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Not so old dog, new tricks

he can catch better than some of the 9ers...
Image by Jaymi Heimbuch via Flickr

There’s always room for some self-improvement, if you ask me.

Having taken a couple of short classes at the University of Strathclyde earlier this summer, I’m now firmly entrenched on their mailing list. Indeed, the prospectus for the 2011/2012 adult education sessions has just plopped through my letter box. The tagline for this brochure reads as follows:

LEARNING IN LATER LIFE Daytime classes aimed at the 50+

This is all very well and good but I’ve not yet reached the landmark age of 50 years—let alone gone beyond it. As, in fact, the University of Strathclyde knows since I had to provide my date of birth when I enrolled for the aforementioned summer classes.

Still, not to be churlish, I decided to take a look at what was on offer. And do you know what? There’s some really good stuff. Yes, the usual art and language classes are included, natch, but there’s an eclectic mix of topics. Plus, you get to attend class during the day rather than giving up an entire evening.

Here are some of the classes that caught my eye…

Heritage smells “This seminar focuses on an area of research where olefactory tools are used to examine historical artefacts and scientifically examine their smell”

Glasgow on the small screen “This class will explore Glasgow’s presentation on ‘the box’ and ask what happens when we let the city into our living rooms. The class will include a behind-the scenes tour of STV’s studios so that students can view the news being broadcast live”

Help! Murder! Polis!: The history of crime in Glasgow “Discover the seamy side of the city of culture with a journey through the history of crime and punishment in Glasgow”

The books which made us “Relive your childhood with this fun class about classic books which helped form the imaginations of generations of readers”

I may not be the intended demographic but—if they’ll have me—I’m so signing up to learning in later life.



Prone to magpie tendencies, I enjoy nothing more than musing – in pictures and in words – on a few of my favourite things.

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