Peter Hain talked about his journey from being South Africa’s public enemy No1 to becoming a member of the House of Lords
John Simon, Secretary of the global Rotary Action Group Against Slavery, gave a thought provoking talk about Modern Day Slavery which is one of the issues that Women’s Institute is currently highlighting in its campaigning work.
See below for the powerpoint presentation that John gave, along with useful advice on what to do if you have concerns that someone might be at risk of modern day slavery and a list of useful apps.
We learnt how to dance the Twist, Locomotion, Watusi, Jerk and Pony.
Here’s the list of music:
The Twist – Chubby Checker
Locomotion – Little Eva
The Wah-Watusi – The Orlons
The Jerk – Larks
Pony Time – Chubby Checker
For our monthly meeting we had a tour of Piccadilly and St James called “Putting on the Ritz”, given by Tina, a blue badge guide. We heard about various characters from the worlds of high society and finance as well as quacks and dandies who lived in the area over the last couple of centuries. Everyone enjoyed the tour and some of us went on for a drink before heading home.
Some key dates in modern divorce law:
- The Age of Marriage Act 1929, made sure that both partner were over the age of 16 to be married.
- Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, was introduced to consolidate certain enactments relating to matrimonial proceedings. This granted a divorce on the basis of irretrievable breakdown.
- Under the Civil partnership Act 2004, same-sex couples can register a civil partnership, which has almost the same legal effects, rights and obligations as marriage does for mixed-sex couples.
We would all like to thank Penny for a wonderfully informative and interesting talk.
Book recommendation for further reading:
Fantastic Female Adventurers – Truly amazing tales of women exploring the world by Lily Dyu.
If you’d like to walk around the world, try this app https://worldwalking.org/apps
We have played an online version of Countdown – the letters and numbers game as seen on Channel 4. To play again visit here: https://01189998819991197253.org/