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Happy Skeptical New Year

I’ve been blogging even less than usual recently as I’ve been busy with work, family stuff and also a couple of fun projects that should interest Reading SITP regulars. I’m keeping them under wraps for now but I hope to reveal more soon.

In the meantime, here is a brief round-up of some other stuff.

  • Following their recent Festival Of The Spoken Nerd UK tour, see our friends Matt Parker, Helen Arney and Steve Mould in their new show Life, Oh Life at the Bloomsbury Theatre, 21-22 January. The Nerds are also appearing in Sex Appeal II: Come Again in aid of Brook, the sexual health charity for young people.
  • Robin Ince, presenter of R4’s Infinite Monkey Cage and curator of the 9 Lesson and Carols for Godless People, is coming soon to Reading, Newbury and Maidenhead with his new show, The Importance Of Being Interested.
  • Robin is also appearing at the Free Fringe Fundraiser event at the Bloomsbury on 9 January. Edinburgh Skeptics could not put on their wonderful Skeptics on the Fringe programme without the help they get from the Free Fringe guys. So go, have a great night out AND enjoy the warm glow of knowing you are helping the Free Fringe and Skeptics on the Fringe.
  • The BHA has added its support to the campaign to buy a copy of Alom Shaha’s Young Atheist’s Handbook for the library of every secondary school in England and Wales. You can donate to the cause at yah4schools.org.uk. Alom was our guest at Re.ading SitP back in August.
  • Tickets are now sold out for QED (Manchester, 13-14 April). If you were quick enough to bag a ticket and you’re interested in carsharing from the Reading area, leave a comment below or email me your details and maybe we can sort something out.
  • Amazingly, tickets are still available for ThinkCon (Cambridge, 16 March 2013). They have a great line-up of speakers this year so do check it out.
  • The Department of Chemistry at Reading Uni is hosting As If By Magic, a family lecture by Andrew Szydlo at 18:00 on Wednesday 6 February. I’ll post more info about this when I have it.
  • Our next Reading Skeptics In The Pub will be on Thursday 17th January at the usual place and will feature former Christian fundamentalist Jonny Scaramanga talking about what life is like in an Accelerated Christian Education school.

Happy New Year to you all.

Festival Of The Spoken Nerd

Amazingly, almost unbelievably, there are still tickets left for this Friday’s Festival Of The Spoken Nerd show in Reading.

Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, geek songstress Helen Arney and experiments guy Steve Mould present a comedy night for the fearlessly inquisitive.

After a year of sell-out shows in London and science festivals around the country, they’re bringing their unique mix of facts and fun to Reading for the sum total of one night only.

Join three of the UK’s best (and nerdiest) performers for an evening of comedy, science, music, maths and interactive experiments as they ask those all-important questions:

  • How can you use a parabola to set stuff on fire?
  • How does the angler fish make love?
  • And how dangerous can things get with just numbers?

I’ve seen all 3 of these stella nerds performing individually before but never all together. It’s going to be ace. I’m just a little conflicted because I would really have loved to see the utterly wonderful A F Harrold hosting Robin Ince and John Hegley at A F Harrold’s Lovely Cabaret. Such disappointments happen with comedy festivals.

Disclosure: Matt Parker is a good friend of Berkshire Skeptics and he helped us launch Reading Skeptics In The Pub way back in February ’11. Susan and I will be there in the Concert Hall foyer on Friday, promoting our upcoming SitP events. I hope to see lots of you there.