ISSUE 16, January 2006
Historic: Sherlock Holmes incarnate
Travel: In the Footsteps of the Incas
Sport: Batting for England
Grand Lodge: Pro Grand Master's speech and Quarterly Communication
Supreme Grand Chapter: First Grand Principal's speech and Committee of General Purposes
Royal Masonic Girls' School: Stories in windows
Specialist Lodges: Brotherhood of the Angle
    Napoleonic Wars: A Mason's Word
International: Macedonia: New Grand Lodge consecrated and Enthusiasm unbound
Grand Lodge: Development of Freemasons' Hall
Masonic Rebels: Rise and fall
Bristol Museum: A Phoenix from the Ashes
Freemasonry and Religion: United in diversity
Library and Museum: Most glorious of them all
First Aid: Masons learn to shock
Education: The Third Degree and Forthcoming events
Masonic Charities, Letters, Book Reviews, Gardening

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    Out through the garden a structure had been added to the house which held jewellery, objects of art, and lots of beautiful things from different periods that had been unearthed, some comparatively recently, from ancient tombs and digs. Although we were told that the items technically belonged to the country and could not be removed, you have to wonder why and how these items, given the extent and quantity of the collection, were allowed into private hands. It is not possible to visit Peru without bringing back some souvenirs. The best bargains are to be had out of town during an excursion where the locals are happy to bargain.
    Many sweaters are made from the wool of a baby alpaca, which are hand-knitted. Authentic weaving of Inca designs is still maintained through the Centre for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, which was set up to encourage native families to make and sell a varied selection of items using traditional methods.
    Soles are the local currency with dollars accepted in most cases, although you could lose out in the conversion. Although credit cards are taken in some shops, you can usually benefit from a discount if you pay with cash. Crime is rife, particularly at night, and it is important to take heed of where you go, and to be aware of pickpockets.
    If taking a taxi, which has to be paid in the local currency, it is important to agree the fee in advance as there are no taxi meters. Unfortunately, there is a great divide between those who are extremely rich, and the many who have very little. If you are planning to visit, start collecting clothes that you no longer want, and don’t worry about whom to give them to – you will find plenty of deserving takers.
    It is worth noting that you are required to pay airport tax, both within the country – we flew from Lima to Cuzco, $5 each way – and $28 when you leave Peru. As there are no direct flights from the UK, we had to change airports at Amsterdam. With a stop-over, the trip took us 18 hours, which did not include getting to and from the airports.

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Cusco, once the capital of the Inca empire

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