U3A in London Update – 12 April 2021

This information was published on: April 12, 2021

The Easter Programme

The third week of the Easter programme, together with regular classes that are continuing during the break. The details are on our website, click here.

Soft Talk: Change of programme. On 13th April. Neil Titley joins Gilli Vafidis in conversation at 11am on Tuesday 13th April in a change of the published programme.

And … Looking ahead!

The Summer term Monday Talks programme opens on 19th April with a look at Henry VIII’s art in ‘King and Collector: Henry VIII and the Art of Kingship’. Siobhan Clarke is a guide lecturer to the Historic Royal Palaces, for whom she has worked for 20 years. Historian and author, she will have published on April 15th her book of the same title as her lecture.

Gerta is still having a break

After half a century of quizzes, I’m having a break. I intend to resume “service” next term. Best wishes to everyone.

For the Fans of Wally Howard

Below are the links to next week’s talks: A short reflection on ageing, reflections parts 37 and 38, and a new topic in the miscarriages of justice series.

A short reflection on ageing
Reflections part 38
Reflections part 38
Miscarriages of Justice – False Witness – Perjured Testimony – Mistaken Identity (Part 1)

From Margaret Mitchell

Short Walks Group: Throughout our long absence from Hampstead I have been continuing with the walks except in lockdown periods and in fact have just re-started them, as we come into the category of ‘organised physical activity’, like the Ramblers Association, who have also just re-started their walks.

In normal circumstances, my short walks are led fortnightly to almost anywhere in Greater London, and occasionally beyond, usually on Wednesdays, though this may change if the weather prospects are bad. When possible we visit places of interest we may pass en route where there is free entry, and we always have a coffee stop (even if only a takeaway) and some people stay for lunch at the end – though we may not find anywhere suitable for a week or two.. If you would like to join the group, please email me via the Office and I will send you details of the next walk.

To lift your spirits

At the top is a host of daffodils from David Wallace – and below are two beautiful blossom pictures, one from Margaret Hilton and one from Barbara Luke – also a pot of Tesco’s hyacinths (thank you, Diana King).

Muriel Hirsch is still “En Vacances”

Je m’offre 2 semaines de semi vacances.
Désolée mais j’en ai besoin
Joyeuses Pâques

Duplicate Bridge

Alan Unerman continues to run this group on Friday afternoons during the Easter break. If you would like to join, please contact him via the Office.

Next Term

Those of you who came to Michael Schraer’s Monday talk about the Spanish Inquisition will be pleased to hear that he is offering a course of about six History lectures entitled “Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Spain: Cooperation and Conflict”, on Tuesday afternoons at 4.00, The links will appear in our Summer timetable next term.

Belsize Library event on 15 April

A conversation with Nikki Morris, CEO of Age UK Camden.

London Region of U3As
Summer talks May- August 2021: ‘The Twenties’

Many of you will remember that the 2020 Summer School was postponed because of the pandemic. At this stage it feels too risky to host our traditional 3-day July event in person. If possible, we will try for a one-day event, including walks, in late August (date etc. to be announced in July).   

We will therefore deliver most of the popular 2020 programme online, continuing with the fortnightly talks on Monday afternoons. NB: slightly later time: 17.30-18.30 (login from 17.00).   This late afternoon time-slot allows for other activities during the day, and time afterwards to enjoy the summer evenings.

Kind Regards
Catherine Ware, Talks and Summer School Coordinator

Website: www.u3asites.org.uk/londonregion
See Events page for information about forthcoming events.
Recordings of past talks can be found in the Talks Archive, which is accessible via the Events page.

To make you smile

Little Johnny’s Breakfast

A year three teacher is giving a lesson on nutrition, and she decides to ask her students what they had for breakfast. To add a spelling component, she asks the students to also spell their answers.
Susan puts up her hand and says she had an egg, ‘E-G-G’.
‘Very good’, says the teacher.
Peter says he had toast ‘T-O-A-S-T’.
Johnny has his hand up and the teacher reluctantly calls on him.
‘I had buggerall,’ he says, ‘ B-U-G-G-E-R-A-L-L’.
The teacher reprimands Johnny for his rude answer. Later, when the lesson turns to geography, she asks the students some more questions.
Susan correctly identifies the Capital of France. Peter is able to tell her which ocean is off Canada’s east coast.
When it’s Johnny’s turn, the teacher remembers his rude answer from the nutrition lesson and decides to give him a difficult question.
Johnny, she asks, ‘Where is the Pakistani border?’
Johnny ponders the question and finally says, “The Pakistani boarder is in bed with my mother and that’s why I got buggerall for breakfast”.

Best Wishes from the Team