Newsletter, March 2023

Do you remember the Poison Umbrella Murder which hit the headlines in 1978? In our monthly meeting on Wed 15th March, Paul Barwick is going to tell us all about it!

This is an extraordinary story of murder and revenge. In 1978 Bulgarian journalist Georghi Markov was assassinated on Waterloo Bridge with a microscopic pellet containing the deadly toxin Ricin, fired from a modified umbrella supplied by the KGB.

With the Cold War raging Markov was a thorn in the side of the Bulgarian Prime Minister Todor Zhivkov. We recall the tragic events that shocked the world over 44 years ago. We look at the deadly poison Ricin and examine the evidence against the main suspect for the assassination asking if Justice will ever be served.

Espionage and Intelligence matters have always been a passion for Paul Barwick. After a full career in the police service I started a company focused on Espionage walking tours of London. The presentations I offer are all true accounts of varying aspects of this mirky but always interesting world. I live with my wife in Bushey.

Our General Meeting starts at 2pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall in Merton Road, Slough SL1 1QW. The meeting is open to both u3a members and non-members; we always welcome guests and potential members who are interested in our talks and activities.  

The small car park at the rear of the church is available for those who have difficulties with mobility. Otherwise, we ask you to please park in one of the pay-and-display car parks nearby, or in Upton Court Park (free) about 10 minutes’ walk away.

Future meetings and talks: –

  • Wed 19th April                                   Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Wed 17th May                                    Travels in Nepal and Bhutan