Thursday, September 28, 2017

Using your nous

It can often be difficult to keep one's mind active in retirement. That's why organisations such as the University of the Third Age (U3A) are a great idea. Not only do U3A groups provide intellectual stimulation through promoting lifelong learning, they also give retirees a social outlet.

Back in 1988, all of the U3A branches in Australia held their first national conference in Melbourne. They got around to publishing the conference proceedings three years later in 1991. The conference was supported by the Australian Bicentennial Authority. This was a government body set up to plan and coordinate commemorations of the 200th anniversary of European settlement of Australia.

Look at the front cover. The word bicentennial has been spelt incorrectly. The correct spelling is B-I-C-E-N-T-E-N-N-I-A-L. If I wanted to be cynical, I could ask if remedial spelling classes are on the U3A syllabus. 

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