Welcome to issue number 72 of the Newsletter - June 2015  

 

The newsletters are compiled by Dot Garrett.  

If you would like an interesting article or news item to be considered for inclusion in future editions of the newsletter, please email them to her

 newsletter-editor@u3amoraira-teulada.org

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  Next U3A Meeting

The next General Meeting will be held on

Monday, 1st June 2015

at the Salón de Banquetes, Avenida del Mediterráneo, Teulada at 10:30 a.m.

Doors open to members at 09:30 a.m.

 

The speaker for 1st June is :
 
 Brian and Noelene Cummins.
Glimpses of Argentina and The Falklands.
To include relevant glimpses of life and scenery to whet peoples appetite.
 

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Jill Cole

Message from President

 Jill Cole

Well the Spanish lady said the 14th May would be a turning point with the weather! For those of you that were here in Spain you will remember we had temperatures in the 40s for one day! Then 5 days later you would have thought we were back in Northern Europe.  
On Tuesday 19th May 200 members braved the weather to attend the party at Font Santa and we all had a great time.  Thank you to the Sub Committee for organising the event and preparing the location on the day along with their helpers.
Earlier in the month the Travel group organised a trip to the Lladró factory followed by a paella lunch and a boat trip around the Alburfera Lake. Some men , including my husband, on the trip were not that interested in the Lladró factory but interested in the boat trip!  I am happy to say that they were pleasantly surprised and found they had enjoyed the tour of the factory showing the amount of work that goes into making one Lladró item. Well done Carol & Anne.
 
I have only mentioned a couple of events here but I would like to thank everyone that organises any event or group as there is more then just turning up on the day behind the scene. I found this out arranging the First Aid Course..
 
Regards 

Jill 
 
* Please note*
A purple Umbrella was left at the Font Santa party. Would the owner please contact Brian Nicholls to arrange to collect it.
 
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Speaker at the Monthly Meeting on 4th May

Rarely do we send a write up to the newspapers about our speakers, but this month is an exception.

Jeremy Kenton, a local Osteopath, came along to tell us why we shouldn’t really be walking upright. Apparently even though we evolved from “walking” on all fours, our spines didn’t follow suit and so many of us have back problems. However Jeremy made the talk so much fun and had all the members laughing, it was a real tonic to be so entertained on a Monday morning.

Jeremy asked for “volunteers” and to this end local musician, Dave Peachey, stepped forward. He then stripped down to his underwear climbed on to a table, donned a lady member’s wedge heeled shoes, had my, very heavy, bag on one shoulder and proceeded to walk up and down the table. All the while Jeremy was pointing out the pitfalls of heels and heavy bags while, I’m afraid, people laughed, we could all see his point.

After Dave was relieved from his ordeal, three more people climbed on different tables and had to stand still while Jeremy continued his talk. This time it was to show how standing for long periods, in a queue for instance, affected us and most people end up slumped or standing on one leg.

Everything we do each day affects our spines especially if the action is repeated; driving, working on a computer or laptop, washing up, even loading the dishwasher is all bad for our health. When asked what we could do about it Jeremy said that as these things are necessary simply be aware of what you are doing, how you are standing / sitting, change positions and take rests frequently.

It was an excellent presentation and we hope that all who listened gained some benefit from his expertise. Jill Cole, President, thanked Jeremy and he was presented with a gift of appreciation, with a hearty round of applause from the members.

Margaret Roberts

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150608 Art Talk 8th June: Cheda and Brian Dual Art Presentation

 Art Talk 8th June: Cheda and Brian Dual Art Presentation

Date: Monday 8th Jun 2015 10:30

Location: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park)

Subject: Cheda and Brian Dual Art Presentation

Lecturer:  Brian Nicholls and Cheda Panajotovic

Following on from our previous talk when we each chose five of our own favourite paintings, we decided this time round to make it a bit more difficult.

We have given each other five paintings or artists to discuss allowing a few minutes for each. This of course meant that, instead of choosing something that we were familiar with we had to work a bit harder and do some serious research.

Needless to say it gave us both the opportunity to indulge in a bit of mischief and make life as difficult as we reasonable could for each other.

Accompanying this post are details from some of the paintings by artists whose work are featured in this talk, but not necessarily from the paintings featured. See how many of the ARTISTS you can recognise?

Answers will be shown at the end of the talk.

Do come along and see how we both cope with this unusual project.

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150629 History Talk 29th June Oliver Cromwell

History Talk 29th June

Oliver Cromwell

Date: Monday 29th June 2015 10:30

Location: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park)

 

Subject: The Turbulent Years Of Charles The First And Oliver Cromwell

 Lecturer: Brian Nicholls

 

As an introduction to Cheda’s scheduled talk on the ‘The Life and Times of Charles the Second’ early next year I thought that it would be interesting to look at the preceding 35 years between 1625 to 1660.

During this period, religious extremism and stubborn Royalist autocratic attitudes resulted in constant conflict, as a fledgling Parliament tried to implement a more representative, democratic process throughout the country.

Into the mix went serious conflict with Scotland and Ireland and battles in England between Parliamentary and Royalist forces.

After the execution of several prominent figures which eventually included the King himself, Britain became what is known as the Commonwealth (1649-1660), governed entirely by Parliament. Unfortunately, the first one was strongly Puritan but proved impractical and was quickly dissolved. The second one (1654) was religiously tolerant to all but Papists and Anglicans and included representation from all four countries. Unfortunately 100 members refused to comply and were expelled. Five months later this Parliament was also dissolved.

Cromwell, unwillingly, attempted to rule by martial law. He was asked to accept the crown which led to the immortal words spoken by Richard Harris in the film ‘Cromwell’ “Ye Gods: did we kill one King to simply replace him with another” Needles to say he refused and died several months later.

The process of government continued in a somewhat hapless way until the Monarchy was restored (The Restoration) with the return of Charles the Second.

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Facebook Sessions:

 

Frightened of Facebook?

Paranoid about privacy?
An avid Facebook Fan - or just don't want to know, this might be for you.

Peter Romain is planning to run sessions on Facebook please read below:

12 June Friday - essentially its history, the pros and cons, getting an account, setting security, knowing how to send private messages, understanding potential risks, using it on a PC, tablet, smartphone, Ipad etc., etc.
19 June Friday - essentially recapping and building on first session and groups, understanding Facebook's business model. We will look at the U3A closed group and how to set up a group for your own use.
26 June Friday - building on the first two and more.

Time: start 10am finish 12.30pm. Note, the first session may run until 1pm.
Please email peter to request a place -  promain99@gmail.com
 

The location will depend on demand,

If we have any resident experts, and they would like to help, please get in touch with Peter.

 

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Website Discounts Page

 
 
 
Members are highly recommended to take a look at our Discounts page for very good offers from local suppliers of services and equipment.
This page is regularly updated and offers
some really worthwhile discounts, usually on presentation of your Teulada/Moraira U3A membership card.
All you have to do is to click on this link to enter our website http://www.u3amoraira-teulada.org/ and, at the top of the page you will see useful leads to Groups, General Meetings, Local Events etc. and included is also the lead to the Discounts page.
Just click on that and you will then see some general information followed by a list of the many services available where sometimes substantial discounts are offered exclusively to members of U3A.
Naturally, some services are far more popular and regularly used than others and we do learn of many instances of members using car servicing garages, insurance providers, decorators, airport parking, etc. but it can also be very worthwhile to look at entries by more specialised services such as dentists, medical services and massage specialists etc.
For example, 10% discount off the published price list from a dentist can be a considerable saving and you can be assured that all of the services listed have been suggested and recommended by your fellow U3A members.
So often we hear “Oh, I wish I had looked at the discounts page first! I didn’t know I could have been charged less if I had shown my card”
Don’t be caught out! When you need a service or product just have a quick look at the discounts page to see what is available and you may well have a pleasant surprise!
 
John Hopwood

 

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Creative Writing Group Poem

 

 The Indolent Writer

by Chris King

 

Who stole all my creative works?

The book, the rhymes, the play!

A dark suspicion often lurks

With each new passing day.

 

Who stole the book I have not writ,

A well known novelist?

Something more sinister stole it

Than a plagiarist

 

Who stole my dreams of instant fame

With my first published work?

No recognition can I claim

If work I always shirk..

 

The thief who steals each waking hour

Not spent on living life

First steals the thing they call willpower

And makes distractions rife.

 

And then there's doubt about my style

And is it any good?

The thief says if I wait a while

It will be as it should.

 

And in the future time will show

My book on no one's shelf

'Twas stolen by a thief I know

My idle, lazy self.

 

 

 

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Recipes

 

A SELECTION OF INTERESTING VEGETABLE RECIPES

Eileen Haxon

 

I am not a vegetarian, but I hate boring boiled vegetables.

Here are some recipes which I hope will whet your appetite and encourage you to experiment with new flavours. Enjoy!

 

SPANISH POTATOES

 

This is a good source of Vitamin C, low fat and delicious with white fish and chicken.

 

2 tbsp oil

3 tbsp tomato puree or frito

1 tsp smoked paprika

800 grms potatoes --- cut into small chunks

4 garlic cloves.

Handful parsley leaves --- roughly chopped

 

Heat oven to 180C – gas 4

Mix oil, tomato puree and paprika together, then coat the potatoes thoroughly in it.

Squash the garlic in its skin with the flat of a knife and place on a baking tray with the potatoes

Season well with salt and pepper, then roast for 40 minutes, turning over half way through until the potatoes have crisped up and fluffy inside.

Serve with parsley scattered over.

 

TOMATO AND CHORIZO SALAD

 

I am not going to give quantities for this recipe as it depends upon the number of servings you require.

 

Slice some chorizo ( or you can used the chorizo already cut up in indiviual packets ). Fry for about 5 minutes in a little oil until crisp.

Take selection of tomatoes and cut into chunks and place in a serving bowl. Add a sliced red onion.

Season and drizzle with sherry vinegar and olive oil.

Add a chopped garlic clove to the chorizo and drizzle with sherry vinegar. Cook a few minutes longer.

Spoon on top of the tomatoes and sprinkle some chopped basil or parsley on top.

Serve with serrano ham and goats cheese.

 

CAULIFLOWER RICE

 

Blend 1 chopped cauliflower in a food processor until the cauliflower has the texture of large breadcrumbs.

Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and add  1 tsp cumin seeds, 2 cardamon pods and 1 bay leaf. Stir fry for 1 minute until fragrant.

Then add the cauliflower and stir to coat in the oil and the spices. Stir in 100ml of hot vegetable stock.

Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes or until the stock has reduced and the cauliflower is looking quite dry.

Stir in some coriander leaves and remove the pan from the heat. Fork the cauliflower over and it will fluff up nicely.

Serve as an alternative to rice with chilli or curry and reduce your calorie intake.

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Dining Out Group

OLIVE TREE RESTAURANT MORAIRA   MAY 2015

Two cohorts of the Dining Group went to the Olive Tree restaurant as this month´s chosen venue.  We were welcomed by our hosts with a glass of cava on the airy covered terrace before going inside to find our allotted seats.  The layout was spacious and you could hear the conversation, not always the case in Spanish restaurants.  Menu choices were from garlic mushrooms, soup, goats cheese, prawn cocktail and pate, then chicken, pork belly, lambs liver or cod, finished off by a choice of four desserts.  Everyone I asked was pleased with their meal, the only criticism was that the last people understandably had rather a long wait, but nobody was too put out by this, much too busy chatting!  Our thanks to this month´s hosts Shirley and Derick

OVERALL RATING

Food                   9.5

Atmosphere         10

Service               9.5

Wine                  10

Value                 10

Jan Adams

May 2015

 

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Spanish Themed Picnic

 

As part of its social calendar, on 19th May the U3A Moraira had planned a “party in the park” at Font Santa in Moraira. Unfortunately when the day dawned it was lot cooler and very cloudy and as the Social Sub Committee and helpers started to erect Gazebos, to keep the sun off the entertainers, it started to rain. So they were still needed - to keep the rain off!

However this didn’t dampen peoples’ enthusiasm and in true stoic British style 200 members turned up armed with not only their picnics, but umbrellas and jackets too. Of course most Brits were used to arranging outdoor events which then turned into battles with the elements!

The steel band Poco Loco entertained everyone as they arrived and set up their tables with friends, and it was a shame that the sun didn’t shine as steel bands are synonymous with the sun, but at least it had stopped raining.

Then when most people had settled down Duo Intermezzo entertained us with their excellent singing, and sang excerpts from, appropriately, Carmen and other operas. Meanwhile two gigantic paellas were being prepared, and when the paella was ready the duo took a break while everyone tucked in. Sangria had also been provided to keep the Spanish theme going

Duo Intermezzo returned to entertain us for another hour and once again the performance was excellent, ably supported with some of the Elvis numbers by local singer Dave Peachey, and by the members with some choruses. At the end the members gave them a standing ovation and they had to perform an encore.

On the whole we were lucky with the weather, as in a lot of nearby areas there was torrential rain. The whole day was great fun and proved that the (mainly) Brits will always enjoy themselves whatever the weather.

 

Margaret Roberts

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Pillowcase Dresses

 

Members may remember in our April 2015 newsletter an appeal from Val Mills for pillowcases to be made into dresses to be sent to Africa.Val now sends us this message and asks to note that the appeal at the moment is now closed.

 
I would like to say a very big thank you to all the ladies who helped make the
pillowcase dresses.   I sent 30 dresses back to uk, where they will be taken
to Kenya.   When I hear from the organizers, or maybe a photo, I will send them to
the U3A.
Many thanks again
Val
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25th September: Late Summer Dinner Dance

25th September: Late Summer Dinner Dance

This year, we are holding a late summer dinner dance for our members at Salón Canor.

Date : Friday, 25th September
Time : Cava Reception 7:00 p.m., Dinner 8:00 p.m.
Venue : Salón Canor, Teulada
Tickets : 25 euros each to include a welcome glass of cava, 3 course meal and drinks during the meal.
Dress Code : Dinner Jackets or smart. No jeans or shorts please.
Music : The Poco Loco Steel Band will be entertaining you in the lovely gardens of Canor during the cava reception between 7:00-8:00 p.m. (weather permitting).
After dinner, Barry Peters will be providing music for dancing the night away.

Please note that this function is strictly only open to fully paid-up members of the Moraira-Teulada U3A.

Tickets will be on sale at the General Meeting on 1st June 2015 and, subject to availability, at subsequent meetings in July and September. There is no meeting in August. The venue can accommodate up to 400 persons.

If you wish to join us for what promises to be a spectacular evening, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to one of the General Meetings with the full amount in cash. Please ensure that the form is fully completed and that you enter the full name of every person as per the details on their membership cards.

You can check the menu and then download the form.
A few copies of each will be available at the General Meetings for those members without computers.

If you have any queries, please contact Pat Clarke

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Moraira - Teulada

Local Events and Information.

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Moraira

Moors & Christians

25th Anniversary

7th - 14th June 2015

 

Programme available from Tourist Information Office

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On Sunday June 7, the 11th Moraira Music Festival will take place on the open air stage, in front of the castle, starting at 6 pm.

The Music Festival is the start of Moraira - Moors and Christians Fiesta Celebrations who this year will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary.

 

The following acts are performing at approx. these times:

 RINGO – BEATLES TRIBUTE BAND (6 pm)

“Ringo” was formed in 2012 by Ron Bijtelaar, who has played in Holland with groups such as: The Hunters+Jan Akkerman, Blue Diamonds, Gingerale, etc.

“Ringo” is not a look-a-like band, so no Beatles-costumes or wigs, they play Beatle-songs to give the audience a terrific night back to the 60’s.

 JIM RHODES – MULTI INSTRUMENTALIST (6.50 pm)

Jim has recently moved to the Costa Blanca after 25 seasons entertaining in Ibiza. Apart from being hilarious in places in places, his show features his Sax, Keyboard, guitar and vocal skills, with music that ranges from Rock to easy, classic to modern with the venue's mood.

 GATECRASH – PARTY BAND (7.40 pm)

“Gatecrash” are one of the hottest party bands on the Costa Blanca. The band is fronted by Niamh O´Sheehan and their up tempo and varied repertoire means they can cover ALL events for ALL ages.

MATT PHILIPS - SOUL & MOTOWN ARTIST (8.30 pm)

Soul Singer, Matt Philips, is one of the hottest Male vocalists in the area, who generates energy and excitement everywhere he performs.Matt’s smooth, soulful sounds never cease to amaze and his professionalism ensures he always delivers in a way that truly suits your needs.

 STRIKLAND – POP/ROCK BAND (9.20 pm)

“Strikland” is a five-piece British/Dutch pop rock band, fronted by Rob Sweeney, that have gone from strength to strength with their live performances . The band play a great set of modern & disco classics, which gets everyone up on the dance floor.

 THE BLUES BROTHERS EXPERIENCE (10.10 pm)

This Blues Brothers Experience, are accumulating fans rapidly, not just in Benidorm, but throughout the Costa Blanca, with their unique interpretation based on the great movie of the 80s. Probably the most energetic show you will see this year.

 

McLUCAS – ROCK BAND (11.15 pm)

“McLucas Band” is a power trio with roots in classic blues and rock, that takes the audience on a journey through time to the best live music. The larger as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, ZZ Top, Deep Purple or AC/DC

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Sant Joan

23rd June 2015

 

Celebrate Sant Joan and the Summer Solstice with late night swimming and a bonfire on the beach. Playa L'Ampolla Moraira.

 

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Join our Facebook closed site/forum if you want to sell, buy, borrow or ask a question

Join our Facebook closed site/forum if you want to sell, buy, borrow or ask a question

Following requests by members to have a space to advertise items they wish to sell, buy, lend, borrow or just ask questions, we have set up a Facebook group: U3A Moraira-Teulada Members.

To protect against spam and scams as far as possible, the group is closed and can only be accessed by active members of our U3A (i.e. who have renewed their Moraira-Teulada membership for the current year).

If interested, please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/u3amembersmoraira/ and request to join the group. The group's administrators will check your membership status, before confirming your access. Please note that if your your membership lapses because you have not renewed it for the current year, you will be removed from the group.

A Facebook account is required to join the group. When requesting to join, please use your real name and email address, as we will check membership status before approving the request. If, for any reason, your Facebook account is under a different name, please let us know, so that we can check your membership.

For Terms and Conditions please see website.

 

 

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