Next General Assembly - Thursday 5th September 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

18Jun
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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...
18Jun
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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...
18Jun
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Location: Animo
Regular rehearsal for the Vall de Pop Singers. At our practices we sing a variety of songs including the Beatles, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Abba...
19Jun
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Location: Tourist Information

*****This Group is currently full – please contact Alan if you wish to go on the waiting list*****

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19Jun
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Group creating decorative mosaics using glass and ceramics. The group buys materials to share, and we have all the necessary equipment to co...
18Jun
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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...
18Jun
intro.jpgTue 18 Jun
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...
18Jun
intro.jpgTue 18 Jun
Location: Animo
Regular rehearsal for the Vall de Pop Singers. At our practices we sing a variety of songs including the Beatles, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Abba...
19Jun
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Location: Tourist Information

*****This Group is currently full – please contact Alan if you wish to go on the waiting list*****

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19Jun
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Group creating decorative mosaics using glass and ceramics. The group buys materials to share, and we have all the necessary equipment to co...
19Jun
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Location: Multi Use Building

Weekly meeting to play a range of music, mostly pop, rock ‘n’ roll and country, mainly from the '50's, '60's and ’70's.

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19Jun
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Location: Biblioteca/Pensionistas
Bridge Group meeting.  The aim of this group is to provide an opportunity for people to play bridge in a relaxed and friendly atmospher...
20Jun
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Mountain Walkers (Monday & Thursday Groups).  Contact group leaders for locations and times. More Information (Monday)More Informa...
20Jun
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Location: Cappucino

Word Addicts weekly meeting to play word games such as Scrabble, Boggle and others.

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20Jun
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EXCEPT FIESTA HOLIDAY DATES.  Keep Fit is held in Alcalalí.  We have now started Keep Fit classes with a focus on exercises benefi...
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...
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...
04Jul
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Location: Memory Lane Café
Coffee, Chatand a little Entertainment. Come along and enjoy a chance to meet during the summer break and enjoy some entertainment by the l...
11Sep
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Location: Rastro Car Park
This day trip is a great opportunity to visit Xativa and Gandia. Cost 21€ After leaving Jalon Rastro Carpark at 9;00 we should arrive in ...
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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Christmas 2019 23 - 27th December5 days / 4 nights All inclusive420€ per person sharing93€ single supplement Package details: return c...
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