ISSUE 18, July 2006
Editorial
Archbishop Fisher: A Godly man and a Brother
Travel: The train takes the strain
Quarterly Communication: Annual Investiture speech by the Grand Master and Speech of the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech by the First Grand Principal and Report of the Committee of General Purposes Grand Lodge of New York: Speech by the Pro Grand Master
   Specialist Lodges: Keeping their eyes on the ball
Education: Planning ahead for the Chair and Events and New premises for Masonic research
Royal Opera House: A right Royal occasion
Royal opening: Beamish Museum
Digital records: Saving our past for the future
Library & Museum: The hall in the garden
Queen's Birthday: Masons played a prominent part
International: A Mason and the Foreign Legion
Masonic Charities: Grand Charity and NMSF and RMBI and RMTGB
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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    Restaurant prices in Berlin are certainly very much on a par with those in the UK, while in Poland everything is considerably cheaper. Worth taking into account, however, is the rather confusing tipping system in Poland. If you say ‘thanks’ when the waiter takes your money, he will automatically keep the change, however much you have given him!
    Except for one clear day, outings were organised for us on a daily basis, while still leaving part of the day to explore more extensively on our own. The baggage is transported to the various stations, although everyone is responsible for their own luggage. This meant getting it onto the train ourselves, and sometimes hoisting it up onto a luggage rack.
    Travelling by train can also have its problems. At one point our carriage overheated and our whole group had to evacuate. Another time the lunch car that should have been attached to our train, somehow wasn’t, and an overnight stay at a railway hotel which did not have any air-conditioning resulted in my bedroom being invaded by hundreds of flies because the window was open.
    Despite these small incidents, which added a bit of unexpected excitement, there was a great deal of camaraderie built up on the trip and, I am sure, many friendships forged.
    The trip was arranged through Great Rail Journeys. Their Warsaw Express escorted tour to Germany and Poland costs from £1,590 per person sharing, including first class rail travel, 12 nights half board hotel accommodation, sightseeing tours and excursions, and the services of a tour manager throughout.

Rail tickets were provided by Eurostar www.eurostar.com; Rail Europe www.raileurope.co.uk; and Deutsche Bahn www.bahn.co.uk Great Rail Journeys: T. 01904 521980 www.greatrail.com



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The picturesque old town in the Polish capital




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