This month Mike Beech gave a fascinating talk on China: From Confucius to the 21st Century. We learned about all aspects of Chinese life including geography, history, language, culture and fashion. Did you know that the largest city in China is in fact Chongqing with a population of 32 million? There are 40k characters in the language and most people only learn about five thousand of them. The Chinese invented ice cream, the compass, paper, gunpowder, printing and toilet paper!
Accompanying the talk was a number of interesting pictures and slides - everything from the workers in the paddy fields to the enchanting splendour of the Forbidden City. We even learned that you could buy your very own life sized terracotta solider! It was a thoroughly informative and entertaining evening.
The competition was to bring a holiday photo. The winner was Cheryl Newnham with her photo of the Cartier Building in New York. Second was Susanna Hendy with a photo of the rooftops of Rome and the dome of St Peter’s. Third was Nona Clarke with a photo of the Tokyo skyline at night. The flower of the month was a beautiful rose brought in by Sue Payne.
Next month we will be hearing all about the History of Pantomime from Leanne Walters. Hope to see you there.