Experiences and Events
Early this year Robin travelled to China for an Odyssey. The tour
included Hong Kong, Guilin, Xi'an, Shanghai, Wuxi, Souzhou, Nanjing
On the boat ride in Guilin through the misty mountains he took the
opportunity to sing a few songs for fellow travellers. Along with
several other members of the travel group Robin enjoyed a health giving
visit to the local hospital of Guilin where he was given an excellent
foot massage by one of their highly skilled students.
In Xi'an Robin found an opportunity to train with Qi Gung Master Mr
Hou in the grounds of the Little Grey Goose Pagoda. The Terracotta
Warriors of Xi'an are spectacular to see close up. In Nanjing a wild
rickshaw ride through the old town was shared with experienced traveller
Arthur. The local people responded very warmly to our calls of "Hello,
In Beijing the stunningly spectacular Forbidden City and the Great
Wall of China were enough to take one's breath away. The deeply moving
experience of our walk through Tiennanmen Square with its terrible
history and the poignant image of the solitary man in front of the
line of tanks reminds us of the fragility of life and the magnificent
quality of courage. We also walked the "Sacred Way" to the
Ming Emperors' tombs past the guardians, with the opportunity to touch
the turtle's head or tail.
Robin attended the Starfury [17th March] and the Odyssey [5th May]
Sci-Fi Conventions, as well as the South Eastern Writers Association
conference [31st March].
Robin has performed his songs at two concerts jointly
sponsored by Musicians Union and Amnesty International. These concerts
were held at the Reading Oracle in the open alongside the River Kennet.
It can be reported happily that the sun came out to warm these occasions
and the people gathered around to listen. There was dancing in the