February 2021 Issue 2
'It All Depends on Us'

What's On
Monday 22 February, Online Quiz 7.00pm: Not too late yet if you want to bag a place on this quiz. You will be able to enter as a team or be allocated to one. To register please email Mary at

Thursday 25 February, Monthly Meeting:
chat will start from 9.30 then from 10.00am we have two speakers for this meeting:
John Bent, u3a Regional Trustee for London: John will give us a brief update of u3a regionally through the Covid period, and insights for the future of u3a.
Prof. David Nutt: The New Psychedelic Revolution — from Neuro-science to Medical Treatments. He will address us on his current work with psychedelic drugs and will share his views on alcohol use in society today and what the science shows about other legal and illegal substances. Professor Nutt is a neuropsychopharmacologist at Imperial College. He was famously dismissed from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs following the publication of his controversial study of the relative harms of drug use and his expressed opinion that alcohol is more harmful to society than illegal drugs. Here are the Zoom details:
Meeting ID: 868 6838 0278 Passcode: 352424

Thursday 25 February and Thursday 11 March, 2.00-3.00pm: Wellbeing in Nature: Interactive Talk with Subject Adviser Susan Collini. The talk aims to provide greater insight and deeper appreciation of the health and wellbeing benefits available through connection with nature. To book or find details about other online events go to

Saturday 27 February, from 7.00pm-8.30pm, Roger Browne: A Musical Evening, "The Great American Songbook":  We might not be able to go physically to concerts or theatre but we can organise our own entertainment. Margaret has organised this evening event for all iU3A members. Roger is an actor, singer, speaker, musician, director, composer and writer. He has played piano all his life, loves musical theatre and jazz and takes an active part in the musical and dramatic life of the north-west. He will take us on a musical journey through "The Great American Songbook" with interpretations of music by Gershwin, Porter and more, all in his own inimitable style. He will perform for about 75 minutes followed by an opportunity to comment, chat or ask questions. This will be a free event for members. Zoom details:
Meeting ID: 886 6161 6982 Passcode: 006227

Tuesday, 09 March, 4.30-6.30pm, London Met presents the Big House Theatre and Bullet Tongue Reloaded: Donna Jones, who spoke to us at our first February Monthly Meeting on 'Black Lives Matter', offers this: The "ferocious and powerful" play will be streamed live, using immersive theatre to lead its audience into the hidden world of marginalised young people involved in gang activity. Bullet Tongue Reloaded has been described as “ferocious and powerful” in a four-star review from The Stage, while a five-star review from Theatre Weekly commented that “the passion and intensity with which [the actors] perform are astounding.” The play centres on ‘gang culture’ and County Lines, using immersive theatre to lead its audience into the hidden and thought-provoking world of marginalised young people involved in gang activity. The event will be followed by a question and answer session with the actors. Tickets are free and available on Eventbrite.

Tuesday 16 March, 11.00am, Coffee Morning (Zoom). Open to all members. No need to register, just join in. Zoom details nearer the time.

Groups and Courses
Current Films, Reimagined Group: Encouraged by the success of the Classic Film group, members of Current Film, Reimagined, get together by Zoom at 4.00pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month to discuss pre-selected films they’ve already viewed on TV. Our next film is The White Tiger, directed by Ramin Bahrani, about a man who claws his way through India’s caste system to become a big success. The Zoom discussion is at 4.00pm on Thursday 04 March. The White Tiger is available now on Netflix. We’ll also choose films available on iPlayer, Amazon Prime, BFI, and YouTube. Interested in joining Current Films, Reimagined? Send an email to

A Short Life Discussion Group on "Rethinking Fairness": A six week short life Discussion Group, starting at 4.00pm on Tuesday 23 February and every week thereafter, including an introductory getting to know each other session, will be “Rethinking Fairness” using five BBC programs which discuss how much does fairness matter and how should it be addressed. Further information on the New Groups and Courses webpage here. If you would like to join Tess, Facilitator of the discussions, in exploring these important and topical issues, please email Vivek at

Economics for People Course:
This is an economics group based on ideas very different from the normal Classical or NeoClassical ideas of market values. Mark Carney, former Governor of the Bank of England, explains the major change in economics since the three present-day crises of Credit, Covid and Climate Change. He calls these The Three Cs. In his Reith Lectures, Carney emphasizes the need to rethink our values. We can no longer base our national activities upon market forces, but must look deeper into social, political and public values when deciding upon actions taken by countries and the world. We shall be delving into various new ideas put forward by geographers, sociologists, economists, philosophers and activists during our six sessions, which will meet bi-weekly on Mondays, beginning 22 March at 4.15pm. The members of the group will decide which lecture to study at home (often using YouTube or Podcasts) and then discuss these lectures in a Zoom meeting. We already have decided upon the first lecture to be discussed — Degrowth. If you would like to join Dianne, Facilitator of the discussions, in exploring important and topical economic issues, please email Vivek at

Other Opportunities
Healthy Generations have a new and improved website:
Reiki Sessions: once a month, using Zoom, open to anybody who would like to benefit from Reiki. It will be led by an iu3a member, who is a registered CNHC leader (Complementary & Natural Health Council, voluntary regulator for complementary health practitioners in the UK). The next session is on Friday March 19th, 7.30-8.30pm. If you are interested in joining or want more information contact Valerie at

Bird Poems:
Click here ( for a site about birds and poetry. Click on each page to hear the audio.

Watch out for the current spate of scam emails apparently from the NHS inviting you to book a vaccine date. Check the address — who is sending you the email — if it's from a named person, its a scam! For example you may receive this one:
'From: <>
Sent: 05 February 2021 14:48
To: [you]
Subject: Booking for vaccination no. 35907
[the NHS logo]
As part of the government’s coordinated response to Coronavirus........

Don't click on the links!! It's a scam.

Barclays Digital Eagles: it is a commercial promotion but it may be of interest:

Quiz: Answers to the quiz in last issue: 1 Casablanca, 2 Earthquake, 3 Some Like it Hot, 4 It Happened One Night, 5 Animal House, 6 Annie Hall, 7 The Odd Couple, 8 Last Tango in Paris, 9 A Streetcar Named Desire, 10 Lawrence of Arabia, 11 Dial M for Murder, 12 All About Eve, 13 Dirty Dancing, 14 The Italian Job, 15 Bonnie and Clyde, 16 Deep Throat, 17 Avatar, 18 Love Actually, 19 Out of Africa, 20 Towering Inferno.

General concerns or queries:
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