Skeptics in the Pub & other events…

Hi All,

Two messages of potential interest to pass on to you today. The first, from Sid Rodrigues, focuses on two events this month at London Skeptics in the Pub but also mentions a couple of other interesting events including shows by Philip Escoffey (highly recommended!). The second is a message from Simon Perry regarding the next event organised by Leicester Skeptics in the Pub – none other than Nick Puller, who ran the London branch of SitP for 5 years in his own inimitable style!

Best wishes,
Chris French


Hi All,

We have another two events at the Penderel’s Oak this month.

Firstly, on Tuesday 17th we have Steve Parsons & Ciaran O’Keeffe from Living TV’s “Most Haunted” on “How NOT to Investigate the Paranormal”. This talk has only been cancelled at short notice twice. So I hope the third time’s a charm.
Then, on the 24th, we have Fred Singer on “Global Warming: What Al Gore never told You”. I will be winging my way back from the James Randi Educational Foundation’s “Amaz!ng Meeting” on that day, so past long-standing Skeptics in the Pub Chair, Nick Pullar, will be commanding that meeting on this occasion.

Just to warn everyone that we’ll be moving our regular Tuesday spot to a Monday from July onwards. The new management at the Penderel’s have had a few other plans in the pipeline for Tuesdays, so will no longer be available for us to use from then onwards.

I’ve also been asked very nicely (by Chris French) to ask anyone who does/doesn’t read The Skeptic magazine if they can fill out a quick 2 minute online survey (it will literally take no more than a couple of minutes).

As always, there are a few other events over the next month you may find interesting:

Mind-reading magician & skeptic, Philip Escoffey, will be giving a preview of his Edinburgh show “6 Impossible Things Before Dinner” in London on the 30th June. It’s a bargain at £5 a ticket.
More details can be found here:

On the 12th June, the Society for Psychical Research will hold a lecture on “A 5-Year Clinical Study of NDEs in a Welsh Intensive Therapy Unit”  by Penny Sartori. (

If you’re not in London and are missing out on all the fun, Rebecca at Skepchick has an events calendar for the rest of the world:

Please feel free to forward this message on to anyone you think would be interested in coming along to any of these events.
Hope to see you all soon.

Sid Rodrigues

Tuesday 17th June – How not to investigate the Paranormal

Steve and Ciarán amuse with their horror stories from the world of paranormal investigation. They discuss equipment faux-pas, television investigations and unusual cases. As well as discussing ethics, and presenting the most extreme unethical stories, Steve and Ciarán candidly discuss hilarious cases brought to their attention and their most embarrassing moments investigating in the dark!

Tuesday 24th June – Global Warming: Science, Economics, and some Moral Issues: What Al Gore Never Told You

The science is settled: Evidence clearly demonstrates that carbon dioxide contributes insignificantly to Global Warming and is therefore not a ‘pollutant.’ This fact has not yet been widely recognized, and irrational Global Warming fears continue to distort energy policies and foreign policy. All efforts to curtail CO2 emissions, whether global, federal, or at the state level, are pointless – and in any case, ineffective and very costly. On the whole, a warmer climate is beneficial. Fred Singer will comment on the vast number of implications.

The Penderel’s Oak
283-288 High Holborn

Tel: 020 7242 5669

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And from Simon Perry, details of the next talk in the Leicester SitP series plus details of future events in Leicester:

After a fantastic start with Simon Singh last month, Leicester Skeptics in the Pub now announces the second event with another great speaker.

Nick Pullar, 17th June

Skepticism and Beer: The World’s Best Combination

Nick Pullar ran Skeptics in the Pub in London for five years – and in all that time, he didn’t drink a drop of beer, or consume any other alcoholic beverage – skeptical?

Nick says skepticism is a useful tool to have in our own mental toolbox to help deal with difficult subjects.  Come along to see how skepticism can help understand UFOs, psychic healers and God.

Where:  The Rutland & Derby Arms, Millstone Lane, Leicester.
When:   17th June, 7:30pm.
Contact: Simon Perry,

About Skeptics in the Pub
Skeptics in the Pub (Leicester) meets on the third Tuesday of every month starting at 7:30pm in The Rutland & Derby Arms.

The event was originally founded in London in 1999 for all those interested in and/or sceptical of the paranormal, alternative medicine, psychic powers, pseudo-science, UFOs etc. A different guest speaker is invited each month to talk on a topic of interest. The talk is followed by an informal discussion in a relaxed and friendly pub atmosphere.

A £2 donation is requested to help cover expenses.

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Other upcoming meetings:

The Truth about Mars
Douglas Ellison
Tuesday, July 15 at 7:30pm

The Psychology of Anomalous Experiences
Prof Chris French
Tuesday, August 19 at 7:30pm

The Real X-Files
Nick Pope
Tuesday, September 16 at 7:30pm

The Relevance of Spiritualism in Society Today
Emma-Louise Rhodes
Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30pm

The Skeptic in the Courtroom
David Allen Green
Tuesday, November 18 at 7:30pm

Authenticity and its Influence on Behaviour, Attitudes and Beliefs
Mike Heap
Tuesday, December 16 at 7:30pm