Of Interest

This page contains items of possible interest to members. They are derived from contacts received by Cardiff U3A from other organisations or individuals who are seeking to advertise or to gain assistance. The Cardiff U3A in no way endorses or recommends any of these items.

Talks Scientific

Thursday 12th November, 7 – 8pm

Free virtual Zoom public talk: “We came, we saw, we took samples back to Earth!” - John Holt, Space Research Centre, University of Leicester

Booking via Cardiff Uni website: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/medicine/about-us/engagement/science-in-health

Thursday 19th November, 11am – 12.45pm

Free virtual Zoom public Genomics Café. A relaxed, friendly event - 3 short talks and an opportunity for a Q and A with the speakers.

Book via Eventbrite: https://tinyurl.com/y3bx464c

Thursday 26th November, 10.15am – 2.30pm (with a break for lunch)

Free virtual ‘3G’ Genetics & Genomics for the 3rd Generation public conference. Book via Eventbrite: https://tinyurl.com/y2h8qzgh

*An Introduction to Genomics and Rapid Genome Sequencing for sick Children

*Dr Edward Jenner and the Story of Smallpox

*Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Genetics & Genomics

*The Yellow Card Scheme for Medicines in Wales

Due to the COVID pandemic, this year for the first time the 3G will be held virtually via Zoom. You can join us all day or drop in for some talks (talks are 25 mins. with time for questions with our expert speakers) and there will be a short break between each talk.

National Museum Wales - help form a strategy for the future

We are writing to you with exciting news and are asking for your help.

Amgueddfa Cymru–National Museum Wales is looking at how the Museum will develop over the next ten years. We want to encourage feedback and listen to the many diverse voices from communities and partner organisations across Wales.

Over the years we have collaborated with partners to develop and deliver a rich, bilingual programme that includes exhibitions, events, performances, workshops, courses, tours and digital resources. We have worked with partners on exciting projects researching and caring for our collections, and programmes which bring to life stories about our collections and people in Wales.

We need you to tell us how we could do things better, so that we can be a museum which has relevance for everyone in Wales. How would you like to see the museum working in partnership with you?

This is your museum. You can help us make it belong to everyone.

Visit https://museum.wales/yoursay to find out more and take the survey.

The deadline for responses is the 30th of September 2020.

You can contact us at:

Email: amgueddfacymru2030@museumwales.ac.uk

Post: Strategy Team, National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, CF10 3NP

New Book by a Member

In years to come, people will ask, "So what did you do during The Lockdown.?" Well, personally I put the finishing touches to a project of mine; a children's novel entitled "Teething Trouble."

Philip Edwards retired from teaching back in 2013. Since then he has become a keen gardener, plays for three Morris dance sides and has become a grandfather to four and an almost.

As a child, he lived in the village of Ferndale in the Rhondda Valley in South Wales. Together with his brother and cousins, then became the first generation from a long family line to escape the clutches of working underground.

The idea for this story came from a throw-away remark on a radio comedy. Somebody said, "If only we could speculate on the tooth fairy market." That sowed the seed of an idea in my head. Twice a day whilst walking his little terrier, Alfie, the story built and built to include its many quirky twists and turns.

Incidentally, if you know Ferndale or fancy taking a trip there, you will still be able to trace Beth's and Barnaby's walk to school. Oh, and back in the 1960s, Ferndale did have a rat farm and a morgue, and my brother regularly made bus trips with cages of rats, taking them to meet their doom.

More information here https://teethingtroublebook.blogspot.com/2020/05/teething-trouble.html

Computer Users : from information provided by a member of the Computer Group:

If you have a problem with your computing device and can’t get any joy from the company who supplied it to you (and that includes them quoting exorbitant costs or trying to fob you off with ... “it can’t be mended” - which could be one and the same thing - then a number of members of U3A have used the services of “We’ll Fix Your PC” who are based in Llanishen.

To date, I’m not aware of any bad experiences and only glowing recommendations. Neil (the owner) will handle your problem sympathetically and very patiently and will not (as far as I’m aware) charge you for assessing what the problem is. A recent case in point was an “all-in-one” PC that was assessed as irreparable by a high-street chain and diagnosed as a failed hard-disk that could not be replaced - because the manufacturers website “said so” - and it was less than 4 years old!! A trip up to Llanishen found the problem to be a software problem which was quickly fixed and our U3A member saved themselves well over £1000 on a replacement machine!

So consider giving “We’ll Fix your PC" a visit when you have problems with your PC, Mac, iPad or Tablet. Their website is - https://wewillfixyourpc.co.uk