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Wed 24 May 2017
12:30 - 13:30
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Stephen Westaby

Fragile Lives: Life and Death on the Operating Table

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Birdsong: An Evening Chorus

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Naomi Klein in Bristol 1 July. Book here:
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We're not able to go ahead with this evening's event with Ian due the Manchester attack. We'll reschedule for autumn
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‘Only 9 per cent of the engineering workforce in the UK is female.’ Angela Saini on women and science 25 May
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Splendid event last night with Julia Hobsbawm. Don't miss her new book and follow @juliahobsbawm
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Today's - and this week's - events are all here:
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Tonight 24 May: Tariq Ramadan on Islam @wshed.
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Coming up today 12.30: heart surgeon Stephen Westaby on life on the operating table.
6 hours ago
RT @tomlawton: I was thrilled to see renegade economist @KateRaworth this evening in Bristol. Thanks for my signed copy. Yes, let's redraw…
7 hours ago
'Reading fuels a sense of curiosity about the world'
8 hours ago
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on why four monuments commemorating the Confederacy had to come down.
15 hours ago
RT @shreyjanivar: @FestivalofIdeas Great perspective n a positive outlook by @KateRaworth #doughnuteconomics - thoroughly enjoyed it https:…
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Kate Raworth - @KateRaworth - gets audience members to demonstrate growth curves. #doughnuteconomics
16 hours ago
Kate Raworth @KateRaworth unpicks intellectual baggage in economics in a tour de force on Doughnut Economics:
17 hours ago
We've had to postpone our event with Ian Cobain tomorrow as Ian is in Manchester for the Guardian. Watershed will refund all ticket holders.
21 hours ago
Leif Wenar explains why so many have spoken of resource wealth as a curse. 31 May
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