ISSUE 23, October 2007

Editorial
Quarterly Communication: Speech of the Pro Grand Master : Quarterly Communication
Grand Secretary: Exciting times ahead
Historic: Telford - Mason extraordinary
Travel: Cruising round Sicily
Samaritan: Helping the distressed
Younger Masons: The common bond
Jersey: Local Masons guard the Duke
   Classic car run: Down memory lane
International: Joseph Brant - a Masonic legend
Universities Scheme: The way ahead
Grand Chancellor: The importance of external relations
Education: Events : Understanding the symbols of the craft
Specialist Lodges: Australia link
Royal Arch: Why join the Royal Arch?
Lbrary & Museum: Major award for Library & Museum
MQ Signs off
Masonic Charities: Grand Charity : NMSF : RMBI : RMTGB
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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    Cruising is an ideal way of visiting several places without the hassle of packing and unpacking. You also have the benefit of being either within walking distance of where you are visiting or there will be a coach with an experienced guide available.
     If you donít feel like joining an organised tour, or wish to stay on the ship, both of these options are also available.
     Our first port of call in Sicily was the evocative town of Syracuse on the eastern side of the island, known as the Little Venice of the South, with lots of small back streets with balconies, reminiscent of those found in Veronaís Romeo and Juliet.
     In the fifth century before Christ, Sicily was inhabited by the Greeks and we visited the Greek theatre, one of the largest in the world, which held a capacity of 18,000 people. Semicircular with a stage, it has been renovated and is still used to perform Greek plays.
     Nearby was a Roman amphitheatre. We were able to observe the difference in architecture from the Greek, as this one was built in the round, having been used for gladiator fighting.
     The ship was moored up to the docks, a short walk from the island of Ortigia, accessed via a bridge where, apart from the historical side, there was also a main street with lots of shops. However, as with most places in Italy, everywhere closes between 1pm and 4pm in the afternoon.


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The cathedral at Catania
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The Mediterranean laps the shore at Ortigia




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