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BIOGRAPHY
Prof Dr Peter Roberts is a retired professor of Geology. He has a first degree in geology and two higher degrees including his doctorate. At university, he was trained in geology, physics, oceanography, meteorology, climatology, and diverse other natural science and engineering subjects.

Peter has been retained by many major international companies over the past fifty years to create and give professional-level PowerPoint presentations concerning a wide variety of topics. He has talked to audiences ranging from ten to a thousand persons, in twenty-nine different countries. He is the author of a series of language books for beginners in seven languages, and his presentations include his internationally-used system for learning holiday languages within ten hours. Some achievement!

Peter is very widely travelled and has, over the course of his life, spoken thirteen different languages. He has made friends all over the world and is a wonderful raconteur with a captivating sense of humour. Now, for the first time, he is making himself available to talk to cruise liner clientele, who will be amazed at the fascinating anecdotes he can tell them; experiences that he has uniquely acquired in fifty years of international work and professional speaking. He is a most-entertaining after-dinner speaker with an extensive repertoire of jokes, which he tells very well.

In retirement, Peter started his own publishing business and has written numerous textbooks and language books as well as fiction under the nom-de-plume of Richard Royal. His hobbies include writing, playing the guitar, photography, and he and his wife share the hobbies of driving fast cars, skiing and ‘motorhomeing'.
PRESENTATIONS
1. GLOBAL WARMING TODAY
Climate change presentation (Global Warming)
How has the climate changed since 1,000 million years ago? What are the real meanings of it and its causes? Why is it better to say 'Climate Change' and play down the 'Global Warming' words? How does our present situation compare with previous ones geologically speaking? etc. What can we do about it - is it better to fight it or to adapt to it? Could it reverse?

2. GLOBAL WARMING AND THE EARTH'S PAST CLIMATE
This presentation covers our climate and our ongoing climate change and compares them with what has happened in the past. Species are becoming extinct, but did you know that there have been five major mass extinction events long before humans ever evolved. In one, 95% of all living species died out. Imagine what that meant. How has the climate changed since 1,000 million years ago? What is the real meaning of it and its causes? Why is it better to say 'Climate Change' and play down the 'Global Warming' words? How does our present situation compare with previous ones geologically speaking? What can we do about it? Is it better to fight it or to adapt to it? When will it reverse?

3. RIVERS - LEARN ABOUT THEM AS YOU CRUISE ON THEM
I was trained in physical geography and geology at university and can tell people all about how rivers are formed, what features can you expect to see on rivers. How are rivers being affected by global warming? How have rivers been affected by the great sea level changes of the last ten thousand years? What about land ownership problems and the law related to rivers. If you own land next to a river, do you own the half of the river? Who is responsible for maintaining river banks? And many other interesting aspects of this fascinating subject.

4. THE GEOLOGY OF WINE
This is a talk about how geology affects the growth of grapes and the types of wine. What are the geological conditions that wine grapes love, and how old are the rocks that the grapes turn into our favourite wines from all over the world? What rocks and soil does it take to grow a perfect wine? What kinds of soils and rocks produce the best red wines? What kinds of soils and rocks produce the best white wines? And, why? 

5. LEARN A EUROPEAN HOLIDAY LANGUAGE WELL ENOUGH TO SPEAK IN ONE WEEK
Languages. How to learn languages quickly with only 5% of the usual effort and time. A one-hour tutorial. The language books I have written are for beginners who want to speak a few words in a foreign country for the first time. Using my system, people can learn to speak a holiday language within one week (say, ten hours). This technique really does work, with many testimonials to its success. My books have been selling internationally for some years now. The European books I have written include French, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Italian, and Welsh. Welsh is one of my best sellers洋any English people are interested to learn how to pronounce those pesky Welsh place names if nothing else. For anyone interested in exotic languages, you could learn to speak Persian (Farsi) from my book on the subject written when we lived and worked there for a while.

6. LEARN HOW TO LEARN A LANGUAGE—ANY LANGUAGE
This presentation describes Prof Roberts' personally-developed system that allows you to learn languages quickly with (literally) only 5% of the usual effort and time. A one-hour exposition which will make you explore new languages without fear of a huge time commitment. It is quite feasible, using this system, for a person to be able to go on holiday or go away on business and speak four or five languages. And, importantly, when speaking several languages, the system allows you to forget the ones that you don need temporarily, and to pick them up again very rapidly when you do.

7. UNKNOWN FACTS. THE OPPOSITE OF GENERAL KNOWLEDGE
I could give a talk entitled, "Some interesting things that you probably don't know." I have a lot of facts that people don't know about or think they know but don't. I can occupy an hour with such a talk, without trouble. I know stuff that you wouldn't believe. For example, how long do you think that each day lasts on Earth? And if you think it is 24 hours, you would be wrong. Way off. That's an interesting thing, isn't it? Or, if the moon makes high tides by attracting the seas, then why is there a high tide on the side of the Earth away from the moon at the same time as a high tide facing the moon? That's interesting.

8. EIGHT GLOBAL CATASTROPHES THAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE WORLD
People really like this fascinating presentation; it has some superb slides, and talks about everything from massive comet strikes, through mega-volcanoes the like of which you never imagined, the current ice age, through the in-progress reversal of the north and south poles, right up to the end of the world which will come in 5 billion years.. Hopefully, they won't spoil anyone's day! Hopefully!

9. SPACE, GRAVITY, TIME, AND SIZE, SATELLITES, SUNS, MOONS AND SCIENCE
What more can one say? The title says it all. The meaning of life and the universe are covered in this presentation. I know some of the answers. Where do the atoms of which we are made come from? How old are they? How long will our Sun last? How old is the universe? What is a black hole? What is at the very centre of our galaxy? Did you know that another galaxy is headed straight for our galaxy and that the two will certainly crash into each other? What is the smallest thing possible? What is there between atoms in our bodies? Do feathers fall at the same rate as cannonballs? Did you know that our North pole is actually a magnetic south pole? 

10. TECTONIC PLATES
I have published a book on a subject that seems to be very popular these days - Tectonic Plates. I could give a talk for an hour on how the world started, how the continents formed, and how the plates on which they exist move and float across the world over the molten lava beneath. Changes over the last 1,000 million years in the world's coastlines, changes in climate, the development of life, five major extinction events, periods of mountain building. How did the Americas become formed, and when? Where was India, Antarctica, Australia, Asia formed? And where were they over the last hundreds of millions of years?

11. THE HISTORICAL GEOLOGY OF THE BRITISH ISLES AND IRELAND
I have published a book describing the historical geology of the British Isles and Ireland. I have a most interesting presentation on this topic. People love to learn that the rocks of the British Isles are the most complete record anywhere in the World. They love to hear about the deserts, jungles, and ice sheets that have created our islands. It is a fascinating subject. For example, few people realise that the ice over England was several kilometres thick. Imagine that!

12. GEOTEXTILES. WHAT ON EARTH ARE THEY?
This is a talk that all people enjoy very much, even if not scientific at all. Every road, airport runway, motorway, building, dam, and everything else is now built on textiles. Did you know that? No, most people never heard of this, but enjoy learning how huge structures are now built using nothing but special geotextiles. I helped to invent and develop them across the world, so people will learn some very interesting things.

13. ROCK CUTTINGS FOR MOTORWAYS, AND TUNNELS
I am presently writing a textbook on this subject, and it is fascinating. We all drive through cuttings and tunnels, and over embankments, but we never really think about them. There is a lot of great interest to all motorists in this subject. I can tell people and show them slides of some motorways, cuttings and embankments I have designed for the British Government.

14. A NEW THEORY OF GRAVITY
This is a presentation for those with a scientific bent. What did Isaac Newton say about gravity? What did earlier scientists think gravity was? What did Einstein say about gravity? What is my new theory of gravity, written in a way that non-scientists can understand? What would it mean if we could, at long last, create and control gravity? A fascinating talk on the only natural phenomenon that we cannot understand, we cannot create, and we cannot control. We have never even known what it is until now, possibly.

15. HOW TO WRITE, PUBLISH, AND SELL BOOKS FOR FREE.
Prof Roberts has written many books, created his own website, and started and built his own publishing company. He tells you how he has done that and how easy it can be for you to do the same. This presentation covers how to do everything connected with publishing your poetry, stories, family lineage, historical research, basically anything. I explain how easy it is to write material, and, particularly, how very easy it is to print your books for no cost to you whatsoever. I will show examples, on slides, of what happens. I will bring examples of books I have published so that you can see their excellent quality. I will tell you how you fix the price and how you will get excellent returns. I get a regular cheque every month now, for doing nothing, which is very nice. But what is the simple secret of earning a bit more than nothing? Let's face it, you are highly unlikely to sell your fiction stories, but it is wonderful to see them in print when it costs you nothing to do so. And you can give them to your friends and relatives as Christmas presents! I will tell you about how to get ISBN numbers and how you have to deposit copies of your books with the British Library and the five main university libraries if they ask, but only if you publish the book for sale. I will tell you why you need ISBN numbers. I will tell you some of the pitfalls that you can easily avoid. Finally, the point of this presentation is that it took me a couple of years to find out how to do all this, which was very time-consuming. But now that I can do it, it is very easy. I would be pleased to tell you all about it. There's still more to know than I have mentioned! And then there is Intellectual Property: who do you leave your books to (and their income) in your will? How to do it.

16. HOW TO DRAW SCENERY IN CORRECT PERSPECTIVE—THE COAST, THE HILLS, MOUNTAINS, HOUSES, AND BUILDINGS.
Art classes. I could teach people how to draw correctly. Landscapes with people, particularly. Laws of perspective, shading, how to use pencils and crayons. Colouring techniques.

17. FIRE AND ICE
What are volcanoes? How many different types are there? What were the greatest volcanic explosions that have occurred and what effect did they have? What are glaciers? What is happening to them today as the climate warms up? What happens when fire meets ice?

18. REMINISCENCES OF A RETIRED GEOLOGIST
I have some very interesting things to recount to people—not all of them geological by any means. More a talk about many of the places I have lived in and worked in, and the things that go on there. Find out what a geologist does for his or her living!

19. ALL ABOUT WATER
Where did all the water on Earth come from? Will it disappear like the water on The Moon or Mars? Water. It is amazing what people don't know about it. There is a huge amount of very interesting and entertaining things to tell about water. Water is the most important thing on our planet. Without it, there would be no life at all. We are made mostly of water, and yet it is the most reactive chemical on the planet and attacks and reacts with almost anything and everything.

20. METEOROLOGY - HOW TO UNDERSTAND TO THE WEATHER FORECAST.
I was also trained in meteorology at university and can talk on the subject of the weather, which is distinctly different from climate. It is an aspect that needs explaining as part of any presentation. There is such a lot to tell people about. Absolutely fascinating.

21. OCEANS AND THE SEA - LEARN ABOUT THEM AS YOU CRUISE ON THEM
Of particular interest to cruise guests. Study it while you sail on it. I studied oceanography at university and have designed numerous marine defence structures in some exotic places. Teaching people about the seas, and how waves and tides are generated makes for an absolutely fascinating talk. There are things about our oceans that even Blue Planet II doesn't mention. Did you know that, at the bottom of the oceans, at a depth of, say, 2,000 metres and more, there are lakes of dense salt water sitting on the seabed? The swimming animals act like marine 'birds' flying over their surfaces and dipping in for a swim in them. One fascinating point out of a thousand.
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
I have no experience of lecturing on cruise ships, but have 45 years as an international presenter working for major organisations in many countries of the world. These companies have paid me to travel the world and make presentations on their behalf. I have spoken and presented at many international conferences. I use my past experience of speaking many languages to teach people the secrets of how to learn holiday languages for 5% of the usual effort. I use my Geology, Climatology and Oceanography experience to talk on a wide variety of subjects of great interest to people in general. I give/have given presentations to organisations and societies in the UK and Europe. Organisations such as Probus and the U3A. And I have done after-dinner speaking. I am retired and therefore can be available easily and at relatively short notice.