The main speaker of the evening was club member Ken Sturgeon (“a member of the club forever”, said introducer Brian Bohlmann). Ken gave an entertaing slide show on a motor trip up and down Angola that he and his wife Shona did with a group of other intrepid couples. They spent Christmas on a rocky bluff in the desert, pooling their rations but nevertheless celebrating in grand style. Ken’s slides showed that roads were often no more than rocky tracks or sand traps – and sometimes under water. Signs of the border war, in which South African troops “were badly outgunned”, were everywhere: rusting tanks, field guns and even fenced-off minefields. “The signs said ‘mining areas’ but we had learnt it was not about mining for minerals”, said Ken. There were also war memorials to a bitter period. Nevertheless, the locals were warmhearted, friendly and helpful, said Ken. “We were most impressed.” Thanking Ken, Gill Bohlmann concluded: “Not for the faint hearted”.