U3A in London Update – 10 May 2021

This information was published on: May 10, 2021

The Timetable

The timetable and description of classes is available for you to view, to see it click here.

Monday Morning Talk

Mark Mullaly and Sally Schofield are coming to give us timely advice on ‘Keeping safe from Fraud and Scams’

Mark and Sally are both Community Bankers. Their role is to provide financial capability support to those who need it – from young adults, to those returning to the job market, to those who struggle with technology based banking. Their focus today is on awareness of financial scams and how to guard ourselves from fraudsters.

Next week: Our popular regular contributors to the Monday morning slot – Alfred Bradley and Susan Morris – return to present ‘Mary Elizabeth Braddon: the female Dickens’. Alfred and Sue share a passion for interpreting, presenting and narrating the lives and literature of significant historical figures. Alfred and Susan both have backgrounds in history, the arts and education.

Other timetable news:

From George Wood
The format and time of the Gnosticism Tuesday group is changed to:
Gnosticism/Philosophy Discussion Walking Group. Tuesdays at 1pm (beginning May 11th) an easy paced 2 hour Hampstead Heath/Highgate/Regents Park walk followed by coffee (outside at present)’
Please contact George Wood to reserve a place.

From Jim Eardley
Sadly, following on from last week’s unsuccessful request for a coordinator, Jim now has to stop his popular Politics and Current affairs sessions at 10.30 on Wednesday mornings until we can return to the Town Hall (hopefully) in the Autumn. His final zoom session will be this Wednesday 12 May.
For further information and advice. Please contact Jim.

From Stanley Volk
There will be a “Singing Workshop for all levels” on 13 May at 12 noon. It will include 10 minutes fun warm-up exercises, singing in harmony etc, to be followed by a Sing-Along with the music of Matt Monroe, Sinatra, Tony Bennet and Bing Crosby. Come along to sing or just listen.
We are now interactive

From Shafeeq
His subject for stories behind the Headlines this Monday 10 May at 3pm is ‘Afghanistan at the Cross Roads’. Previous topics can be reviewed by clicking ‘archive’ in the timetable.

For the Fans of Wally Howard

Wally’s talks for this week: More reflections on Zambia and The Panama Affair part 3.
Here are this week’s videos:

More reflections on Zambia
The Panama Affair Part 3

From Stephen Barry

Does anyone remember or have knowledge of two-seater temporary loos put in Green Park for the Coronation back in June 1953? If so, please contact Stephen.

To lift your spirits

At the top,a sunset from Anna Orlowska – and she has also contributed these lovely pictures below. Where did you take them, Anna?

Masterpieces from members of Maureen Betts’s Thursday Art Class

From Jelena, Maureen and Heather.

To make you smile


Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same complaint.
Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement.

The FIRST patient is examined within the hour, is X-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week.

The SECOND sees his family doctor after waiting 3 weeks for an appointment, then waits 8 weeks to see a specialist, then gets an X-ray which isn’t reviewed for another week and finally has his surgery scheduled for 6 months from then.

Why is there a difference in the treatment of the two patients?
The FIRST is a Golden Retriever.

The SECOND is a Senior Citizen.
Next time take me to a vet!

From Steve Stephens – a deer, two rats celebrating (because the vaccine is being tested on humans) and some smiling aeroplanes.

Lecture at Belsize Community Library

On May 20th at 19.30, Justin Rowlatt will be exploring ‘The Pyrotechnic History of Mankind’.

Best Wishes from the Team