Archive for December, 2018

Skeptics with a K: Episode #240

Richard Attenborough, charitable status, stagnant energy, and Christmas presents.  Plus personal anecdotes, burying the lede, bottle caps, and foie gras.  Driving in a flat earth taxi, it’s Skeptics with a K.


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Matt Lodder – ‘Not Just for Sailors!’ – A Sceptical Account of The History of Western Tattooing

When:  Thursday, January 17th 2019, 7.30 – 11.00 PM
The Casa Bar, 29 Hope Street

In this talk, Dr Matt Lodder will examine the history of a tenacious cliché — the idea that tattooing ‘now’ is a newly-emerged fashion trend suddenly finding favour amongst wider demographics than in the past, when it was confined to sailors, bikers, criminals and ne’r-do-wells. In a heavily-illustrated talk, tracing relentless examples of this claim in the British and American press from the present day backwards into the late 19th century, the talk will present a wider picture of this oft-maligned practice, and at the same time ask questions about cultural amnesia, the role of journalism in shaping our collective sense of history, and the problematic relationships between academic scholarship and popular understanding.

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Skeptics with a K: Episode #239

Secret Santa, Yorkshire Pudding, the Elf on a Shelf, and hibernating in a cave.  Plus ruining Christmas, Aldi’s carrot, musical road trips, and vibrating alarm clocks.  It’s a Bad PR Christmas run-down from Skeptics with a K!