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200th anniversary of the birth of Livingstone

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15 March 2013 by Alex Stewart

Explorer and Wexas Honorary president Colonel John Blashford-Snell will be hosting an illustrated lecture at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 28 March to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of celebrated African explorer David Livingstone and you can win tickets to see the event.

Born on the 19th March 1813, Livingstone, writer, missionary, medic and anti-slavery campaigner rose from humble beginnings in a Lanarkshire tenement to become celebrated as "Africa's first freedom fighter." His work gave him almost mythical status as a wonderful example of a rags to riches success story and even today his influence is seen and felt across swathes of Africa.

David Livingstone

The seasoned explorer Colonel John Blashford-Snell will be celebrating the life of this extraordinary man through an in-depth illustrated lecture during which time he will endeavour to reveal who the real Livingstone was, his achievements, his failures and his legacy today. He will be recounting some of the rich stories from the doctor's adventures in Africa, from his many encounters with lions and his discovery of Mosi-oa-Tunya ("the smoke that thunders") which he renamed Victoria Falls, to the fascinating account of how his body was returned from East Africa to London. An expert in the life of Livingstone's contemporary, Henry Morton Stanley, the Colonel will also retell the famous moment when the two gentlemen reputedly met and the famous words "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" were uttered.

Following the lecture there will be a short auction including some rather inspiring auction lots to raise funds for Colonel Blashford-Snell's charity, the Scientific Exploration Society. The Society will be helping to preserve the memory of Livingstone by raising money to refurbish the memorial where Livingstone died.

Tickets cost £20 per person and include a complementary drinks & canapé reception before the lecture. To purchase tickets contact [email protected] or call Lucy at the SES on 01747 853353.

Wexas is also offering one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to the event - to win, email [email protected] with the subject line 'Livingstone'. A winner will be selected at random and contacted by the organisers. The competition closes on 15 March 2013 and the winners will be contacted the following week.

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