Issue number one hundred and forty-five (January 2013) from the WorldU3A Service, sent on the first of every month to U3A members anywhere in the world.

Feel free to copy any or all of this information in your newsletters.
Please send items of possible interest to the editor, Tom Holloway.

All Groups: Free Documentary films can be downloaded onto a laptop and shown at member meetings or subject group meeting. Many are available in French or Spanish - useful for Language Groups.

"At we strongly believe that in order to have a true democracy, there has to be a free flow of easily accessible information. Unfortunately, many important perspectives, opinions, and facts never make it to our televisions or cinemas (you can watch movies in our media category if you want to know why)".

The LiLL-Interactive-Magazine appears in English and German. was developed by the Zentrum für Allgemeine Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung (ZAWiW) der Universität Ulm in the frame of the project Learning in Later Life - LiLL. The project LiLL was funded from 1997 to 2000 by the Socrates Program of the European Commission and the BMFSFJ. The project was set up by an informal network of professionals active in the area of seniors’ education in various European countries.

The LiLL Magazine is published in cooperation with seniors-volunteers in Germany and abroad, who edit, translate and write articles for it.

ZAWIW also support the Danube Network of Seniors' Education, Intergenerational Learning and Social Participation along the Danube.

This is a network of people and institutions whose aim is to promote seniors’ education and social participation in an intergenerational context in the Danube Region. This site presents an overview of cooperation projects and other activities implemented by the network.

This Open University online database provides information about South Asians in Britain from 1870 to 1950, the organizations they were involved in, their British connections, and the major events in which they participated.

Designed as an interactive tool, it offers engaging and innovative search and browsing options, including a timeline, location maps, and network diagrams modelled on social networking sites which demonstrate South Asians' interactions and relationships in Britain at the time. Some entries have extracts from archival sources with explanation of their content and relevance. All information has been reproduced here for education and informational purposes only.

A Rural Development Project by Bhavana U3A Lucknow: Secretary A K Malhotra reports: "We had adopted a small village Debari Danda in Malihabad (U.P) in 2010 for development in this backward area.

The final phase of development project has been completed with handing over 4 Eco Toilets and they were formally handed over to Village Head of Debari Dandaon 8th Dec' 2012 at a ceremony presided over by BHAVANA U3A President Shri Om Narayan. Before, people had to use open areas for conveniences.

Also new blankets were distributed to poor people struggling in chilly winters and T-Shirts were distributed to boys and girls of the village. The Village Head assured that these toilets will be maintained by them and appreciated the work done by "Bhavana U3A", as it will make the village hygienic and life of villagers easier for daily basic needs.

Also 50 Rechargeable Lanterns were distributed to residents to tide over poor availability of electricity in the village and a pond/reservoir was constructed in the village to meet water scarcity."

All Computer Users: This forum is provided by 'JG' of South Woodham Ferrers U3A for members to ask questions related to computers, either hardware or software and get assistance from the knowledge and experience of others.

"You do need to be relatively competent to participate, this is not a place for novice users on their first computer to learn how to turn it on, or send an email. This is not a training resource, but a self help group. If you can open files in Windows Explorer, know what the right click menu is for, take regular back ups and have Anti Virus software installed then that is about the right level. If you do not know how to find Windows Explorer, what it is, or what it is for; then you are not ready to participate in here.

However, do not be put off by this, you are not expected to be an expert in everything, or even in anything. So long as you can understand simple explanations and are willing to share your experience then we should all get along fine".

Computer Beginners: This is a company - Justdoitguides - that sell instructional DVDs, but they also offer free courses, presumably as a 'loss-leader'.

If you try one of these please let the editor know more about the quality of the course material, so that we can provide further information in a later SIGNPOST issue.

The Bomb Sight project is mapping the London WW2 bomb census between 7/10/1940 and 06/06/1941. Previously available only by viewing in the Reading Room at The National Archives, Bomb Sight is making the maps available to citizen researchers, academics and students. They will be able to explore where the bombs fell and to discover memories and photographs from the period.

The project has scanned original 1940s bomb census maps , geo-referenced the maps and digitally captured the geographical locations of all the falling bombs recorded on the original map.

History Groups: This being a time of year when a certain amount of levity might be permitted (writes your Editor) then Dr Beachcombing's gleanings might be found useful and interesting and certainly amusing.

He is particularly curious about the strange and the unexpected in records of the past: exceptions that prove or disprove rules. Over the years he has put together several bulging filing cabinets full of these strange and unexpected details. You are invited to read his blog and be amazed.

History Groups Again: but serious this time. It's called The History Blog and it's full of the most interesting details you are unlikely to find elsewhere. Very well catalogued, and it also contains useful links to primary source websites. Recommended.

U3A Online: A complete GEMs Archive - Rick Swindell's newsletter - pdf printouts of all prior editions can be found at and the following are from the January 2013 issue of GEMS.

Here’s timely information about alcohol use and older adults. Problem drinking can begin in later life for a variety of reasons. more>>

Can your Laptop or Tablet replace your Desktop computer? Maybe; but first read Bob Rankin’s non-technical argument for Five Reasons Desktop PCs Won’t Die. (Don’t forget to scroll down for readers’ comments on this hot topic.) more>>

The Ocean Portal is part of the Smithsonian Museum. This is a truly amazing site for those who are interested in the natural world. (ty Gizmo's Best Freeware) more>>

Ten Tricks To Make Yourself a Gmail Master more>>

Is your C:\ drive getting crowded? Would you like to move some things to another drive or partition to free up space? How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive more>>

Free Internet Phone Calls more>>

Convert Vinyl Records to CD or MP3 more>>

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