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Marlon Solomon’s

When?
Thursday, November 7 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

http://www.oconnellspub.co.uk/

Who?
Marlon Solomon’s

What's the talk about?

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CONSPIRACY THEORY: A LIZARD’S TALE
 
Marlon's a Jew. This didn't bother him until he found out some people he knew didn't believe the Holocaust happened.

The first one-person show to be performed in the Houses of Parliament, Marlon Solomon’s Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard’s Tale, probes the growth of conspiracy theory; examining its links to rising antisemitism, racism and extremism. It's a comic tale which is no laughing matter.

 Winner of Best Spoken Word at Greater Manchester’s Fringe Festival, the show has already received high-profile accolades and generated political discussion in the Guardian, the New Statesman and Prospect Magazine.

"Funny, moving, at some points deeply disturbing." - David Baddiel

"Shrewd, funny and important." Jonathan Freedland (The Guardian)

 “A Lizard’s Tale is a devastating show. Informative, absorbing and very funny." – David Schneider

Edinburgh Fringe 2019 Reviews:

Broadway Baby Review: https://tinyurl.com/y3q3u9xu

The Wee Review: https://tinyurl.com/y66xrwp5

Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard’s Tale is a one man, multi-media piece of storytelling; incorporating elements of stand-up comedy, song and interactive video. Marlon examines how fake news gives fresh currency to ancient slander and how this all relates to current issues within mainstream politics. From 9/11 to shape-shifting lizards and Holocaust denial, this is a darkly comic tale of one man's journey through the conspiracy underworld.

WATCH the trailer here: https://tinyurl.com/yxoplxhe

ASH PRYCE: PARANORMAL ILLUSIONIST

When?
Thursday, October 3 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

http://www.oconnellspub.co.uk/

Who?
ASH PRYCE: PARANORMAL ILLUSIONIST

What's the talk about?

Tickets via EventBrite https://tinyurl.com/y4mtqnl8

PARANORMAL ILLUSIONISTISM

ASH PRYCE: PAA Special edition of the Spooky 👻 Magic 🧙 show comes to Teesside. 'Fraidy cats and brave souls 😱 welcome for unsettling paranormal illusions from Edinburgh Horror 🧟 Festival Sell Out seance 💀 magician Ash Pryce

"...unique and original ...a clever and well crafted show" - World Magic Review, Edinburgh Fringe 2019

“★★★★★ If you want to see something truly amazing... this is the man to show you.“ – Bunbury magazine

"Leicester's answer to Derren Brown" - BBC Leicester

Edinburgh Horror Festival Sell Out Act 2016, 2017, 2018

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ACT ONE: "Ash Pryce - Paranormal Illusionist" is the brand new show from Edinburgh Horror Festival Sell Out Performer Ash Pryce. Fresh off of a full run of the Edinburgh Festival, with almost 30 productions at the world famous Fringe behind him.

Step into the psychic's parlour for an experience with the supernatural, the paranormal, things that go BUMP in the night as you take part in a series of mind twisting demonstrations drawing on psychic super powers, spirit communication and the Seance.

Combining psychic phenomena, ESP and spirit communication with stage mentalism, and theatre, the show will skirt the edges of what is real and what is on the other side of the veil.

This is a theatrical magic show - if we do summon demons during the course of the show, we cannot be held responsible for possessions. Please clean up any ectoplasm brought up in fright...

ACT TWO: In the second half, exclusively for skeptic groups, Ash will be looking back over the history of Spiritualism by highlighting some of the most famous tricksters, legal cases and exposures of the Golden Age of Spiritualism. Ash will talk about a history of Spiritualism, mediumship and the role it played in helping create his own area of performance – mentalism. New material looking at the areas that his show 'How to Talk to the Dead' didn't have time to fit in!

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Thursday, October 3 2019 at 7:30PM
Entry: Donation
Skeptics In The Pub Teesside: tinyurl.com/kawkjq3
Facebook:
tinyurl.com/y2foxu4q

Further Information:

One of the most common ways of engaging with Spiritualism in its heyday was an intimate parlor session. Just you, the medium, and a few other select attendees. Ash Pryce’s show Paranormal Illusionist, in this sense, is simply picked up and moved from a parlor to the side room of an only slightly busy bar off an only slightly busy street. But even though the masses of Fringe attendees haven’t found it yet – and fair, it was only day one of performances- Paranormal Illusionist delivers an interesting and well-wrought experience.

Exclusivity isn’t the only thing this show has in common with a genuine Spiritualist experience. Pryce has a lot of knowledge to impart about Spiritualist practices, and all of it accurate, with no unnecessary sensationalism. He is demonstrably aware that Spiritualism is compelling on it’s own, if the audience gets to see it happening in their own hands. The illusions of Pananormal Illusions all involve audience participation, but, a comfort to the wary, all of this participation is lowkey and comfortable to take part in. The audience members enjoy getting to interact with each part as much as they do getting to observe them, and are treated with respect from their illusionist for their trouble.

Participating in the show also makes the audience even more aware of Pryce’s skill as a magician (for of course that is what most successful Spiritualists were, magicians telling you one extra lie). Thanks to the strength of his theme, Pryce was able to do magic tricks that come off as unique and original because they are encased in a overarching story, even if that isn’t completely so. And with these tricks, he performs smoothly, keeping his attendee’s attention exactly where he wants it.

Paranormal Illusionist hasn’t found all of it’s audience yet, but when they find it they will find a clever and well crafted show, as educational as it is enjoyable.

Brian Eggo

When?
Thursday, September 5 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

http://www.oconnellspub.co.uk/

Who?
Brian Eggo

What's the talk about?

 As the rewards of fame and fortune increase, so does the dedication and desperation of those in the sporting world who will do whatever it takes to win.

Science is playing an ever-increasing role in the march towards maximising our athletic potential.  

Unfortunatley, wherever science goes, quackery is never far behind.

Brian Eggo is the main organiser and primary mouthpiece of Glasgow Skeptics.  As such he has an unhealthy interest in the equally amusing and frustrating realms of woo and pseudoscience.

This has caused him to spend way too much of his own money on the type of things he encourages other people not to spend their money on.

He occasionally dabbles in skeptical activism when prompted and has been known to make some awful puns on podcasts. 

His day job is in training and development and that explains a lot!

O'Connells is on Bedford Street and there are parking spaces outside on the road.  If they are full Baker street always has some space, next street along.  We are a five minute walk from the bus station and 15 minutes from the railway station.

Entrance is free but kind donations towards expenses is always welcome.

Teesside Skeptics

When?
Thursday, August 1 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

http://www.oconnellspub.co.uk/

Who?
Teesside Skeptics

What's the talk about?

This is something we haven't done at a meeting for some time. 

The format has everybody given a chance to chip in with what they know and what they think about a subject.  A subject of your own choice is written on a card and added to the hat.  The subject drawn from the hat gets a 10-minute discussion on each table and a one-minute summary by a volunteer speaker or one chosen by the table.  (no restrictions on the use of smartphones to gather information).

  • Some ideas for a subject that could be chosen: 
  • Should Social Media Companies restrict the spread of pseudo-science and quackery?
  • Who can claim to be a  "Doctor"?
  • Should Skeptics be activists?
  • Should we hold a Northeast Skeptics Conference?
  • What is "acceptable" evidence when promoting skepticiam?

Of course you will probably be able to think of something more interesting that grabs your attention.

Looking forward to some lively sessions.

 

Please be aware that the carpark over the road from O'Connell's is a private car park patrolled by a very keen person on commission.  There will be free parking spaces on Bedford Street or Baker street for drivers.

 

 

When?
Sunday, July 14 2019 at 2:00PM

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Where?

11 Regency West Mall,
Stockton-on-Tees
TS18 1EF

Who?

What's the talk about?

Is there a subject we haven't covered?  Is there something that's bugging you and want to chat about where we are and where we are going?

Planning ahead for speakers and subjects we have another social coming up to put forward your ideas and suggestions.  This social takes place in Top of the Hops Bar in Stockton-on-Tees, 2 minutes walk from the High Street and 10 minutes walk to Thornaby Railway Station.  The venue is a new micro-bar that has a sensational selection of beer, wines and gins.  However you will need to have lunch before you arrive, no food is served.

There are one or two subjects that you might want to read up on for this one:

5G rollout

Autism (subject chosen by our last speaker).

CGI and digital manipulation of still pictures and movies

Reproducibility of studies.

Ideas for publicity.

Activism.


Hope to see you all there. 

 

Heather Pentler

When?
Thursday, July 4 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

http://www.oconnellspub.co.uk/

Who?
Heather Pentler

What's the talk about?

Ever wondered what is the difference between Aspergers and autism but been too embarrassed to ask.  Most skeptics understand that Mr Wakefields claims about a link between autism and the MMR vaccine were not just plain wrong but fraudulant too, but there are many other myths and misunderstandings about people with autism. Heather's talk seeks to dispel some of the myths and expose some of the awful practices and quack products that are on offer to "cure" autism. 

Heather has been an active skeptic for the last 7 years and has previously spoken about her experiences exposing dodgy alternative medical practices. Heather has been a member of the committee for Edinburgh Skeptics for the last 3 years.

Heather's day job is a support worker, working with autistic adults for a charity.

The expenses for this talk have been kindly covered by Edinburgh Skeptics in their ongoing determination to spread the word to other smaller skeptical groups who can't afford to bring in too many speakers from a distance.  Very much appreciated.

 

Professor Zulfiqur Ali

When?
Thursday, June 6 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

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Who?
Professor Zulfiqur Ali

What's the talk about?

You are not feeling well, what’s wrong? You might be feeling well but something could be wrong.

Getting an appointment and then a diagnosis can take time and that could be life-threatening. In developing countries, it can be difficult to afford getting a diagnosis of disease. What if you could diagnose disease very cheaply by yourself and all in the palm of your hand?

And what if you could use the device to make sure that your medication is right for you?

Our speaker this month is the Dean of the Graduate Research School at Teeside University specialisingin Engineering and Chemistry

His interests include Biosensors, Microfluidics and organic electronics'

As usual, entrance is free but kind donations will help with expenses and might earn you a free book!

Susan Walker

When?
Thursday, May 2 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

http://www.oconnellspub.co.uk/

Who?
Susan Walker

What's the talk about?

What if people make choices that discriminate against one group in favour of another without even realising they are doing it? Is anybody immune? Are you?

And even more strikingly… this may happen against our own conscious belief that they are being unbiased…

Susan Walker is the current chair of North East Humanists and is a Humanist Celebrant. In previous careers she has been a material scientist working in the Universities of Durham, Newcastle and Massachusetts.

More recently she has been a science and maths teacher in East Durham.

Terence Waites

When?
Thursday, March 7 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

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Who?
Terence Waites

What's the talk about?

If like many, you found mathematics at school difficult, too abstract, boring and irrelevant then the idea of pouring over datasets to ensure their validity, veracity and accuracy can seem like a pastime for nerds that it is best not to be involved with.

So if we have no time or inclination for personal scrutiny of the numbers being flashed on the screen or reported on in newspapers then how can we decide how much credence should be given to them?  How are these numbers arrived at?  Why were previous numbers on the same subject wrong?  Who discovered they were wrong and how?  Were the reports of the original numbers being wrong given the same headlines, distribution and attention as the original skewed numbers?

This will be an expansion of the 10-minute presentation given last year by Terry Waites at the Open Mic night and will give a little insight into where giving trust to sources and believing the data used as support is not always straight-forward.

Back to the usual format of 45 minute talk followed by Q&A for this meeting.

Terry Waites is co-ordinator for and joint founder of Teesside Skeptics-in-the-Pub and helps run Teesside Humanists.  He has a background in the military and with Telecommunications Engineering with a BSc in Computational Mathematics and MSc in The Design of Information Systems.  Still spending much time ridding his mind of long-believed myths and misinformation.

When?
Friday, February 15 2019 at 6:00PM

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Where?

9 Silver St
Stockton-on-Tees,
Durham
England
TS18 1SL

Who?

What's the talk about?

 Our next Social Evening takes place in Stockton as we try to make the socials more convenient for members who don't live in Middlesbrough.

Hope & Union is a micropub by the river in Stockton Centre area and serves alsorts of wonderful beverages for those who like alcohol and those who don't.

The railway station is a short walk over the Victoria Bridge and there are a number of buses up and down Stockton high street.

Subjects to be covered at the social are whatever you would like to talk about!

Ian Glendinning - Leads Discussion

When?
Thursday, February 7 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

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Who?
Ian Glendinning - Leads Discussion

What's the talk about?

All debate on any topic is seemingly contentious (and public!) There is a sense that all positions are polarised (and popularised!) - and becoming ever more so? People for or against specific positions; many arguing from highly principled “social justice warrior” perspectives.

Even – maybe especially for this audience – when simply putting the objective scientific record straight in the face of interested / subjective / rights & freedoms / irrational / ill-informed / superstitious / religious / conspiracy positions.

What makes for a good argument? How do you know if your discourse has even got to first-base? We will air some topics that may seem alien – post-modern, politically correct - to an objective, scientific audience of skeptics? 

Ian Glendinning has been an engineer all of his 40 year working life, with classic geeky, physical science, atheist-but-cultural-Christian background. Most of that career was in aerospace, energy, process, oil & gas and construction, focussing latterly on related information systems and technologies.

With that increasing focus on information, For almost 2 decades Ian has been researching epistemology . That is “what, why and how do we know” (anything) about the physical world. That full time hobby has inevitably led through many areas of metaphysics and philosophy concerning existence generally (ie ontololgy).

Ian’s main interest is memetics – the processes by which knowledge and ideas (and anything else for that matter) evolve and spread. Exchange of information in human dialogue is a very significant part of that.

 

 

An Expert-Led Discussion

Myles Power

When?
Thursday, January 3 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

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Who?
Myles Power

What's the talk about?

Myles Power recently passed the 100,000 subscription mark on Youtube where his excellent skeptical videos cover a huge number of different subjects and he is a veteran of social media, involved since the very start.

In recent years he has also suffered the dark side of social media with anonymous trolls, malicious campaigns and attempts to stop his work on behalf of skeptics everywhere being broadcast.

Myles will lead a discussion on the ideas behind social media. its development, changes, crises and where it appears to be heading in the future.

The discussion will include technology, data protection, the influence of advertising, politics, freedom of expression and much else.  However the conversation can range anywhere within reason and I know some in the group have some strong opinions on this subject.  Everyone will get a chance to speak.

We also hope to be able to garner some ideas for our own SitP organisation and its development.

Happy New Year all.