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Discussion in Pubs (DiPs)

at  The Blue Mugge pub, Osborne Street, Leek.

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Sept - Dec 2017 here


Discussion in Pubs (DiPs)

at  The Blue Mugge pub, Osborne Street, Leek.

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Jan - Apr 2017 here


Discussion in Pubs (DiPs)

at  The Blue Mugge pub, Osborne Street, Leek.

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Sept - Dec  2016 here


Discussion in Pubs (DiPs)

at  The Blue Mugge pub, Osborne Street, Leek.

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Jan - Apr  2016 here


Discussion in Pubs (DiPs)

at  The Blue Mugge pub, Osborne Street, Leek.

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Sept - Dec  2015 here


 

Discussion in Pubs (DiPs)

at  The Blue Mugge pub, Osborne Street, Leek.

Programme

April - July  2015

Come and join us at the Blue Mugge: Leek's version of The Philosopher's Arms.  (BBC Radio 4…)
"A place where moral dilemmas, philosophical ideas and the real world meet for a chat and a drink."                                                                              
Our discussions are good humoured and inclusive. Everybody welcome -  just turn up at any of the sessions.    Free of charge!    Notes to help inform and focus the discussions are usually sent out a few days in advance of each meeting.

The sessions begin at 7.45pm and run for about an hour and a half.

If you are interested please contact derektatton@btinternet.com  -  phone  01538 528178 or just turn up.

 
Tue 21 Apl    A History of Ideas:  'The moral power of hard work'  and 'What is Justice?' (Based on Melvyn Bragg's current radio series 'A History of Ideas' - visit BBC iPlayer Radio).

Tue 5 May    Secularism -  France and Britain compared….   

Tue 19 May   Scotland Today – and Tomorrow…

Tue 2 June    Cosmetic Surgery and Tattoos – making ourselves 'attractive'?

Tue 16 June   Social Media -  a generation divide?

Tue 30 June   Free Speech – following Charlie Hebdo…

Tue 14 July    Would you want to be 100 years old?
A relevant poem…or two.

Summer break
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Most of the above, suggested by Mugge participants.   Volunteers to do notes and lead sessions most welcome – please contact me as above.

For detail on the project and linked programmes elsewhere, locally and nationally
visit   www.raymondwilliamsfoundation.org.uk  >  Discussion Circles link ….

DT   9th April 15

     


Discussion in Pubs  (DiPs)

                      at The Blue Mugge, Osborne Street, Leek.

                  February – March 2015    Now fortnightly -  see below ….

 

Come and join us at The Blue Mugge:   Leek's version of The Philosopher's Arms (BBC Radio 4):  "A place where moral dilemmas, philosophical ideas and the real world meet for a chat and a drink".
Our discussions are good humoured and inclusive.   Everybody welcome -  just turn up at any of the sessions.      Free-of-charge.

The sessions begin at 7.45pm and run for about an hour and a half.     If you are interested please contact  derektatton@btinternet.com   -  phone 01538 370067,  or just turn up.

Tue 3 February   David Hume – Philosopher   (based on Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time - IoT)

Tue 17 Feb       Altruism   (notes based on IoT)

Tue 3 March      Gorbachev to Putin -  Russia and Cold War/s,,,

Tue 17 March    The Super Rich – Class and Status issues updated

Tue 31 March     Zionism  (based on BBC IoT)

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This is our 10th year.    Over this period, what began as a totally informal experiment has continued weekly -  completely independent, no fees, no officers, and with the flexibility to do whatever we want with the simple but appealing aims as above.    The background to all this and notes for meetings can be found at  www.raymondwilliamsfoundation.org.uk > follow links
under Headlines to 'New DiPs in Macclesfield' and lower down: Pub discussion groups…    These kinds of informal educational activities and networks have grown over the last decade.
Our planned start this term, Tue 20 January, has been delayed because on that evening the highly praised film Pride is shown at The Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek, 7.30pm for a 7.45pm prompt start.  It will be introduced by Mike Jackson, portrayed in the film, and Mike will lead discussion and answer questions afterwards.   Several from our group want to attend this.

For some years programmes similar to ours have run fortnightly at The Lazy Trout, Meerbrook (next meeting on Mon 26th January) and this year a Discussion in Pubs fortnightly programme has been launched at The Park Tavern, Macclesfield, starting Wed 28th January.   Some participants support each;  hence the new fortnightly meetings at The Blue Mugg where, depending on demand, we may continue to have 'In the News' sessions on other Tuesday evenings.

If you would like further information on the Trout and Park Tavern programmes, please contact as above.

 


January- April 2014


Tue 14 Jan     Education today – and tomorrow, with MOOCs maybe..(YouTube , LRB)

Tue 21 Jan     Rugby Football - a case study for disenchanted fe/males...

Tue 28 Jan     In the News several issues selected on the night

Tue 4 Feb       The International Language - Esperanto (David..) vs English (Goliath...)

Tue 11 Feb     Ageing and Dementia – a review of the human brain or....

Tue 18 Feb     Chinese Communism and Capitalismwhat next?  (oD)

Tue 25 Feb     In the News – issues inc. one local/regional, selected on the night

Tue 4 Mar       Palestine/Israel - a reality check on pessimism/optimism

Tue 11 Mar    Sir Alex Ferguson – power, control and leadership: for every wo/man?

Tue 18 Mar    Philosophy with Bertrand Russell   (IoT, Dec 2012)  or...

Tue 25 Mar   In the News...

Tue 1 Apl      The Speaker's Commission on e-Democracy

Tue 8 Apl     From Kennedy to Obama – US power, economy and politics (oD) or...
Tue 15 Apl    More Architecture ...

Break ........Resuming   Tue 29 April.
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Dates above with 'or ...': choice from following which are also next term possibles:
1st WW debates and memorialisation issues; Advice from Warren BuffettFrom our
archive and IoT :  Free Will; Consciousness; Altruism; Marx; Anarchism; Random and
pseudorandom; Fibonacci and symmetry; Art and Taste


 

Discussion Circle (Dc) Provisional Programme,
The Blue Mugge Pub, Leek Jan – March 2013
Everybody welcome.
Free of charge.

Tue 15 Jan Democracy in Leek – the future (factual, analytic, constructive…)

Tue 22 Jan The Value of Culture – fashions in the Arts? (based on Radio 4 series, Jan 2013)

Tue 29 Jan Welfare – for youngsters, workers, skivers, the disabled, and the elderly…

Tue 5 Feb In the News - Two or three issues selected on the night

Tue 12 Feb 'The Two Cultures & the Scientific Revolution' (based on Radio 4, Jan 2013)

Tue 19 Feb Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II – family issues, & the future of the monarchy.
(Using TV documentaries, 2013)

Tue 26 Feb The Value of Culture – reviewing the debate (based on Radio 4, Jan 2013)

Tue 5 Mar In the News – Two or three issues selected on the night

Tue 12 Mar 'The web is a human meta-brain' (Tim Berners Lee…New Statesman, 2011)

Tue 19 Mar A plain wo/man's guide to structural deficits, and other economic mysteries…
(helped by the London Review of Books, 3 Jan 2013)

Tue 26 Mar A poem and a painting

Easter break…


Discussion Circle (Dc) Provisional Programme, The Blue Mugge Pub, Leek Sep - Dec 2012 Everybody welcome. Free of charge.

Visit www.discussioncircles.org.uk for background and notes for each meeting, often based on www.opendemocracy.net (oD); BBC Radio 4 In our Time (IoT) Thinking Allowed (TA) and other media sources. Residential courses linked to the pub project/s have been supported by www.raymondwilliamsfoundation.org.uk (RWF). We are partnered with www.philosophyinpubs.com; and have links to the WEA, Wortley Hall, ARCA Colleges, U3A, café philosophique, Sci-bars and other similar informal educational networks. Last year we connected up with a U3A philosophy discussion group near Sydney, Australia! For full details on all this visit the above RWF web-site. The programme below has been planned in association with our sister Pub Dc, The Lazy Trout, Meerbrook.

Tue 11 Sep What's wrong with the British Economy? Views of 'experts' discussed. (oD)

Tue 18 Sep Loneliness and Solitude – the crucial difference…

Tue 25 Sep Football and Money (London Review of Books – LRB - article, Aug 2012)

Tue 2 Oct To be decided, topical issue or theme from list below

Tue 9 Oct Entrepeneurs – past, present and future

Tue 16 Oct Class and Status (Grayson Perry TV programme on 'taste' and using Mosaic classification of consumers…)

Tue 23 Oct Scepticism and Skeptics (IoT and Jules Evans' book Philosophy for Life)

Tue 30 Oct Cycling (TA, June 2012)

Tue 6 Nov Goethe: "…only rules can give us freedom"?

Tue 13 Nov India – a summary of problems and potential… (LRB articles)

Tue 20 Nov 'Born Believers' religious belief is ingrained into human nature? (New Scientist)

Tue 27 Nov Railway futures – local and national (Salvo…)

Tue 4 Dec To be decided – topical issue or theme from future below.

Tue 11 Dec Syria – today and tomorrow… (oD)

Tue 18 Dec Two poems, two paintings - some mince-pies and drinks…

Xmas break….

Other themes, or for the future, maybe: 'We think, therefore we are': growth of public discussion (Financial Times, 2012); The American Presidential Election (oD) The Human Brain – freedom and responsibility issues (IoT); Regenerating Britain's local media (oD); The Olympic Opening Ceremonies, 2012 – the importance of myth and patriotism?; 'The web is a human meta-brain' Tim Berners-Lee (New Statesman, Aug 2011); Guilt (IoT); Neighbours (TA, May 2012); Co-opetition.



 


Discussion Circle (Dc) Provisional Programme, The Blue Mugge Pub, Leek
April - July 2012 Everybody welcome. Free of charge.

Visit www.oddc.org.uk for background and notes for each meeting, often based on www.opendemocracy.net (oD); BBC Radio 4 In our Time (IoT) Thinking Allowed (TA) and other media sources. Residential courses linked to the pub project/s have been supported by www.raymondwilliamsfoundation.org.uk (RWF). We are partnered with www.philosophyinpubs.com; and have links to the WEA, Wortley Hall, ARCA Colleges, U3A, café philosophique, Sci-bars and other similar informal educational networks. Last year we connected up with a U3A philosophy discussion group near Sydney, Australia! For full details on all this visit the above RWF web-site. The programme below has been planned in association with our sister Pub Dc, The Lazy Trout, Meerbrook.

Mon 23 Apl Charity and Philanthropy

Mon 30 Apl Lazy Trout – combined evening in Meerbrook…on Secularism

Tue 8 Tue The French Presidential Election, and the future of Europe… oD

Tue 15 May 'The Nature of Human Beings and the Question of their Ultimate Origin' - debate between the Archbishop and Canterbury and Richard Dawkins – visit

Tue 22 May Genetic Mutation – and family history (contd) IoT, Dec 2007

Tue 29 May Tourism – an up-date, based on TA, Dec 2007

Tue 5 June To be decided – holiday or RSAnimate on Education

Tue 12 June The Scientific Method IoT and Dimbleby Lecture

Tue 12 June Class and Culture based on Melvyn Bragg TV series

Tue 19 June The Community Rail Concept

Tue 26 June 'Whatever you dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius' (Goethe). Are some of us too old to be bold?

Tue 3 July To be decided, topical issue or Risk and Entrepeneurialism

Tue 10 July Why Marx was Right, and Wrong – Part Three! based on 2011 book and IoT

Tue 17 July Animal Experiments and Rights IoT

Tue 24 July A poem, a painting, a sculpture and a cartoon…

Summer break….


Discussion Circle (Dc) Provisional Programme, The Blue Mugge Pub, Leek Jan-Apl 2012 Everybody welcome. Free of charge.


Visit www.oddc.org.uk for background and notes for each meeting, often based on www.opendemocracy.net (oD); BBC Radio 4 In our Time (IoT) Thinking Allowed (TA) and other media sources. Residential courses linked to the pub project/s have been supported by www.raymondwilliamsfoundation.org.uk (RWF). We are partnered with www.philosophyinpubs.com; and have links to the WEA, Wortley Hall, ARCA Colleges, U3A, café philosophique, Sci-bars and other similar informal educational networks. Last year we connected up with a U3A philosophy discussion group near Sydney, Australia! For full details on all this visit the above RWF web-site. The programme below has been planned in association with our sister Pub Dc, The Lazy Trout, Meerbrook.

Tue 10 Jan The Protester - Time magazine 'Person of the Year, 2011' Notes also based on oD essays on 'occupy' themes.

Tue 17 Jan The Brain - based on RI Annual Xmas Lectures for children, BBC Dec 2011

Tue 24 Jan Jeremy Clarkson and Good Taste in Humour

Tue 31 Jan To be decided, topical issue or Football and Racism

Tue 7 Feb Ritual – some examples, national and local considered

Tue 14 Feb Multi-Culturalism and Integration

Tue 21 Feb The Long and the Quick of Revolution – based on oD key-note 'Lecture'

Tue 28 Feb To be decided, topical issue or Risk or RSAnimate on Education (presentation on this depends on pub TV/computer technology!)

Tue 6 Mar Why Marx was Right – Part Two: based on 2011 book and IoT

Tue 13 Mar The History of the World in 100 Objects - choice of three based on radio and book

Tue 20 Mar Arnold Bennett's The Card – the book and the film

Tue 27 Mar To be decided, topical issue or The Neanderthals, IoT, June 2010 or Ted Hughes.

Tue 3 Apl Cooperatives and Mutuals in the 21st Century

Easter break… Future themes (These, with the above, may be included in a cluster of residential courses, with distinguished key-note speakers, during 2012)

'Whatever you dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius' (Goethe). Are some of us too old to be bold?; An up-date on The Arab World (oD and New Left Review); Extending Democracy – Petitions from Chartism to Avaaz (oD); Corruption; Animal Experiments and Rights (IoT); Coping with Natural Disasters…; Tourism (TA, Dec 2007); Genetic Mutation (IoT, Dec 2007); The Community Rail Concept; Charity; Glass ceiling/s and Women.



 

Discussion Circle (Dc) Provisional Programme, The Blue Mugge Pub, Leek Sep-Dec 2011 Everybody welcome. Free of charge.

Visit www.oddc.org.uk for background and notes for each meeting, often based on www.opendemocracy.net (odn); BBC Radio 4 In our Time (IoT) Thinking Allowed (TA) and other media sources. Residential courses linked to the pub project/s have been supported by www.raymondwilliamsfoundation.org.uk (RWF). We are partnered with www.philosophyinpubs.com; and have links to the WEA, Wortley Hall, ARCA Colleges, U3A, café philosophique, Sci-bars and other similar informal educational networks. This year we have connected up with a U3A philosophy discussion group near Sydney, Australia! For full details on all this visit the above RWF web-site. The programme below has been planned in association with our sister Pub Dc, The Lazy Trout, Meerbrook.

Tue 13 Sep Riots - 21st century; 20th century; 19th century…. 18th century….

Tue 20 Sep Children's Games and Parties - why are Pirates so popular?

Tue 27 Sep The Varieties of Religious Experience (IoT, May 2010 and New Statesman 2011)

Tue 4 Oct To be decided, topical issue or Single Living (TA, Dec 2009) or Beauty based on National Trust article, 2011)

Tue11 Oct Nothing and nothingness (based on book Nothing Matters, 2011)

Tue 18 Oct The best town and country to live in… (Muggers' criteria)

Tue 25 Oct Chaos theory (IoT, May 2002) and The Neutrino (IoT Apl 2011)

Tue 1 Nov To be decided, topical issue or Conversation rules of engagement (Alain de Botton) or RSAnimate - Changing Education Paradigms (this will need TV/laptop in pub)

Tue 8 Nov Why Marx was Right (based on 2011 book)

Tue 15 Nov Arnold Bennett's The Card (book and film) – with advance reading and viewing

Tue 22 Nov The British Love of Gardening (TA, Dec 2007)

Tue 29 Nov J.P. Sartre (IoT, Oct 2004) and Free Will (IoT, Mar 2011)

Tue 6 Dec To be decided, topical issue or Happiness (IoT, Jan 2002 and odn Apl 2011)

Tue 13 Dec A painting, a sculpture and a poem

Christmas break… Future themes (These, with the above, may be included in a cluster of residential courses, with distinguished key-note speakers, during 2011-2012)

An up-date on The Arab World (odn and New Left Review); Extending Democracy – Petitions from Chartism to Avaaz (odn)…; 21st Century Cooperatives; Animal Experiments and Rights (IoT); Migration and Immigration (odn and TA); Coping with Natural Disasters…; Tourism (TA, Dec 2007); JS Mill (IoT and TA, Nov 2007); Genetic Mutation (IoT, Dec 2007); The Neanderthals (IoT, June 2010); The Community Rail Concept; The History of the World in 100 Objects – a choice of 3 (based on radio and book); Charity.



Discussion Circle Programme, The Blue Mugge Pub, Leek
May – July 2011

Discussion Circle (Dc) Provisional Programme, The Blue Mugge Pub, Leek May – July 2011 Everybody welcome. Free of charge.

Visit www.oddc.org.uk for background and notes for each meeting, often based on www.opendemocracy.net (odn); BBC Radio 4 In our Time (IoT) Thinking Allowed (TA) and other media sources. Residential courses linked to the pub project/s have been supported by www.raymondwilliamsfoundation.org.uk (RWF). We are partnered with www.philosophyinpubs.com; and have links to the WEA; Wortley Hall, ARCA Colleges; U3A; café philosophique; Sci-bars and other similar informal education networks. This year we have connected up with a U3A philosophy discussion group near Sydney, Australia! For full details on all this visit the above RWF web-site. The programme below has been planned in association with our sister Pub, The Lazy Trout, Meerbrook Village, Staffs Moorlands.

Tue 10 May Royal Weddings – and other weddings we have experienced…

Tue 17 May Democracy – some ideas from Berwick-upon-Tweed (& IoT, Oct 2001, with odn)

Tue 24 May Mothers – some themes from Institute of Ideas notes

Tue 31 May Daoism – ancient Chinese philosophy and religious belief (IoT, Dec 2010)

Tue 7 June To be decided, topical issue – Nuclear Energy after Fukushima (odn and NLR)

or another in our series on 2 poems

Tue 14 June Murdoch, and the Media (odn)

Tue 21 June Children's Games and Parties – why are Pirates so popular?

Tue 28 June 2 Paintings

Tue 5 July To be decided: Faith Schools re-visited or Coincidence

Tue 12 July The future of the NHS

Tue 19 July Good and Evil (IoT, Apl 1999 & May 2001)

Tue 26 July 'How to Change the World' - themes from Eric Hobsbawm

Summer holidays…

Future themes (These, with the above, may be included in a cluster of residential courses, with distinguished key-note speakers, during 2011-2012)

An up-date on The Arab World (odn and New Left Review); Extending Democracy – Petitions from Chartism to Avaaz (odn)…; The Future of Adult Education; The History of the World in 100 Objects - writing tablet, Iraq 3000 BC, Suffragette defaced penny…; 21st Century Cooperatives; Happiness (IoT Jan 2002 and odn, 2011); Single Living (TA, Dec 2009) Consequences of the Industrial Revolution (IoT); Animal Experiments and Rights (IoT); Migration and Immigration (odn and TA); Coping with Natural Disasters…; Tourism (TA, Dec 2007); JP Sartre (IoT, Oct 2004); JS Mill (IoT and TA, Nov 2007); Free Will (IoT, Mar 2011); Genetic Mutation (IoT, Dec 2007); The Neanderthals (IoT, June 2010); Conversation – Rules of Engagement (Alain de Botton).


Discussion Circle Programme, The Blue Mugge Pub, Leek
Jan – April 2011

Everybody welcome. Free of charge.

Visit www.oddc.org.uk for background and notes, often based on www.opendemocracy.net (odn); BBC Radio 4 'In our Time (IoT) Thinking Allowed (TA) ; and other media sources. Residential courses linked to the pub project/s have been supported by www.raymondwilliamsfoundation.org.uk . Partnership arrangements have been established with the WEA; ARCA Colleges; U3A; www.philosophyinpubs.com ; café philsophique; Sci-bars and the growing number of similar informal education networks. For full details on all this visit the above RWF web-site. The programme below has been planned in association with our sister Pub, The Lazy Trout.

Tue 11 Jan Strictly Come Dancing & The Apprentice - 15 million people cannot be wrong? The future of TV.

Tue 18 Jan Census issues

Tue 25 Jan The Multiverse and Black Holes (IoT, Feb 08 and Jan o6)

Tue 1 Feb To be decided, topical issue or 2 poems by WB Yeats ,,,

Tue 8 Feb Voting systems - the AV Referendum

Tue 15 Feb Philosophy Today (IoT and AC Grayling)

Tue 22 Feb English – the international language (a follow-through from 2010 session)

Tue 1 Mar To be decided, topical issue or Murdoch, and the Press… (odn)

Tue 8 Mar Three Big Issues in Education

Tue 15 Mar Munch and The Scream (IoT) with two more cheerful paintings, maybe…

Tue 22 Mar Rural Women in Nepal

Tue 29 Mar The Spirit Level - the value of statistics in arguments about equality…

Tue 5 Apl To be decided - topical issue or Cities and ethnicities & Balti Britain (TA)

Tue 12 Apl The Age of Absurdity – revisited helped by Schopenhauer (IoT, Oct 09)

Easter break…

Future themes: Democracy – taking some ideas from Berwick-upon-Tweed…; What's happening in Latin America? (odn); Consequences of the Industrial Revolution (IoT); Taoism (IoT); Animal Experiments and Rights (IoT); Mothers (taking some themes from Institute of Ideas debate notes ; Good and Evil (IoT); Venezuala (odn) Local Authors – take Arnold Bennett, for example; Faith Schools re-visited; Migration;


Discussion Circle Provisional Programme The Blue Mugge Pub, Leek
Sep - Dec 2010

Everybody welcome. Free of charge.
Visit www.oddc.org.uk for background and notes, often based on www.opendemocracy.net
(odn); BBC radio 4 'In our Time' (IoT) and BBC radio 4 'Thinking Allowed' (TA)
This year we've consolidated our partnerships with www.raymondwilliamsfoundation.org.uk; www.philosophyinpubs.com, the WEA, ARCA colleges and the U3A so that linked day and
residential schools, professionally taught, will offer a networked programme of progression.
For full details on this, visit the above RWF web-site.
The programme below has been planned in association with our sister pub The Lazy Trout,
Meerbrook, North Staffs. Visit the ODDc web-site above for programmes and notes.


Tue 14 Sep The Big Society (odn)

Tue 21 Sep Why religion persists…

Tue 28 Sep A History of History (IoT, Jan 09)

Tue 5 Oct To be decided – topical issue or Photography as Art

Tue 12 Oct Intuition

Tue 19 Oct The Spirit Level - more equal societies almost always do better? (odn)

Tue 26 Oct How to Read a Poem - the book, and two poems…

Tue 2 Nov To be decided – topical issue or Memorialisation

Tue 9 Nov The Country and the City (TA and IoT)

Tue 16 Nov English – the international language?

Tue 23 Nov Honours lists – why?

Tue 30 Nov The Multiverse and Black Holes (IoT Feb 08 and Jan 06)

Tue 7 Dec To be decided – topical issue or Materialism (IoT, Apl 08)

Tue 14 Dec Modern Life Makes it Hard to be Happy?

Future themes:

Suggestions from the group/s: Science - public expenditure debated; Faith Schools re-visited; …; The People's Parliament; Focus Groups; The Alternative to Political Parties; What is madness?
Census issues.

Linked to Odn, Conflict Resolution - the Middle East; Burma - a history and up-date; The Data-base State; ' Climate Change 6 - nuclear fusion and other developments… Renewal of Politics; Venezuala; Cuba – an up-date...

Selection from IoT achive: Ageing (Jan 09); Schopenhauer (Oct 09); The Neanderthals (June 10); Munch and The Scream (Mar 10); Varieties of Religious Experience (May 10); Edmund Burke (June 10); The City (March and May 10) The Arabian Nights - the art of story-telling (oct 07);
King Lear (Feb 08); Samuel Johnson and his Circle (Oct 05); The Trial of Madame Bovary (Jul 07)

Selection from Thinking Allowed: Scotland Independence ((Mar 08); Cities and ethnicities (Apl 08) and Balti Britain (Sep[ 08); The History of Hunger (Dec 07) & The Wealthy Irish (Jan 08); Adam Smith (Jul 07).



Discussion Circle  Provisional Programme  The Blue Mugge Pub,  Leek
April - July 2010

Everybody welcome.  Free of charge.
Visit www.oddc.org.uk for background and notes, often based on www.opendemocracy.net
(odn);  BBC radio 4 'In our Time' (IoT) and BBC radio 4 'Thinking Allowed'  (TA) 
We are this year consolidating our partnerships with www.raymondwilliamsfoundation.org.uk;   www.philosophyinpubs.com, the WEA, ARCA colleges and the U3A so that linked day and
residential schools, professionally taught, will offer a networked programme of progression.
For full details on this, visit the above RWF web-site.
The programme below has been planned in association with our sister pub  The Lazy Trout,
Meerbrook, North Staffs.   Visit the ODDc web-site above for programmes and notes.

Tue 13 Apl         Aristotle's Politics  (IoT Nov 08)  

Tue 20 Apl        Time and Ageing (based on Tony Benn notes)   

Tue 27 Apl        Who Needs Moral Philosophy? (Based on Cambridge philosopher's paper)       

Tue 4  May       To be decided – topical issue or John Ruskin
(based on Trout notes and IoT Mar 05)

Tue 11 May       Intuition  (Mugge participant's suggestion) or Votes cast – Where now?

Tue 18 May       The Spirit Level  (why more equal societies almost always do better…)

Tue 25 May       Fair Trade issues: 'Think Global, Act Local'…

Tue 1 June        To be decided – topical issue or  Singing      

Tue 8 June        Human Evolution & The History of the Brain (IoT, Feb 06 and May 08)        

Tue 15 June      The Staffordshire Hoard – History, Heritage and Tourism

Tue 22 June      Beowulf – Seamus Heaney translation.  (At least look at Wikipedia…)

Tue 29 June      Wootton Bassett –  symbols and interpretations…

Tue 6 July         To be decided – topical issue or 'Is it possible to have too much choice?'

Tue 13 July       Journalism and Power  (oD)

Tue 20 July       Demography and Death  (TA)

Summer holiday!      Future themes:  

Suggestions from the group/s:  Science - public expenditure debated;   The Honours List - Why?  Faith Schools re-visited;  …;   The People's Parliament;    The Country and the City;  Focus Groups; 
The Alternative to Political Parties;

Linked to Odn,    Conflict Resolution - the Middle East;  Burma - a history and up-date;   The Data-base State; '  Climate Change 6 - nuclear fusion and other developments… Renewal of Politics;  Venezuala;  Cuba – an up-date;  What's happening in France?

Selection from IoT achive:        A History of History, (Jan 09);  Materialism  (Apl 08)  The Arabian Nights  - the art of story-telling (oct 07);   King Lear (Feb 08);  Samuel Johnson and his Circle  (Oct 05);  The Trial of Madame Bovary (Jul 07) The Multiverse and Black Holes (IoT, Feb 08 and Jan 06); 

Selection from Thinking Allowed:     Scotland - Independence  ((Mar 08);

Cities and ethnicities (Apl 08) and Balti Britain (Sep[ 08);  The History of Hunger (Dec 07) & The Wealthy Irish (Jan 08); Adam Smith  (Jul 07).

 


ODDc  Provisional Programme  The Blue Mugge Pub,  Leek
Jan - March 2010

Everybody welcome.  Free of charge.
Visit www.oddc.org.uk for background and notes, often based on www.opendemocracy.net  (odn);  BBC radio 4 'In our Time' (IoT) and BBC radio 4 'Thinking Allowed'  (TA) 
We are this year consolidating our partnerships with www.raymondwilliamsfoundation.org.uk;   www.philosophyinpubs.com, the WEA, ARCA colleges and the U3A so that linked day and residential schools, professionally taught, will offer a networked programme of progression.     For full details on this visit the above RWF web-site.
The programme below has been planned in association with our sister pub  The Lazy Trout,  Meerbrook, North Staffs.   Visit the ODDc web-site above for programmes and notes.

Tue 12 Jan        The Future of Museums and Art Galleries -postponed due to bad weather 

Tue 19 Jan        Women and Domesticity  (TA, Nov 08)

Tue 26 Jan        Philosophy -  Jean Paul Sartre  (IoT, Oct 04)

Tue 2  Feb        To be decided – topical issue or  English Everywhere:  why learn a second  
language?

Tue  9 Feb         Englishness and the British State  (odn)

Tue 16 Feb        A Scots, Welsh and Irish poem (each in English).  

Tue 23 Feb        Leek's Unique Heritage – The Wardles, William Morris and the Sugdens,
for example…

Tue  2 Mar        To be decided – topical issue or  Singing      

Tue  9 Mar         Numbers in Nature (2)  (IoT)

Tue 16 Mar        Citizenship (7) – Gender Voting and 'The Rational Voter'  (TA)

Tue 23 Mar        Theology/Philosophy  -  Thomas Aquinas   (IoT)

Tue 30 Mar        Climate Change (5)  'Sustainable Consumption'  (odn)

Future themes:   2010...

Suggestions from the group/s:  Intuition;   Science - public expenditure debated;   The Honours List - Why?  Faith Schools re-visited;  The Spirit Level – why more equal societies almost always do better…;   The People's Parliament  (Citizenship  7.)

Linked to Odn,    Conflict Resolution - the Middle East;  Burma - a history and up-date;   The Data-base State; '  Climate Change 6 - nuclear fusion and other developments… Journalism and Power; Renewal of Politics;  Venezuala;  Cuba – an up-date...

Selection from IoT achive:        A History of History, (Jan 09);  Aristotle's Politics - what makes a good society?  (Nov 08);  );  Human Evolution (Feb 06) &  The History of the Brain (May 08);  Materialism  (Apl 08)  The Arabian Nights  - the art of story-telling (oct 07);   King Lear (Feb 08);  Samuel Johnson and his Circle  (Oct 05);  John Ruskin (Mar 05)  The Trial of Madame Bovary (Jul 07) The Multiverse and Black Holes (IoT, Feb 08 and Jan 06)

Selection from Thinking Allowed:     Demography and Death  (Oct 08);   Scotland Independence  ((Mar 08);  Cities and ethnicities (Apl 08) and Balti Britain (Sep[ 08);  The History of Hunger (Dec 07) & The Wealthy Irish (Jan 08); Adam Smith  (Jul 07).

 


ODDc  Programme  The Blue Mugge Pub,  Leek
Autumn   2009

Everybody welcome.  Free of charge.
Visit www.oddc.org.uk for background and notes, often based on www.opendemocracy.net  (odn);  BBC radio 4 'In our Time' (IoT) and BBC radio 4 'Thinking Allowed'  (TA)

Tue 15 Sep       Grandparents  (TA, Dec o7)

Tue 22 Sep        'Target Culture' and 'Performance Management'

Tue 29 Sep        Philosophy – Hobbes  (IoT, Dec 05)

Tue 6   Oct        The Lunar Men – inc. our debt to engineers  (IoT,  June 03)

Tue 13 Oct        To be decided:  topical issue or  Humour and Stand-up Comedians

Tue 20 Oct        The Chinese Capitalist Revolution  (Odn;  TV prog. & TA, Dec 08)

Tue 27 Oct         The New Citizenship -  Reith Lecture, 2009.

Tue 3   Nov        The Future of Books and Libraries

Tue 10 Nov        To be decided:  topical issue  or   Philosophy - Socrates (IoT, Sep 07)

Tue 17 Nov        The Football Phenomenon – a critical feminine and socialist perspective

Tue 24 Nov        Numbers in Nature - the Fibonacci sequence (IoT, Nov 07) 
                          Symmetry  (Apl 07)                     

Tue 1   Dec       The State of India  (odn)

Tue 8   Dec        To be decided – topical issue or  English Everywhere:  why learn a second  
language?

Tue 15 Dec        'How to talk about things we know nothing about'  (odn, Feb 08)
…………………………………………………………………………….

Future themes:   2010...

Suggestions from the group/s:  Intuition;  Singing;  Science - public expenditure debated;   The Honours List - Why?  Faith Schools re-visited;  The Spirit Level – why more equal societies almost always do better…;   The People's Parliament  (Citizenship  6.)

Linked to Odn,    Conflict Resolution - the Middle East;  Burma - a history and up-date;   The Data-base State; '  Climate Change 5: - nuclear fusion and other developments… Journalism and Power; Renewal of Politics...

Selection from IoT achive:        A History of History, (Jan 09);  Aristotle's Politics - what makes a good society?  (Nov 08);  );  Human Evolution (Feb 06) &  The History of the Brain (May 08);  Materialism  (Apl 08)  The Arabian Nights  - the art of story-telling (oct 07);   King Lear (Feb 08);  Samuel Johnson and his Circle  (Oct 05);  Jean Paul Sartre (Oct 04);  John Ruskin (Mar 05)  The Trial of Madame Bovary (Jul 07) The Multiverse and Black Holes (IoT, Feb 08 and Jan 06)

Selection from Thinking Allowed:     Demography and Death  (Oct 08);   Scotland Independence  ((Mar 08); Gender Voting (Oct 07) &  The Rational Voter (May 07);   Cities and ethnicities (Apl 08) and Balti Britain (Sep[ 08);  The History of Hunger (Dec 07) & The Wealthy Irish (Jan 08);
Women and domesticity (Nov 08).   Adam Smith  (Jul 07).


ODDc   Programme  The Blue Mugge
Summer   2009

Tue 28 Apl         The USA - how's Obama doing?
                               based on www.opendemocracy.net (odn)

Tue 5  May        Local Railways    based on N. Staffs experience.

Tue 12 May       Feminism Reviewed  based on New Left Review, Apl 09.

Tue 19 May       TV -  dumbing-down arguments put - and challenged…
based on BBC Thinking Allowed (TA)

Tue 26 May       To be decided:  topical issue  or 
                              Heidegger  based on BBC In our Time (IoT)

Tue 2 June        Confidence… 

Tue 9 June        Book > FilmThe Reader 

Tue 16 June      Karl Marx - an up-date.  (IoT)

Tue 23 June      Cuba  2.   (Odn)

Tue 30 June      To be decided:  topical issue or
Humour and Stand-up Comedians

Tue 7 July         Local Government - with Democracy4Stoke, as case study
(Odn)

Tue 14 July       The Lunar Men - inc. our debt to engineers  (IoT, June 03))

Tue 21 July       To be decided:  topical issue or
Two poems from paintings 
                   
Future themes:   for Autumn 09 and 2010...

Suggestions from the group/s:  English everywhere: why learn a second language?    Intuition;  A look back at 'target culture' and 'performance management';  Singing;  Science - public expenditure debated;   The Honours List - Why?    The Football Phenomenon - from Matthews to Beckham:    Faith Schools re-visited.

Linked to Odn,    Conflict Resolution - the Middle East;  Burma - a history and up-date;   New Technology - social and political implications;  The Data-base State;
'How to talk about things we know nothing about'  (Feb 08);   Climate Change 5: - nuclear fusion and other developments…The State of India;   Journalism and Power; Renewal of Politics...

Selection from IoT achive:        A History of History, (Jan 09);  Aristotle's Politics - what makes a good society?  (Nov 08);  The Multiverse (Feb 08) & Galaxies - black holes etc (Jan 06);      Numbers in Nature - the Fibonacci sequence (Nov 07) & Symmetry (Apl 07);  Human Evolution (Feb 06) &  The History of the Brain (May 08);  Materialism  (Apl 08);  Socrates  (Sep 07)  Hobbes  (Dec 05) The Arabian Nights  - the art of story-telling (oct 07);   King Lear (Feb 08);  Samuel Johnson and his Circle  (Oct 05);  Jean Paul Sartre (Oct 04);  John Ruskin (Mar 05)  The Trial of Madame Bovary (Jul 07)            

Selection from Thinking Allowed:     Demography and Death  (Oct 08);   Scotland Independence  ((Mar 08); Gender Voting (Oct 07) &  The Rational Voter (May 07);   Grandparents  (Dec 07);  Cities and ethnicities (Apl 08) and Balti Britain (Sep[ 08);  The History of Hunger (Dec 07) & The Wealthy Irish (Jan 08);
Chinese Capitalism - concepts in education (Dec 08);   Women and domesticity (Nov 08).   Adam Smith  (Jul 07).

 


Open Democracy Discussion Group
Programme -  Winter/Spring 2009
Tuesdays  at The Blue Mugge pub, Osborne St., Leek  19.30 for 19.45 >  21.15

13 Jan:        The Convention on Modern Liberty - A review of the issues  (odn)*

20 Jan:        The Law  - necessary to protect us from ourselves?

27 Jan:        The Future of the British Pub (based on BBC 'The Money Programme')

3  Feb:        The USA -  an up-date   (odn) -CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

10 Feb:       The 'Precautionary Principle' >  the death of science?

17 Feb:       John Milton - poet or politician (IoT);

24 Feb:       The 'under-class'  -  what's happening?   (TA)

3 March:      Art and Impact. A painting, 'Guernica';  a photo, 'napalmed Vietnamese girl'; a sculpture, 'Angel of the North'     

10 March:    The Recession -  an up-date   (odn)

17 March:     Does the brain rule the mind?   (IoT)   Consciousness -  3rd session.  

24 March:     Pets as Kin  (TA); 

31 March:     Kierkegaard  Why? (IoT); 

7  April:        Citizenship - 3rd session.   The Sustainable Communities Act.  

14 April:       Holiday break… (for 2 weeks, next session on 28th April)  

*   We may seek to organise a WEA half-day on this theme, subsidized by RWF,  following through from the London Convention…    One of our group, also a WEA Leek Branch Committee member, has suggested a short series of  WEA/ODD/RWF Saturday mornings on themes selected from our programme.   More on this after further consultation and discussion.                                     

We have no shortage of themes for the future, but suggestions always welcome