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Sneaky Experience: 80’s edition

I’ve been following Sneaky Experience on Twitter for ages now and knew it was something I wanted to try. They screen secret films at secret locations with extra touches that add to the fun and make it more than just a pop up movie theatre. Their latest project, featuring cocktails, a roller disco and non-optional 80’s fancy dress, seemed like too much fun to miss out on so a group of us booked tickets and went along at the weekend.

Before any of their events, Sneaky will post a whole host of clues and instructions online, so you’ll want to connect with them on Twitter and Facebook. We had to choose one of three groups (opportunity, dreams or wellbeing), and were instructed to wear sunglasses and an ID badge ‘to easily identify fellow recruits.’ This, along with the fact we were greeted by military types in flight suits, tipped us off that the film would probably be Top Gun, and we were right!

The group we chose was opportunity, and it was definitely a good call. After being put through our paces outside, with salutes and marches, we were the first group allowed to get inside the venue, a TV studio on Kirkstall Road. This meant we were also the first ones to hit the bar! As everyone had had to make their way to the venue in broad daylight in various extremes of 80’s attire (I salute you, girl dressed as a Rubix Cube), there was an audible sigh of relief as we started sipping the cocktails expertly mixed by Twist Mixology.

Once I’d polished off my first Cosmo, I was ready to hit the roller disco! This was an absolute riot: I thought that despite having not touched a pair of skates in almost 20 years I would probably pick it up alright, but actually I was INCREDIBLY WRONG. Think Bambi times ten and you’re almost there! To add insult to injury, there were some blatant professionals whizzing around making me look even worse! I still had a great time though, despite my damaged pride, and I did avoid falling, which I’m chalking up as a personal victory.

Outside there was even more to do, with the Diamond Dogs hot dog van serving up great hot dogs (including one topped with pulled pork and one slathered in hot sauce and jalapeños), and The Marvellous Tea Dance Company selling retro sweets (Wham bars! Pink shrimps! Refreshers! Oh happy days) and cupcakes topped with flying saucers and the like. There was also a graffiti artist at work, a sale of retro video games and board games, and a volleyball court, as well as at various stages, actors in costume acting out scenes from Top Gun.

The film at this point seemed almost like a distraction from the fun, but nevertheless we settled in for the screening. I’d never seen it before, so wasn’t sure what to expect, but now I’ve watched it I appreciate what Sneaky do so much more! Top Gun is over the top and cheesy and the evening was matched with it perfectly. They always create an evening that’s perfectly in tune with the film, such as their screening of Nosferatu with live orchestra at Left Bank, or Indiana Jones at Temple Works. Every detail was chosen to complement the experience and make it a great night well worth the £12 or so ticket price. In that spirit, once the film finished the chairs were pushed aside and we danced the night away to 80’s classics.

I also loved the local slant put on the event. Enjoyed the roller disco? Hang on to the Leeds Roller Dolls leaflet on your chair. The food? From Yorkshire suppliers. The actors? Local volunteers. Crafts and art? From Leeds based artists. It was a triumph! We had a fantastic time and I’ve been telling everyone about it ever since. If you get chance to attend one of their events then don’t hesitate: they’re tons of fun. The night wasn’t perfect – I’d have loved shorter queues at the bar, for example, though the generous measures were right up my street – and there were a couple of technological hitches, but I say this purely in the spirit of honest feedback. Overall it’s a wonderful, unique experience and one that I’m sure will continue to get even better as it grows.
(Added bonus: I never got the Tom Cruise thing until watching Top Gun. The character’s a tool, but back in the day Tom really had it!)

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Laughter Lines

Comedy in Leeds seems to fall under the radar a little; the big names have toured a few of our theatres, of course, but I don’t seem to hear too much buzz about other events. (If you’re interested, incidentally, you must follow @killforaseat, who knows where it’s at.) Luckily we have Patrick Turpin and Natasha Rosenthall, two graduates of the University of Leeds, currently in the throes of organising their second comedy festival in the city.

Laughter Lines is a week long comedy festival, starting at the end of April, featuring fifteen shows across eight venues. Topping the bill are Frisky and Mannish, Isy Suttie, Paul Foot and Henning Wehn. There’s also a film screening, a showcase of up and coming local talent, clean comedy for families and a show from the world’s only comedy think tank.  There’s a huge variety so hopefully there’s something for everyone. The venues include The Carriageworks, Dock Street Market, Hyde Park Picture House, Seven Arts and several of Leeds’ best pubs – so at the same time as having a good giggle you could also find a favourite new hangout.

Remarkably, the festival has been fully crowdfunded via pleasefund.us. If that doesn’t show that there’s demand for this sort of thing in the city, then what does? Let me know if you go along to any of the shows – it would be great to hear what you all think of it.

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World Book Night 2012 in Leeds

It’s here again! Tomorrow is World Book Night 2012, when tens of thousands of givers across the country will distribute half a million free books among their local communities. Come Wednesday I’ll be at a local Girl Guide group telling them why I love I Capture the Castle; meanwhile on Monday night tons of other book lovers are organising fab events throughout our fair city.

World Book Night at The White Swan, Leeds

In the city centre we have an event from @LeedsBookClub and the one and only @Gazpachodragon. As you can see from the poster above, it’s at The White Swan (awesome ale alert) and starts at 7pm. Prepare yourself for endless literary fun and grab yourself a free book to see what all the fuss is about! Plus, I heard there would be cake…

Up in Headingley @BookElfLeeds is looking to repeat last year’s success at Arcadia Bar. Again, there will be free books, plus the incredible Travelling Suitcase Library and a buffet. The word on the street is that cheese on a stick will feature heavily, which is good enough for me. Again, it starts at 7pm and full details are here.

If you’re already a total bookworm, then popular book blog For Books’ Sake are holding an event at Café 164. You can swap books from 2pm and from 6pm is a literary quiz. With prizes! Book your team’s place by tweeting @cafe164. More info here.

Finally, the gang at @WaterstoneLeeds are celebrating in style! They’ll be open til 8pm and offering 10% off all full priced books between 6pm and 8pm. They also have a quiz, plus an open mic for random reads – grab your favourite book passage or poem and share it with everyone. Again there’ll be free WBN books, wine, nibbles and activities for kids.

That’s a ton of World Book Night fun in Leeds tomorrow! Unfortunately I think anyone would struggle to get them all in but I’m sure there’s scope for a bit of party hopping. Have fun deciding, and, most importantly, get into the spirit of the night. Read the books, enjoy them, pass them on, and introduce someone to the joy of reading.

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We Are Poets at Leeds Town Hall

As many of you will know, the Leeds Young Person’s Film Festival has just begun we’re now well in the throes of the 13th Leeds Young Person’s Festival the 13th Leeds Young People’s Film Festival is now almost over (it took me a while to get round to writing this, okay?). It’s just one more of the many exciting events that our fair city bestows upon us each year. I’m a bit tardy in blogging this, but last Friday I went along to one of their first events, We Are Poets. It involved the screening of a documentary, hosted by the fabulous Benjamin Zephaniah, supporter of the documentary and poet extraordinaire, and followed by a Q&A session with some of the people covered in the documentary.

The film is about a group of teenagers who belong to Leeds Young Authors, a performance poetry group in Chapeltown. A group of these teenagers were chosen to go to Washington DC to compete in Brave New Voices, the world’s most prestigious slam poetry competition.

Benjamin Zephaniah gave some short opening remarks before the film which were beautiful, and which prepared us for the experience perfectly. I loved some of the things he said, and I desperately wish I knew shorthand so I could have got them down more accurately. Among other things he told us how great he thought it was not that these kids were getting familiar with the great poets of the past, but that they were learning to write their own poetry. And not just for the sake of it, not just for something to do on a Tuesday night, but because these teenagers have something deep and something important to say.

He said that despite today’s children being the Twitter generation, young people’s voices are not being heard. But no matter what technology is developed, no-one can stop us from returning to the first art form, the spoken word. This is so true and I hope it’s something that the young people ofLeedswill remember: that they do have important things to say, and no-one can ever stop them from saying them. This linked really nice with a scene in the documentary with another respected performance poet, Saul Williams. He reminded the young poets that although people will try to label their art as street poetry or slam poetry, what they are doing is poetry, pure and simple. They are performing their poems in front of people, just as the ancient poets did before the advent of literacy, and they shouldn’t feel that they are anything less than poets.

Zephaniah’s final words reminded us that the film itself was as much an art form as the poetry, and it was true that as we watched, it was obvious how much had gone into telling a beautiful, inspirational story. Not only did the film get across the incredible talent that each teenager has, it shows us each of their personalities, their political opinions, and most of all their journey as they go from writing poets with their mates in a conference room in Chapeltown to performing at Brave New Voices to standing on a stage in front of the White House.

I was pretty much blinking back tears the whole time I was watching this. Not only was the story of the Leeds Young Authors incredibly inspirational and moving, but there were gorgeous dashes of poignant humour, and a distinctly humbling reminder that our city is packed with wonderful people who give constantly of their time and talents to help our young people. As we watched the poets struggle with obstacles such as fund raising, nerves and censorship, there were always figures in the background urging them on; not telling them what to do, but telling them that whatever they chose to do, they would be supported.

As we flocked out of the cinema, there were collection buckets for donations to help this year’s team raise enough money to compete at Brave New Voices. I put everything I had in my purse in that bucket, and was thrilled to see £5, £10 and £20 notes being thrown in left right and centre. Leeds Young Authors, as far as I’m concerned, deserves every penny anyone throws at it. Arts and creativity may not matter to our government, but so many of us have seen the good things they can do within a community.

I honestly can’t recommend this film enough. Keep an eye out on the website for future screenings, or alternatively you can pre-order the DVD on Amazon now.

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Coming Soon in Leeds: November Roundup

Art

Golau Glau (pronounced Goll-eye Gl-eye) is an anonymous collective who met in Wales but are now based around Leeds. They bill themselves as musicians, photographers and artists, and their first art exhibition is at Test Space Leeds from the 10th to the 13th November. The opening night on Thursday the 10th, kicking off at 7.30pm, involves a free gig with a live performance from Hookworms and some DJ sets. There’s another event on Saturday 12th at 2.30pm, with another DJ set and a talk from Lauren Smith of Voices for the Library about library closures (Golau Glau are particularly interested in environments under threat). All events, and the exhibition, are free.

From the 25th November, the Northern Art Prize exhibition opens at Leeds Art Gallery. The four shortlisted artists will have their work displayed there until 19th February, and the winner will be announced on 19th January. There are also talks with each artist and their nominator throughout November and December, priced at £5/£3 concessions. Contact the gallery to book.

Theatre

Practically the whole of November at the Leeds Grand is devoted to We Will Rock You, which is here for four weeks and selling incredibly well. Are you ready to be transported to the future, to a world where the Bohemians are searching for a hero to lead them back to that golden age – known as the Rhapsody – when kids had instruments, formed their own bands and wrote their own songs? Then book tickets here. They’re pricey, but by all accounts it’s an incredible show.

This Christmas the West Yorkshire Playhouse is taking on the orphan of all orphans, Annie. It runs from 25th November to 15th January and promises to be a lovely family treat for Christmas.

If you’re looking for belly laughs, try One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show, or if you want something to get you thinking, it’s got to be Can We Talk About This. For work with a Yorkshire flavour, the Lawrence Batley Theatre has We Are Three Sisters, about the Brontes.

Digital

The Leeds Digital Festival official launch is on the 1st November. There are tons of events happening: I’m at the Girl Geek Dinner so say hi! Write-Publish-Read, Culture Hack North and Snapshot Leeds all look fab.

The Chol Generation Event is a day of talks and workshops for emerging artistic producers who need help in getting their work up and running. Culture Vultures’ Emma Bearman will teach you Twitter tricks, Sara Robinson does 1 on 1 coaching sessions and Jenny Wilson helps you define and refine your ideas.

Bonfire Night

For some reason, the council seems to be embracing Friday 4th November as Bonfire Night, and that’s when all the bigger bonfires are being held. There’s a list of what’s going on here: as always,RoundhayPark is looking like the main event (and the most difficult to get to).

For a twist on Bonfire Night, try Mike Hoyland’s Pre-Bonfire Night Spectacular, which is an annual event in the style of a chemistry lecture, featuring explosions galore. This year it’s moved to Leeds City Museum from its usual venue at the University. It’s on Thursday 3rd November at 7pm.

Film Festival

This is what everyone’s talking about! The Leeds International Film Festival turns 25 this year and they’re pulling out all the stops. The big buzz is around festival opener Wuthering Heights, controversially grotesque horror The Human Centipede 2 and Paul Merton’s Silent Clowns. For hints and tips, see the festival’s Communications Manager Kay Brown’s picks, Kirsty Ware’s organisational tactics and this preview post from My Life in Leeds.

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Coming Soon in Leeds: October Round Up

This unseasonable good weather has certainly been a boon to our ailing spirits this past week, but alas – it is not to last. Soon, the nights will grow colder and darker, and come 5pm we’ll all be hurrying home to eat comforting stews and warming pies. At the weekend we’ll venture out for only necessities, clad in cardigans and cagoules.

Lovely as that sounds, the spanner in the works, of course, is that October in Leeds is going to be an extremely exciting month! Everywhere you turn there’s an event or an exhibition, a festival or a fair. Here are the highlights.

Of course the one that everyone’s talking about this month is Light Night Leeds, which is on Friday 7th October at various venues around Leeds city centre. This is a multi-artform festival with 75 different events across 40+ venues. Almost all the events are free, but you do need to book in advance for some of them, which could be in smaller venues or be exceptionally popular. Check the downloadable programme for the full list of events and get planning your evening. My picks include number 23: The Leeds Festival Chorus performing short, haunting pieces at 3 different venues across the evening; 64: a burger-style van serving up free, personalised poems made to order and 54: a tour of the clocktower at Leeds Town Hall. If you find you haven’t left any time in your schedule for dinner, don’t worry: you can swing by Millenium Square where vendors including @nofishybusiness and @manjitskitchen will be selling quality hot food to eat on the go.

October is also Black History Month, and Leeds City Museum have put together a special trail around the museum. Pick up a leaflet from reception and follow the trail to learn more about this special month.

Temple Newsam have got two interesting weekends coming up this month. On both the 15th and 16th October, they are holding an event called Fungus Foray and Mushroom Medley. There’ll be a short talk to teach some of the basics: what’s edible and what’s not, what will kill you instantly, etc. Then a walk around the grounds, to forage for mushrooms. It’s £5/£3 concessions and starts at the Stable Courtyard, Temple Newsam at 2pm on both the Saturday and the Sunday. Call 0113 264 5535 to book your place. Meanwhile on the 22nd and 23rd October, discover Temple Newsam at night on a ghost walk for ages 8+ only. The Woman in Black and her loyal servant will take you through the House and grounds, all the while telling chilling tales of murder and mystery. £7.50/£4 concession.

Bookworms are spoilt for choice this month as the region hosts not one but two literature festivals. The one in Ilkley is running from 30th September to the 16th October while Morley is a bit shorter, running from 8th to 16th October. A couple of authors are attending both events, so if you can’t make their date at one, check the other. Headliners include Ranulph Fiennes, Alan Hollinghurst, Jon Ronson, Ian Rankin, Emma Henderson and Janet Street-Porter, whilst there will be expert talks on the Brontes, Dickens and the Bible. There’s also writing workshops, poetry recitals, academic lectures and a healthy dose of Doctor Who. Something for everyone!

If you’re a foodie, as well as the usual farmer’s markets we have a special new event at the Corn Exchange this month. Cornucopia Leeds is a two day extravaganza with stalls from local, independent food retailers and producers. Some great names have signed up already including @doughleeds, @theyummyyank and @indieices. It’s free entry and happening from 10am to 5pm on the 22nd and 23rd October.

There are tons more events that I don’t have the time or space to give them the attention they deserve. They include Ways of Looking, a photography festival in Bradford for the whole month, this fantastic Abolition exhibition, secret Bettakultcha and all. The. Amazing. Theatre. Happening in the region. Ignore the gloomy weather, get out there and make the most of Leeds this month!

You can stay at home in November, that’ll probably be crap. Nothing happens in November.

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Bettakultcha: Observations of a First Timer

If you’ve never heard of Bettakultcha, and you’re even slightly interested in learning about new things, hearing a new take on old things, or widening your horizons, then you need to know about it!

It’s almost impossible to do it justice in a few words (which I’ve been trying to do all week when telling people where I was going), but last night the host of proceedings (compere?) referred to it as a cabaret of ideas, which I thought was perfect. 

Twelve speakers each took the floor and spoke for 5 minutes, with 20 slides of 15 seconds each, about the topic of their choice. 5 minutes is a lovely length for a presentation. It’s short enough to keep the speakers concise, and leave the audience wanting more. 

The venue was that gorgeous Leeds institution, the Corn Exchange. It was strange to see the Corn Exchange devoid of its usual hustle and bustle; there was something illicit about being there after hours. It was if I’d snuck into school when all the teachers had gone home and had to creep from corridor to corridor, avoiding the aged but terrifying caretaker – in this case the security guards, who patrolled the upper balconies like some creepy reverse of Bentham’s Panopticon. Except, they were quite nice really, happy to point out the toilets and the nearest cash machine and so on.

After getting a drink at Primo’s and resisting the incredible looking hot dogs on the grounds that we’d already eaten (but resolving to get one next time) we settled in to our cute little fold up chairs, charmingly arranged in little groups, and awaited the start of the show.

Of course I don’t have the space here to describe every talk in detail; I don’t even have the space to go over the many, many highlights. I have literally never learned so much in my life! I found out what hackdays are from Dominic Hodge’s presentation and am even more in awe than ever of people who can write code. (Apparently it’s not that hard to learn and doesn’t take as much time as you’d think, but I don’t know if I’m convinced!) Peg Alexander gave a fantastic presentation about what we eat, why we eat it and what’s wrong with that. I particularly loved the analogy of the ‘cake pusher’ – that person who will push and push until you eat what you resolved not to. Occasionally I am that person, but last night I resolved: no more! A representative from the Royal Armouries presented on the items at the museum, but with a twist – he was assessing their usefulness in the case of a zombie attack. To which I can only reply – genius!

There was so much more, including quantum mechanics, music and identity, and a really inspiring story about one man’s recovery from a near fatal lorry-motorbike collision which got a bit of a standing ovation. The incredible Phil Wall’s digital art was shown in the interval, which was a great talking point if you weren’t too busy checking out everyone’s tweets. Finally, at the end, three mind-bogglingly brave people volunteered – volunteered!! – to get up and present for two and a half minutes with a set of slides they’d never seen before. Impressed does not even cover it – they were all fantastic!

My Twitter timeline still echoes with belated and extremely well deserved compliments and congratulations to those who presented last night. Check the #bettakultcha hashtag for proof! Knowing how much it would take for me to get up and present, not just on any old topic, but on something that is important to me, something personal, I wholeheartedly add my acclaim and adulation.

The next Bettakultcha is at Huddersfield Media Centre on Sep 28th. Check out their website or Twitter for more details.

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Saturday at the British Science Festival

The British Science Festival (which I may have mentioned before) has now been running since 1831, breaking only for the odd war. It was last held in Bradford in 1900, and it’s back with a vengeance for a 7 day run starting Saturday 10th Sep and ending this Friday 16th.

The British Science Festival 2011.

Surprisingly, the turnout to a lot of the events we went to on Saturday was pretty appalling. The first was a panel discussion called ‘Yorkshire as a hub for carbon storage‘ which was quite fascinating. A team at Leeds University are currently working on systems that will allow carbon to be captured during industrial processes and injected into rocks under the ground. This will reduce the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere and will mean that when our remaining coal reserves are used, we can reduce the damage done to the environment.

Ferrybridge Power Station. Don’t worry, it’s completely safe. Picture by by Foto43

An obvious risk that springs to mind is that this can give the impression that it’s okay to use coal power stations because we can make them into clean energy sources. This is true to an extent, but it doesn’t do anything to increase the reserves that we have. The general reaction from the panel was that we need to be looking into renewables but that the coal reserves will be used, and we can create money and jobs in the Yorkshire region by developing this technology. Apparently we have some delightfully convenient empty seams below sea level off the Yorkshire coastline which are perfect for such uses. Luckily, it’s still a pretty well kept secret as there were only about 15 people in the audience for this event.

Where’s Science Girl when you need her?

There were a few exhibitions on during the day (many of which are continuing throughout the week, FYI) so we checked out ‘Portraits of Outstanding Women‘ and ‘Scientific Heroes‘. Both were interesting if incredibly hard to find. As a bit of a feminist, I admit to being slightly disappointed with the Outstanding Women effort, which was just nowhere near as inspiring as I’d hoped. I thought there’d be portraits of some really kickass women who were responsible for crucial breakthroughs in the history of science, with attention grabbing stories to galvanise young girls with a passion for science. Instead, there were seven black and white photographs of surprisingly corporate looking women, sat alone staring at the camera, with no information on the walls save their names. If you found a booklet and flicked through to the back section, you’d find a list of their major achievements, peppered with meaningless acronyms and references to various boards and guilds. Oh, and a quick log of how many kids they’d each popped out as well. Yet, in the Scientific Heroes exhibition at the other side of the room, which was dedicated to ‘alumni from Bradford College who have made outstanding contributions to science’, Elsie Wright had a massive plaque featuring her entire life story, and about fifteen pictures, just for faking a few fairies in a garden. I thought the priorities were just a bit off there! I mean no disrespect to the women who were featured, who have some truly admirable achievements under their belts and all dedicate some of their time to charities that help young girls get into the fields of Science, Engineering and Technology. But they were let down; this exhibition wouldn’t be remotely inspiring to a young girl trying to get into SET and struggling. (The problems facing girls and women in this field are well documented elsewhere, but for an overview see this 2010 report by the UKRC.)

We also went to ‘Science Fiction and Religion‘ which featured short talks from science fiction authors, academics and journal editors – but it got especially interesting during the question and answer session. There were some extremely knowledgeable people in the audience and I left feeling a lot more informed but still desperately insignificant! Then, finally (after a break for an amazing curry at Omar Khan’s – I don’t really do food writing but if I did, I would be recommending it whole heartedly) we went to the Sundown Science event, ‘Elemental Comedy: A Cabaret of the Elements‘.

If I’m honest, I went into this event a little skeptically. First of all, the event had originally been advertised as featuring Robin Ince. Later his name was removed from the online description of the event, but there didn’t seem to be any sort of explanation as to why. Secondly, we were waiting outside the cinema (it was at the National Media Museum) in a packed lobby with little seating for 30 minutes after the time the event was supposed to start. And thirdly, I was organised for, literally, the first time ever, and booked my tickets weeks in advance. Then, this week, it’s all over Twitter that tickets have been put on a special 2 for 1 offer. What I learned from that was to leave things to the last minute. All the time.

But anyway, after I got over my shoddy attitude and settled in, we enjoyed a hell of a show. Music and maths, explosions and elements, arsenic and ants; there was a bit of everything and the whole thing was basically chaos theory before our very eyes. I can’t imagine for a second that the money from the tickets even began to cover the insurance policy required. There were presentations from several different people, including comedian Matt Parker, broadcaster Viv Parry and Bang Goes the Theory presenter Dallas Campbell. All in all it was riotous, if a little disorganised.

If you’re interested in what’s coming up this week at the Science festival, there are still some events that really shouldn’t be missed. Here’s my top five (which I’ve written assuming you are LIVING THE DREAM and don’t have jobs or any other commitments. If that’s not the case, check out the ‘Sundown Science’ section in the pdf programme for evening events):

1. Solve a forensic mystery in 90 minutesThursday 15th 15.30. Cost £3. Richmond Building, Bradford University

Use fingerprints, handwriting analysis, chemical testing and more to solve a murder case.

2. You are what you ate. Wednesday 14th 10.00. Free. Phoenix Building South West, Bradford University

Find out how your diet affects your skeleton, and take advantage of the opportunity to examine medieval skeletons. I’m betting there’ll be some pretty impressive displays of tooth decay.

3. Bad ideas?: An arresting history of our inventions. Thursday 15th 17.30. Cost £5. Alhambra Theatre.

The legendary Professor Robert Winston discusses famous inventions that may have hampered human progress. I may drop him a line to let him know just how much my iPhone drags down my productivity.

4. The Happiness Factor. Tuesday 13th 13.00. Free. Richmond Building, Leeds University.

Got the Monday blues? Learn about the pursuit of happiness from psychology types who discuss how things such as drug taking, dementia and body image affect our happiness.

5. Technology in sport: cheating or fair game? Tuesday 13th 19.30. Free. Richmond Building, Bradford University.

One for the sport lovers among you. To what extent is using technology to win ethical? Listen to the experts then vote for yourself on a handheld wireless keypad.

If none of the above float your boat, check out the full programme. Whether it’s hypnosis or Hockney, religion or Rutherford, I’m sure there’ll be something for you. 

Follow the British Science Festival on Twitter for updates and the lowdown from the festival. The official website, and place to book tickets, is here.

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