PangAf expedition update

Milestone reached on May 11th On May 11th, the 100th day since the PangbourneAfrica team left the College parade ground, the five-person expedition had travelled 12,204 miles (19,527 km) and visited 16 countries en route. The average distance driven each day was 122 miles (195 km) and the longest distance achieved in a day was…

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PangbourneAfrica expedition reaches Botswana

The five-man PangAf expedition closes in on its final destination More than three months after setting off from the College Parade Ground in two Land Cruisers January 31, the five-man PangbourneAfrica expedition, including three OPs who left the NCP in 1962, are nearing the end of their epic drive. Since mid-April the team have driven, separately…

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The 57th OP Dinner

OP Dinner at the College April 16 one of the best for years. A record 116 OPs subscribed to attend the 57th OP Dinner, held this year at the College. In the event, around 100 OPs turned up. Most of the no-shows were victims of the Icelandic ash cloud which hit air travel into the…

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“Voices from the Bridge”

Recollections of Members of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.     OP Captain Ian Tew (56-61) contributes chapter to new book on the British Marchant Navy. Up to half of the world’s cargoes were once carried by British merchant ships, and the officers and crews who sailed them were heirs to a tradition stretching back centuries.…

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OP chairs roundtable on banking ethics

OP Michael Smith (60-65) organises forum on banking ethics in London A forum on banking ethics hosted by OP Mike Smith (60-65) was held on March 23 as part of the Caux Initiatives for Business held at the London centre of Initiatives for Change. The meeting was the fourth in a series being sponsored by…

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PangbourneAfrica expedition in Ethiopia

OPs reach Ethiopia in late March The PangbourneAfrica expedition reached Ethiopia March 22 having driven south through Egypt to Aswan, crossed the Nile by ferry, stopped over in Khartoum in Sudan and crossed into Ethiopia at Gallabat on March 22. Since then the team (including three OPs – Geoff Popple, Nicholas Vaudrey & David Keith-Welsh) has…

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PangAf expedition reaches Luxor

Five weeks after departure from Pangbourne, the PangAf expedition has reached Luxor in southern Egypt. Having visited the Commonwealth War Memorial at El Alamein, seen the Pyramids and the Sphinx, endured the first sleet storm in Giza in 20 years and collected visas for Sudan, the Pangbourne Africa expedition left the Cairo area March 1.…

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New Editor of OP magazine appointed

Barney Spender (76-81) agrees to edit OP magazine Barney Spender, a freelance sports journalist and radio presenter who has reported for The Independent, The Times and The Sunday Times, has been appointed to edit the OP magazine. He takes over from the OP president Robin Knight (56-61) who edited the magazine 1987-98 and also oversaw the…

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PangbourneAfrica expedition update

OPs reach Egypt safely The Pangbourne Africa expedition, which left the College parade ground on January 31st, crossed into Egypt from Libya on February 19 and was overnighting at the Ahmed Safari Camp and Hotel at the El Bahariya Oasis February 21. The five person team including three OPs who left the NCP in 1962…

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