Photography Group April Meeting

The Group met at 10:15 on 5th April with the theme ‘Minimalism’.
Teresa Twitchell and Lesley Wickham sent their apologies.
Member’s responses indicated that the theme was very hard. Overall best picture was John Clark’s ‘Barbed Wire’.

Barbed Wire – John Clark

John Hawke said that he had been approached by Keith Saunders, the new Anton U3A website co-ordinator, to ask for a new picture for the members’ log in page. As an interim, he had forwarded a picture of St Mary’s Church, Andover. It was generally agreed that the picture should be of the River Anton with photos being submitted for review at the May meeting. John Hawke explained that the ‘cartouche’ for logging in was at the centre of the page so members should provide pictures with interesting details at both sides, preferably with the River Anton at the centre.
Future themes were discussed resulting in candidates up to March 2024.

Reading Group 1 Book Review – March 23 – ‘Later’ by Stephen King

Later by [Stephen King]The son of a struggling single mother, Jamie Conklin just wants an ordinary childhood. But Jamie is no ordinary child. Born with an unnatural ability his mom urges him to keep secret, Jamie can see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn. But the cost of using this ability is higher than Jamie can imagine – as he discovers when an NYPD detective draws him into the pursuit of a killer who has threatened to strike from beyond the grave.

Group Reviews:

I felt this book was more suitable for teenagers and young adults. Not much substance to the story.

I have read the book and enjoyed the read…I liked his style of writing, the use of first person and from the perspective of a young child to adult was an interesting way of telling a story..  The story too, was unusual.   For some reason when the tale  is two thirds through, maybe more,  it starts to lose its edge for me somehow, perhaps because so much happens all at once.  But I’m thinking he must have it had or film in mind because visually it would be pumping up the volume.  Can just hear the music building in the  background as they drive through the trees towards the lone house, tension building etc….   Then the scenario in the house and visuals depicting ghostly figures. ……


Reading Group 1 Book Review – Feb 23 – ‘Uncommon Type’ by Tom Hanks

A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.

A hectic, funny sexual affair between two best friends. A World War II veteran dealing with his emotional and physical scars. A second-rate actor plunged into sudden stardom and a whirlwind press junket. A small-town newspaper columnist with old-fashioned views of the modern world. A woman adjusting to life in a new neighbourhood after her divorce. Four friends going to the moon and back in a rocket ship constructed in the backyard. A teenage surfer stumbling into his father’s secret life.

These are just some of the people and situations that Tom Hanks explores in his first work of fiction, a collection of stories that dissects, with great affection, humour and insight, the human condition and all its foibles. The stories are linked by one thing: in each of them, a typewriter plays a part, sometimes minor, sometimes central. To many, typewriters represent a level of craftsmanship, beauty and individuality that is harder and harder to find in the modern world. In his stories, Mr Hanks gracefully reaches that typewriter-worthy level.

Group Reviews:

An interesting collection of short stories and a good balance of characters with the typewriter going on in the background.

This months book comprised a bunch of stories, some very entertaining, some fairly bland and the remainder didn’t seem worth pursuing.

I found that the subject matter was very American, which I liked. Although it was clear from references to technology that  many of the stories were set in modern times it felt that they were set in earlier times (1950’s?)

Overall I found it ok and would give it a neutral score.