U3A in London Update – 14 June 2021

This information was published on: June 14, 2021

Partial Solar Eclipse in London on 10 June

The Timetable

You can see a reduced version of the timetable, the latest update and a description of the classes on our website, to see it click here.

Monday Morning Talk

The Monday morning talk this week welcomes back Brian Posner with ‘While I’m Here Doctor….’ Brian, a great favourite with our Monday morning audience, can be relied upon to be both entertaining and informative. He was a GP for 40 years, and erstwhile Clinical Tutor to Newcastle University and Medical Advisor to Sunderland University.

Next week: David Farbey talks on ‘1941-1945 Hitler versus Stalin. The Clash of Tyrannies’. David has written and lectured extensively, including guest lectures at Oxford and Lancaster Universities and at Imperial College. London. He has published several books.

From Naomi

As June 21 approaches, it appears to be more problematic that all government-imposed restrictions will be lifted on that date.  However, if the delay is only for a few weeks, this should not jeopardise our return to Belsize Park in September.

If you want to know what actions we are planning, please attend our A.G.M. on Monday, 28 June at 12, noon to get the earliest possible update. On the day, you will be given the link.

If you want to be involved with what will be happening, please give about 1 hour of your time to attend and speak if you feel the need to do so.

If you cannot attend, do not forget to either post me your proxy form or give me the right to use your vote by emailing me your consent to do so. Thank you to those who have already sent me their proxy vote.

Best wishes from Naomi.

From Stephen Barry

I have received details from Camden Council about Chris Emmett’s funeral. The servicewill take place on Wednesday 16th June 2021, at 10.00 in the Islington & Camden Cemetery Chapel, 278 High Road, East Finchley, N2 9AG, followed by the interment.

Unfortunately, the authorities have been unable to trace any of Chris’s relatives.As Chris was well-known at U3A in London where he attended several classes, could you please let members know.

The council say that any mourners wishing to send a floral tribute can arrange for it to be delivered direct to the Cemetery or alternatively delivered to James Crook Funeral Directors no later than 3.00pm on Tuesday 15th June 2021. Details are:
James Crook, 53 BridgeRoad, Wembley Park, HA9 9AG. Tel: 0208 904 4193

Summer Programme 2021

As already mentioned, Sue Kwok is compiling a Summer Programme which will run on Zoom from Monday 19 July to Friday 10 September, with talks at 10:30 – 11:30 am and 2 – 3 pm. If anyone would like to give a talk or thinks they know someone else who might be willing to do so, please do get in touch with Sue.

For the Fans of Wally Howard

His talks this week are on Reflections on Peshawar, a digression in travel and part two of The Case of Guiseppe Zingara in the miscarriages of justice series. The links are on the timetable.

From London Region of U3As

Could you please circulate this survey from the Future Lives Group of the U3A to your members?It’s looking at various aspects of ageing, in this case our housing requirements.

The Group is hoping to collect enough data to give a voice to the U3A in this debate but it’s also a useful checklist for the individual to assess their own needs in the future. Please encourage your members to take part.
Click on this link to get the form: http://tiny.cc/ochytz

Belsize Library Talk

Michael Wood talks about his book “The History of China” on June 17 at 8.00.

To make you smile

The Lawyer
A lawyer, who had a wife and 12 children, needed to move because his rental agreementwas terminated by the owner, who wanted to reoccupy the home.
When he said he had 12 children, no one would rent a home to him because they felt that the children would destroy the place.He couldn’t say he had no children because he couldn’t lie (as we all know, lawyers cannot, and do not lie).
So he sent his wife for a walk to the cemetery with 11 of their kids and took the remaining one with him to see rental homes with the Estate Agent.He loved one of the homes and the price was right.
The agent asked:” How many children do you have?”
He answered: “Twelve.”
The agent asked, “Where are the others?”
The lawyer, with his best courtroom sad look, answered, “They’re in the cemetery with their mother.”

It’s not necessary to lie; one has only to choose the right words. Don’t forget – most politicians are lawyers….

A bookseller conducting a market survey asked a woman, “Which book has helpedyou most in your life?”The woman replied, “My husband’s cheque book!”


Best Wishes from the Team