This year’s Christmas Lunch is to be held at Seaham Golf Club, on Thursday December 13th, at 12pm.
There’ll also be Carol Singers for us to listen to.
Contact Mabel Hepplewhite, cost £13.00 each.
We are visiting Castle Howard on Thursday December 6th, the bus will leave the car park behind Dow House at 8.40am. Please be there in good time.
Approx. journey length is 1 hour 45 minutes
Departure from Castle Howard about 4pm, dependant on weather.
A garden party was held in Dalton le Dale on Saturday 11 August 2012 by way of a belated Jubilee celebration. All members attending brought some fantastic plates of goodies. Tea and coffee were served by very smart “nippies” and volunteers provided the background music which was very much enjoyed by all. The garden environment was superb and so was the weather. Even the “queen” made a gracious appearance, amongst other less prestigious visitors – of whom I shall say no more!
Proceeds for the day were in aid of St Christopher’s Hospice in South London and over £500 was the total at the last count. (exact amount to be verified)
Some Photos of the event:
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This was the first outing of the Seaham Harbour U3A Cinema Group.
A poignant film, focusing on that time of life that can be truly scary, getting old: in this case involving loss of a partner; financial and health worries; a long and unfulfilled marriage; a search for a lost love; loneliness and … retirement, what to do next?
Our cinemagoers rated the film 10/10, “very good to excellent” and it was enjoyed by all.
There was empathy with, and sympathy for, the characters and their problems and India was honestly portrayed, warts and all.
It was funny …
“I can’t plan that far ahead – I don’t even buy green bananas”
“I’ve still got it. I just can’t find anybody that wants it”
“I’m single – it’s a choice … not mine”
“If I can’t pronounce it I don’t want to eat it”
“I’m gay … these days more in theory than in practice.”
“When I want your opinion I’ll give it to you.”
And Judy Dench’s description of “dunking” (a biscuit) was so surprising, I felt I was hearing about it for the first time and that it must be a simply wonderful experience!
… it was touching … in its exploration of how its characters evolve to reach a state of acceptance and/or contentment with their lives and status. We couldn’t fail to note the symbolism of a white bird taking off into the blue skies which we interpreted as freedom from guilt at first, and then later, and in addition, the release of a soul.
In the words of the film …
“Failure is not to try … success is how we deal with disappointment”
“We get up in the morning, we do our best. Nothing else matters.”
VERDICT: A really lovely film and well worth seeing
Do you agree with our review?
There were mixed opinions on this film. Ratings ranged from 4 to 9, average 7/10 overall.
The Group’s comments were: film quite flat, with little emotion and not worthy of all the Oscars; the storyline was weak but probably fitting for a silent movie; clever camera angles and shots; music atmospheric; tapdancing great.
Everyone agreed that the dog stole the film! Uggie showed that he had more sense than most of the cast, especially when he ran for help when George set his apartment on fire and anxiously pestered his owner as he was contemplating suicide. The dog was a complete star and without him the film would have been very much the poorer.
The storyline was fairly predictable (with shades of A Star is Born and Singing in the Rain amongst others). It’s hard to believe that many people at the time thought that talkies wouldn’t last – George amongst them in this case. The obvious attraction between the two leads never did quite fully develop but a happy ending was certainly implied. As noted by one of our Group, the somewhat simplistic storyline was conducive to a silent movie script, or vice versa, as a more complicated story wouldn’t have worked in silent mode.
The occasional use of sound is surprising, for example, during the scenes where George realises that SOUND is coming into his world, yet his voice is silent, and after the final tap dancing sequence, when he says “With pleasure” the only words we hear him utter; on the other hand the written word “Bang” was a bit of a shock until we realised it referred to the car crashing into a tree rather than a gunshot.
Jean Dujardin who played the part of George Valentin gave an excellent and riveting performance, his expressive face and eyes were a joy to behold, especially his beautiful and captivating SMILE – very much appreciated by a group of “us laydees”.
Berenice Bejo as Peppy was beautifully expressive too.
Uggie the Dog, simply adorable.
Despite the variable ratings, we were all happy to have seen the film!
VERDICT: Charming – do you agree?