Spire University of the Third
SPRING IS HERE?
Returning from a
winter break in Madeira
where there were lots of flowers and shrubs in bloom, it was good to be
welcomed back by our own spring flowers. However, as I write this it is
obvious that we did not escape the British winter!
To all of you I say, “Keep up the good work”. Anne Gould
I am looking forward to our April meeting when we
will hear about and
see the work of our Groups who have been very active this past year.
It appears that combined U3A Groups are very popular
and it is good
that we promote this cooperation. Last week Eric and I were honoured to
be invited to meet the Chief Nursing Officer from the Department of
Health when she paid a visit to Salisbury District Hospital looking
particularly at patient/public involvement, which was what our Health
Care Research Group was set up for. She was very interested in U3A
involvement and wondered whether the idea could be promoted nationally.
With the vast experience of our members we can make
a big contribution
in lots of ways and it is good exercise for the “grey matter” which is
the whole purpose of the U3A.
Welcome to New Members
Florisa and Dennis Callaway Charles Shavren
NEWS FROM THE GROUPS
The group has now organised another
year of visits that are open to all Spire members, each visit will
start by meeting at the ticket office. Diana More is the leader and has
arranged all visits to be on the Wednesday following our U3A coffee
morning (held the second Monday each month). This enables her to
announce the details as a reminder to all members during the meeting.
The first visit will be on March 16th at Hilliers, Romsey.
This course will start on March 25th
at 2pm at 12 Chiselbury Grove. It will be a
planning meeting for all who wish to learn about taking successful
pictures Digital or Film. Future meetings will be out and about with
your camera and will take place every four weeks during the summer.
Please fill in your name and address at the back of the hall during the
March meeting so we know how many to expect or ring 501218.
Exploring the Countryside Group Leader
It is difficult to get started because I have missed rather more walks
than I care to just lately. This at least makes me realise how much it
means too me to get out into the countryside in this way at regular
intervals. Although one can hardly complain of air quality in Salisbury
there is just something different about the feeling of open sky and
space, especially towards the west of the city, that is so refreshing
to the spirit.
We have gained a few more members and numbers are hovering round our
limit of fifteen, though average attendance is probably more like
twelve, which is an excellent mix of friends to walk with.
The Christmas lunch was at the Bull in Downton, a warm and comfortable
venue after a walk in a light rain followed by an hour of bright
sunshine. I regret particularly missing the walk through Grovely on
Armistice Day, bright clear weather.
Thanks again to Pauline for being such a brilliant group leader.
Iris Finn December 2004
Science & Technology Group
Farming by Roger Kent.
Open to all U3A Members in
Salisbury, on the 26th April 2005.
: “Order the signal,
Visit to Roger's Farm at Odstock, where we will see how his farm affects the
environment. We will travel round the farm in a trailer on the back of
one of his tractors and will also be visiting the SSSI sight of
Go up past the Yew Tree Inn on the Nunton Road to
the farm entrance (GR 145246) where we will meet at 10 AM.
Ample parking is available.
We will finish at the Yew Tree Inn at NOON.
Map of Venue here
A FRUSTATING STORY
: “Aye, aye sir.”
: “Hold on, that's not what I dictated to the signal officer.
What's the meaning of this?”
: “Sorry sir?”
(reading aloud): “England expects every person to do his duty,
regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious persuasion or
disability”. 'What gobbledygook is this?”
: “Admiralty policy, I'm afraid, sir. We're an equal
opportunities employer now. We had the devil's own job getting
'England' past the censors, lest it be considered racist.”
: “Gadzooks, Hardy. Hand me my pipe and tobacco.”
: “Sorry sir. All naval vessels have been designated smoke-free
: “In that case, break open the rum ration. Let us splice the
main brace to steel the men before battle.”
: “The rum ration has been abolished, Admiral. It's part of the
Government's policy on binge drinking.”
: “Good heavens, Hardy. I suppose we'd better get on with it.
Full speed ahead then.”
: “I think you'll find that there's a 4 knot speed limit in this
stretch of water.”
: “Damn it man! We are on the eve of the greatest sea battle in
history. We must advance with all dispatch. Report from the crow's nest
: “That won't be possible, sir.”
: “Health and safety have closed the crow's nest, sir. No
harness. And they said that rope ladder doesn't meet regulations. They
won't let anyone up there until proper scaffolding can be erected.”
”Then get me the ship's carpenter without delay, Hardy.”
: “He's busy knocking up a wheelchair access to the fo'c'sle
“Wheelchair access? I've never heard anything so absurd.”
“Health and safety again, sir. We have to provide a barrier free
environment for the differently abled.”
: “Differently abled? I've only one arm and one eye
and I refuse even to hear mention of the word. I didn't rise to the
rank of admiral by playing the disability card.”
: “Actually, sir, you did. The Royal Navy is
under-represented in the areas of visual impairment and limb
: 'Whatever next? Give me full sail. The
salt spray beckons.”
: “A couple of problems there too; sir. Health and safety won't
let the crew up the rigging without hard hats. And they don't want
anyone breathing in too much salt -haven't you seen the- adverts?”
: “I've never heard such infamy. Break out the cannon and tell
the men to stand by to engage the enemy.
: “The men are a bit worried about shooting at anyone, Admiral.”
: 'What? This is mutiny.”
: “It's not that, sir. It's just that they're afraid of being
charged with murder if they actually kill anyone. There are a couple of
legal-aid lawyers on board, watching everyone like hawks.”
: “Then how are we to sink the French and the Spanish?”
: “Actually sir, we're not.”
: 'We're not?”
: “No, sir. The French and the Spanish are our European partners
now. According to the Common Fisheries Policy, we shouldn't even be in
this stretch of water. We could get hit with a claim for compensation.”
: “But you must hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil.”
: “I wouldn't let the ship's diversity coordinator hear you
saying that sir. You'll be up on a disciplinary.”
: “You must consider every man an enemy, who speaks ill of your
: “Not any more, sir. We must be inclusive in this multicultural
age. Now put on your Kevlar vest; it's the rules. It could save your
: “Don't tell me - health
and safety. Whatever happened to rum, sodomy and the lash?”
: “As I explained, sir, rum is off the menu! And there's a ban on
: 'What about sodomy?”
: “I believe that is now legal, sir.”
: “In that case…. kiss me, Hardy”
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