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Weather report

The November Americana Group‘s theme was the weather.
The playlist :
Maxine Sullivan : Stormy weather
Irma Thomas : Backwater blues
Neil Young : Like a hurricane
Bruce Hornsby : Mandolin rain
Howard Tate : Louisiana (1927}
Woody Guthrie : Dust bowl blues
Adelaide Hall : Stormy weather
Allman Brothers : Stormy Monday
Jim Reeves : Just walking in the rain
Sister Rosetta Tharpe : Didn’t it rain
Tony Joe White : Rainy night in Georgia
Ry Cooder : Footprints in the snow
Jackson Browne : Before the deluge
James McMurtry : Hurricane party

Join the conversazione!

We are seeking new members to join Italian Conversation Group 2. The level is roughly intermediate, so some knowledge of Italian is required.
  Our approach is informal – the Group chooses a subject for discussion prior to each meeting, and each member comes prepared to say a few words about it. Past subjects include education, holidays, food, music, sport and books. We’re always looking for something new, so we should be able to fit in any subject of interest. The subject for each meeting is our starting point, and the conversation will often move on to other topics.
  Group Convener : Mick Breheny.

We meet fortnightly on Tuesdays at 2 p.m.
Currently meeting via Zoom.

    Apply to join the Italian Group 2



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    u3a radio

    Welcome to the latest U3A radio podcast for November. This month we have interviews on creative writing, opera and much much more.
    “A delightful second podcast. So enjoyable. What an interesting bunch of people we have in the u3a. If we have to look for a ‘positive’ to come out of this dreadful epidemic, it’s that we have all explored new avenues of communication through which we have widened our circle of friends and experiences. The u3a podcast one of them. Thank you. Keep ’em coming.” – U3A member.

    Membership subscriptions 2021

    Temporary changes to Membership Subscriptions

    As a consequence of COVID-19 restrictions, in place since March 2020, it has not been possible to offer members the full range of activities that had been planned. And, as a result of that, our expenditure this year has been less than half what had been budgeted. The Executive Committee has therefore decided that when existing members renew their membership subscriptions for 2021, the fee should be reduced to £15 each, instead of £35 which is the normal fee. The concessionary rate will remain at £5 because fees that we are obliged to pay to the Third Age Trust per member exceed that amount.
    As we are anticipating that unfortunately it may still not be possible to provide all the activities that we would like to offer during some, or perhaps most, of next year, the Executive has also decided that new members who take out a membership subscription for and during 2021 will only be asked to pay £25.
    Please note that these are temporary arrangements and that we expect to revert to a £35 subscription for all members in 2022.

    To the Pallant Gallery


    Barnett Freedman – Designs for modern Britain
    Where does art meet design?
    A question recently pondered on during a trip to the Pallant Gallery, Chichester by a small contingent of the Outings Group. Barnett Freedman was a preeminent designer and printmaker of the mid 20th century, a proponent of the ethos of art for all, breaking down any perceived difference between fine art and commercial design.

    His wonderful work could be seen by everyone in all manner of places – on the side of a bus, in schools, postage stamps, beer advertisements, tea shops, book jackets and more. As a master lithographer, his prestigious clients included Shell, Guinness, Lyons tea houses, Faber and Faber, Ealing Studios, London Transport and more.
    In the 1920’s he studied at the Royal College of Art under Paul Nash, alongside Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Enid Marx and Edward Burra, who were collectively referred to as An outbreak of talent.
    At the outbreak of WW2 he was appointed as an official war artist, expressing the special relationship of man to machine in paint. He showed the human face of war, warm and moving tributes to those who served and lost their lives. This was the first major reappraisal of his work since 1958.

    There were several other small exhibitions to enjoy at the Pallant Gallery, plus the permanent works, an astonishing collection of modern British art.
    A superb day out!

    Minoan culture

    The October meeting of the Ancient History Group was held via Zoom. Tulin presented a talk on the Minoans for which she had already sent splendid photos to us. The pictures were a guide to this extraordinary early civilisation, existing from about 3000 BC and ending in about 1100 BC. Colossal buildings were constructed, often four stories high. Legends were invented which became famous stories, like the one of the Minotaur. Sir Arthur Evans rediscovered the culture in the 20th century, when he visited Knossos, calling it the Minoans, after the mythical king Minos. The Minoans traded in saffron, copper, tin gold, silver artefacts. The most notable palace was Knossos on Crete, one of the most famous frescos is called the saffron-gatherers. The artefacts show men and women in similar sports, weapon bearing, hunting and archery. Their culture is considered one of the early matriarchic civilisations in which both men and women had similar rights. Some paintings depict women in beautiful clothes with make up and elaborate hairstyles, illustrating their prominent role in society.