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Issue number 204 (January 2018) from the WorldU3A Service and the U3A Global Forum

We regret to announce the death of Jean Thompson, the inspiration, founder and first chairman of WorldU3A. Ian Funnell knew her well and writes....

"She was elected to the NEC at the Colchester conference in 1989, elected Third Age Trust Honorary Secretary at the Nottingham conference in 1990 and elected Vice Chairman at the York conference in 1991. Shortly afterwards Professor Len Haynes, Trust Chairman, passed away and Jean took over as Chairman. She was a gifted linguist and spoke several languages fluently and tackled several others with enthusiasm. With the Trust she encouraged links with AIUTA and set up a translation group. I met Jean at the York conference in 2003 along with Barbara Lewis. She gave a talk at Fetcham U3A to a monthly meeting when I was Chairman and contributed to a study day at the Menuhin Hall".


Dr Lydia Bautista, President UNILATINA and Prof Gustavo Rodriguez Chacon hosts of the AIUTA 101e Governing Board and International Conference held in Bogota, Colombia, took part in the conference closing ceremony with LA TUNA and a lot of participants.

Dr Lydia Bautista, Présidente d’UNILATINA et le Professeur Gustavo Rodriguez Chacon ont organisé la cérémonie de clôture du 101eme Conseil d’Administration et de la Conférence Internationale de l’AIUTA avec LA TUNA en présence de nombreux participants.


is a free discussion forum and blog. Comprehensive, large (it has more than 48,000 members - mostly enthusiasts but some academics) and very well organised with an excellent 'search' facility.

The Victorian Web, which originated in hypermedia environments (Intermedia, Storyspace) that existed long before the World Wide Web, is one of the oldest academic and scholarly websites. This wonderful resource continues to grow; it now has 88,000 documents and images as of May 2016.

Persephone Books reprints neglected fiction and non-fiction by mid-twentieth century (mostly) women writers. All of our 125 books are intelligent, thought-provoking and beautifully written and are chosen to appeal to busy people wanting titles that are neither too literary nor too commercial. We publish novels, short stories, diaries, memoirs and cookery books; each has an elegant grey jacket, a ‘fabric’ endpaper with matching bookmark, and a preface by writers such as Jilly Cooper, David Kynaston and Elaine Showalter.


Poets Collective is a noncommercial effort to encourage and promote poetry writing that can stand the test of time and reading that can assure its will to live. The site is geared for enjoyment by readers from all walks of life.

Also useful is the Literary Devices website. Literary Devices refers to the typical structures used by writers in their works to convey his or her messages in a simple manner to the readers. When employed properly, the different literary devices help readers to appreciate, interpret and analyze a literary work. Below is a list of literary devices with detailed definition and examples.


Suwon's Mwolado School for senior citizens provides education in a whole range of activities; Computers, quilt-making and Art, with a successful class for seniors with dementia.

Suwon is the capital and largest metropolis of Gyeonggi-do, South Korea's most populous province which surrounds Seoul, the national capital. Suwon is a major educational center, home to 11 universities.

This report from Yuri Chepurko of Kuban Third Age University, Krasnoyarsk.
Our U3A participated actively as volunteers in Olympics 2014 and we offer classes on: make up for 3A, photography, tourism (we are in the most touristic territory of Russia - Black Sea coast), design, and khoreography (our KUBAN chorus is famous in Russia)
DOBARA which means ONCE AGAIN is a platform to spread wellness and well-being among the senior citizens of Hyderabad to create an awareness of senior citizen requirements in the younger generation. We encourage them to get to know an elder in their home or vicinity and interview them at their comfort level so as to highlight the experiences of their lifes-journey resulting in LIVING BIOGRAPHIES-which can be shared across generations. DOBARA endeavors to emphasize the "reuse" - 'the 2nd innings' for senior citizens, and utilize their talent and energy to mentor the young to ensure safe and friendly neighborhoods, reliable services and age-friendly programs to support healthy ageing and active living.

The December 2017 newsletter from this excellent network - full of information from seniors organisations from around the world - can be downloaded here >>>

Pass It On Network's liaison in Nigeria, David Oludare Mark, has laid the foundations for a U3A in Lagos and will be reporting back in the New Year.


Kathmandu, November 5, 2017 Ageing Nepal in collaboration with Nursing Association of Nepal (NAN), with support from Ageing Nepal Switzerland and the Foundation Nelumbo, conducted a seven days Training for Nurses on Geriatric Care from 5th Nov. to 12th Nov. 2017 at Lazimpat, Kathmandu.

Eighteen trainers from different areas of expertise including three from Switzerland worked as trainers in the training participated by thirty-six nurses from different government and non-governmental hospitals and health organizations. For more, visit their website >>>

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