Issue 40

October 2011

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Group News (Cont’d)

History of Art

Art of the C20

Please do not call it “Modern” art, as it is a bit elderly these days.

Brian’s first lecture presented the origins of this sometimes blurry, non-representational, expressionistic form that painting took.

Art reflects the society that produces it, and the seeds were sown even in the late 19c with Paul Cézanne asserting that nature could be depicted as cylinders, spheres and cones. As almost everyone knows, this eventually led to paintings consisting of only lines, shapes, colours, whether hard edged, or “fuzzy”, copies of cartoons, found objects and sculptures with holes in the middle. Personally, although some are compelling to look at, I find this hard to accept as art, because the meaning is not clear, and is so open to interpretation. I have not expressed this opinion  to Brian as yet, but am eager to see if there is any division in the group this term — stand by for some excitement.


Judy Muscarella

Keep Fit

This group is in its 10th year and so is half as old as the Harrogate U3A! When we started we were all strangers and I knew none of those who came to the first class. However we soon got into the swing of things and I am more than happy to say that many of the original members are still coming along and we are all friends.

We meet during the term only as Sandra our professional instructor, has school age children. That gives us a little time to relax, eat a bit more and then come to the following term wishfully thinking of losing a bit of weight and toning up! At the end of the autumn term we have a small pre Christmas celebration of nibbles and drink at the end of the last class with something brought in by everyone. At Easter we have a lunch out, and sometimes in the summer we gather together and have a naughty tea, full of cream cakes.

It is always good to start a term and see the same familiar faces - but we welcome new members at any time. Give us a try!

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French pour s’amuser

You may know that our French conversation group established about 12 years ago, and meeting in each others houses once a week from 10.00 to 12.00, has been a bit overtaken by the numbering of the several new French groups! Consequently, this year, we decided to call ourselves “French pour s’amuser”



One member’s comment

I studied French (alphabet, phonetics etc. in true fifties style ) when I was but a schoolgirl and although I have visited France many times since then and can make myself understood in the matter of booking rooms, buying a baguette and the state of the hot/cold/wet weather and will it continue, I wanted to be able to do a bit more.

When out walking in France earlier this year I met a delightful French woman of about my age who was eager to talk and tell me about her life and times but I just could not understand much of it and felt hopeless and inadequate

When I saw this group advertised last wear I thought 'Quelle chance!'. I decided to join and have not regretted it. From the start I have been made to feel welcome. Everyone is so helpful and gently puts my faltering efforts right. We meet once a week in each other's houses and have a general conversation for an hour or so where everyone manages to contribute. In proper continental fashion we then stop for coffee and cake. Thus fortified we each take a turn at reading a French novel (a paragraph or so each) and translating it into English, if I am stuck everyone helps; what one doesn't know someone else is likely to and there are always dictionaries!


Christine Turner

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