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

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Please send items of possible interest to the editor, Tom Holloway.
An offer to UK U3A members: The Gift (working title) is an inspirational new programme for BBC One that will help people express their gratitude or make amends.

Is there someone who has changed the course of your life forever? Someone you never got the chance to thank properly? Or someone you’ve wronged in the past who you feel a burning need to apologise to? Do you long to talk to them but can’t find the courage to do it alone? What if you’ve lost touch with them altogether?

Living with an unpaid debt of gratitude or a long overdue apology can be an enormous burden. The Gift is the programme that can help.

The Gift is planned for broadcast by BBC One in a primetime mid-week slot and will be presented by a well known TV personality.

For further information please contact:
Rachel Ozers, Wall to Wall Television, 0207 424 7703

Current Affairs Groups: The Open Government Partnership was formally launched on September 20, 2011, when the 8 founding governments (Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States) endorsed an Open Government Declaration, and announced their country action plans. Since September, OGP has welcomed the commitment of 47 additional governments to join the Partnership.
History Groups: Ignore the strange title - this is a really first-rate website/blog with a huge archive of minutiae about twentieth-century London. The detailed personal reminiscences on the suffragette movement in the 1920s/30s are particularly fascinating. Highly recommended for Londoners.

All Groups: Since we first posted information about UDACITY in June 2012, the free courses on offer have increased in number enormously, and it now rivals COURSERA as a source of free online education, especially for computing, mathematics and design. It is managed by the above academics.
Did you ever wonder what happened to the likes of Basil Brush and Professor Quatermass? Well it's possible you might find the answers (and a whole lot more) at Thank you Don Perham, U3A UK.

Courtesy of U3A Hucknell's excellent newsletter.

A 21 members delegation of Senior Citizens Council of Delhi led by its President J.R.Gupta paid a courtesy call visit at Australia High Commission in New Delhi on 27th August 2013 and met His Excellency Mr. Patrick Suckling, High Commissioner and his officers.

Shri J.R.Gupta, President of the Council extended warm welcome to High Commissioner by presenting a bouquet and also apprised him about the forth coming visit of delegation members to Australia and New Zealand in connection with participating in World U3A Conference to be held at Melbourne on 14th and 15th October 2013. The High Commissioner assured the delegation members for any co-operation as and when needed.

Music Groups - UK Home Counties: The following offer to U3A members is made by Dr. Wilf Eaton, Director of the Orchestra of St Johns.

"Steven Isserlis, the UK's No. 1 Cellist, will be giving two performances with the Orchestra of St John's (OSJ) in Dorchester-upon-Thames at our annual "Music in the Abbey" festival in September. Steven is one of the very best cellists in the world and has performed with all the top international orchestras on every continent. Further information is here>>>

I thought these concerts might be of interest to your members. I would also like to tempt them to come by offering them the opportunity to buy "two tickets for the price of one" for his concerts. If they would like to take up this offer, they should phone our box office on 0845 680 1926 and give the reference "U3A"."

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