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  1. Charles Dickens & A Christmas Carol with Neil Gaiman and Molly Oldfield | The New York Public Library

    December 15, 2013

    An afternoon of Victorian entertainment! Molly Oldfield, consummate researcher and author of The Secret Museum, shares her love of unique items and interesting objects found at museums and libraries world wide, most notably The New York Public Library’s collection of Dickens material in the Berg Collection of English and American Literature. She will be joined by acclaimed author Neil Gaiman, who will present a memorable reading of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Gaiman will read the classic tale as the great author intended, following edits and prompts Dickens wrote in his own hand for his unique readings 150 years ago.

    Neil Gaiman has written many books and won many awards for them. He won the Audie Award for Book of the Year for his reading of The Graveyard Book. He used to read A Christmas Carol to his children, but only at Christmas. 

    Molly Oldfield is a writer and researcher for the landmark BBC 1 program QI (Quite Interesting), presented by Stephen Fry, and broadcast in the U.S. by National Geographic. She writes a weekly column for The Telegraph in the UK and also researches for BBC’s Radio 4 program, The Museum of Curiosity. She spent two years touring the world in search of the most extraordinary inventions, legacies and artefacts hidden from the public and the best of what she found – 60 unseen artefacts whose stories touch all five continents – are in The Secret Museum (Firefly Books, 2013).  Recommended for all ages. 

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  2. RSA - Are public workshops more important than public libraries?

    Are public workshops more important than public libraries?
    10th Oct 2013

    RSA Scotland Angus Millar Lecture 2013 - Edinburgh.

    Professor Mark Miodownik, world leader in the field of material science, inaugural member of the Times Top 100 Influential Scientists, broadcaster and author will be delivering the 2013 RSA Scotland Angus Millar lecture, which will be taking place in Edinburgh on the 10th October. Professor Miodownik, who holds the Chair in Materials and Society at UCL , is Director of the Institute of Making, is scientist in residence on the Dara O’Briain Science Club and delivered the 2010 Royal Institution Christmas lectures.

    Professor Miodownik’s lecture follows on from his recent article in Wired magazine, and explores the current growth in interest in making and the implications which it could have for society.

    He poses the challenge that whilst libraries solved a need of 19th century, the requirements of the 21st century have pushed ‘makespaces’ and ‘hackspaces’ above them in necessity.

    Further resources:
    Wired magazine article ‘Hackspaces are the new public library’ (

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  3. BART strike reveals tech, transit worker divide

    The strike has laid bare a tricky cultural divide in the Bay Area, between traffic-weary tech workers who drive the local economy, and blue collar transit workers who feel left behind.

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  4. Superannuation in Australia - Rear Vision - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Rear Vision dives into the murky waters of superannuation to see just how Australia came up with its unusual system of retirement funding.

    A means-tested age pension became available in Australia to all women aged sixty and men aged sixty five in 1910. It was - and is - paid out of general revenue. Superannuation – a retirement savings scheme in which our employer contributes a certain percentage of our wages into a fund – didn’t become widely available in Australia until it was introduced by the Keating government in the early 1990s. Rear Vision looks at how Australia came up with its unusual system of funding retirement through a mix of superannuation and the age pension.

    Professor Susan Thorp, Chair of Finance and Superannuation, University of Technology, Sydney

    Peter Martin, Economics correspondent for Fairfax Media

    Professor Francis Castles, Emeritus Professor, School of Politics and International Relations, Australian National University

    Further Information:
    ASIC Money Smart (

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  5. Feed-in tariffs for renewable electricity - Hans-Josef Fell, MP

    Hans-Josef Fell is a Member of the German Federal Parliament and Energy Policy Speaker for the German Greens. He wrote the draft Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) which was adopted in 2000 in the face of a strong political opposition.

    The adoption of the EEG led directly to the phenomenally successful German feed-in tariff policy. The EEG is the foundation for the technological developments in photovoltaics, biogas, wind power and geothermal energy in Germany, which are admired throughout the world.

    The underlying principle of the EEG has now been copied in dozens of countries, as well as most Australian states and territories.

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  6. LSE | At the Origins of Modern Atheism

    Speaker(s): Rev Dr Giles Fraser, Professor John Gray
    Chair: Dr Matthew Engelke
    Recorded on 6 June 2012 in Old Theatre, Old Building.

    In the first event of the Programme for the Study of Religion and Non-Religion, Giles Fraser examines the links between Enlightenment thought and theology, reflecting on how theology frames the very ways in which we can understand the denial of God.

    Giles Fraser is the former canon chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral.

    John Gray is emeritus professor of European Thought at LSE.

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  7. RSA - The Geek Manifesto: Why science matters

    There has never been a better time to be a geek. What was once an insult used to marginalize the curious has become a badge of honour. People who care about science have stopped apologizing for their interests, and are gaining the political confidence to stand up for them instead.

    Whether we want to improve education or cut crime, to enhance healthcare or generate clean energy, we need the experimental methods of science - the best tool humanity has yet developed for working out what works. Yet from the way we’re governed to the news we’re fed by the media, we’re let down by a lack of understanding and respect for its insights and evidence.

    Leading science communicator Mark Henderson, visits the RSA to explain why and how we need to entrench scientific thinking more deeply into public life. With over a decade of experience as the science correspondent for the Times, Henderson has seen it all, and plans to gather a new agenda-setting movement and turn it into a force our leaders cannot ignore.

    Chair: Alice Bell, senior teaching fellow in science and public policy, Imperial College London.

    See what people said on Twitter: #RSAgeek

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  8. The Republic of Great Britain? - Rear Vision - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    It’s been a while since the idea of becoming a republic has been at the forefront of public debate in Australia; even the election of a Federal Labor government in 2007 didn’t revive it. So I was surprised to discover on a recent trip to London that a British organisation called Republic was holding a conference. While Republic is only a small group, I thought it was a good opportunity to find out just how much debate there is in Britain over the role of the monarchy and its future.

    Rear Vision looks at the short history of the modern British monarchy and the small but passionate debate over its future.

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  9. RN Rear Vision - 28 December 2008 - Alcohol in Australia: a history of drinking

    Australians have enjoyed a drink since the first days of white settlement. On Rear Vision this week, a history of drinking in Australia and of government attempts to control it. This program was first broadcast on 15 June 2008.

    Richard Midford, Associate Professor, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, WA

    Dr Milton Lewis, Historian of medicine and public health, Australian Health Policy Institute, University of Sydney

    Professor Robin Room, Director of the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, University of Melbourne

    Title: A rum state: alcohol and state policy in Australia
    Author: Milton Lewis
    Publisher: Australian Government Publishing Service

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  10. Podcasts | The National Archives | UFO file release March 2011

    Dr David Clarke, author of ‘The UFO Files’ and senior lecturer in Journalism at Sheffield Hallam University, reveals the importance of the latest batch of UFO files to be released by The National Archives. The 35 files cover the years 2000-2005 and contain over 8,500 pages of UFO sightings and reports, colour photographs and drawings, RAF investigations, unusual radar detections, parliamentary briefings, Freedom of Information (FOI) requests and - for the first time - documents on the government’s policy on UFOs. Dr Clarke highlights some of the files’ most interesting revelations, including how the UFO phenomenon was discussed at the highest level of government and Security Services worldwide including at the United Nations, and how the introduction of the FOI Act led to the MoD opening the UFO files up to the public for the first time in history.

    The National Archives is the UK governments official archive. Our main duties are to preserve government records and to set standards in information management and re-use.

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