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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Above
Mt. Etna makes for unforgettable sunsets
Below
The Greek – Roman theatre at Messina
Opposite (top):
The lovely coast at Lipari
Opposite (bottom):
The fish market at Catania

    You are not obliged to join the arranged tours, which tend to take in the historical parts, and so miss out on the experience of visiting the local food market or even just wandering around the streets and back alleys.
     The ship tended to sail during the night, so that each day we were able to explore a new destination. Just off the coast of Sicily lie the Aeolian Islands and we were able to visit two of them. Panarea, the smallest, is built on a hill and is very chic, with a tiny pebbled beach which you have to walk to via windy paths with trees of bougainvillaea and sweet little white houses.
     The only main thoroughfare has three-wheel taxis which beetle along, and you have to keep your fingers crossed not to meet one coming in the other direction! Lipari, the largest island, is the sort of place you go to relax and do absolutely nothing. It was inhabited before Christ and has both a castle and a cathedral.
     Mussolini confined a lot of political prisoners on the island, and it was only in 1950 that excavations revealed the many different civilisations that had made their home here. The island is also known for capers that can be seen growing out of the walls. We passed Stromboli, Europe’s only constantly active volcano, from which you can see a constant stream of smoke and even eruptions of molten lava.
     We had to take a cable car to reach Taormina, a town perched on the side of a cliff 700 feet above sea level which has magnificent views of Mount Etna as well as the sweeping bay beneath. A popular holiday resort, the town is enclosed within the old city walls, and has been made into a pedestrian area with lots of shops. Film festivals and rock concerts are held in the Greek theatre, redesigned by the Romans for gladiator fights, which is renowned for its acoustics.




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