Issue number one hundred and twentynine (September 2011) in a series of Signposts from the WorldU3A Service, sent once a month to U3A members anywhere in the world.

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

Has your outside speaker cancelled at the last minute? Have a look at the 'Speakers for Free List' for speakers on a wide range of subjects.

It might be a good idea to download this useful document - it could get you out of trouble at some time in the future.

History/Archaeology Groups: The Encyclopedia Mythica is an award-winning internet encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion. The mythology section is divided to six geographical regions: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Oceania. Each region has many clearly defined subdivisions.

The Folklore section contains general folklore, Arthurian legends, and fascinating folktales from many lands. There is also an image gallery.

Learn about the history of London's canals, about the cargoes carried, the people who lived and worked on the waterways, and the horses that pulled their boats. This is the only London museum of inland waterways and is situated at King's Cross, an accessible central London location.

This unique waterways museum is housed in a former ice warehouse built in about 1862-3 for Carlo Gatti, the famous ice cream maker, and features the history of the ice trade and ice cream as well as the canals.

Pictures from this very successful conference may now be seen, courtesy of Thomas Kuan, President of Sace U3A, Singapore.
A selection from day one is here
and day two can be seen here.

The Core Group of the U3A Asia Pacific Alliance have now agreed that the next International Conference will be held in October 2012 in India, at a very modern conference centre near Pune. Further information will be available in the October issue of SIGNPOST.

Activity Exchange is a free web service for UK Social Activity Clubs and Organisations and their members. It is used by several U3A groups and similar organisations to encourage friendly visits and to share activities. Activity Exchange is free as this is in harmony with the voluntary unpaid tradition of the clubs that it is intended for.
Current Events/Economics Groups: We surely have a duty to think about the world we are handing over to other generations. With the free version of 'Replay Media Catcher' you can record the YOUTUBE versions of Richard Heinberg's analysis - 'Addicted to Growth' and also how the Bank of England's 'Quantitative Easing' policy makes things worse instead of better in The Keiser Report. These might then be screened to larger general meetings with a laptop/projector.

Newsletter Editors: The U3A Online GEMS Newsletter from Dr Richard Swindell continues to inform and amaze. Stuffed with excellent technical tips and health information, it's too big to include here.

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