Speaking to three societies, the journalist and writer Tim Butcher answered questions from a panel about a number of his experiences. He started with the Congo, where he trekked across a country with no roads and with a war that has killed 1500 people every day for years. He also spoke about his research for his new book about Gavrilo Princip, the man who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand leading to the start of World War One. Mr Butcher’s final remark was that there is a future for Africa, making reference to the fact that Britain was incredibly backward only 100 years ago, and there is hope yet for the stricken continent. Frank Hodgson WFM