Mirinda had her book group today. She’s just finished reading a strange, Gothic novel called Zofloya published in 1805 and written by Charlotte Dacre. An odd book with an anti-heroine as the main character.
I was scheduled to attend another U3A committee meeting but Mary intervened last night with a frantic phone call asking if I was free to read the Making Waves newsletter at Talking Newspaper. Not a problem, I said, I’ll be there for a 2pm start.
First of all, we had a meeting with the accountant (Colin) to discuss a few tax implications, which was very helpful. Then, back home for lunch before heading off to the Talking Newspaper.
Making Waves is a publication from our local council, Waverley, which is where the name comes from. It’s a bit ‘ra ra’ with all things they have done for us while giving advice on how to recycle efficiently. The newsletter also takes the opportunity to let the residents know the bad things in store for them.
The Talking Newspaper gets paid by the council to create a recorded version for the hard of seeing residents. The money is very handy for the charity and it only happens four times a year.
It has to be read very straight with no personal opinions, no jokes and nothing that’s not written down. This includes hundreds of phone numbers, website and email addresses. I think it would be a good cure for insomnia.
I’ve read one before (about two years ago) and it’s no effort though extremely dull. Still, given I love the reading, it’s fun…in an odd sort of way. And it’s nice to not have to do all the preparation that a presenter has to organise before a recording.
It took us about two hours and I arrived home about five minutes after Mirinda.