Spire University of the Third Age


   ISSUE No 60                       www.salisburyu3a.org.uk                        JULY 2008

Ten Year Celebrations
We could not have had better weather for the garden party with temperatures in the 20s.  The organising party, ably directed by Judy, arrived at 9.30am and by 11.30 members started to arrive and coffee was served.  
The lunch was excellent with a choice of meat and fish dishes and lots of accompanying salads and new potatoes.  The sweets were wonderful, followed by a selection of cheeses.  Frank served wine and juices throughout the meal and every one found an available spot of shade under the trees to eat their lunch.  3

Phil Babb, who started Spire U3A, was invited to cut the calibration cake.

There was an exhibition of prints along with the first Newsletter and Committee Meeting report. The Salisbury Journal in 1998 announced the launch, on Monday 8th June in the Deaf Centre, and so Spire U3A was born.


Some of the
original members
of Spire U3A.


Family History for Beginners

There is still room for a few more beginners starting on Monday 1st Sept at 2.00 pm and then every 2 weeks until Christmas.

Those interested please Telephone me on 01722 330123 or see me at our next monthly meeting.                                                      Mike Kirby

*Archaeology Group

The meeting on June 24th was a coach trip lead by Nick Griffith.
We started with a visit to Littlecote Roman Ruins near Hungerford. The Orpheus Mosaic is in very good condition and has recently been protected by a cover. It is well worth a visit.
After lunch in Marlborough we went to Chisbury Chapel hidden away behind a farmyard.
Then we travelled on to Great Bedwyn village and inspected the Stone Museum.  This has some very amusing carved tombstones.  One is in the shape of an aeroplane complete with roundels on the wings.
Finally we had a look at the Wilton Windmill before travelling home.
There are photographs of this trip on our web site.              Peter Read  
The next meeting of the season will be on July 29th when Adrian Green will talk about Salisbury Museum, bringing with him some artefacts for us to handle.
NB. This is the last meeting of this group unless some one takes over from Ann Boutell

*Science & Technology Group

The three members who organise this group held a meeting last month and armed with some suggestions received have set up an interesting programme of lectures for the new season starting on September 29th.
Meetings held on the last Monday of the month.

*Spire organises these meetings but members from the other Salisbury U3As are invited. There is no need to have your name down to attend.  Just turn up on the day, usually in the Memorial Hall, Harnham unless otherwise stated*

Elizabeth French, Jackie Jenkins, Jan Spiller and Barbara Davies-Brown

Facts you Need to Know and Didn’t Know!

"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and "lollipop" with your right. (Bet you tried this out mentally, didn't you).
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt". (Do you doubt this?  Check the dictionary!)
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet. (Now, you KNOW you're going to try this out for accuracy, right?)
The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes). (Yep, I knew you were going to "do" this one.)
There are only four words in the English language, which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous. (You're not doubting this, are youAgain, check the dictionary) 
There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious." (Yes, admit it, you are going to say a e i o u)
TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard. (All you typists are going to test this out). 
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. (Some days that's about what my memory span is).
A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
A snail can sleep for three years. (I know some people that could do this too!).
Almonds are a member of the peach family. 
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
Babies are born without kneecaps.  They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.   (I bet you you're checking your grandchild's knee right now). 
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
If the population of China walked past you, 8 abreast, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
Leonardo De Vinci invented the scissors.
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite!
Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket. (Good thing he did that).
The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
There are more chickens than people in the world. 
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance. 
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
                                  And now you know everything!

Help raise funds for Dogs for the Disabled

Jill Brown and Yates are selling an excellent CD recording of a concert given last October in St Martin's Church. 

 The music, by Mozart and Mendelssohn, is played by the Eberle Quartet.

The CD costs £10 and all the proceeds are going to Dogs for the Disabled.

Please contact Jill at: Tel:01722 333138, or email: jillastrid@waitrose.com.
Or you can see her at our meeting.

Children’s Science Exam Answers.   These are real answers!

Q: How is dew formed?
A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.

Q: What is the fibula?
A: A small lie.

Q: What are steroids?
A: Things for keeping carpets still on stairs.

Q: What happens to your body as you age?
A: When you get old, so do your bowls and you get intercontinental.

Q: What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?
A: He says goodbye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery.

Q: How can you delay milk turning sour?
A: Keep it in the cow.

Q: What does the word ‘benign’ mean?
A: Benign is what you will be after you be eight.

Articles for Issue 61 please, by September 1st 2008
Sheila Read, 12 Chiselbury Grove, Salisbury. SP2 8EP
Email:  s.read.frps@ntlworld.com

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