ISSUE 2, July 2002
Editorial
Brothers in endurance: Sir Ernest Shackleton
Travel: Florida
Jack the Ripper: Exploring the Masonic link
Quarterly Communication: Annual Investiture address by the Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes and Report of the Library and Museum Trust
Masonic News: Order of Service to Masonry; Grand Lodge deficit; Alvin Coburn pioneer photographer; Royal Masonic Variety Show
   Royal Arch News: Concern over falling exaltations
Charity News: Masonic relief grants launched; New RMBI video; Help is at hand through the NMSF; RMBI challenges and change; Update on RMBI projects; RMBI resident Jessie is Britain's oldest person; Grand Charity grant to National Asthma Campaign; TalentAid
Masonic Homes: Proud and independent
Library and Museum news: Recent library acquisitions
Letters
Gardening
Book reviews

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Although gambling is not allowed in the State of Florida, if you do yearn for a bit of excitement, Sterling Casino Lines who own Florida's largest casino ship, sets sail twice daily from Cape Canaveral.
    As my Virgin Atlantic flight leaves and takes off from Orlando, I could not return to England without visiting Disney World, and some of the numerous shopping malls and designer outlets that promise discounted merchandise. Coming from the laid back environment of Coca Beach, Orlando is something of a culture shock with its neon signs on buildings, and steady stream of traffic. What I had not realised is that Disney World is enormous, with four different theme parks: Magic Kingdom, MGM Studios, Animal Kingdom and Epcot. As I only had a day there, the park to visit, I was reliably informed, was the Magic Kingdom. This is where you can meet up with lots of the Disney characters and visit magical places such as Cinderella's castle, which in fact houses one of the many themed restaurants. The place caters for both adults and children, with lots to do from enjoying fairy tale shows; to watching float parades of people dressed up as Disney characters; to going on rides from the very tame to the really scarey; or just sitting at one of the cafes and watching the faces of the small children as they see larger-than-life characters materialise from their story books.
    Although the flight is nearly nine hours, to make the time go quicker Virgin have recently introduced video and audio on demand, although it will take about a year before it is available on all flights. This allows you to watch or listen to whatever you want, when you want, from a choice of 22 films and television channels, from the comfort of your seat on your own personal system. Dropping off to sleep in the middle of a film needn't be a problem anymore! It also includes a dedicated kid's section which might have explained why, with so many kids on board, we hardly heard a murmur! Now that I'm back, all I have to do is find a golf club to join that doesn't have a waiting list!

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