MOTHERS AND BABIES CLUB at BQ

There are many babies and children in BQ and that means a fair number of mothers, grannies, helpers, all of whom are keeping the children healthy happy. This is not always easy and it would often be good to have someone to talk to and to share information and experience. It might lead to doing things together, so everyone benefits.

The Residents Committee would like to hear from Mothers who might find this helpful, and we would also like to know in what way could things be organized to help.

We would need to find a small group to manage things, from among the residents, and that is the first step, so might we ask for ANY VOLUNTEERS FOR A SMALL COMMITTEE ?

Cards are available at Reception, on which you can send in your suggestions and willingness to help, to the Residents Committee.

Baltic Island Discs: Musical evenings shared with neighbours

Baltic Quay has a number of serious musicians living here. It also has a much larger number of serious lovers of music. It does not matter whether this is Bach, or Hiphop, most people can appreciate the variety.

These monthly evenings are intended to allow one person on each occasion to share their eight or so favourite tracks by introducing them to the group, and then all sitting in silence listening to each track and chatting about it before the next one. Learning comes from knowing why they are specially recommended. The aim of the exercise is to create a calm space in which to relax in a busy world. And to be pleasantly surprised.

These occasions are informal, may move venues from month to month around the building, but will start by using the lounge on the ground floor of the tower. A player and loudspeaker will be provided. Otherwise all that is needed is your CDs or device holding the music.

We aim to start at 8pm and to run on as long as the music lasts, probably until 9.30 or so.
Some form of light refreshment will be arranged, but we assume people will have had dinner earlier.

VOLUNTEERS ARE INVITED
We already have commitments from several people, including evenings of violin, of clarinet, of HipHop, of arias, of soft dramatic pieces, and of miscellaneous favourites.
Please contact Gordon Redding at No.13 (gordon.redding@gmail.com) if you would be willing to host such a pleasant pastime one evening for your neighbours.

Schedule: The last Tuesday of each month. 8pm.
Oct 27 2015, Nov 23, Dec 22 (Christmas Special), Jan 26, Feb 26 (Chinese Special), March 29.

Tuesday Talks

A series of evening talks and discussion sessions is planned so as to foster exchanges on current affairs of a broad kind. Guest speakers are invited to explain an idea, in half an hour, and then to lead a discussion about it to engage the audience. Topics are expected to cover science, world affairs and any other topics people suggest.

The program will be launched with an initial series by Paul Dowling and Gordon Redding, and others will be added from guest speakers and residents as they are arranged.

The venue will be the ground floor room at the base of the Tower and the timing will be from 8pm to 9pm plus. Meetings will be on the first Tuesday of each month (subject to speaker availability).

Initial series:

6 Oct 2015. Prof. Gordon Redding. Why some countries are richer than others: an introduction to economic history.

3 Nov 2015. Prof. Gordon Redding. The amazing cool-water hypothesis: why Europe came to dominate the world.

2 Dec 2015. Prof Gordon Redding. The growth of China, and its coming dilemmas.

5 Jan 2016. Francisco Yeo (to be confirmed). The world of international charity work.

2 Feb 2016. Prof Paul Dowling. The unique nature of Japan.

1 March 2016. Prof. Gordon Redding. The puzzle of Islam: its wonders and its handicaps.

Further talks and discussions now being arranged. Volunteers welcome!