Author Archives: Nadia Dawson

About Nadia Dawson

Retired primary headteacher now working at Lincoln University

Life in the NHS

Life in the NHS – it only hurts when I laugh by Jeff Jacklin For some reason, I was expecting this presentation to be given by a medical practitioner so I was quite surprised to hear that Jeff’s career of … Continue reading

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Gardening in the North by Trevor Rogers

Trevor is a fruit growing consultant, a horticultural speaker, and a volunteer gardener at Gunby Hall so, his presentation was based on the knowledge he has gleaned over the years whilst living in Swaledale in North Yorkshire and now on … Continue reading

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The discovery of the tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amun

A review by Nadia Dawson Eric Jackson began his presentation by reminding us of how the discovery of this tomb was made by Howard Carter back in 1922. He gave a brief history of Carter’s career and of his connection … Continue reading

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Age UK Talk

A presentation on Age UK Lindsey by Liz Brooks(Project Manager) and Lin Wood(Volunteer Coordinator) was reviewed by Nadia Dawson Liz started her presentation by giving us some background information on the charity which is independent but a brand partner of … Continue reading

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A review by Nadia Dawson of a presentation entitled Recycling facts and fiction – how your bin can save the world by Martyn Fuller, Director of Marketing for Veolia.

After a brief outline of his career progression, Martyn gave us some background information on Veolia which has French roots and a very broad company portfolio of waste collection services around the world. In the UK, most people associate Veolia … Continue reading

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The life of a Lighterman review

I have to admit that I had no idea what a lighterman was before this talk although on reflection, there were times in my youth when I witnessed them in operation on the Thames without any thought for their occupation. … Continue reading

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Mad as a hatter by Sandy Leong

The English language is full of idioms; these are phrases, sayings or a group of words with a metaphorical, not a literal meaning and which have become accepted in common usage. These figures of speech will be used by every … Continue reading

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The faces behind the clock

Yesterday I watched a very interesting presentation by Tim Redmond courtesy of Murthy video talks entitled ‘The faces behind the clock’. It was a really unique opportunity to hear the history of and see inside one of the world’s most … Continue reading

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Clarke’s World Famous Blood Mixture

This very interesting talk was a darkly humorous look at medicine in the 19th century when ‘chemists’ (and I use that word lightly) mixed all sorts of lethal concoctions together including laudanum, morphine, coca leaves, heroin and arsenic and made … Continue reading

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From Barrow to Baghdad by Philip Caine

Philip took us on an amazingly zealous whistle-stop tour of his diverse career which started when he left school in 1966 aged 16. Men who lived in Barrow in Furness at that time were almost duty bound to work in … Continue reading

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Mission to Seafarers (Caring for seafarers around the world) by Jake Pass

As chaplain for the Hull and Immingham ports, Jake delivered an in-depth presentation on the history and work of the Mission to Seafarers, an organisation for whom he has worked for several years. This little known welfare charity serving merchant … Continue reading

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Rowing the Atlantic solo by Richard Harries

Richard hasn’t actually rowed the Atlantic as yet but is due to do so in November if all goes to plan. Although now retired, this hasn’t stopped him from participating in a number of taxing physical challenges which include cycling, … Continue reading

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Ukulele Sensation by Mark Walsh

Today we were accorded a very, very entertaining talk by the multi-talented Mark Walsh who, believe it or not, started his stage career at the tender age of eight. Since then, he has worked alongside many of our most well-known … Continue reading

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The discovery of Richard III in a car park

Sally Henshaw, the current secretary of the Richard III Society retold the amazing story behind the discovery of Richard III’s remains beneath a council car park in Leicester. For hundreds of years, the exact whereabouts of his grave thwarted academics … Continue reading

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Birds of Prey with Derek Tindall

Derek explained that he has been a practicing Falconer for over thirty years and has his own business showing his birds up and down the country at shows, clubs and to different organisations including care homes where they are very … Continue reading

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