Friday Lecture – 70th Anniversary – ‘I’ve got a Metal Knee’: A 70 Year Olds Gap Year

Cultural History & Languages



Dr John Kirkaldy

22 January 2021

£26 includes lunch

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As a university lecturer, Dr John Kirkaldy spent forty years urging students to make the most of a gap year. At 18 he did the world’s worst – working as an accountant in the City of London. On becoming semi -retired John decided to go around the world and prove that 70 year-olds still have it in them!

John’s lecture will cover many of his adventures from the champion omelette maker of Jodphur, surviving a bungee jump in New Zealand and insights into art galleries visited on his trip.

Includes lunch. Lunch is served from 1pm and lecture begins at 2pm.


Tutor information

Dr John Kirkaldy has contributed to three academic anthologies and a school text book. He has done a lot of freelance writing, ranging from The Lady to New Stateman. He has taught at universities, colleges and schools in Britain, Australia and Jamaica and was a tutor with the Open University for 37 years (also being part of the production team for four U TV series). He has recently published a travel book entitled, I’ve Got a Metal Knee: A 70-Year-Old Gap Year.

Covid information

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All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.