Issue number one hundred and two (June 2009) in a series of Signposts from WorldU3A International Group and U3AOnline Australia, sent once a month, to any and all U3A members anywhere in the world.
Please send snippets of possible interest to one of the editors.
All members: A mass migration of millions of Painted Ladies from North Africa is underway -- not difficult to spot with their 3-inch wingspan.
The Butterfly Conservation organisation are keen to map the sightings and ask everyone to let them know where you saw them. A map is provided to make it easy at http://www.butterfly-conservation.org/sightings/1097/painted_lady.html
|Imagining the Future: The 21st Century School fosters innovative thinking, deep scholarship and collaborative activity to address the most pressing risks of the 21st Century. Ageing, Armed conflict, Emerging infections, Energy, Migration, Nanoscience and many others -- each Institute has its own separate research programme but encourages inter-disciplinary and collaborative working. Click-on or go to http://www.21school.ox.ac.uk/|
|Natural History Groups and wildlife enthusiasts can take advantage of the many webcams installed in England during this nesting season. A fascinating insite into bird and animal behaviour and an interesting use of web technology. To learn more simply click on or go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/springwatch/webcams/|
|Local History Groups: Do you have video or film clips of your town from the past? MACE is the Media Archive for Central England and they would like to hear from you. You can also see and download and show the material they already have in their archive at http://www.macearchive.org/About/whatismace.html|
|Sci/Tech Groups: Massachusetts Institute of Technology announce 'Ask an Engineer' a compendium of information that could easily form the basis of a quiz for group members. See http://engineering.mit.edu/ask/ (Thank you V. Ragavendrarao of Society for Service to Seniors, Chennai, India).|
|For Women in Science is an international programme run by New Scientist to promote and highlight the importance of ensuring greater participation of women in science. Results will be announced on July 1st. Please take part by sending your vote, click on or go to http://www.newscientist.com/special/women-in-science-2009-intro (Thank you Christina Lay - U3A UK).|
|History/Archaeology Groups: Now that summer has arrived, why not arrange a visit to one of the many museums that encourage weekday groups of visitors? A fairly full list can be found at http://www.ilovethepast.com/museums|
The Australian Flexible Learning Network announce their forthcoming June program of webconferences at http://www.flexiblelearning.net.au/flx/go/home/pid/510/ The site includes a very useful archive of previous sessions.
Spilsbury of U3A UK, writing about installing UBUNTU on the U3ASupport Bulletin
Board recommends http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ubuntu-linux-guide,2293.html
Also the UK Linux User Groups website can be found at http://lug.org.uk/
and there may be one that meets near you. (Thank you Andy Pepperdine of