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Jan
7
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Jan 7 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Jan
14
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Jan 14 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Jan
21
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Jan 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Jan
28
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Jan 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Feb
4
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Feb 4 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Feb
11
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Feb 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Feb
18
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Feb 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Feb
25
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Feb 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Mar
4
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Mar 4 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Mar
9
Thu
Britain’s forgotten bodysnatchers @ National Library of Scotland
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm
Britain's forgotten bodysnatchers @ National Library of Scotland | Scotland | United Kingdom

Between 1742 and 1832, men stole fresh cadavers from houses and graveyards, and squashed them into sacks ready to transport across the country. Anatomy schools paid high prices for corpses, asking no questions about their origins. The famous bodysnatchers Burke and Hare dominate this macabre period in Britain’s history, but lesser-known bodysnatchers deserve their story told. Hear stories involving medical students, anatomists, and opportunist bodysnatchers, as we discover the hidden cases from history.

Thursday 9 March
18.00
Free. Book ‘Britain’s forgotten bodysnatchers’ on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.

Mar
11
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Mar 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Mar
18
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Mar 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Mar
25
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Mar 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Apr
1
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Apr 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Apr
8
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Apr 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Jun
26
Mon
Ragged University: ‘Historical Manchester Sounds’ plus ‘Psychology of Dehumanization’ @ The Castle Hotel (
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ragged University: 'Historical Manchester Sounds' plus 'Psychology of Dehumanization' @ The Castle Hotel ( | England | United Kingdom

Come along to The Castle Hotel for a bite of food, a chance to socialise and a couple of talks as well as a chance to socialise…

Manchester Sound(s); Silent Notes From the Past by Dominique Tessier

Following on from my Ragged talk on Manchester History where I explored the Mancunian branches of ex-Prime Minister David Cameron’s family tree, I’m turning my local history attentions to a musical history of Manchester, reflecting on the roots and compositions of Manchester Sound(s) and the silent notes of the past..

 

In the break there is some food provided and everyone is welcome to bring along an item of food to put on the table to share, and also take away what they will eat at the end. 

The Psychology of Dehumanization by Alex Dunedin

How much we relate to others as human defines how we interact with the social world and what opportunities are conferred on us.  How human we appear in the eyes of others dictates how we will be treated.  When people are stripped of being perceived as human hurt and harm is visited upon them.  At the extreme end of dehumanization behaviours we find the unspeakable atrocities of genocide where groups of people have been devalued.

Prejudices take root in apathies, and it seems that simple apathy can be enough to manifest behaviours which dementalize and depersonalize individuals.  The psychology of dehumanization is related to how we encounter the world through our experience and our senses.  Sometimes it takes as little as a question to cause someone to completely re-adjust their perception of a group of people.  This is very positive when we think of the worrying things which can come about if such ignorance is left unchecked.

 

 

 

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Apr
26
Thu
Ragged University: ‘Carl Rosa; The Entrepreneur Who Made Opera Popular’ – plus – ‘The Post Modern Doctorate’ Discussion @ Cabaret Voltaire
Apr 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Ragged University: 'Carl Rosa; The Entrepreneur Who Made Opera Popular' - plus - 'The Post Modern Doctorate' Discussion @ Cabaret Voltaire

Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR), doors open at 6.30pm and the talk starts from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to socialise and learn all about Carl Rosa, the man inspired by Opera – plus – the Post Modern Doctorate and how we value knowledge outside of formal education…

Carl Rosa; The Entrepreneur Who Made Opera Popular: or From ‘Juvenile Paganini’ to Operatic Entrepreneur by Iain Fraser

The man who did most to bring opera to Scotland (and indeed Britain) in the golden age of opera, the late nineteenth century, was Karl Rose, a native of Hamburg and by turns a citizen of the USA and finally of Britain. He was active in Britain with Carl Rosa Opera from 1873 until his death in 1889, at the early age of 47.

Rosa believed in the potential of opera for a mass market if performed in English. Just as there were schools of Italian, German and French opera, so Rosa argued there should also be an English school of opera. To this end he commissioned new works from the leading British composers of the day – including two Scots (Alexander Mackenzie and Hamish MacCunn). Rosa built market demand to such an extent that his company, under shifting managements, continued until 1960, by which time opera in the UK required state subsidy to survive.

 

Post Modern Doctorate – Short Presentation and Discussion by Alex Dunedin

Ragged University as a project has been running for 8 years now at points over four different cities. In the background to the events lots of conversations have been had with universities and colleges about the knowledge and skills people develop in their own lives independent of formal education. Through these conversations with formal educators an idea has emerged which is being brought together called the ‘post modern doctorate’ and I am interested to gauge the interest of people in being involved in the development.

I would like to meet and hear the thoughts of people who would be interested in writing and submitting papers to journals, doing presentations at educational conferences, writing essays which follow conventions of learning and creating your own PhD. This discussion will form the basis of much to come, please register your interest if it is attractive as an idea.

 

Sep
11
Tue
Ragged University: ‘Spinoza’s Spectacles’ plus ‘Germans in England 1860-1915’ @ The Castle Hotel
Sep 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ragged University: 'Spinoza's Spectacles' plus 'Germans in England 1860-1915' @  The Castle Hotel

Come along to The Castle Hotel (66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE) from 7pm. Come along for some food, some socialising and an opportunity to learn in a relaxed atmosphere.  All are welcome along to this informal event – put your feet up and enjoy the journey…

 

Spinoza’s Spectacles: Philosophy, Science and the Dutch Masters by Josef Darlington

The Dutch Masters are an intriguing group in art history. Compared to other great artistic movements their work is rather quiet and insular. Not for them the wild experiments of the modernists or the celestial majesty of the renaissance. Instead, artists like Rembrandt and Vermeer focused on domestic interiors, reserved portraits and the exquisite play of light and shadow known as chiaroscuro.

Yet the Dutch Masters were working at a time of great change. The Dutch Republic carved a unique path between Catholic absolutism and Protestant iconoclasm, stumbling upon the invention of modern liberal capitalism along the way.

Dutch toleration and trade produced huge advancements in technology and learning; the understanding of architecture, accounting, music, mechanics and, importantly, optics were revolutionised. A new philosophy emerged to explain these breakthroughs, most eloquently summarised in the works of the artisan lens grinder Baruch de Spinoza.

A living example of the power of Dutch toleration, Spinoza’s works were banned by the Catholic church, denounced by Protestant preachers and he was cast out from the Jewish community for suggesting that God and Nature were one and the same.

Offered a prestigious position at the University of Amsterdam, Spinoza preferred to keep on making his spectacles and keep his philosophising as a hobby. This was in keeping with his Ethics, in which he argues that every individual is responsible for their own soul which no established church or institution could guarantee for them.

In this lecture I aim to demonstrate how the intimate domestic scenes common to the Dutch Masters reflect a view of the world in line with Spinoza’s materialism. The importance of light and shadow, the denial of myth and magic, and the preponderance of group portraiture all reflect the unique landscape of Dutch thought and being in the seventeenth century Golden Age.

 

 

And for the second talk of the evening…

Thinkers or Junkers? Germans in England 1860-1915 by Anne Hill Fernie

2017 has seen the sharp decline in UK German studies at all levels. A 13.2 drop at GCSE level, similar at ‘A’ level and undergraduates reading German has almost halved since 1997. It would appear ironic that in an age where Europe has never been closer geographically, our real sense of closeness to it culturally & emotionally widens.

As a result of this and continued media stereotyping of the ‘bad’ or ‘threatening’ German, many British are unaware of the completely different reputation that ‘our cultural cousins’ had before the onset of WW1 as a nation of ‘poets and thinkers’. Germans of all professions flocked to Britain from the 1860s onwards, becoming one of the largest immigrant groups and contributing immeasurably to British culture and communities of the time.

My talk will identify German nationals’ contribution to Manchester in particular but crucially, will try and pinpoint at what point the image started to curdle, from that of ‘poets and thinkers’ (Dichter und Denker) to that of ‘Judges and executioners’ (Richter und Henker) – a Eurotrope of aggression and domination that the country has never quite managed to shake off. The question posed is how to re-engage Britain with German culture – a culture so bound up with ours if only we knew…….

 

All Ragged University events are free and informal.  Everyone is welcome to bring along an item of food to put on the table to share and take away what is left at the end.

 

Apr
3
Wed
Ragged Uni: Betting on Famine – plus – The Free Project @ Gulliver’s
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ragged Uni: Betting on Famine - plus - The Free Project @ Gulliver’s

Come along to Gulliver’s (109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW) at 7pm to listen to a couple of talks, share a crust of bread, and a chance to socialise around learning….

 

 

Betting on Famine; Why The World Still Goes Hungry by Alex Dunedin

Jean Ziegler said in an interview with Gilles Toussaint: “There are more and more people who understand that hunger is man-made, that we live in a cannibal world-order maintained by multinational companies and their mercenary organizations, that is, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization and the World Bank” – Jean Ziegler: “L’ordre cannibale du monde” Gilles Toussaint Publié le samedi 15 octobre 2011

In an interview with Philipp Löpfe for the Swiss national paper Tages-Anzeiger he said: “According to the World Food Organization, there is enough food on the planet for 12 billion people. If people still starve today, it’s an organized crime, a mass murder. Every five seconds a child under the age of ten starves to death and one billion people are permanently severely malnourished”

These quotes from the former United Nations special rapporteur to the Right to Food highlight the reality of human made famine. In this talk I am going to go through some of the research which he has published in his book ‘Betting on Famine; Why the world still goes hungry’ supplementing it with other information with the aim to have a conversation after the talk.

 

 

 

There will be some food provided and breaks to socialise.  All are invited to bring an item of food to put on the table to share and then take away what is left at the end so nothing goes to waste.

The Free Project; Opening Doors To Freedom by Emma Hammond

The Free Project CIC (Community Interest Company) was set up by myself, Dr Craig Hammond and another director several years ago after we realised that offering soup and socks out of the back of the car on a local car park was not enough. We had a team of volunteers and we sourced a building where we could offer daily opening hours. We had food, clothes, essential items as well as staff who were there to listen and offer a friendly face.

In Blackburn, where we ran the project, there are several privately run hostels. These establishments are run for profit and as such the welfare of the residents always seemed to take a back seat. I was incensed to hear the horror stories regarding the food and basic needs of individuals living in these places.

The project we ran was based on dignity, respect and non-judgement and as such we welcomed anyone from any background (over the age of 18) to our place. To come to sit and chat, or rest, to eat and get warm, to wash their clothes and get supplies of basics such a toilet roll and toothpaste. Unfortunately, after 5 years both volunteers and funding dried up and the project became unsustainable with 4 volunteers and no money to pay the rent and utilities. And we made the heart-breaking decision to close our doors and the outdoor Sunday night feed.

 

We hope that you can come along and join in the discussion…

 

Ragged Uni: Betting on Famine; Why The World Still Goes Hungry by Alex Dunedin
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ragged Uni: Betting on Famine; Why The World Still Goes Hungry by Alex Dunedin

Come along to Gulliver’s (109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW) at 7pm to listen to Alex ’s talk. Share a crust of bread, and hear the reflections he has to share…

 

 

Betting on Famine; Why The World Still Goes Hungry by Alex Dunedin

Jean Ziegler said in an interview with Gilles Toussaint: “There are more and more people who understand that hunger is man-made, that we live in a cannibal world-order maintained by multinational companies and their mercenary organizations, that is, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization and the World Bank” – Jean Ziegler: “L’ordre cannibale du monde” Gilles Toussaint Publié le samedi 15 octobre 2011

In an interview with Philipp Löpfe for the Swiss national paper Tages-Anzeiger he said: “According to the World Food Organization, there is enough food on the planet for 12 billion people. If people still starve today, it’s an organized crime, a mass murder. Every five seconds a child under the age of ten starves to death and one billion people are permanently severely malnourished”

These quotes from the former United Nations special rapporteur to the Right to Food highlight the reality of human made famine. In this talk I am going to go through some of the research which he has published in his book ‘Betting on Famine; Why the world still goes hungry’ supplementing it with other information with the aim to have a conversation after the talk.

The way the stockmarket and multinational corporations are operating today is no doubt pathological. Understanding just how this form of finance functions in our world allows us to formulate how we respond to the problems which we are presented with. There are complexities which just are not spoken about like the role which pension funds play in the proliferation of scarcity as they are invested on our behalves in whatever returns dividends for the pension holder.

At the same time we are faced with a never ending series of charities and ‘voluntourism’ organisations which speak to us of helping underdeveloped nations in hard times. Which of these charities are also pressing for the lifting of economic restrictions on these ‘underdeveloped nations’ ? When organisations such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, the World Bank and multinational corporations are causing the hard times, what should be done ?

 

We hope that you can come along and join in the discussion… There will be some food provided and breaks to socialise

 

 

 

Ragged University: Betting on Famine; Why The World Still Goes Hungry by Alex Dunedin @ Gulliver’s
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ragged University: Betting on Famine; Why The World Still Goes Hungry by Alex Dunedin @ Gulliver’s

Come along to Gulliver’s (109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW) at 7pm to listen to Alex ’s talk. Share a crust of bread, and hear the reflections he has to share…

 

Betting on Famine; Why The World Still Goes Hungry by Alex Dunedin

Jean Ziegler said in an interview with Gilles Toussaint: “There are more and more people who understand that hunger is man-made, that we live in a cannibal world-order maintained by multinational companies and their mercenary organizations, that is, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization and the World Bank” – Jean Ziegler: “L’ordre cannibale du monde” Gilles Toussaint Publié le samedi 15 octobre 2011

In an interview with Philipp Löpfe for the Swiss national paper Tages-Anzeiger he said: “According to the World Food Organization, there is enough food on the planet for 12 billion people. If people still starve today, it’s an organized crime, a mass murder. Every five seconds a child under the age of ten starves to death and one billion people are permanently severely malnourished”

These quotes from the former United Nations special rapporteur to the Right to Food highlight the reality of human made famine. In this talk I am going to go through some of the research which he has published in his book ‘Betting on Famine; Why the world still goes hungry’ supplementing it with other information with the aim to have a conversation after the talk.

The way the stockmarket and multinational corporations are operating today is no doubt pathological. Understanding just how this form of finance functions in our world allows us to formulate how we respond to the problems which we are presented with. There are complexities which just are not spoken about like the role which pension funds play in the proliferation of scarcity as they are invested on our behalves in whatever returns dividends for the pension holder.

At the same time we are faced with a never ending series of charities and ‘voluntourism’ organisations which speak to us of helping underdeveloped nations in hard times. Which of these charities are also pressing for the lifting of economic restrictions on these ‘underdeveloped nations’ ? When organisations such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, the World Bank and multinational corporations are causing the hard times, what should be done ?

Come along listen and take part in the discussion