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Carlton Reid

When?
Wednesday, January 13 2016 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Carlton Reid

What's the talk about?

Welcome to Gridlock Britain. Motorists get stuck in traffic jams not because of lots and lots of people in cars but because of medieval road systems, slow-poke cyclists, and militant pedestrians. But fret not, the Tory Government has a cunning plan – it’s going to build more roads.

If you’re sceptical about the Chancellor’s £15 billion road-building frenzy you’ll enjoy this thought-provoking and, at times, controversial talk by author and journalist Carlton Reid. He will explain that, in the words of an 1950s American urbanist, “building more roads to prevent congestion is like a fat man loosening his belt to prevent obesity.”

Reid writes for The Guardian and is the author of Roads Were Not Built For Cars, a highway history book that shows how it was bolshy middle-class cyclists in the 1880s who brought roads back into mainstream use, and it was these high-society pedal-pushers who went on to use cycle technology to create motoring, and who founded most of the world’s car brands. (Yup, cyclists *are* to blame for traffic congestion!)

Originally funded by a four-times-oversubscribed Kickstarter campaign, Reid’s book was later picked up by an American publisher, a specialist in books about climate change. While much of the climate-change debate revolves around the burning of dirty coal it’s less well understood that our love affair with motoring is also killing us (sometimes brutally). Cities around the world are waking up to the fact that the age of the private motor car is coming to an end. Think driving around the centre of Newcastle is hard? That’s increasingly being done by design, and it’s going to get harder.

Our driving habits are already changing – plugged-in Millennials drive less than previous generations – but they will have to change even more. Electric cars won’t solve congestion, and driverless cars are far from a radical solution (they’re glorified taxis). If we value our mobility we’re going to have to repurpose our roads.

While some motorists may think the road belongs to them, that it was even originally built for them, Reid shows this is not the case, and he uses history to steal a glimpse into the future. He has spent the last 12 months travelling the world giving a version of this talk, presenting in front of parliamentarians in a fusty room in the House of Commons, and talking to law-makers in a Congressional budget committee room in Washington, D.C. He has also appeared on television, batting for bicyclists on ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh Show where the motoring position was argued by political heavyweight (and panto dame) Christopher Biggins.

Fresh from a lecture tour of South Africa Reid will give his talk in Newcastle because he lives here.


This is a free event, although donations to help fund Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford. Seats are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Aliyah Saleem

When?
Wednesday, December 9 2015 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Aliyah Saleem

What's the talk about?

VENUE CHANGE: We've managed to pick up on a cancellation at the Tyneside Irish Centre. We're now in the Gallowgate Room. Take the lift up to the 2nd floor.

"The talk that I hope to give will focus on apostasy from Islam, and the consequences it can have for ex-Muslims here in Britain, and around the world. I will discuss my own journey out of Islam as well as my experiences of being an ‘out of the closet’ apostate. I will try to give an insight into the kind of reactions that an ex-Muslim can face for speaking out, and for choosing to leave Islam. Furthermore I will speak about the work that Faith to Faithless is doing and why we thought it was necessary to hold events across universities to raise awareness for the growing and largely hidden ex-Muslim community in Britain."

"I aim to discuss how there is a gendered experience for women who choose to leave Islam, as well as the heightened experience that some ex-Muslims can face if they are also members of the LGBT community. We have found that public institutions and counselling professionals do not know much about apostasy, and this can cause an issue as many ex-Muslims can suffer from mental health issues caused by the breakdown of family relationships. Overall the talk will be about the taboo of apostasy, and how people are starting to break the structures that hold it in place." 


Aliyah Saleem is an Ex-Muslim woman of Pakistani heritage who was born in London. She is a cofounder of Faith to Faithless, and a grass roots activist working on ex-Muslim issues.  

Aliyah has spoken publicly about the Islamic school that she attended in Britain and the manner in which she was expelled for possessing a camera. She has written for the Times, and was part of documentary about ex-Muslims for the BBC.She left Islam at the age of 19 after researching into evolution and feminist arguments about the role of religion in society. She spent 5 years in a British Islamic boarding school, and a year studying interpretation of the Quran in Pakistan.


This is a free event, although donations to help fund Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford. Seats are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bradley Garrett

When?
Wednesday, November 11 2015 at 7:30PM

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Castle Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ

Who?
Bradley Garrett

What's the talk about?

Limited Seating Space - Please RSVP on Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Newcastle-Skeptics-in-the-Pub/events/224607470/

I want to ask you to think about borders. Not borders between countries, but the borders we encounter everyday, boundaries set up by governments, corporations and by fellow citizens. Many of these borders are invisible until we cross them. Trespass is good for cities, because it makes everyday borders visible so that we can discuss whether or not they are ethical, justified or even legal.


Dr Bradley L. Garrett is a social geographer at the University of Southampton with an interest in lost, forgotten and off-limits places. From 2005-2008 he travelled the world as an archaeologist. Since then, he has lived as an urban explorer, photographing off-limits urban places.

His first book, Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City (Verso Books 2013), is an account of his adventures trespassing into ruins, tunnels and skyscrapers in eight different countries. His second book Subterranean London: Cracking the Capital (Prestel Publishing 2014), is a photographic dissection of what lies underneath the streets of London, layer by layer. 2016 marks the release of the final book in his urban exploration triptych; London Rising (Prestel Publishing 2016), documents the social, infrastructural and corporate verticalities of the city. Details of his current research, media projects, publications and events can be found at www.bradleygarrett.com


This is a free event, although donations to help fund Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford. Seats are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Margaret Corvid

When?
Wednesday, October 14 2015 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Margaret Corvid

What's the talk about?

Margaret Corvid will give you an introduction to BDSM and how the culture and community works in the UK. Covering the various different kinds of kink - from foot fetish to whips - BDSM relationships, negotiation and consent, as well as BDSM and the law. She'll also debunk lots of myths about BDSM that have populated our culture since 50 Shades, as well as the recent porn panic laws, and what it's like to be, or to visit, a pro Domme.


Margaret Corvid is a professional Domme and blogger of the New Statesman writing the column "Power Trip" which covers kink and sex work from both a personal and professional perspective.


This is a free event, although donations to help fund Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford. Seats are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Note: This talk covers themes of an adult nature. Under-18s are not permitted. ID may be requested by staff.

All welcome - apply now!

When?
Wednesday, September 9 2015 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
All welcome - apply now!

What's the talk about?

The fourth annual Open Mic Night is upon us! We will be hosting a series of short skeptical talks from the audience. That's you! Ever fancied ten minutes on our stage to talk about something of a skeptical nature? Now's your chance! All you need to do is fill in a short form.

In the past we've had talks on:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Urban Space
  • Youth Politics
  • Economics
  • Neurology
  • Robotics
  • Digital Rights

If there's a myth that needs bustin', we need you!


This is a free event, although donations to help fund Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford. Seats are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

James Welch

When?
Wednesday, August 12 2015 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
James Welch

What's the talk about?

The Conservative Government has come to power with a manifesto commitment to repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a “British Bill of Rights”.  But plans to legislate were not included in the Queen’s Speech; instead the Government proposes to bring forward proposals for a Bill some time this year. 


James Welch, the Legal Director of Liberty will seek to explode the myths around the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights that it gives effect to.  He will argue that repeal of the Act and/or any change to our relationship to the European are not only unnecessary but extremely undesirable.   

Liberty is a campaigning group working to protect civil liberties and promote human rights through a combination of test case litigation, lobbying, campaigning and the provision of free advice. Liberty is an independent membership organisation and relies on the support of individuals.  Join today at www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk.  James has been Liberty’s Legal Director since 2000.


This is a free event, although donations to help fund Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford. Seats are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Chris Coltrane

When?
Wednesday, July 15 2015 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Chris Coltrane

What's the talk about?

Due to popular demand, we have moved this event to the Tyneside Irish Centre!

 

Chris Coltrane is a comedian and activist in the anti-austerity movement that Mark Thomas once described as “the future of British political comedy”. He’s also a keen fan of skepticism from the sidelines, dipping his toes into the anti-homeopathy and pro-choice movements, plus his 2013 stand-up performances at QED and the MSS. “Basically I’m a nice man and I’d very much like Newcastle Skeptics to like me”, he says.

In July Chris will be bringing a work-in-progress preview to us of his new Edinburgh Fringe show, Left Wing Propaganda Machine, a show he thinks will be about “evidence, and how people in power are bad at using it”.

He’ll be using stand-up comedy to argue for an evidence-based drugs policy; for an end to austerity; and he’ll be talking plenty on how every single statistic that British people think they know is wrong. How can democracy even work when we’re so badly informed? And how on earth does someone make that funny? Come and see Chris in July, and see if he’s worked it out.”

You can follow Chris Coltrane on twitter @chris_coltrane, or visit his website www.chriscoltrane.co.uk for podcasts of previous Edinburgh Fringe shows!

This is a free event, although donations to help fund Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford. Seats are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
 

Suw Charman-Anderson

When?
Wednesday, June 10 2015 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Suw Charman-Anderson

What's the talk about?

Due to popular demand, we have moved this event to the Tyneside Irish Centre!

 

In 2009, Suw Charman-Anderson founded of Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. With grassroots events held around the world and thousands of people writing and talking about the women who have inspired them, the day seeks to raise women's profiles and highlight unsung heroines.

Suw will talk about why there's a need for such a day, and also about Ada Lovelace herself. Lauded as the first ever computer programmer, Ada was a gifted mathematician, yet today she faces challenges from many voices as to the veracity of her contributions to computer science. So who was Ada? And what do we know about her work on Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine?

Suw is a social technologist and, as one of the UK's social media pioneers, has worked with clients worldwide. A freelance journalist, she has written about social media and technology for The Guardian, CIO Magazine and others.

Learn more about Ada Lovelace Day, 13 October 2015, at www.findingada.com or follow the team on Twitter at @findingada. Suw's blog is at www.chocolateandvodka.com and you can follow her on Twitter as @suw.


This is a free event, although donations to help fund Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford. Seats are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ash Pryce

When?
Wednesday, May 13 2015 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Ash Pryce

What's the talk about?

VENUE CHANGE!

Due to popular demand, we're moving this event to the Tyneside Irish Centre. We're on the first floor - go directly up the stairs and the door is to your right. An elevator is also available. Drinks served downstairs.

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Hydesville. New York. 1848. The young Fox sisters begin communicating with the spirit of a murdered beggar and spiritualism is born.

This interactive look at a history of talking to the dead will feature an array of magical treats including levitating tables, ectoplasm manifestation and spirit communication.
Part magic show, part comedy, part rational inquiry this fun show has regularly packed venues at the Edinburgh fringe.

This is a skeptically themed show and not intended as an actual demonstration of mediumship or psychic abilitie

Ouija Boards
Spirit Slates
Spirit Communication
Stopped Pulses
Spewing ectoplasm
And more...

"Ash Pryce is a naturally funny guy and won't allow his audience to be bored"
"Very entertaining" - edfringereview "Go see" - Edinburgh Skeptics

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Ash Pryce is a performer, director and occassional magician based in Scotland.  He has written and staged several skeptically themed shows looking at myths & legends, ghosts, psychics and mediumship as well as producing full plays ranging from Faustus to more contemporary original shows in Edinburgh.  He is the founder of Edinburgh Skeptics, the newly started History in the Pub Edinburgh, and runs what is believed to be the worlds first skeptical ghost tour every Fringe.  He lives just outside of Edinburgh with his three Degus, one of which holds a grudge against him.

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This is a free event, although donations to help fund Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford.

Debate and QA with candidates from the 5 main parties.

Chaired by Dr Nick Randall

When?
Wednesday, April 8 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Chaired by Dr Nick Randall

What's the talk about?

The 2015 General Election is right around the corner, so we're hosting a skeptical election-themed night! The topic of the debate will be:

"What is your party going to do for Newcastle, and the North East?"

The event will consist of:

  • A six-minute talk from each party
  • A Q+A session and debate, with questions taken from the audience.

The debate will be chaired by Dr Nick Randall - Senior Lecturer and Head of Politics, Newcastle University. Dr Randall's research interests include; 

"the politics of the British Labour and Conservative Parties; political ideologies in the UK; the territorial politics of the UK; the impact of European integration upon UK politics; the role of ideational and discursive factors in politics"

Labour, Conservative, Lib Dem, Green, and UKIP have confirmed their attendance. The representatives for each party are as follows:

  • Chi Onwurah MP, Labour - Chi is the incumbent for the Newcastle Central Constituency, with a background in Engineering. Before being elected in 2010 she was Head of Telecoms Technology for OFCOM, and since 2013 has been a Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office).
  • Duncan Crute, Conservatives - Duncan is a Parliamentary Candidate for the Newcastle East Constituency, with a background in business he's run his own tailoring company for over 10 years and previously worked for a marketing consultancy.
  • Wendy Taylor, Liberal Democrats - Wendy is a Councillor with Newcastle City Council for the Dene Ward, and has been since 1988. Between 2004 and 2011 she was the Executive Member for Environment, Sustainability, and Transport. Wendy is a Parliamentary Candidate for the Newcastle East Constituency.
  • David Robinson-Young, UKIP - David is also a Parliamentary Candidate for the Newcastle East Constituency, and a Barrister at Law at Dere Street Barristers, specialising in Employment Discrimination Law. 
  • Shirley Ford, Greens - Shirley is a Parliamentary Candidate for the South Shields Constituency, assists in the running of the community's Deaf Childrens Club, and is an active human rights and anti-poverty campaigner having lobbied the UK Government, the EU, and the UN.

This is a free event, although donations to help fund Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford.

Rebecca O'Neill

When?
Wednesday, March 11 2015 at 7:30PM

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Castle Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ

Who?
Rebecca O'Neill

What's the talk about?

Three and a half years behind the counter in a health food shop can be a learning experience in more ways than one.

From vitamins and minerals to the latest celebrity-endorsed wonder supplement, no main street or shopping centre is complete without a purveyor of alternative therapies. Likewise, there are very few people who don’t associate vitamin C or echinacea with the treatment of colds or flu.

If these ideas are so pervasive, one question is why? What is it about the sellers of these therapies that make them seem so valid or trustworthy?

Well, take it from a former believer: the answer is definitely not black and white.

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Rebecca O’Neill is the founder of the Dublin Skeptics in the Pub group that looks to promote rational, critical thinking and examines extraordinary claims whilst having a quiet pint (or beverage of choice). She is also co-host and producer one of the few all-female skeptical podcasts: The Skeprechauns.

During her undergraduate, the necessary evil of a part time job led her to work in retail, spending three and a half years behind the tills in a well known health food shop. As a coping mechanism, and perhaps to make amends for her time selling goji berries and aloe vera juice, she now gives talks about her experiences and about the health food industry in general.

A designer by training she fell rather serendipitously into museum work, working the in the Natural History Museum in Dublin for five years. She is now studying for her PhD, interested in all things curatorial in the real and digital world.

This is a free event, although donations to help fund Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford.

Richard Shelley

When?
Wednesday, February 11 2015 at 7:30PM

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Castle Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ

Who?
Richard Shelley

What's the talk about?

Economics is used as the justification for all manner of things many of which have a profound impact on our lives, yet as of July 2014 only 1 in 10 MPs could correctly identify how new money comes into the UK economy. This talk aims to explain the distinctly unfair workings of our money system and give everyone attending no matter their background the tools and understanding to begin to unpick economic arguments

Richard Shelley is a Doctor who trained in Newcastle following an Undergraduate Masters from the University of Oxford. He became interested in the Money System while working in Japan and China and continued this interest on his return to the UK. In 2011 Richard set up the North East branch of the Positive Money campaign group. Although busy working as a Doctor he continues in his spare time to work to improve people's understanding of the money system, it's impacts on society and the alternatives available in line with this not for profit's objectives.

This is a free event, although donations to help fund Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford.