July 2022 Issue 3
'It All Depends on Us'

What's On
Thursday 11 August, 10.30am (onVicky Priceline only): Vicky Pryce: Women vs Capitalism: why we can't have it all in a free market economy. Professor Vicky Pryce is a Greek-born international economist and currently Chief Economic Adviser and board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). She has had a number of major private sector and UK Government consulting roles. For details see the What's On page here. Vicky will talk about the thesis in her book which explores why gender equality is good for the economy and why we are far from achieving it. For this Meeting we will also be welcoming friends from other London u3as. Zoom details:
Meeting ID: 865 4624 2999    Passcode:161327

Tuesday 16 August, IT Support session, from 3.00pm. Got a problem? Come along. Zoom details click here: IT Support Zoom Meeting ID: 852 0718 5467  Passcode: 307228 (this is a recurring invite - save the details for all future IT Sessions)

Wednesday 31 August,
Pub Lunch, 12.30pm onwards: The Canonbury Tavern, 21 Canonbury Place, N1 2NS. We will be in the garden if the weather is fine, if not, indoors.
Please tell Andy if you want to join (

Wednesday 7 September, Summer Party: at the Olden Garden, 22 Whistler Street, N5 1NJ from 6.00pm till 8.00. There will be wine, soft drinks and canapés. Tickets are £10 and can be bought from the Treasurer Mary White at the next Monthly Meeting at the Resource Centre on 28th July (you can pay contactless with your bank card but you can also pay by cash or cheque). Or pay online to Islington u3a account number 53553396, sort code 204491 (please email Mary ( to tell her you have paid). There will be no paper tickets: names will be kept on a list. We will be entertained by Richard Cryan, a multi-instrumentalist and singer who plays guitar, mandolin and fiddle. He is in two bands, Broomdasher and Dorten Yonder. The closing date for tickets is Thursday 1 September.

Groups and Courses
New Group: a new Tai Chi Group is starting on Monday 26th of September at 3:30pm for 6 weeks (3/10, 10/10, 17/10, 24/10, 31/10). Each session will take place at the Walter Sickert Community Centre, Canonbury Cres, London N1 2FB. The Group will be led by Howard Richmond, who has been studying, practising and teaching Tai Chi and Chi Kung for over 40 years. His teacher all that time has been Master Kam Chuen Lam and Howard is one of his senior teachers (or disciples as he likes to call us). This form of Tai Chi is very gentle and static or slow moving. It does normally involve standing but some of it can be done sitting. While suitable for all ages and fitness levels, it is particularly appropriate for older people. Please let Howard know if you are interested in joining this Group at

Bite Size: a new Bite Size Group is planning to explore 'The tensions between idealism and realism' in the evolution of political thought from Hobbes to Fukuyama through Rousseau, Weber, Schumpeter and Marx. The Group will use six lectures from the series of podcasts by David Runciman called 'Talking Politics: History Of Ideas'. The lectures of about 45 minutes will be discussed on Zoom every fortnight for about 90 minutes, following an in person first meeting on 13th September at 4.00pm to get to know each other a bit before embarking on this adventure. Subsequent meetings will be at 4.00pm on Tuesdays 27 September, October 11 & 25, November 8 & 22 and December 6. Please let Vivek know if you are interested in joining this Group at

Another Bite Size Group: the UK narrowly escaped a constitutional crisis in July 2022, which was only averted by the resignation of Boris Johnson. These events occurred as the Bite Size Group on ‘The Moral Foundations of Politics’ was in discussion about its next topic. The resulting decision for our next Group is to focus on ‘The state of the UK Constitution’, based on recordings from a two day conference on this theme organised by The Constitution Unit at UCL in June 2022 with a keynote speech by Rory Stewart and 5 panels on Constitutional Standards, Power-Sharing in Northern Ireland, The Future of the Union and Devolution, The Role of the Courts and The Decline of Scrutiny in Parliament. The Group will discuss recordings of about 75 minutes on Zoom every month for about 90 minutes, following an in person first meeting on 16th September at 2:30pm to get to know each other a bit before embarking on this journey. Subsequent meetings will be at 2:30pm on 21/10, 18/11, 16/12, 20/1, 17/2, 17/3, 21/4. Please let Vivek know if you are interested in joining this Group at

Other Opportunities and Extras

iU3A Other Opportunities: nothing specific this time but remember to keep an eye on the Other Opportunities webpage here.

It All Depends on Us
Support: if you'd like to support your u3a in any way please do add your name to our volunteers list: contact Sally on

General concerns or queries: please call us on: 07784 336219 or email

Bulletin compiled by Wil Ransome. For any contributions to Bulletin content please email them here.