U3A in London Update – 7 June 2021

This information was published on: June 07, 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

The Monday morning talk this week is ‘Beginnings of Modern Theatre’ by Irene Kyffin. Irene currently gives a course on Architectural History of the Theatre at U3A and has a background in teaching arts and drama. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology.

Next week: We look forward to welcoming back Brian Posner. Brian is a retired GP and has given many highly entertaining talks to U3A over the years. This one is titled ‘While I’m Here Doctor….’

From Naomi

Increasing pressure is being placed on the government to reveal its plans to remove social distancing. Hints about what is likely to happen will be “leaked” by the government from next Monday onwards. Please listen carefully.
On June 21, the government is supposed to implement any changes to the existing restrictions. Hopefully, that will mean that we will be able to re-open the Town Hall in September for in-person classes.

If you want to know what actions we are going to take in the light of these announcements, please attend our A.G.M. on Monday, 28 June at 12, noon, to get the earliest possible update from me on U3AL’s plans.

The ID and passcode to be able to attend are printed on the agenda that was emailed to members and they will be repeated nearer the time for your convenience. 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, don’t forget to either post to 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.

Timetable News

U3A London History Walks. Welcome to our first virtual tour of the summer. Kilburn and the High Road,Tuesday 8th June 2.00 p.m.
Kilburn, straddling the ancient Watling Street, is full of surprises. Your guides Richard and Chris are waiting to take you deep into a fascinating history unfamiliar to most. To join the tour, you will need to log into Zoom.

Summer Programme 2021

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

The subjects of his talks this week are on the timetable.

From Linda Shannon

There is an on-line group of cancer patients is getting together. The idea is to share experiences, have a chat and make new friends. My neighbour is one such participant and we thought that there might be people in the Belsize Park community who don’t know about this and might like to join via chatterboxcancergroup.co.uk or 07505 904565

From Moragh Gee

A fortnight today, 14 June, is the beginning of Refugee Week.

My aim is to raise as much as possible for Safe Passage, an organisation with charitable status, which brings refugee children and young people stranded in camps in Greece and France to family in the UK. And so, with my GP’s approval I aim to walk 10,000 steps daily – approximately 7km (a bit over 4 miles).

It hardly needs saying that these children and young people are extremely vulnerable and desperately need help. Bringing them here can involve legal issues with the Home Office, as well as ensuring they travel safely when granted permission.  One of the patrons is Lord Alfred Dubbs who came here with the Kindertransport.

If you feel this is one charity too many I quite understand. If not, knowing you are sponsoring me would help to spur me on if the weather’s bad or I’m flagging – or both.Here’s the link for any donation you may wish to make – Safe Passage have set up a charitable donations page for me with Facebook: (https://www.facebook.com/donate/984582938954056/).  Or you could send something directly to Safe Passage, charity number:1179608.Their website ishttps://www.safepassage.org.uk/how-we-work

With many thanks for reading this,
Love, Moragh

To make you smile

Definitions from the Washington Post:
1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
2. Ignoranus: A person who’s both stupid and an asshole.
3. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
4. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
5. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high
6. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’tundersatand it.
7. Innoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
8. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
9. Karmageddon: It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.
10. Decafalon (n.): The gruelling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
11. Glibido: All talk and no action.
12. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
13. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.
14. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
15. Caterpallor (n.): The colour you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you’re eating.

From Lilly Lewy

I bought Liquid Bleach from my local Co-op a few days ago. The loquacious label with detailed instructions as to use it, also says that it’s “Suitable for Vegans.”

And…..T-shirts for seniors


To make you think

Request from University of Exeter

Researchers at the University of Exeterare recruiting members for their patient advisory group. They would love to hear from anyone in U3A in London who may be interested in taking part.The Beetle Project is looking at strategies which aim to improve recovery and reduce time spent in hospital for older adults who go in for planned procedures. You will be meeting on Zoom four times between June 2021 and August 2022. The first meeting is on Tuesday 22ndJune, 2-4pm, and you will be paid £35 each time.

A poster is attached. If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to get in touch with:Debbie Kinsey(Postdoctoral Research Associate – (ESMI) BEETLE team, University of Exeter Medical School)


Best Wishes from the Team