8 members and one visiting member were present.
Brenda gave out notices at the beginning of the meeting and asked for a volunteer to write-up reports for the website and also for a member to share the responsibility of running the group. There were no offers for either request.
Brenda had posed 4 topics to the group for discussion at the meeting.: Continue reading Current Affairs Report – February 2018
Despite the cold weather we had a good turnout for our first meeting of 2018 and were pleased to welcome a couple of new members to our group. We aimed to start the year healthily so Geoff Heyes described some tips to make our everyday, staple foods as nutritious as possible. Continue reading Food & Wine – January 208
Sprichst du ziemlich gut Deutsch?
We have discovered that we have all learnt German in several different ways, having learnt it through having a German speaking parent, having studied it at school, at evening classes or by distance learning. Continue reading Sprichst du Deutsch?
At our very well-attended January meeting (52 people), we welcomed Rob Jacobs, the garden manager at Waterperry Gardens who gave us an interesting talk on Waterperry’s herbaceous borders together with lots of hints for our own gardens. Rob also gave us an insight into the philosophy of the famous Beatrix Havergill in the days of Waterperry Horticultural College of which she was the founder. A lively discussion with social tea and chat followed Rob’s talk and we were very pleased to welcome some new members.
Long Walk 3rd January led by Chris Mansfield
After lots of heavy rain over Christmas and New Year and damaging winds overnight, ten of us met at The Shoulder of Mutton, Wendover not sure what to expect. As it was, the winds had died down, there was no more rain and we even had glimpses of the sun. We set off at 9.30 to walk down through the town and then out along a path by the clock tower, soon leaving it to follow a muddy path leading us to Hale Road and then on into Hale Lane to reach a forestry footpath uphill into Wendover Woods. We climbed steadily through the woods, later gaining a contour path giving good views over Wendover and the surrounding countryside before reaching a wide track on top leading us to the car park and toilets. Continue reading Walking – January 2018
At todays meeting members displayed another great crop of photographs on the subject of People. It was interesting to see a number of photographs taken on mobile phones and compact cameras, providing evidence again that you don’t have to be using heavy metal to take good shots.
The skills session was on the available exposure modes – Fully Auto, Programme, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual. We discussed what the modes meant, and when you might want to use them.
Notes relating to this skills session (and many other topics) can be found on our More about Photography page.
The Health and Wellbeing and Exploring English groups have now closed. Thanks to Sally Kirby and Peggy Verrall for running these groups.
Russian, Enjoying Maths and Jazz Appreciation closed some time ago.
It is however good to see new Groups springing up covering different topics.
We were delighted that Dr Timothy Walker, former Director of Oxford University Botanic Gardens and BBC 4 TV presenter, was our speaker at our January meeting. It was the third time that Timothy had visited us and again his talk was excellent. Intriguingly entitled “Sex, Lies and Putrefaction”, Timothy described the wonderful pollination strategies of a huge variety of plants from around the world and their importance to not only the plants themselves but also to the survival of the animal kingdom including human beings. Superb slides with a fascinating, informative commentary and comments delivered in Timothy’s inimitable amusing style, brightened a dull, dreary January afternoon. We very much look forward to a return visit in the near future.
Richard’s presentation on Special Relativity Part 2 began where Part 1 ended, looking at the experience of a person travelling at relativistic speeds. The visual effects are aberration of light from stars around a spacecraft, the Doppler shift and the so-called searchlight effect. The twin paradox of unequal ageing of travellers was briefly mentioned but this is properly in the domain of General Relativity. Continue reading The Special Theory of Relativity, Part 2 – Mass, Energy & Space / Time – Richard Jones
American in Paris at the Dominion Theatre
Wednesday 3 January
I hadn’t been well over Christmas and New Year so when the date for our trip crept up I was in two minds whether I really wanted to leave a nice warm bed and warm house to go up to London – but was I glad I did! Continue reading Theatre Group visit to see ‘American in Paris’