Issue number one hundred and thirteen (May 2010) in a series of Signposts from WorldU3A International, sent once a month to any and all U3A members anywhere in the world.

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Following this year's highly successful International Conference at Chitrakoot University, India, the Asia Pacific Alliance of Universities of the Third Age are pleased to announce provisional plans for our next World Conference, to be held in Singapore in August 2011.

For details click-on http://worldu3a.org/apalliance

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Day visits: If you are planning visits to interesting places for later this year Enjoy England is the official website for days out and sightseeing. It has a very useful interactive map at http://www.enjoyengland.com/destinations/find/map-search.aspx

Natural History Groups: A season of Nature talks between 27 April and 22 July 2010, free, at 14.30 http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/inspired-season on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Attenborough Studio. Part of the Royal Society's 350th anniversary celebrations

Is It Safe To Use Credit Cards Online? It's the age of e-commerce. Millions of people spend billions of dollars online every day. And the usual method of payment is a credit card. But some people hesitate to provide their credit card numbers to e-commerce sites for various reasons.
http://askbobrankin.com/credit_card_safety_online.html?tbart

Art Groups: Budding artists here's a great way to investigate a new hobby. These online art courses are free: Pen and Wash; Understanding Colour; Botanical Art. Each course contains 12 topics representing about 3 months work.
http://sites.google.com/site/apaintingpassion/onlinecourses
Health/Nutrition: An analysis of dietary data from more than 400,000 men and women found only a weak association between high fruit and vegetable intake and reduced overall cancer risk, according to a study published online April 6, 2010 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. See http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100406162941.htm
TECHNICAL MATTERS - (thanks to Rick Swindell's GEMS newsletter)
A portable hard drive is one of handiest inventions ever. Handy hints for
what to look for before buying. http://tinyurl.com/2d4xupm

Did you know you can actually cut printing costs just by choosing another font? Few people have considered the font they use for letters, reports, and notices, but you can actually save 31% on your ink cartridge costs just by picking the right font. http://tinyurl.com/c2znc2

Unlike Vista, early adopters of Windows 7 are "very satisfied" with the program, but nearly half of consumers surveyed said they saw no reason to upgrade from Windows XP. http://tinyurl.com/ycv2fvb

Buying a laptop? A 64-bit laptop is recommended for running Windows 7.
http://tinyurl.com/29nu7l4

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