U3A in London Update – 31 May 2021

This information was published on: May 31, 2021

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

Because of the late May Bank Holiday on May 31, there is no Monday morning talk this week. Most of the regular Monday classes are also taking a break – and a few classes which normally take place later in the week are having a “half-term holiday”. See the timetable for details.

Next week: We look forward to a talk on the ‘Beginnings of Modern Theatre’ by Irene Kyffin. Irene’s first degree was to teach Speech and Drama and she went on to complete a Masters in Social Anthropology. Subsequently she has worked with dyslexia and in jazz/poetry fusion. Irene currently teaches An Architectural History of the Theatre at U3A.

Other timetable news

Robin Weiss in his series ‘A Germ’s Eye view of History’ gives his second lecture on Tuesday 1 June, entitled “A History of Vaccines and Vaccine Hesitancy”.

Stanley Volk. On Thursday 3 June at 12 noon there will be a “Singing Workshop for all levels”. This will include 10 minutes fun warm-up exercises, singing in harmony etc. to be followed by a Sing-Along with the music of Amy Winehouse Come along to sing or just listen.We are now interactive”

U3A history walks are back on 8 June. The first of two walks is entitled ‘Kilburn and the High Road’. There will be an explanation of this richly fascinating part of North London straddling the ancient Watling Street. The link will be in the timetable next week.

From Naomi

All the necessary documents pertaining to the A.G.M. on Monday 28 June at 12 noon, were emailed on Monday. I hope that you have received your copies and have had a chance to look at them. Being quorate and adding the new article to our constitution are of paramount importance. Please, therefore, make a note of the date and time and make every effort to attend. The ID and passcode are printed on the agenda and will be repeated in the Update for the 28 June.

If you cannot attend, there is a proxy vote form in your mail out. Please either fill this in and post it to me or just email me, giving me, the Chairman, the right to use your proxy as I see fit, which will be to vote in favour of the resolution. If you are uncertain about attending, please send me your proxy vote, and, if you do attend, do not vote as your vote will have already been counted.

Thank you to those who have already sent me their proxy vote.

Best wishes from Naomi.

Summer Programme 2021

Sue Kwok has started 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

The links to his talks this week will be in the timetable soon.

From Gerta

Normal service has been resumed! Quiz 56 will cure you of any withdrawal symptoms.

From Martin Green

Some more fiendish UndergrounD stations to torture you and name.

More Masterpieces from members of Maureen Betts’s Thursday Art Class

From Jean, Jelena and Shirley.

To lift your spirits

At the top –cast your clouts because May is out! (both interpretations now apply). Below are pansies, campanula, shamrock and poppies in my front garden.

To make you smile

Dad, are we pyromaniacs? Yes, we arson.
What do you call a pig with laryngitis? Disgruntled.
Why do bees stay in their hives during winter? Swarm.
If you’re bad at haggling, you’ll end up paying the price.
Just so everyone’s clear, I’m going to put my glasses on.
A commander walks into a bar and orders everyone around.
I lost my job as a stage designer. I left without making a scene.
Never buy flowers from a monk. Only you can prevent florist friars.
How much did the pirate pay to get his ears pierced? A buccaneer.
I once worked at a cheap pizza shop to get by. I kneaded the dough.
Why is it unwise to share your secrets with a clock? Well, time will tell.
When I told my contractor I didn’t want carpeted steps, he gave me a blank stare.
Prison is just one word to you, but for some people, it’s a sentence.
Scientists got together to study the effects of alcohol on a person’s walk, and the result was staggering.
I’m trying to organize a hide and seek tournament, but good players are really hard to find.
What do you say to comfort a friend who’s struggling with grammar? There, their, they’re.
I lost my girlfriend’s audiobook, and now I’ll never hear the end of it.
What did the surgeon say to the patient who insisted on closing up his own incision? Suture self.
I’ve started telling everyone about the benefits of eating dried grapes. It’s all about raisin awareness.


Best Wishes from the Team