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U3A – Educational and Creative Pursuits for older people

niversity of the Third Age (U3A) is a UK-wide organization founded in 1981 by Brian

Groombridge in London and Peter Laslett in Cambridge. It is run by volunteers who provide a huge range of educational & creative pursuits for older people. A number of Barbican residents enjoy

the U3A program including Tuesday Club member Corinne Littlestone. She would like to share with her neighbours how much there is on offer. Corinne has been a member of the U3A in Hampstead Town Hall, Haverstock Hill, for four and half years. At this site there are 160 study groups available. On Monday mornings Corinne works on the plays of Shakespeare and their political and social contexts. After lunch she studies music – including works by Brahms and Sibelius. On Thursdays she learns about poetry and European history. She has recently attended lectures by Lord Butler, Jonathon Miller, Alan Bennett and Lord Peter Hennessey. Annual membership costs £67/year and

you can attend as many activities as you like. For more information call 0207 692 5440 or see website


London School of Beauty & Make Up

he salon has been running now for three months and is proving popular among Barbican residents.

The huge windows, high ceiling and concrete walls and floor of the ground floor makes it open and airy with an industrial edge that suits the locality. Downstairs the treatment rooms are uncluttered and restful. I meet Karolina,

a delightfully

professional student, quite advanced in her studies, who recommends that I have the ninety minute relaxing aromatherapy full body massage (£28) using lavender and clarys sage (both relaxing) and rose (anti- aging). This is an excellent general massage

covering back, neck, arms, legs, feet (a bit of reflexology feels marvellous), belly (yes, your insides really do feel better afterwards!), head and face. I felt quietly uplifted after the treatment, and it isn’t so intense as to slow down the ability to think - I am pleasantly surprised at just how alert and focussed I am upon returning to work. I ask Karolina about other massages on

offer. The 60 minute Swedish body massage (£25) works muscles more intensively. The

45 minute Indian Head Massage (£14) is popular for a lunchtime boost to a busy day. I also have a manicure (£10) with another lovely student Ana – a former BBC World Service journalist from Venezuela. Summery bright colours are popular for nails right now. The school use Essie and OPI varnishes. Hands are massaged with refreshing raspberry and cotton Kaeso hand cream and cuticles benefit from light, sweet fragrant almond oil. Remember to book a pedicure (£15) too if you want matching finger and toe nails! The students and salon present a very

professional environment but please do bear in mind that this is a training school and you will need to allow a little bit of extra time to complete a very short evaluation form and have treatment checked by the teacher. There is a large choice of treatments – pop in and pick up a price list – 18-19 Long Lane EC1A 9PL or telephone 020 7776 9767.

Stephanie Ross S

The Cambridge Raincoat Company

ally Guyer designed these colourful stylish women’s raincoats for those of us who cycle in our normal clothes so

that we can be protected from the weather and don’t need to carry around a change of clothes in order to look presentable when we reach our work meeting or social event – and then carry around the waterproofs once there!

There is a choice of bright cheery

colours with contrasting polka dot linings. The design is well thought out and the fabric is lightweight, waterproof and washable. Sally collaborated on the design with Elizabeth Radcliffe, who trained as a fashion designer at the London College of Fashion followed by an apprenticeship with Savile Row tailor Edward Sexton. The coats are made in England and the men’s line is due out any time now. I have just bought one of these coats in

green. It is a little longer than the usual cycling jacket, coming just below the knees. I have cycled around the City in it and find it comfortable and an ideal length for me. These coats are so versatile that you

don’t even need a bike to wear one. For more information see Sally’s website:

Stephanie Ross W Cissors Palace

ith the scaffolding finally down around Lauderdale Tower the salon is back to its

bright self again. Salon owner Shweta is finding that massages are very popular at present - 60 minute aromatherapy (£62) and 30 minute stress buster (£29) are two favourites in the candle lit therapy room with soothing music. The most common complaints that clients present with are: stress,


retention, poor posture leading to muscle tension and pain - usually from too much sitting at a computer. In the summer months Shweta uses a mix of almond and grape seed oil to create a lighter base. Geranium is a pleasant refreshing all- round healing essential oil that can be used. Geraniums originate from Africa. The oil has a light, sweet refreshing aroma like rose. It is used to re-establishing an emotional equilibrium and calm mind and body.

Cissors Palace are currently offering a

series of four weekly massages with the fifth free.

A Her concept arose from necessity as she

cycles five miles in and out of Cambridge each day. “I wanted a chic, versatile raincoat which would look good on and off the bike” says Sally.

Henry Nicholls Antiques

s a new advertiser in Barbican Life Henry has had a great response to his March ad. There are certainly

quite a few of us with antiques that we don't need or have the space to keep any more. ‘Variety is the spice of life’, says Henry ‘I buy and sell a good cross section of Antiques from affordable ‘pocket-money’ pieces to top end items ranging from furniture to paintings, porcelain, silver, clocks and collectibles such as fountain pens and


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