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Latest Newsletter Thursday 14th January Zoom Lecture 7pm for 7.30pm Ian Swankie on The Great Railway Stations Evoking the Spirit of Romance and Adventure Welcome to 2021, which carries the hope that we will at some point, suitably vaccinated, get back to face-to-face Meetings in Quorn. Joining Link: aaabbbcccdddeeeff267yyy842 All you then need to do on the Thursday above is either to click on the link (the long blue line of numbers and letters) or, if this does not work, copy and paste the long blue line of numbers and letters direct into your internet browser. This will take you to the first screen where you need to click on “Open” which takes you to the “Virtual Waiting Room” which is a smallish white square with a revolving icon in the top left corner: it allows our Organiser (Paul Spiers) to see you and your name for Approval, and he will then admit you. (The purpose of this is to exclude unauthorised gate crashers). Once into the Lecture you will see a small icon on the top right of your screen which will let you see it full screen. You will be able to see and hear all the other attendees, and they will be able to see and hear you. If we have a lot of people (and we hope that we will) there will be two or three screens each with 25 people with an arrow on the side margin when you hover with your mouse to get from one to another. The distribution of these icons around the rectangle that includes your video image varies between computers or laptops and iPads; so if you cannot see the icon you require, try the other corners of this rectangle. The reason for asking you to start the joining process well before the 7.30pm Lecture start item is to give our Organiser, Paul Spiers, time to vet all the applicants as above. If you do log in late and are let in, please remember to mute yourself by clicking on the top right of your own rectangular picture. If you get into a jam and cannot gain access, please ring our Programme Secretary, David Brown, and he will do his best to help you. Ian Swankie on “Great Railway Stations” A Londoner with a passion for art and architecture, Ian is an official guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Guildhall Art Gallery and St Paul’s Cathedral, and gives tours around each venue. He is also a qualified and active freelance London guide and leads regular tours for various corporations and organisations. Since 2012 he has led a popular weekly independent art lecture group in his home town of Richmond in West London. He is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Art Scholars, one of the City Livery Companies. If you think of St Pancras International or New York Grand Central you imagine long romantic journeys. You know they are special places promising excitement and adventure. But there are dozens of other glorious stations in the UK and abroad. We will take a journey around a selection of them, not forgetting our own Great Central Railway. We will look not only at the magnificence of the architecture and the brilliant engineering but will discover numerous artworks within the stations and examine many depictions of stations in art – like Claude Monet’s Gare St Lazare or William Powell Frith’s Paddington. It may sound a bit anoraky, but it’s definitely not. It’s lavish, colourful and fun. Do encourage your relatives and friends, who might consider joining us during this coming year to contact me via email or telephone. With best wishes to you all, Michael Kelly Chairman TASC michaeljohnkelly7@gmail.com 01509 890173 Our Help Desk If you are uncertain and nervous about joining us on Zoom, you can telephone for 1:1 help. If you have a PC or Laptop ring David Brown on 01162 363441 If you have an iPad or smart phone, ring Paul Spiers 01164 840519