Computer access, seniors and women.

                    Looking forward to two events next week all about seniors engaging in the digital arena. Of course if any 40 somethings are to talk about ‘older people’ and how they engage with the internet and computers,  I think we seniors should be there. The government wants all seniors to be able to access computers and use the internet by the end of 2012 so authorities are getting nervous now because there is a major task ahead, not least because many older people can’t be asked. For a kick off the useless ones who ‘teach’ seniors should be ousted. I have witnessed, and had reports of, the condescending way that so-called teachers operating from community venues, talk to their students. A bit of respect wouldn’t go amiss. I’ve seen seniors ignore the quasi teachers because they know a patronising tone when they hear it. And I’ve applauded. It’s granny abuse.

            Digital inclusion and exclusion are the buzz words. When all the libraries start shutting down where will the public computers be housed? Two excellent places for seniors to become computer literate are The Lawns, Matthias Rd in Dalston and Priory Court Community Centre, Walthamstow. And there again, those are two venues where seniors are respected and seen. The tutors are dedicated and under-valued. But the government wants seniors ready , itchy fingers  at their laptops, after the Games.

              Watched the Neil Oliver programme on BBC2 tonight all about the history of the British Isles. It was nothing without the superb photography and the eye- candy that is Oliver. That was after swim and gym to get active for the better days ahead and to fulfill the challenge that is “Swimathon” at GLL centres around and about. Larkswood Pool in Chingford  was getting decorated with love hearts in time for the free weekend coming up. Kelmscott in Walthamstow has a published programme for 50+ seniors for its open weekend. Hooray! Larkswood Pool is so very white: you just know you’re in Chingford. Walthamstow Village, Chingford and Wapping all UK 1950!

I met up with Up Your Street5 subscribers today at The Harvester in Chingford. Yuk! Agitated, unsmiling staff put me off my food big time. Beware, they salt the chips before serving. Not my eaterie of choice. Am soon to visit a couple of places in Houndsditch and Whitecross St, EC1 with Groupon vouchers. There’s no rush as the vouchers last.

Tons of stuff coming up for International Women’s Day. It’s the 100 year celebration this year.Pleased that the name has been retained because in the past few years the date has been watered down to “Women’s Day” and “Women’s Week”. Get your purple and green ribbons ready. Saw that ‘Wapping Women’s Group’, ‘Docklands Women’s Group Island Neighbourhood Project’ and ‘Shadwell Women’s Group’ are raising  their banners. A young woman was telling me how with the soaring increase in the cost of food and clothes over the past 6 months so rose the price of tampons. “What are we women supposed to do? Bleed all over the place?” It’s bad enough that women’s sanitary items are taxed. I meant, it’s a disgrace.

Armistice Day

Check out http://www.whatsinwapping.co.uk for today’s poem.

Had a fabulous time at the tea dance in Stratford east. Matthew the dj had gone that extra mile to do a set for Armistice Day and taken us on a journey in time using music from the 40s. Brilliant, There was Eric and Shalamaar, Daphne and Gladys, Mary, Geoff and all crowds of us marching and dancing, holding hands, crying, waltzing. If you didn’t know the words to “We’ll meet again”, “There’ll always be an England” cos we’re not all war babies! or “Jerusalem” so what? Hum, mime, trill jus’ get in the spirit. Then puffed but stronger, we ate cake!

Is it really hard to do the 2 minutes’ silence on an online radio?

Reading Neil Oliver’s “A History of Scotland”…cos he is the ultimate eye-candy.

Won theatre tickets! Life is good.