Next General Assembly - Thursday 2nd May 2019 - Centre Polivalent, Murla - More Information

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Jana Petken - Award Winning Novelist

Now, with a name and looks like this you'd expect a Scandinavian or Eastern European accent wouldn't you? You'd be wrong. Despite living in Spain since she was five years old...it was broad Glaswegian! Jana gave our U3A a most entertaining insight into her very varied and well-travelled life.

She explained she had always had a great yearning to travel, so in 1976 she joined the Royal Navy, working in Plymouth, Portsmouth and Chatham This didn't quite provide the stimulus she wanted, so she transferred to the Regulating School - one of only two women on her course. The other lady left almost immediately. This course offered an introduction into security and policing within the Navy, and she found herself doing combat training against the guys in her group.
This led to an offer for something very different - a certain Saudi Princess, for close protection work. Jana said she ended up marrying the man connected with this offer, and her post-divorce comments about him were less than flattering. The Saudi Princess seemed to spend most of her time away from her homeland. Jana found herself in New York watching her 'Principal' eating, shopping, eating, shopping - and more shopping....on a DAILY allowance of £10,000. Well that doesn't go far on 5th Avenue! Jana was not willing to disclose many details of this work - on the basis that she wants to keep her head firmly on her shoulders!
Following this, she worked in protection with Prince Andrew...who once made her a cheese sandwich. How the other half live!!!
BUT - there still wasn't enough travelling to satisfy her soul, so she joined British Airways Long Haul in 1995. Coming out of Nigeria in 2001, the aircraft hit clear very bad clear air turbulence, and she found herself flung up to the cabin ceiling, severely damaging her neck. (Which is why, ladies and gentlemen, the announcements strongly suggest you keep your seat belts loosely fastened while you are sitting down!) She was grounded permanently, but her therapy provided the opportunity to regain the use of the nerves and muscles in her arms and hands which were a result of her neck damage.
She typed...and typed...and wrote Guardian of Secrets. Her new path was firmly set. Jana has won multiple awards for her work - one award was given out in the USA just the day before she spoke to us. She is working on screenplays from her books, and waiting for the right offer to make the film up to her exacting standards. All in all, a very chequered career, which is now providing her with a good income and plenty of travel!
All her books are available on Amazon and Kindle...and Jana was happy to sign books bought by several members at her talk.

Events

19Apr
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Location: Biblioteca/Pensionistas

Main Tai Chi session at 9.30am with the beginners lesson at 11am.

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19Apr
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Location: Multi Use Building
Designed to let people practice ballroom Latin and Paso Doble and is without any sequence dancing.  People do not have to be experts an...
22Apr
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Location:
Mountain Walkers (Monday & Thursday Groups).  Contact group leaders for locations and times. More Information (Monday)More Informa...
22Apr
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Location: Biblioteca/Pensionistas
Card marking group meeting of people who enjoy crafting and, in particular, creating beautiful greetings cards. Please contact one of the g...
22Apr
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Location: Victoria Station Bar
This is a lively discussion group, meeting every other Monday in Parcent and tackling many different subjects, both topical and general. Mo...
19Apr
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Location: Biblioteca/Pensionistas

Main Tai Chi session at 9.30am with the beginners lesson at 11am.

More Information

19Apr
intro.jpgFri 19 Apr
Location: Multi Use Building
Designed to let people practice ballroom Latin and Paso Doble and is without any sequence dancing.  People do not have to be experts an...
22Apr
intro.jpgMon 22 Apr
Location:
Mountain Walkers (Monday & Thursday Groups).  Contact group leaders for locations and times. More Information (Monday)More Informa...
22Apr
intro.jpgMon 22 Apr
Location: Biblioteca/Pensionistas
Card marking group meeting of people who enjoy crafting and, in particular, creating beautiful greetings cards. Please contact one of the g...
22Apr
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Location: Victoria Station Bar
This is a lively discussion group, meeting every other Monday in Parcent and tackling many different subjects, both topical and general. Mo...
22Apr
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Location: Cappucino
Members bring projects and queries and go away with answers and newly revitalised enthusiasm. Anything to do with yarn and thread is welcome...
22Apr
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Location:
Group creating decorative mosaics using glass and ceramics. The group buys materials to share, and we have all the necessary equipment to co...
22Apr
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Location: Padel Centre
Weekly Padel games.  Cost is €4 for 1.5 hours.  Bats and balls provided initially for new players.  Contact Group Leader for ...
23Apr
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Location: Multi Use Building
Ballroom Dancing is not only fun but insanely good for you.  No matter what your level of fitness, ballroom dancing is a great way to e...
23Apr
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Location: Aleluya Bar
Weekly games of Canasta.  You don’t need to come with a partner, and the rules are not too difficult to learn. We usually meet at Alel...
02May
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Location: Polivalent
U3A Showcase In place of our normal monthly General Assembly we will be having a Showcase event where our Groups will put on displays and m...
26May
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Location:
U3A Treasure Hunt (Organised by the Goodwill Team) Come and join our Fun Treasure Hunt. Funds raised will go to U3A 2019 nominated chariti...
06Jun
Thu 6 Jun
Location: Polivalent
Doors open at 10am for membership and Travel, Cultural and Entertainment events.Formal General Assembly starts at 11amRefreshments are avail...
05Sep
Thu 5 Sep
Location: Polivalent
Doors open at 10am for membership and Travel, Cultural and Entertainment events.Formal General Assembly starts at 11amRefreshments are avail...
03Oct
Thu 3 Oct
Location: Polivalent
Doors open at 10am for membership and Travel, Cultural and Entertainment events.Formal General Assembly starts at 11amRefreshments are avail...
07Nov
Thu 7 Nov
Location: Polivalent
Doors open at 10am for membership and Travel, Cultural and Entertainment events.Formal General Assembly starts at 11amRefreshments are avail...
05Dec
Thu 5 Dec
Location: Polivalent
Doors open at 10am for membership and Travel, Cultural and Entertainment events.Formal General Assembly starts at 11amRefreshments are avail...
31May
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Location: Mas La Pau
Come along and join in the fun with a Hog Roast at Mas la Pau, LliberFriday 31st May.Cost: 18€ includes: Starter, Hog Roast and Dessert....
23Jun
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Location: Rastro Car Park
Enjoy a free day to explore Alicante and capture the atmosphere of the San Juan Fiestas 8€ per person COACH FROM JALON RASTRO CAR PARK 9.30...
22Sep
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Location: Rastro Car Park
SEPTEMBER 22ND Transfer by bus from Jalon to Valencia train station to take the train to Barcelona.Arriving at Barcelona train station tran...
23Dec
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Location:
Christmas 2019 23 - 27th December5 days / 4 nights All inclusive420€ per person sharing93€ single supplement Package details: return c...
06May
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Location: La Musical, Parcent Town Hall
2€ on the door.  Doors open at 06:45pm. Film starts at 07:15pm THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (R...
13May
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Location: La Musical, Parcent Town Hall
2€ on the door.  Doors open at 06:45pm. Film starts at 07:15pm It is 50 years in July since the first Moon Landing and “FIRST MAN” is ...

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