591 Email:

Heathrow Express T. 0845 6001515

Photographs The Tunisian National Tourist Office

A statue in the ruins of Carthage


Tunisia First is offering MQ readers a 10% discount on bookings from their brochure, plus reduced green fees, at the Hotel Sindbad in Hammamet during the winter months from 1 November to 30 April, 2006.
    The 5-star seafront hotel, overlooking the Bay of Hammamet and close to the town centre, was built some 30 years ago, retaining much of its grandness. Peace and quiet are the order of the day. Glorious gardens lead down to a sandy beach. Free transport to the 36-hole Citrus Golf Course nearby is included.
    Tunisia First is fully bonded and licensed by the CAA under ATOL 5933

T. 01276 600100 or email:

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