Category Archives: Lecture

5×15 – 5 speakers 15 minutes each-June 20th, July 12th

From 5×15:  “Things pass, but memory remains. It’s ancient wisdom, but apposite for Harry Pearce’s talk on June 20th. This is your official last chance to hear SIX great speakers presenting on subjects ranging from tales of true murder in … Continue reading

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Learn from the head of TED

Chris Anderson is TED’s president and head curator. Trained as a journalist after graduating from Oxford University, Anderson launched more than 100 successful magazines and websites before turning his attention to TED. Join Chris and the how to: Academy to talk … Continue reading

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See Buzz Aldrin in Conversation with Brian Cox at the Science Museum February 28

On February 28th you’ll have a chance to see Buzz Aldrin, one of the first two humans to set foot on another world, which he achieved in the 1969 Apollo 11 moonwalk.   He will be interviewed by British Physicist … Continue reading

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The London Art Salon: London’s art in a relaxed social setting

I often post on literary events and lectures, but Londoners have their choice of art lectures as well.  Here’s one salon which enables you to stay current with the exhibitions around town and do so in a relaxed setting. The London … Continue reading

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An Evening with David Sedaris at Cadogan Hall February 2016

I have a few regular readers that always want to be informed when David Sedaris is in London.  So here’s some info on his 2016 two night visit. From the Cadogan: “With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris … Continue reading

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32 Londoners on the London Eye – June 11th

      In the space of the London Eye, 32 speakers will discuss 32 famous men and women who found their destiny in London.  Guests get to choose which of the 32 pods to join, although there  will be … Continue reading

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howto: Understand Lawrence of Arabia, October 7th

I’m currently immersed in Scott Anderson’s Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East and so am eager to attend the Howto Academy’s–howto: Understand Lawrence of Arabia featuring Anthony Sattin, author of Young … Continue reading

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Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album at the Royal Academy of Arts June 26 – October 19

From the RA  “Dennis Hopper carved out a place in Hollywood history, with roles in classic films like Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, True Romance and Easy Rider.   He is less well known, though no less respected, for his work … Continue reading

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Dear Leader – May 6th at Kings Place

  This is a rare opportunity to hear about  life in North Korea and how this totalitarian state is really run. from a true insider.   Jang Jin-sung was a cadre in Section 5 (Literature), Division 19 (Poetry) of Office 101. … Continue reading

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Malala Yousafzai March 8th at Southbank Centre

Malala Yousafzai, the  young female activist  who was shot by the Taliban will speak at Southbank Centre as part of her campaign for equality in education. From Southbank, “In the past 15 months, 16-year-old Malala has moved from the Swat … Continue reading

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David Sedaris at Cadogan Hall, March 27- march 30th

I have David Sedaris to thank for keeping me entertained during my brief spell living in Connecticut, which entailed spending many hours in my car.   I had all of his CDs and they were genuinely laugh out loud funny.   Many … Continue reading

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The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets November 11th

Simon Singh, best-selling author of ‘Fermat’s Last Theorem’ and ‘The Code Book’, will discuss his forthcoming book ‘The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets’. He will explain how a team of mathematically gifted writers have covered everything from calculus to geometry, … Continue reading

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Bloody will be thy end: The science and archaeology which uncovered Richard III -Lecture at The Royal Institution November 14th

Join experts from the University of Leicester as they tell the fascinating story of the discovery of the last British monarch to be killed in battle. Hear how cutting-edge science from across all disciplines came together to confirm the archaeological … Continue reading

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Understand the origins of the First World War | how to: academy December 9th

As i mentioned earlier, events related to WWI are proliferating in London and if you want something more serious than a talk on How to understand your [out of control Cairn Terrier]dog,  the How To Academy is also joining the … Continue reading

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Van Gogh in Paris, Eykyn Maclean Gallery, September 29-November 29th

Van Gogh believed that “the whole future of modern art is to be found in the south”, so in 1888 he moved to Provence to provoke on his canvases extreme effects of light and colour that would force a new … Continue reading

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October 10th Hear about Great Britain’s Great War by Jeremy Paxman | Celebrity Speakers | National Army Museum, London

Hosted by the Army & Navy Club,  36-39 Pall Mall, London, Greater London SW1Y 5JN Dining from 5.30pm Using a wealth of first-hand source material, renowned broadcaster Jeremy Paxman gives us an image of what life was actually like for … Continue reading

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Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz, Wiener library October 28th

According to my reliable book source SL, Hanns and Rudolf is an excellent read:  the extraordinary true story of the German Jew who tracked down and caught the Kommandant of Auschwitz.  Thomas Harding, the author  and journalist who has written for … Continue reading

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New 5×15 stories on December 2nd

5×15 has  announced that Jung Chang, the author of Wild Swans,  will be be one of the speakers for a special 5×15 on December 2nd. She’ll be joined by Cornelia Parker, Michael Rosen, Thomasina Miers and David Spiegelhalter.            5x15stories Telegraph … Continue reading

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Persephone Lecture on November 28th

Persephone reprints neglected fiction and non-fiction by mid-twentieth century writers.  To mark the publication of The Squire by Edith Bagnold, the Ninth Persephone Lecture will be given by the noted biographer Anne Sebba on Thursday November 28th at the October Gallery … Continue reading

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Malcolm Gladwell Live – The David and Goliath Tour October 28th London

The brand new live show for 2013 “Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer with the New Yorker magazine since 1996. In 2005 he was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. He is the author of four … Continue reading

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