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KEEP IN TOUCH

For ALL our members... KeepInTouchHands
What are you doing that you'd like to share?
Want to watch a couple of free videos?
Do you like a Quiz?
Interesting Stories to tell?
Something funny we'd like?

We'll try to add anything you send to the webpage to share with other Members...
To make the next few months a bit more fun, this page is here to provide something you like...
The input will be from Members, for Members,
so DO send your thoughts that we share with the rest of our Members...

To post a message on our Message Board please click here Message Board.

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Stories from the Stones - An afternoon of talks around memorial recording.
Saturday 20th November 1pm – 5pm at the Birmingham & West Midlands Institute.
See the illustrated flyer here Stories from the Stones

Join the Celebrating Birmingham’s Burial Grounds Project for an afternoon of talks on subjects around this burial ground mapping and recording project featuring talks from;

🙟 Harold Mytum “Burial Ground Memorials, an Under Appreciated Heritage.”
🙟 Josie Wall “From Churchyard to Cemetery, Burials in Birmingham 18th to 20th Century.”
🙟 Colin Fenn “To List or not? the discussion around protecting memorials.”

Tickets are free but must be booked:
Via Eventbrite; https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/193639299357
Via Email: george@cfga.org.uk
By phone: 01588 673041 (answer phone only some days)

The Celebrating Birmingham's Burial Grounds Project is an initiative of the burial ground conservation charity Caring For Gods

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Dudley Council - Change the way you age - free Zoom event
Plan your best older life. Everyone is invited to attend two free Zoom events to help you plan how to age well.

Healthy ageing experts will explore your choices to help you make early decisions and live your finest older years.

Subjects covered include:

Physical fitness
Emotional wellbeing
Financial wellbeing
Carers support
Future decisions
Events take place on:

Tuesday 9 November, 6 – 7pm

Thursday 11 November, 1 – 2pm

For more information about subjects covered on each day, and to book your place, go to https://bit.ly/3b7zgbH

Deadline date for booking is Sunday 7 November.

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UK TOURS ONLINE
See our full programme at www.uktoursonline.com

We're still running a handful of virtual tours over the summer, with a plan to ramp up again from the middle of September. Pop along to our website (www.uktoursonline.com) and follow the links to the virtual or live tours pages.:

First of all, some virtual tours:

Thursday 12 August 6pm A Nice Cup of Tea: A History of Tea Drinking
A short history of that quintessentially British beverage - the cuppa!

Tuesday 17 August 7pm Star-Spangled Capital: Americans in London
Celebrate the 'special relationship' with this 60 minute virtual tour of London sites that commemorate famous Americans.

Thursday 19 August 6pm Londoners and their Stories
Come and 'meet' some of the Londoners who have left a lasting legacy in the capital and hear about their stories.

Thursday 2 September 7pm London's Burning - the Great Fire of 1666
Find out more about the devastating fire of September 1666 that destroyed 80% of the old City of London

Tuesday 7 September 7pm Discovering the London Blitz
The story of the bombing campaign that became known as ‘The Blitz’, when London was the front line of WW2 for nine months.

Sunday 12 September 6pm Hidden London
Get off the main tourist routes in this virtual tour of the lesser-known areas of London.

Thursday 16 September 6pm Exploring London’s ‘lungs’: the open spaces of the capital
London is just buildings and people, right? Wrong! Find out just how green London is!

Then, for those of you within striking distance of London, some live tours:

12 August, 19 August, 20 August
Southwark and the Southbank Walking Tour
The south side of the Thames is a vibrant part of London alive with history and stories. Come and explore this part of the capital.

15 August, 24 August
Palaces, Politics, Pageantry and Privilege - A Westminster Walk
This classic London Blue Badge Guided tour shows you four royal palaces, the heart of British Government and the coronation church.

And how about a private tour? Perfect for groups, workplace socials, birthdays, personal treats. Have one of us take you on a tour around the capital (either in real life or via zoom). Choose a walk around the City; discover some history; be taken round a museum or gallery - it's entirely up to you. Email us for more information.

Hope to see you soon.

Best wishes

Don, Tim, Emma, Leo, Rachel

UK TOURS ONLINE

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Regional Philosophy Week September 2021

Restarting the Great Conversation
We have been by invited Shri Sharma - Philosophy Subject Advisor & Alison Richards to “attend” a series of Zoom virtual meetings, which may be of interest to current Philosophy Group members, as well as our u3a membership in general.
They appear to be FREE, but you need to register if you wish to be sent the links to each meeting.
If you are a u3a member in the West Midlands and you’re interested in registering for this event, please email u3athegreatconversation@gmail.com
with your name, the name of your u3a and choice of session(s) from the list below. We will confirm receipt and then email you at the beginning September with the links for each session.
Please email Alison Richards
if you have any other queries about this event.

Regional Philosophy Week, 6th - 10th September, 2021
organised by West Midlands u3a

The Great Conversation describes the continuing dialogue about knowledge, reality and existence. Thinkers through the ages, have articulated their ideas, debated them and built on each other’s work.

Whether you’ve ever been in a u3a Philosophy group, or have never engaged with the subject before, but wondered what it’s all about, why not dip your toes into the metaphysical water with our Regional Philosophy week. Let’s Re-start the Great Conversation.

Each morning, one hour-long Zoom session will cover a discrete topic then National Subject Adviser, Shri Sharma will direct you to web resources to help you explore philosophy further. If you’re talking about life, the universe and everything, then you’re doing Philosophy!

Monday 6th September - Why do Philosophy? - Richard Batchelor from South Solihull

Tuesday 7th September - A Modern Utopia? Might global warming push us into finding that elusive state? - John Cartmell from Redditch

Wednesday 8th September - Approaches to Practical Philosophy - Sue Langley from Wyre Forest

Thursday 9th September - From Burkas to Brexit - a Philosophical Approach to Exploring Topical Issues - Adrian Barrett of Kingswinford

Friday 10th September - Key Concepts in Political Philosophy - Barry Craft from Worcester

We look forward to starting the conversation with you!

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Details of a local history theatrical show...

POWER OF INVENTION is a brand new outdoor show performed in the gardens of Soho House, home of Brum’s greatest entrepreneur Matthew Boulton, where you’ll meet him and his business partner James Watt – who developed the steam engines that powered the industrial revolution – and other members of the Lunar Society, some of the greatest thinkers in history who met on nights of the full moon.

In a show written by BOLDtext Playwrights in collaboration with Birmingham Museums, you’ll meet these ‘lunaticks’ who inspired everything from fizzy water to public riots – plus their families, servants and workers.

SHOW DATES: Fri 30 July, Sat 31 July & Sat 7 August 2021
12pm, 3pm and 6pm performances; running time 60-70 mins; bring a picnic if you like! Soho House is at B18 5LB; Tickets £12 at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/power-of-invention-tickets-157256860503

We're also holding an online forum about the history of Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter on August 5th 2021. More details on our website www.boldtextcollective.com

If you wish to find out more please contact Liz John -- boldtextcollective@gmail.com

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Kaleidoscope Online Classes
Website www.kaleidoscopeni.com , email info@kaleidoscopeni.com

Kaleidoscope is one of the most innovative and dynamic arts, culture and heritage organisations in the U.K. With offices in Belfast and Manchester our work is incredibly diverse and touches upon a wide range of art forms and industries, producing award-winning creative content across a variety of forms including theatre, film and digital media. We also develop ground-breaking cultural initiatives, deliver incredible live events and provide expert advice and assistance to a range of organisations.

OK, so what can I do for FREE? ……
Kerry Rooney tells us that Kaleidoscope has decided to extend their programme of FREE online creative classes and workshops for older people... these will recommence on the week beginning 12th April with the following programme:

Greysnet Zoom Cafe: Mondays @ 11am
Feel Good Moves: Mondays @ 3pm
Pencil Drawing: Tuesdays @ 11am
Mindfulness and Meditation: Wednesdays @ 11am
Singing with Vessie@ Thursday @ 11am

The classes are open to everyone and free to join in.
All the details can be found on their website Greysnet.com

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KEEP SMILING... the end of the road for Phil Joiner

This section is dedicated to an initiative by Phil Joiner of Wanstead and Woodford u3a. Thanks for all your efforts compiling these to share with other u3as...

To keep his members' spirits up Phil has been producing a new style of magazine designed to give folks a smile. He has offered to share this publication with other u3as and we are pleased to add these to our own website with his permission.

There are jokes and puzzles galore and if you read them from issue 1 they can provide something of a social commentary on the pandemic and other recent events. The magazines will stop when Wanstead and Woodford u3a "is fully back in action " (as Phil says). We hope you enjoy them.

Click on any of the links below in order to download your copy of these fun magazines.

Keep Smiling 1 Keep Smiling 2 Keep Smiling 3 Keep Smiling 4 Keep Smiling 5 Keep Smiling 6 Keep Smiling 7 Keep Smiling 8 Keep Smiling 9 Keep Smiling10 Keep Smiling11 Keep Smiling12 Keep Smiling13 Keep Smiling14 Keep Smiling15 Keep Smiling16 Keep Smiling17 Keep Smiling18 Keep Smiling19 Keep Smiling20 Keep Smiling21 Keep Smiling22 Keep Smiling23 Keep Smiling24 Keep Smiling25 Keep Smiling26 Keep Smiling27 Keep Smiling28 Keep Smiling29 Keep Smiling30 Keep Smiling31 Keep Smiling32 Keep Smiling33 Keep Smiling34 Keep Smiling35

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BORED?
HERE ARE LOTS AND LOTS OF ONLINE RESOURCES TO KEEP YOU BUSY FOREVER :-)

OpenCulture
Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it.

WebArchive
The UK Web Archive (UKWA) collects millions of websites each year, preserving them for future generations. Use this site to discover old or obsolete versions of UK websites, search the text of the websites and browse websites curated on different topics and themes.

InternetArchive
The Internet Archive offers over 20,000,000 freely downloadable books and texts. There is also a collection of 2.3 million modern eBooks that may be borrowed by anyone with a free archive.org account.

ApplePodcasts
Educational podcasts including Arts, Business, Comedy, Education, Fiction, Government, Health and Fitness, History, Kisa and Family, Leisure, Music, News, Religion, Science, Society and Culture, Sports, TV and Film, Technology, True Crime...

CanonCreativePark
What is Canon Creative Park?
You can download fashionable cards and fun papercraft for free. Enjoy everything right away with an inkjet printer and paper. Find your favorite among the many different items.

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Madam Jeanne Louise Calment

Meet Madam Jeanne Louise Calment, who had the longest confirmed human lifespan: 122 years, 164 days. Apparently, fate strongly approved of the way she lived her life.

She was born in Arles, France, on February 21, 1875. The Eiffel Tower was built when she was 14 years old. It was at this time she met Vincent van Gogh. "He was dirty, badly dressed, and disagreeable," she recalled in an interview given in 1988.

When she was 85, she took up fencing, and still rode her bike when she reached 100.

At the age of 114, she starred in a film about her life, at age 115 she had an operation on her hip, and at age 117 she gave up smoking, having started at the age of 21 in 1896. She didn't give it up for health reasons; her reason was that she didn't like having to ask someone to help her light a cigarette once she was nearly blind.

In 1965, Jeanne was 90 years old and had no heirs. She signed a deal to sell her apartment to a 47-year-old lawyer called André-François Raffray. He agreed to pay her a monthly sum of 2,500 francs on the condition he would inherit her apartment after she died. However, Raffray not only ended up paying Jeanne for 30 years, but then died before she did at the age of 77. His widow was legally obliged to continue paying Madam Calment until the end of her days.

Jeanne retained sharp mental faculties. When she was asked on her 120th birthday what kind of future she expected to have, her reply was, "A very short one."

Here are the Rules of Life from Jeanne Louise Calment:

"I'm in love with wine."
"All babies are beautiful."
"I think I will die of laughter."
"I've been forgotten by our Good Lord."
"I've got only one wrinkle, and I'm sitting on it."
"I never wear mascara; I laugh until I cry often."
"If you can't change something, don't worry about it."
"Always keep your smile. That's how I explain my long life."
"I see badly, I hear badly, and I feel bad, but everything's fine."
"I have a huge desire to live and a big appetite, especially for sweets."
"I have legs of iron, but to tell you the truth, they're starting to rust and buckle a bit."
"I took pleasure when I could. I acted clearly and morally and without regret. I'm very lucky."
“Being young is a state of mind, it doesn’t depend on one’s body. I’m actually still a young girl, it's just that I haven't looked so good for the past 70 years."

At the end of one interview, the journalist said, "Madame, I hope we will meet again sometime next year." To which Jeanne replied, "Why not? You're not that old; you'll still be here!”

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Information of handing deafness from the RNID
Please click this link to a helpful document RNID Covid-19 Information Pack

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Gresham College Short Talks
- free short online talks on a variety of topics...

Ideas from the Third Age Trust

View and sign-up to notifications from Third Age Trust here U3A Newsletter link

Using digital platforms to stay connected. Try the new U3A Forums (or should that be Fora?)
During these unprecedented times, Third Age Trust has been looking at different ways to support our amazing U3A community, both Members and Interest Group leaders, to stay active and connected with each other.
To this end, they have launched three national online discussion forums so that you can share ideas and support each other.
Thanks to the Beacon users, we are doing this by extending the existing (and successful) Beacon User Forum to all U3As. It is easy to get started. Click here To Connect with the Forums, click the ‘register’ button and fill in your details. From there you will be able to explore the forums and get involved in the discussion.

There are three forums that you can join:
Learning – discussions around subjects and all forms of interest and learning
Our U3A Community – discussions arounds how we support each other
(There is also a Beacon Forum – discussions around using Beacon, the U3A management system , but this is only of interest if you use Beacon)

Please join us, sign up and get chatting. Together we will network, share ideas and stay connected.
N.B. This is a national U3A Forum, not just a Halesowen one!

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*** Mr David St John who was to have spoken to us on 15 July 2020... ***

Hi,
Trust all OK with you, despite this awful year.
Sad that we missed out on the 15th July talk but look forward to hearing back as and when your side is up and running again. We can then look at a rescheduled date?

In the meantime – I have recently published my latest book that might be of interest to your members? It partly ties in with my ‘60s years in showbiz’ talks although centred on my home town of Southampton.

However- full of 50s/60s nostalgia which has a universal appeal ‘Southern Roots – Part 1. A Rock’n’Roll Story 1958-1972’

Info: www.davidstjohn.co.uk/author.html

I will have copies on my future talks as people are now slowly getting back to cautious ‘normality’ but you may wish to share this?

DSJ

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*** FREE VIDEOS from Droitwich Neck & Back Clinic ***

Dear Sir or Madam,

I hope you’re staying safe and doing OK at the moment. I am the principal chiropractor at Droitwich Back & Neck Clinic. You may remember I came and spoke to the Halesowen U3A group in October 2017. I am getting in touch now because I am producing videos that are designed for people who are stuck at home and struggling with some of the physical and psychological aspects of being under “lockdown”. This video content is exclusive to current patients and certain companies and is not given general distribution.

Below are the videos I have produced so far, please feel free to send these links to your members.

- The Postural Perils of Working from Home: Postural Perils
- Dealing with the Postural Perils of Working from Home: Dealing with Postural Perils
- Break and Stretch at Your Office Desk - Office Desk
- Stress and Anxiety 1: Stress and Anxiety 1
- Stress and Anxiety 2: Stress and Anxiety 2

I will be producing more content in the coming weeks and am happy to take suggestions for additional video ideas.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. The best number to reach me on at the moment is 07883 012289.

Kind regards

Andrew Robson MChiro
www.droitwichchiro.com
Droitwich Chiro

Halesowen U3A is providing this information from one of our speakers as you may find it of interest. We are not necessarily endorsing anything contained in the videos or in this item.

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Do you like a Cryptic Quiz? (phone or email Ann, or click here Cryptic Quiz if you wish to join this) You do not need to use this link if you have already emailed Ann.
Each Quiz will be sent to you by email, and you'll get to see the answers a week or so later...

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Interesting Stories to tell, an Article perhaps or something newsworthy (phone or email Mary,or click here Articles )

Tips for Getting a Good Night's Sleep
• Stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day…
• Exercise is great, but not too late in the day. Try to exercise at least 30 minutes…
• Avoid caffeine and nicotine. Coffee, colas, certain teas, and chocolate contain the caffeine…
• Avoid alcoholic drinks before bed. Having a “nightcap” or alcoholic beverage before sleep …
• Avoid large meals and beverages late at night. A light snack is okay, but …
• If possible, avoid medicines that delay or disrupt your sleep.
• Don’t take naps after 3 p.m. Naps can help make up for lost sleep, but…
• Relax before bed. Don’t overschedule your day so that no time is left for unwinding…
• Take a hot bath before bed. The drop in body temperature after getting out of the bath…
• Have a good sleeping environment. Get rid of anything in your bedroom that might distract…
• Have the right sunlight exposure. Daylight is key to regulating daily sleep patterns…
• Don’t lie in bed awake. If you find yourself still awake after staying in bed….

Members can click here to read the whole article from Matthew Walker's "Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams" sent in by Martin …
Tips for Getting a Good Nights Sleep DOC
Tips for Getting a Good Nights Sleep PDF

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Obtaining Blue Peter Badges for Having Twins!?
"if any of your children, grandchildren etc. tell you they are expecting twins (or more) you can show them this and say – you might be on Blue Peter!!"
Members can click here to read the whole article by Richard W ...
Blue Peter Badges for Having Twins!? DOC
Blue Peter Badges for Having Twins!? PDF

...it would be helpful for us to know if you cannot open these files in DOC or PDF format, if you cannot please drop me a message here Website
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What are you doing that you'd like to share?
Something funny we'd like? Photos? Anything else (phone or email Colin,or click here Website )

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Once upon a time, in a little village not so far from here, every day a raggedy man stood outside a Baker's shop with a big smile on his face, breathing in the delicious aroma of the bread.... click for more...The Smell of the Bread

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ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I'm going with male.
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The Dead Horse Theory. Click on this image... The Dead Horse Theory
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