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Carablanca Tango Club

Fridays

Carablanca Tango Club present

Argentine tango dance evening

Open Fridays, Carablanca is London's longest-running tango club. The friendly, informal atmosphere ensures that beginners and visitors mix easily with the regular dancers.

The dance evening is an Argentine milonga.  Music is traditional Argentine tango, milonga and vals, played in tandas with cortinas by guest DJs.  There are also classes for beginners in a separate room.

Tickets: £12, paid on entry

Start 7:30pm.  Ends midnight.


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City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society Monthly Meet-up

20 May - 16 December 2014

City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society presents

Monthly Meet-up

We meet every third Tuesday of the month, usually in the Bertrand Russell room.

We welcome guests to our monthly meetings and we usually play a few records during the evening or have a guest speaker who will entertain us with some topic relating to recorded music or the machines used to play records or cylinders.

May 20 - Trains or boats or planes.

June 17 - Phil Bennett - "A Night at the Cotton Club"
A selection of the recordings of the various musicians and singers who appeared/might have appeared/could have appeared and in at least instance didn't appear (because their leader turned the booking down) at the Cotton Club in the 1920s and 1930s.

July 15 - Brian Reynolds talks about "Music While You Work"

August 19 - "Musical Theatre of the 1910s" - Dominic Combe

September 16 - "The rise and fall of audio quality" and "Audio in Wartime", Sean Davies

October 21 - Barry Renaud and Tony Clayden - part 2 of History of Amplifiers and then "These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things"
Final details to be confirmed

November 18 - Film Music
Bill Dudman

December 16 - Christmas evening


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The Shaw Society

Various Dates

The Shaw Society Monthly Meetings

Friday 26 September

Shaw’s early politics and playwriting A talk by Dr Michelle Paull, with particular reference to Widowers’ Houses and Mrs Warren’s Profession

Friday 31 October

Whose heartbreak? Stephen Nunn talks about Shaw’s Heartbreak House.

Friday 28 November

Sam Walters, recently retired after 42 years as Artistic Director of the Orange Tree Theatre, talks about his career and directing Shaw’s plays.

Entry: Members pay £2, visitors (welcome) £4

The Shaw Society was founded by Dr Fritz Loewenstein, a Jewish refugee from Germany in the 1930s, who, in November 1941, finally wore down Shaw’s opposition to his plan for a society to promote Shavian ideas. He called the inaugural meeting, putting back the official date of its foundation to Shaw’s 85th birthday, 26 July 1941.


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Community

Cryptic Crosswords – How to solve them!

4 October - 30 December 2014

Crossword Tutors presents

‘Cryptic Crosswords – How to solve them!’

Multiple sessions are available in October and November 2014 – each is a single one-off workshop, lasting 3 hours. Sessions are Saturdays or Sundays, morning or afternoon. Specific dates are 4th Oct, 5th Oct, 11th Oct, 12th, 8th Nov, 9th Nov, 15th Nov, 16th Nov, 29th Nov, 30th Nov. Each day has a morning and an afternoon session available.

10am – 1pm, or 1.30pm – 4.30pm

‘Unlock the mysteries of cryptic crosswords in this fun and practical beginners workshop’

“Cryptic Crosswords - How to solve them! This brain-fizzing session for crossword novices will teach you how to unlock cryptic clues, and how to effortlessly build your vocabulary and trivial knowledge whilst having fun! With a background in neuroscience and psychology, Crossword Tutors also teach you how to get the most from this classic pastime in order to develop your memory, communication, and problem-solving skills.

The workshop teaches the rules of cryptic crosswords, clue structure, and standard and some advanced clue types. It teaches basic and some advance solving strategies, and techniques for training cognitive functions including memory access, problem solving, and analytic reasoning. By the end of the half-day session, beginners will have the skills to solve most cryptic clues, and techniques to take home and practice.

Crossword Tutors also runs optional monthly ‘Crossword Clubs’ for course attendees to practice their skills in a friendly, social environment until they become expert cruciverbalists!”

Tickets are £25 for the half-day workshop, with discounts available for groups of five people, and for concessions 


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Courses & Workshops

Introduction to Brazilian-Portuguese

Fri 28 Nov 2014, 18:00

Introduction to Brazilian-Portuguese for Only £5

Lingua Diversa Group was founded by Esther and Lucio in 2002. In this introductory lesson they offer you the chance to have a first exposure to the Brazilian-Portuguese language and learn some basics.

Come and see for yourself how enjoyable and interesting it is to learn a foreign language with communicative and fun activities.

Our next introduction to Brazilian-Portuguese will take place on Friday 28 November from 18:00 to 19:00

These events are very popular so book your place in advance as there are only maximum 10 students in each group.

Bookings are taken on a first-come first-served basis.

To book your place please email us at  info@linguadiversa.co.uk

Registration: £5

(Please note that this event is suitable to beginner students. If you have studied Brazilian-Portuguese before we can offer you more advanced levels. For a list of all our courses check our webpage)


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Courses & Workshops

Introduction to Spanish

Sat 29 Nov 2014, 12:45

Spanish with the Lingua Diversa Group

Introduction to Spanish for only £5

Lingua Diversa Group was founded by Esther and Lucio in 2002. In this introductory lesson they offer you the chance to have a first exposure to the Spanish language and learn some basics.

Come and see for yourself how enjoyable and interesting it is to learn a foreign language with communicative and fun activities.

Our next introduction to Spanish will take place on Saturday 29 November from 12:45 to 13:45

These taster events are very popular so book your place in advance as there are only maximum 10 students in each group.

Bookings are taken on a first-come first-served basis.

To book your place please email us at  info@linguadiversa.co.uk

Tickets: £5

(Please note that this event is suitable for beginner students. If you have studied Spanish before we can offer you more advanced levels. For a list of all our courses check our webpage)


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Courses & Workshops

Introduction to Italian

Sat 29 Nov 2014, 11:30

Introduction to Italian for only £5 

Lingua Diversa Group was founded by Esther and Lucio in 2002. In this introductory lesson they offer you the chance to have a first exposure to the Italian language and learn some basics.

Come and see for yourself how enjoyable and interesting it is to learn a foreign language with communicative and fun activities.

Our next introduction to Italian will take place on Saturday 29 November from 11:30 to 12:30

These taster events are very popular so book your place in advance as there are only maximum 10 students in each group.

Bookings are taken on a first-come first-served basis.

To book your place please email us at  info@linguadiversa.co.uk

Registration: £5

(Please note that this event is suitable for beginner students. If you have studied Italian before we can offer you more advanced levels. For a list of all our courses check our webpage)


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Community

Sunday Assembly

1st & 3rd Sundays, 11:00

Sunday Assembly presents

London Assembly

Come along to sing SONGS, hear TALKS, share TEA and CAKE and enjoy COMMUNITY with 400 others. 

It's for everyone who wants to LIVE BETTER, HELP OFTEN and WONDER MORE.

Entry Free/Donation.

See you soon down there.


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Talks & Lectures

Thinking on Sunday -Should we spend billions looking into deep space?

Sun 7 Dec 2014, 11:00

The Conway Hall Ethical Society presents

Prof. Lucio Piccirillo

I will talk about big basic science projects and the huge tax payers money required, and in particular what is involved in setting up and running a large expensive space program, where there is no very obvious return to the man-in-the-street.

This is a very real and important question for humanity.  I will discuss and will present a personal view on the rationale of  why we should continue to make such investments in basic research and astrophysics and the consequences of this to the general public.

Lucio Piccirillo is Professor of Radio Astronomy Technology at the University of Manchester. Before arriving in Manchester he worked in the Netherlands, France, Italy and USA. His main scientific interests are in the field of cosmology - i.e. the study of the earliest moment of the Universe. His particular specialty consists in developing new technologies to build more and more sensitive astrophysical instruments.

Doors 10.30. Entry £3, £2 concs./Free to Ethical Society members

Tea, Coffee & biscuits will be available.


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Talks & Lectures

Thinking on Sunday - How humanity might avoid devastation

Sun 14 Dec 2014, 11:00

The Conway Hall Ethical Society presents

Dr. Nicholas Maxwell

Population growth, destruction of natural habitats and rapid extinction of species, vast inequalities of wealth and power around the globe, the lethal character of modern war, pollution of earth, sea and air, and above all the impending disasters of climate change; all these looming global problems indicate we face a grim future.

In order tackle these problems intelligently, effectively and humanely, requires that our institutions of learning, our universities and schools, are rationally designed and devoted to the task.  At present, they are not.  We have inherited from the past a kind of academic inquiry so grossly irrational that it has actually contributed to the genesis of these problems.  The great intellectual success of modern science and technological research has made possible, even caused, all these global crises.

As a matter of supreme urgency we need to bring about a revolution in academia so that humanity may acquire what it so desperately needs: a kind of inquiry rationally designed and devoted to helping us make progress towards as good a world as possible.   

Nicholas Maxwell has devoted much of his working life to arguing that we need to bring about a revolution in academia so that it seeks and promotes wisdom and does not just acquire knowledge. In 2003 he founded Friends of Wisdom an international group of academics and educationalists concerned with the role of universities in this regard. He has published widely including eight books.  For thirty years he taught philosophy of science at University College London, where he is now Emeritus Reader. 

Doors 10.30. Entry £3, £2 concs./Free to Ethical Society members

Tea, Coffee & biscuits will be available.


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