Come along to sing songs, hear talks, share tea and cake and enjoy community with 400 others. It’s for everyone who wants to live better, help often and wonder more.
There is a strong conjecture that climate change and world population numbers are linked. Population growth is driven by poverty and personal incomes are linked to energy poverty. Abundant quantities of clean affordable energy accessible by all nations, particularly those still developing, would bring about a transformation in society at the global scale.
Could such an energy “utopia” ever be realised? Our speaker, Jasper Tomlinson thinks that this could be possible. Jasper initiated and participated in a recent Government–funded Molten Salt Reactor study, and the results clearly identified a way forward.
Aitor Hevia – violin
Cibrán Sierra – violin
Josep Puchades – viola
Helena Poggio – cello
Haydn: Quartet in G minor Op.20/3
Brahms: Quartet in C minor Op.51/1
Dr Alex Tanous was a seldom mentioned man in the UK, but was well known in the USA for his remarkable psychic gifts. He claimed to be able to leave his body at will and travel in the astral form, project light from his eyes, interact with ghosts, and made many remarkable predictions. Recently, the […]
This talk will discuss the parts played by freedom and liberty in developing England’s contribution to the trans-Atlantic trade in enslaved Africans. It argues that Britain’s relationship with slavery has largely been viewed in terms of Britain’s contribution to the abolition of the trade. It suggests that British identity, British ideas, British institutions did much to develop the trade in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It examines the political deliberations that surrounded the Royal African Company – a monopolistic trading corporation formed to develop England’s slave trade that would become, by the middle of the eighteenth century, associated with some of the earliest embryonic arguments for the abolition of the slave trade. The lecture will examine the role that Britishness and freedom played in developing the largest forced-intercontinental migration in human history.
Join us for a rally at the International Day of Action against Trade Deals CETA + TTIP + TiSA organised by: Friends of the Earth, Global Justice Now & War on Want
Every day we hear claims about what is good for our health, bad for the environment, how to improve education, cut crime, and treat disease. Some claims are based on reliable evidence and scientific rigour, however many are not. If governments and companies want us to believe them, we should ask them for evidence, as consumers, patients, voters and citizens. Speaker Dr Chris Peters co-ordinates the Ask for Evidence and Libel Reform campaigns.
David Campbell – clarinet
Jamie Campbell – violin
James Barralet – cello
Simon Callaghan – piano
Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time
A unique performance of Chekhov’s great play re-imagined for Conway Hall. A large cast, a transformed Conway Hall, dancing for actors and audience, free vodka, all bring to life Chekhov’s sublime text. Chekhov’s original play concerns an aristocratic Russian woman and her family as they return to their family estate (which includes a large cherry orchard) just […]
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The increasing role of market mechanisms and the changing types of health care providers together with the use of choice and competition to drive improvements in quality in the National Health Service (NHS), all have important ethical implications. Dr Frith will explore these developments and consider how the NHS can respond to the challenges of austerity, changing demographics and political agendas. In order for the NHS to continue providing the level of service quality that out-performs many high income countries despite spending much less on health care, we need a re-think of creeping marketization and privatisation. ...Read More »
What is the meaning of nonviolence as a form of political action and how does it work? Using Gandhi's teachings as inspiration, Dr Ali will characterise and assess what is as much of a legitimate question of our times as it was in his day. He will also explore the question of whether violence can coexist with nonviolence as part of an all-embracing account of political action. ...Read More »
Every day, we hear claims about what is good for our health, bad for the environment, how to improve education, cut crime, and treat disease. Some are based on reliable evidence and scientific rigour. Many are not. These claims can't be regulated; every time one is debunked another pops up – like a game of whack-a-mole. So how can we make companies, politicians, commentators and official bodies accountable for the claims they make? If they want us to vote for them, believe them, or buy their products, then we should ask them for evidence, as consumers, patients, voters and citizens. The Ask for Evidence campaign has seen people ask a retail chain for the evidence behind its MRSA resistant pyjamas; ask a juice bar for the evidence behind wheatgrass detox claims; ask the health department about rules for Viagra prescriptions; ask for the studies behind treatments for Crohn's disease, and hundreds more. As a result, claims are being withdrawn and bodies held to account. This is geeks, working with the public, to park their tanks on the lawn of those who seek to influence us. And it's starting to work. Come and hear what the campaign is going to do next and how you can get involved. ...Read More »
In essence the vast majority of the world’s energy today is harnessed by burning fossil fuels. This involves re-arranging the bonding between Carbon, Oxygen and ‘Hydrogen atoms – but the energy released is only one hundred millionth of that if the nucleus of an atom (e.g. Uranium) is split apart. Such a nuclear “fission” process is thereby massively more energy dense than fossil fuel burning, and in this regard leaves traditional renewables standing (e.g. wind, solar)! It remains the key to addressing global energy poverty, in spite of the failure of the first nuclear era that promised energy too cheap to meter and which is now too expensive to afford. ...Read More »
By: bAlex Rosenberg (W.W.Norton & Co, London (2012) 320pp)
Review by: Norman Bacrac
Alex Rosenberg, a Professor of Philosophy at Duke University and co-director of its Center for Philosophy of Biology, wrote the book for “Non-believers who embrace the reality-driven life.” It’s a book for “Atheists who want to face up to its consequences” – i.e. that “the physical facts fix all the facts”. Alex expounded these ideas […]
In this fascinating event Andrew takes a hard but informed look at the relationship between business and ethics and considers what does ethics in business mean and what are the realist prospects of changing the culture under which businesses operate? He will discuss why ethical behaviour is highly advantageous in the business world and the explain the nature and relevance of the “social licence”. A route by which companies can climb and remain at the top of the ethical ladder will be presented. ...Read More »