FUTURE LECTURES

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METHODS, MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS

METHODS, MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS
STEAM

The difficulties drawing the right conclusion from random data.This talk will aim to explain some of the biases (acquired or genetic) in dealing with randomness and the mechanisms by which the brain sees the world as less, far less, random that it actually is. This misperception can lead to misinterpret many events of everyday life in business, economics, politics and other areas of human affairs.

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THE RE-FORMATION OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND

THE RE-FORMATION OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND
British History

MAJOR CONTROVERSIES. The Continent had a Reformation and sometimes also a Counter-Reformation.  Why didn’t England share either.

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WHEN HITLER VISITED MY HOME

WHEN HITLER VISITED MY HOME
Author Presentation

MEMOIRS BY CARMELLA DIGHT. In order to whet curiosity the talk is entitled: “When Hitler visited my Home” – “What? Hitler visited her home? When, where? Some members would be questioning and doubting. Thus, in order to allay further suspense, the true title of the memoirs is “Bombshells and Butterflies” written under the real name of Karola Feld. Who is Karola? Why not Carmella Dight as known to U3A members? Further confusion would arise, which later in the book would be brought to light.

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A NEW AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT

A NEW AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT
Lecture in Villafranco

The old ways of living on earth are falling apart as the energies change. A New Age of Enlightenment is beginning and it’s time to “Be the Change”. With topics as diverse as spirit guidance, extra-terrestrial intervention on earth, healing, the shift of consciousness and even the truth about the Loch Ness Monster, there will be something for everyone.

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JAPANESE SOCIETY

JAPANESE SOCIETY
The Thursday Lecture

There are many differences in culture between Japan and the UK and this lecture highlights some of those in respect to language, work, management, employment, schooling, policing, family life, Government, getting around, food , the seasons and the scenery. The presenter lived in Japan with his wife for seven and a half years and during that time travelled extensively in the country.

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MOVE EASY – FEEL GOOD

MOVE EASY – FEEL GOOD
Mind, Body and Spirit

Ismakogie is a training of posture and invisible movement which originated in Vienna, Austria. It is especially for people who don’t like heavy physical exercise, but who still want to be fit and vital, have more energy and always feel fantastic. It is a special way of living to stay fit without a heavy-duty fitness regime.

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THE CENTENARIAN REVOLUTION – 60 IS THE NEW 40

THE CENTENARIAN REVOLUTION – 60 IS THE NEW 40
CONSCIOUS LIFE, FUN LIFE

With one of the highest life expectancies in the world, Spain should be the place to retire blissfully. But as life expectancy increases, so does disability expectancy- not so blissful. This informative and fun workshop challenges the current view of ageing and health. Looking at how we were designed to age healthily, we explore the beliefs and behaviours which get the best long-term results. 

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THE RENAISSANCE PERIOD IN FRANCE

THE RENAISSANCE PERIOD IN FRANCE
History of Architecture

The Italian campaigns of the French Kings during the Italian Wars encouraged the introduction of a new architectural style. That style was influenced by antiquity through architectural books and later with imported Italian craftsmen.  Therefore Early Renaissance detail was merely grafted on to traditional building types such as Châteaux and Churches with Gothic vaults, in what might be described as a veneer Renaissance.

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CROMWELL

CROMWELL
British History

MAJOR CONTROVERSIES.’God’s greatest Englishman’ or the Devil Incarnate.  How to justly interpret Britain’s only non-royal ruler?

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WORDS ARE US

WORDS ARE US
The Tuesday Talk

Words are central to being human but people are often unconscious of their impact. This talk examines how thought influences language, how one’s native language shapes thought, and how both affect behaviour. Drawing on art history, semiotics, theories of cognition and her own experience in travelling and living in a variety of countries, writer Joan Burton- Jones explores the interplay between language and thought and what it reveals about national cultures and homo sapiens as a species.

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The Thursday Lecture
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THE COLLABORATIVE ECONOMY

THE COLLABORATIVE ECONOMY
The Tuesday Talk

In this wide ranging presentation author, consultant and academic, Alan Burton-Jones, discusses the emergence of a new form of collaborative, crowd-based capitalism that promises a potential middle road between individualistic capitalism and the communal  lockstep of extreme socialism. Drawing on latest research and examples from around the world he describes key features of the collaborative economy.

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IMMIGRATION AND EMIGRATION

IMMIGRATION AND EMIGRATION
British History

Major Controversies. A persistent theme in British history with complicated causes and often less important to the country than emigration.

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STEAM
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FEMALE EMANCIPATION

FEMALE EMANCIPATION
British History

Major Controversies. Why was Britain one of the last of the major powers to grant full equality to its female citizens?

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THE HUNCHBACK OF OLD AGE – HOW POSTURE DEFINES HOW ONE AGES

THE HUNCHBACK OF OLD AGE – HOW POSTURE DEFINES HOW ONE AGES
CONSCIOUS LIFE, FUN LIFE

With one of the highest life expectancies in the world, Spain should be the place to retire blissfully. But as life expectancy increases, so does disability expectancy- not so blissful. This informative and fun workshop challenges the current view of ageing and health. Looking at how we were designed to age healthily, we explore the beliefs and behaviours which get the best long-term results. 

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THE BARBARY CORSAIRS

THE BARBARY CORSAIRS
The Tuesday Talk
THE BARBARY CORSAIRS - Pirates who roamed the Mediterranean and along the British coast. Biography of the author Jane G. Harlond Arredondo grew up in the English West Country. For further information or to reserve click

THE THREAT TO GLOBAL GOVERNANCE

THE THREAT TO GLOBAL GOVERNANCE
The Thursday Lecture

This lecture will:- set out the main features of the current system of global governance, including its strengths and weaknesses, provide a broad assessment of its achievements and failures to date, review the new threats that have arisen to the continued existence of the system, highlight some dire consequences of a breakdown of the current system and discuss reforms required to defuse current threats to its existence and to improve its longer-term effectiveness.

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Mind, Body and Spirit
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THE RENAISSANCE PERIOD IN SPAIN AND PORTUGAL

THE RENAISSANCE PERIOD IN SPAIN AND PORTUGAL
History of Architecture

The transition from Gothic to Renaissance architecture in Spain took place during the later years of the fifteen century and the first quarter of the sixteen. The period is dominated by a style known as Plateresque meaning ‘silversmith-style’.  It is descriptive of a taste for ornamental surface decoration with no relation to the underlying structure. The Portuguese Manueline style was contemporary with the period of Renaissance Plateresque in Spain.

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BRITISH CANALS – TRANSPORT SYSTEM TO LEISURE ACTIVITY

BRITISH CANALS – TRANSPORT SYSTEM TO LEISURE ACTIVITY

Canals are a familiar sight around the countryside of Great Britain but the question is why there are so many either meandering along following the shape of the land or rising many metres through complex locks or other structures. This talk examines how canals have developed over the centuries to become the World’s First Integrated Transport System long before railways or anything else known today.

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DUNKIRK AND THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN

DUNKIRK AND THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN
British History

Major Controversies. Why is yet another analysis of Dunkirk needed after all the books and movies there are about it?

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The Thursday Lecture
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AIRCRAFT INSTRUMENTATION AND NAVIGATION AIDS

AIRCRAFT INSTRUMENTATION AND NAVIGATION AIDS
STEAM
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YOUNG BRAIN : HAPPY LIFE – HOW TO FEED ONE’S BRAIN FOR THE FUTURE

YOUNG BRAIN : HAPPY LIFE – HOW TO FEED ONE’S BRAIN FOR THE FUTURE
CONSCIOUS LIFE, FUN LIFE

With one of the highest life expectancies in the world, Spain should be the place to retire blissfully. But as life expectancy increases, so does disability expectancy- not so blissful. This informative and fun workshop challenges the current view of ageing and health. Looking at how we were designed to age healthily, we explore the beliefs and behaviours which get the best long-term results. 

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HISTORY AND THE MEDIA

HISTORY AND THE MEDIA
British History

Major Controversies. Why is history ‘strip-mined’ for drama and the real story ignored?  Is it because the best known writers today are journalists and not historians?

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THE TUDOR, ELIZABETHAN AND JACOBEAN PERIODS IN BRITAIN

THE TUDOR, ELIZABETHAN AND JACOBEAN PERIODS IN BRITAIN
History of Architecture

Architecture in England from 1500 to 1830 did not pass through a chronological sequence of styles as found in the continental Europe. There was an initial delay in the arrival of the Renaissance which makes very difficult to identify architectural styles with specific periods.  For these reasons, several divisions based on the successive dynasties of the Royal family have been retained.

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THE “ONE MINUTE COACH” TO MASTERING YOUR EMOTIONS

THE “ONE MINUTE COACH” TO MASTERING YOUR EMOTIONS
Mind, Body and Spirit

The presenter’s goal is to help people change their lives one minute at a time.“WHEN YOU MASTER YOUR EMOTIONS, YOU MASTER YOUR DESTINY!” Based on the history of people’s emotional experiences, they habitually react to the triggers of the environment 40-45% of the time unless a conscious choice has been made to recognize the patterns and to change them.

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THE HIGHLAND AND LOWLAND ZONES

THE HIGHLAND AND LOWLAND ZONES
British History

BRITISH INSTITUTIONS: An appreciation of the Uplands and Lowlands of Britain is crucial for an understanding of the histories of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and how they have interacted with each other over the years.

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The Thursday Lecture
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WHAT’S UP IN THE UNIVERSE

WHAT’S UP IN THE UNIVERSE
STEAM

THE LATEST UPDATES ON SPACE DISCOVERY PROGRAMMES: Space agencies around the world have recently invested $ billions on space and land-based observatories. It can take years to decipher, collate and interpret the data collected. What are the emerging discoveries from these programs and what is in the pipeline for further exploration? How is the resulting view of the Universe changing?

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THE MONARCHY

THE MONARCHY
British History

BRITISH INSTITUTIONS: An essential part of the Constitution of Britain, how it has evolved and what its present and future prospects are.

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THE WONDERFUL WACKY WORLD OF MUDDLECOMBE CUM SNORING

THE WONDERFUL WACKY WORLD OF MUDDLECOMBE CUM SNORING
Author Presentation

Paddy O’Farrell discusses his books about a village twinned with Shangri La and Brigadoon and the villagers who don’t get out much but when they do create absolute international havoc causing confusion, hilarity and heartaches. He talks about his inspirations, and the trials and tribulations of publishing.

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Mind, Body and Spirit
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PARLIAMENT

PARLIAMENT
British History

BRITISH INSTITUTIONS: The real governance of Great Britain and how it came to be the power that it is.

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The Thursday Lecture
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Author Presentation
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THE AMAZING ENGINEERING OF THE PANAMA CANAL

THE AMAZING ENGINEERING OF THE PANAMA CANAL
STEAM

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The Thursday Lecture
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THE ESTABLISHED CHURCH

THE ESTABLISHED CHURCH
British History

BRITISH INSTITUTIONS: This unique institution, how it evolved and how it kept its influence even though its religious influence has waned.

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THE RENAISSANCE PERIOD IN CENTRAL AND NORTHERN EUROPE

THE RENAISSANCE PERIOD IN CENTRAL AND NORTHERN EUROPE
History of Architecture

In Central Europe Renaissance elements were introduced by native architects around 1510 into largely Gothic buildings, while contact with Italian trading centres, particularly Venice, inspired several examples. The Austrian Habsburgs continued the tradition of importing Italian architects as well as craftsmen and as their power increased they produced magnificent examples of the style.

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Mind, Body and Spirit
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THE ITALIAN BAROQUE PERIOD

THE ITALIAN BAROQUE PERIOD
History of Architecture
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THE FRENCH CLASSICAL PERIOD

THE FRENCH CLASSICAL PERIOD
History of Architecture
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VICTORIAN LONDON AND THE DAYS OF THE EMPIRE PART 1

VICTORIAN LONDON AND THE DAYS OF THE EMPIRE PART 1
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VICTORIAN LONDON AND THE DAYS OF THE EMPIRE PART 2

VICTORIAN LONDON AND THE DAYS OF THE EMPIRE PART 2
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THE BOER WAR

THE BOER WAR
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GREAT WOMEN WHO HAVE SHAPED OUR WORLD THROUGH HISTORY

GREAT WOMEN WHO HAVE SHAPED OUR WORLD THROUGH HISTORY
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THE STUART, COMMONWEALTH AND RESTORATION PERIODS OF BRITISH ARCHITECTURE

THE STUART, COMMONWEALTH AND RESTORATION PERIODS OF BRITISH ARCHITECTURE
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THE BAROQUE, PALLADIAN AND GEORGIAN PERIODS OF BRITISH ARCHITECTURE

THE BAROQUE, PALLADIAN AND GEORGIAN PERIODS OF BRITISH ARCHITECTURE
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