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In the steps of Dr Livingstone, I presume

An ICE member hit the headlines last week as the first person to retrace the final steps of Dr David Livingstone.

The hazardous 1,000km East African journey of Colum Wilson and his wife Aisling was featured last week in the Daily Telegraph to mark publication of his book, In quest of Livingstone: A Journey to the Four Fountains.

The retracing of Livingstone's fatal quest to find the source of the Nile took 59 days, mostly on small tracks and paths through the bush. The couple started in Tabora in central Tanzania and followed Tanganyika's east coast into Northern Zambia using bycicles and canoes.

Wilson said: 'We followed Livingstone's day to day journal entries, visited the same villages that he had visited and spoke to the same chiefs whose great grandfathers had met Livingstone.'

Wilson, a chartered engineer with Gibb, will talk of his experiences in an ICE lecture at Great George Street on 4 May. Tickets are available, price £7, at the ICE from Pat Warren. The lecture will also examine Livingstone's legacy to engineers in developing countries.

In quest of Livingstone: A journey to the four fountains is available by mail order from House of Lochar, Isle of Colonsay, Argyll PA61 7YR, price £13.99.

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