Local Events Bath

Surgical Implant Placement Day (Live Skills)
8:30am - 5:30pm

This is an exclusive one day course during which you will place a minimum of two implants and assist for another case. Your patient will be pre selected and prepared with a full treatment plan, surgical guides and radiographs. 
During the surgical procedure you will receive one-to-one supervision by an experienced clinician.
To give knowledgeable clinicians the ability to place a minimum of two SAC 'advanced' dental implants under expert tuition
To enhance your surgical and soft tissue handling skills.
To provide one-to-one surgical tuition
To complete an SAC advanced surgical case and place at least two dental implants.
What is included

Course materials suitable for a log book of experince
One to one tuition from experienced tutors
Photographs of your case
8 hours CPD
All refreshments and lunch

Are there any prior requirements?

Each participant needs to be GDC UK registered
Each participant must have indemnity insurance (this can be obtained in writing form your defence Society)

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Free parking on site for one vehicle

 What do I need to I bring to the course?
You will need to bring:

Clean ironed scrubs (trousers and top)
Clinical shoes (not outdoor shoes)
Protective glasses
Loupes and a light if you use one (maximum of 3X magnification)

 What is the refund policy?
Please note: There are no refunds as this course is very difficult to organise.
In the unlikely event that we are unable to sevure a suitable patient for you, we will offer a full refund or first option to attend an identical subsequent course.
The Tutors
Jonathan Schofield BDS DPDS MFGDP(UK) MSc (Dental Implantology)
Jonathan, the founder of The Dental Implant Clinic, graduated from Bristol University in 1986. He has over twenty years of experience in the field of Dental Implantology. His training has been in the UK, Switzerland and Germany. His particular interests are implants in the cosmetic zone – making implants imperceptible from natural teeth. Jonathan lectures throughout the UK and internationally on dental implant matters. He is a part-time Senior Lecturer at Bristol university and a Fellow of the International Team of Implantologists (ITI), which is a group of academics and clinicians who are dedicated to research and teaching in implantology. Until 2007 he sat on the national committee of the A.D.I. (Association of Dental Implantology).
Timothy Harris BDS MFDS RCS (Eng) MSc (Dental Implantology)
Tim graduated from Bristol University in 2002. He has extensive post-graduate training, including teaching, in oral surgery and implantology. Tim also works at the Bristol Dental Hospital as a clinical teacher and speciality dentist, performing oral surgery, and is a Dentist with Special Interest (DwSI) in Oral Surgery in Somerset. Trained to offer sedation, he enjoys treating nervous and anxious patients. Tim has completed, with distinction, an MSc in Dental Implantology at Bristol University and obtained his membership to the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2005. He is a study club director for the ITI and the Young Dentist Study Club, Bath, both designed to promote education and clinical excellence in dentistry. He is a member of the Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD) and the British Association of Oral Surgeons. He is also an ITI Fellow.
Strategy and Business Planning Workshop - Bath
9am - 5pm

This session is free of charge thanks to the European Regional Development Fund, Bath and North East Somerset Council and other members of the Enterprising West of England Consortium.
In order to qualify for free attendance your business must be located in Bath and North East Somerset. Please contact us if your business is located elsewhere as we may be able to offer alternative help.
This workshop is aimed at owners of established businesses looking to grow - by whatever measure you use.  It could be turnover, staff, number of outlets or any other variable that you want to increase, but the bottom line is the real key.
You want to grow your business, you have some ideas about how you want your business to look in two or three years time but are not sure how to map out the necessary changes.
This workshop will outline the steps you need to take to move closer to your goals and help you understand some of the challenges you could face in transforming your business.
In the few hours available at this workshop you will not be able to complete your business transformation plan, however you will come away armed with some of the key tools to help you..
If you are looking for funding for your business the Bank Manager or equity investor will want to be able to understand what your business is and how they are going to get their money back - if you are not looking for funding, you will want the same answers.
You will hear people say they run their business without a business plan and you don't need one!  Find out why this is not necessarily true and why a business plan doesn't always need to look like one!
By the end of the workshop, you will have:

A clear vision aligned to your long term goals
A clear path of how you are going to get there
A set of short, medium and long term business objectives linked directly to your vision
A single page business plan linked directly to delivering the short term objectives, with clear actions, accountabilities and timescales.
The confidence and motivation to move forward
Identify the vital projects that need to happen over the coming 12 months that will drive the business forward
Identify the key actions that need to be done in order to deliver the above projects
Assign responsibilities, timescales and measurements

Attendees will leave this workshop with the tools and confidence to develop their single page business plan.
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The Complete Paleo Course - Module Three: Paleo Packed Lunches
9am - 5pm

Welcome to Module Three of Our Complete Paleo Food Course - Paleo Packed Lunches and SnacksEach module is designed as a stand-alone course, but together with seven other modules provides the Complete Paleo Food Course package. You can choose from a variety of course packages to suit your interests and personal needs*.The Paleo Packed Lunches and Snacks Course is one of our most popular courses! Paleo foodie and expert cook Emma Farrell will help you discover that packed lunches never need to be boring again! Whether the packed lunches are for little ones, teens or adults, this course will have you bursting with ideas - and eager to get those lunchboxes out once again. The Paleo diet approach is designed to maximise your bodies potential, as well as be an integral part of healing and often reversing long-term health conditions. This course is literally packed (excuse the pun) with filling, nutritious, appealing foods - and the snacks are to die for!On the Paleo Packed Lunches and Snacks Course, you’ll spend the day in the kitchen classroom, having fun constructing different hot and cold style packed lunches. You’ll also get to play with lots of cool gadgets and moulds as you make an assortment of sweets and snacks which everyone can enjoy.Emma will present information on the different approaches and portion sizes for different ages, as well as showcase a variety of lunchboxes to help you add variety to packed lunches. She will also provide recipe ideas for packed lunches that can be batch cooked and frozen (these are delicious!). You will also expect to be hands-on as you experiment with different foods, seasonings, and presentation that can transform lunchtimes for little ones!On the Paleo Packed Lunches and Snacks Course you will:Learn about the nutritional benefits of packed lunches.Learn how to batch cook and freeze simple delicious packed lunch treats.Experiment with different hot and cold paleo packed lunch meals.Get to grips with some new gadgets and moulds to make sweets and treats.Bake some delicious snacks, breads and other lunchtime goodies.Explore the world of smoothie lunches and soups.Create lunchbox samples to eat or take away.What’s included:TuitionFacilities hire and equipmentAll ingredientsCourse handout including all the recipes for the meals prepared on the day, as well as information about how to easily plan a week of packed lunches for all the family A selection of e-books specifically selected to complement the moduleExclusive savings and deals, such as 20% off all products at Hunter and Gather FoodsWhat to bring:An apronTupperware of various sizes, glass jars with good sealing lidsIf you want to do more than one course then you can pay in installments To book:HSBC40-09-1902587378Ref: Paleo (then the number of the course you are doing)*Cost:Single Course Module (£149 per module)£149 3-5 Course Package (£124 per module)£372-£6206-8 Course Package (£99 per module)£594-£792Repeat Course Module£99To view our complete course schedule, terms and conditions and to register your interest for this or any other courses on offer, click here:https://www.facebook.com/events/295696850940106/
Bath Treasure Hunt with 20% off at the finishing Treasure (the pub)
10am - 10pm

The Great Game is a daily exciting Treasure Hunt that you do on your own time when ever you want around the beautiful City of Bath. Upon purchasing your ticket please email info@ggtreasurehunts.com to redeem. There a different tickets for different groups of people. 
Single route - for 1-2 people or 3-4 people is great for seeing the sights and using your brain.
Once the ticket is redeemed via email your treasure hunt pack will be mailed out to you so please provided your address in your email. Each pack includes discount wrist bands for each player, a clipboard, a real compass, a map, the clues sheet, a prize sheet, a brief history of Bath and a pen.
Let us know the time you wish to begin your hunt and we will book you a table at the finishing "Treasure" a historic Bath Pub steeped in History, where you will 20% off your food and drink bill.
The Hunt starts at Bath Train Station and takes roughly 2-3 hours to complete, solving clues and riddles and puzzles as you wind through Bath viewing the sites of the city and trying to find the "Treasure" - The pub, where you simply show your Treasure Hunt wrist band to the staff to get your 20% discount on your food and drink bill.
You will be sure to have a fantastic half day or evening out!
Varsity 2018 University of Bath vs Cardiff Met
11am - 8pm

The University of Bath Students' Union is hosting this year's event against Cardiff Met at the Sports Training Village on
Wednesday 18th April 2018
The day will be a fantastic way to celebrate student sport, bringing together some of the best sporting talent from both Universities. We will showcase a number of sports: 
Water Polo 
Wheelchair Basketball 
There will also be a variety of fun spectator activities available aswell as food and drink from various catering outlets. 
It will be a highly competitive day with teams looking to secure a win to help their University be crowned Varsity Champions 2018.  The event starts at 11am, is free to attend and is open to everyone. Staff, students, friends and alumni are all welcome.
Lunchtime Boules @ Queen Square
Bath And District- Anything-goes Social Society
1pm - 3pm

A casual lunch time arrangement for a knock about with whoever attends. Very popular last year, let's see if we can continue some interest now winter is with us

I will bring a set of 8 boule which we can share around.

RIBA South West (Bath) - Appreciating the old, incorporating the new
2pm - 4:30pm

Working within the historic built environment provides excellent opportunities for creative change. This seminar will address the process of successful adaptation and revitalisation of historic buildings and heritage sites, incorporating a mix of practical tuition, workshops and a review of successful examples.
A recent survey by Historic England revealed that 99.3% of people in England live less than a mile from a listed heritage asset, while the Heritage Lottery Fund reports that 80% of people think local heritage makes their area a better place to live, showing both a proliferation of and appreciation for heritage sites and historic buildings. Such sites represent an opportunity for creative design and inventive practical solutions for change, made more successful through a process of understanding the development and significance of these places, and identifying potential challenges.
This seminar will include:

Assessing the significance of places
Heritage legislation and planning
Adapting historic buildings for new uses
Extensions and new build within heritage context
Practical solutions to issues such as M&E, accessibility and sustainability

The first session will look at how understanding historic development and significance of built fabric and setting can inform change, leading to a discussion on what practical solutions can contribute to successful design. This is followed by a workshop session, focusing on understanding the application of this process, asking you to break into groups and looking at a practical example, providing the baseline understanding of a site and asking for suggestions on sensitive but creative change. The results will be shared and discussed. The final session will conclude by showing good examples of successful projects within a heritage context.
Heather Jermy, PurcellHeather is head of heritage consultancy at Purcell, bringing together her experience of architecture, archaeology and buildings archaeology. She specialises in the process of conservation management planning, providing strategic advice on the redevelopment and re-use of historic buildings and heritage sites. She has provided conservation and heritage management advice for sites such as the British Museum, Tower Bridge and the large-scale regeneration of the Central Police Station in Hong Kong. Heather believes that an understanding of heritage value, setting and the existing built environment provide the foundation for successful design for the future.

Core Curriculum topics
1. Building conservation and heritage2. Architecture for social purpose3. Inclusive environments

Other booking optionsFor more information on other seminars in Core CPD 2018, and Club Ticket booking, saving £250 per year, go to Core CPD 2018.

Terms and Conditions

Cancellations are acceptable in writing up to 10 working days of the event, please contactRiba.southwest@riba.org for cancellation requests.
Substitutes are permitted at any time, please contact Riba.southwest@riba.org for substitution requests.
The RIBA accepts no responsibility for the views or opinions expressed by speakers or any other person at the event.
A photographer may cover this event and the photographs may be used to publicise future RIBA events.

Climate Countdown: The World Climate Game
2:15pm - 4:05pm

Join us for 2 hours of the World Climate Interactive Negotiations Game, a climate change role-playing simulation developed by the MIT Sloan School of Management and Climate Interactive!
Participants will represent one of 6 Country regions (USA, Europe, China, India, Other Developed Countries, Other Developing Countries), or either the Fossil Fuel Lobbying Group or the Climate Activists Group in a simulated UN negotiation to reach an agreement on global emissions reductions and afforestation. 
We will test our negotiation proposals in real-time in the C-ROADS climate simulator, to see the effects of each proposal on global temperature rise, sea level rise, and other metrics.
Expect drama, intrigue, and suspense as we use our collective negotiation and persuasion skills to (hopefully) steer the planet clear from the brink of global environmental collapse! 

Do I need to prepare anything for the event?
Nope, just come ready to solve climate change! 
Do I need to be an expert in climate science or politics to participate? 
No! People of all backgrounds / disciplines are welcome.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Nope, don't worry about it - just let us know your name when you enter.

Banner Image Source: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608367/getting-to-2/
Of, For and By the People: The Legal Lacuna of Synthetic Persons
2:15pm - 4pm

Of, For and By the People: The Legal Lacuna of Synthetic Persons
Dr Joanna Bryson explores the impact of AI on our society, governance and legal processes.  

IMI Thematic Semester talk
When: Wednesday 18 April 2018, 2.15 - 4pm
Venue: University of Bath, Building 8 West, Room 2.1
Audience: FREE event at the University of Bath, open to all with a ticket 

Computation, unlike mathematics, is a physical process that takes time, energy, and space.  Humans have dominated this planet's ecosystem by learning to share and consolidate the outcome of their individual computation in an unprecedented way.  Now we have augmented this processing with artificial intelligence (AI) and other information communications technology (ICT).  The impact on our society is so spectacular that our institutions are struggling to keep pace, including the social sciences that might otherwise help us understand the promises and risks of our new situation.  In this talk I will describe the theoretical biology of increasing communication between intelligent agents, and suggest changes to our individual, collective, political, and economic behaviour that might be consequences of the increasing presence of AI in our lives. I will also make policy recommendations particularly concerning governance of and legal status for ICT, economic redistribution, individual and collective security, and intellectual diversity.
2.15pm Seminar3.00pm Question and Answer session3.30pm Refreshments and time for continued discussion4.00pm Close

Dr Joanna Bryson

Dr. Joanna Bryson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Bath University, and affiliate at Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy. Dr. Bryson holds degrees in Psychology from Chicago and Edinburgh, and Artificial Intelligence from Edinburgh and MIT.  Her research covers a broad range of topics from artificial intelligence, autonomy and robot ethics, and human cooperation.  She has worked in AI ethics since 1996 and helped author the UK Research Councils’ ‘Principles of Robotics’ in 2010.  Dr. Bryson is an AXA Research Fund awardee, having been granted funding to conduct a series of unique experiments on how people interact with humanoid robots (http://www.bath.ac.uk/research/news/2017/10/12/humanoid-robot-tests-to-explore-ai-ethics).  In 2017 alone, she has consulted to The Red Cross on autonomous weapons, Chatham House on the impact of AI on the nuclear threat, and is currently advising the British Parliament, European Parliament, and the OECD regarding the regulation of AI.

This event is free to attend, but please register prior to the event.  For further information please email n.fenn@bath.ac.uk or visit the IMI webpage. 

This event is part of the IMI Thematic Semester Machine Learning: Algorithms and Ethics and is arranged by both IMI and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath.         
Midweek Coffee
Bath And District- Anything-goes Social Society
3pm - 4:30pm

Enjoy relaxed conversation and a beverage at this delightful venue in the centre of Bath. The numbers for this meetup are limited so with a bit of luck we will all be able to sit and talk together in a group. If you sign up and then find you cannot go, please amend your RSVP as soon as possible so that someone else can attend.
Bath Clean Air Plan Surgery Sessions, 18th April, 3-7pm
3pm - 3:30pm

We recognise that tackling air pollution in Bath is complicated and that there may be areas of Bath's Clean Air Plan that you would like to discuss in more detail. To help, we will be providing bookable 30 minute surgery sessions. You must have a booking to attend and we ask that no more than 3 people attend one session.
To help us provide you with comprehensive answers to your queries and concerns please submit questions/topics you would like to discuss in your surgery slot by 12pm Monday 16th April 2018.
Please send questions to: environmental_monitoring@bathnes.gov.uk
We look forward to meeting you!
Bath Clean Air Plan Surgery Sessions, 18th April, 3-7pm
4pm - 4:30pm

We recognise that tackling air pollution in Bath is complicated and that there may be areas of Bath's Clean Air Plan that you would like to discuss in more detail. To help, we will be providing bookable 30 minute surgery sessions. You must have a booking to attend and we ask that no more than 3 people attend one session.
To help us provide you with comprehensive answers to your queries and concerns please submit questions/topics you would like to discuss in your surgery slot by 12pm Monday 16th April 2018.
Please send questions to: environmental_monitoring@bathnes.gov.uk
We look forward to meeting you!
Bath Clean Air Plan Surgery Sessions, 18th April, 3-7pm
4:30pm - 5pm

We recognise that tackling air pollution in Bath is complicated and that there may be areas of Bath's Clean Air Plan that you would like to discuss in more detail. To help, we will be providing bookable 30 minute surgery sessions. You must have a booking to attend and we ask that no more than 3 people attend one session.
To help us provide you with comprehensive answers to your queries and concerns please submit questions/topics you would like to discuss in your surgery slot by 12pm Monday 16th April 2018.
Please send questions to: environmental_monitoring@bathnes.gov.uk
We look forward to meeting you!
Broadband Community Event - The George Inn
5pm - 8pm

TrueSpeed would like to invite you to come and ask us any questions you have about our ultrafast gigabit fibre broadband. We'd love the opportunity to answer your questions, tell you how we can transform your digital life, and tell you how you can get TrueSpeed in your community.
Come along and find out:

The difference ultrafast fibre broadband can make to your home and work life

What the term fibre-to-the-premises means

Our packages & the differences

What our gigabit network is really capable of

The ease of switching to TrueSpeed

Telephone packages and ultrafast 'line rental included’'

If you would like to attend our community event, register your FREE ticket today.
For more information about TrueSpeed, please visit www.truespeed.com
Bath Clean Air Plan Surgery Sessions, 18th April, 3-7pm
5:30pm - 6pm

We recognise that tackling air pollution in Bath is complicated and that there may be areas of Bath's Clean Air Plan that you would like to discuss in more detail. To help, we will be providing bookable 30 minute surgery sessions. You must have a booking to attend and we ask that no more than 3 people attend one session.
To help us provide you with comprehensive answers to your queries and concerns please submit questions/topics you would like to discuss in your surgery slot by 12pm Monday 16th April 2018.
Please send questions to: environmental_monitoring@bathnes.gov.uk
We look forward to meeting you!
5:30pm - 9pm

Spring is here! Is there any better way to celebrate the longer and warmer evenings coming our way than getting together for a barbecue social? 
Skip out of the lab/office on Wednesday 18th April and get down to the 4 South Pavilion at 5:30pm. Bring your own meat/veg and alcohol: BBQ, bread, condiments and soft drinks are provided. The weather forecast is GOOD! 
Owls of Bath 2018 - Drinks Reception
6pm - 8pm

We are delighted to invite you to swoop over to Spaces, Bath's new creative workspace, to meet some of the flock and find out more about this summer's 'Owls of Bath 2018' city-wide sculpture trail.  

Enjoy a sneak preview of the first decorated Owls, hot off the press/nest.
Meet The Owlery team from Newton St Loe including 'Ghost' the Barn Owl.
Watch talented artists decorating their Owls and Owlets.
Take part in our fun 'Design-an-Owl' competition for a chance to win fab owly prizes!
Interact with the Minerva's Owls via their hi-tech beacons that send information to your phone as you approach, including their names, photos, sponsors' logos and links to their websites.
Find out about sponsoring one of the eye-catching Owls, decorated to a design of your choice and displayed at your business or a prime Bath location for three months this summer.
Enjoy drinks, nibbles, networking and interactive owling - It'll be a hoot!

Places are limited so please book as soon as possible. CONTACT - Please email sponsors@minervasowls.org or phone Nest HQ on 01225 340697 for further details and follow us @owlsofbath on Twitter and Instagram.
DIRECTIONS - Spaces is next door/around the corner from John Anthony, at the Pulteney Bridge end of Upper Borough Walls.  Owls will be nesting on the 2nd Floor... OWLS OF BATH SUMMARY - This summer's Minerva's Owls of Bath 2018 sculpture trail will see a giant flock of decorated, super-sized owl sculptures displayed across Bath and the surrounding region from the end of June to mid-September. 
The eye-catching Owl trail will celebrate the Roman history of Bath and the 10th anniversary of the popular King Bladud's Pigs trail and will be auctioned at the end of the event to raise funds for the new RUH Cancer & Therapies Centres, B&NES Young Carers Centre, Roman Baths Archway Project and the UK Little Owl Project.
Welcome to the flock!

Networking for Young Entrepreneurs - YENA Bath
6:30pm - 9pm

Come along to our event for young entrepreneurs and ambitious professionals at The Bath Brew House in Bath!

Thinking of starting a business? Growing your start-up and looking for peer support? Or maybe you just want to find out where the opportunities are in your city?
YENA brings together young and ambitious individuals, below the age of 35, with a keen interest in business, to give you the opportunity to gain access to a vital centre of support. Come along, meet like-minded people and grow your network to give yourself and your business the best start possible!

Dress code: Come as yourself! There are no false personas at YENA – we want you to be as comfortable as you can. Smart casual is the norm though.

For enquiries please email info@yena.co.uk
See you there!
Networking for Young Entrepreneurs
YENA Young Entrepreneur Networking - Bath
6:30pm - 9pm

YENA is a membership community for young entrepreneurs and ambitious professionals across the UK. We connect you to resources, people and opportunities that help you to start and grow your business faster and more affordably. We run events for individuals below the age of 35, that allow you to meet like-minded individuals in a non-intimidating and sociable environment.

Come grab a drink with us, share ideas and create opportunities for success by attending our next event!
An Evening with Emma Bridgewater
7pm - 8:30pm

Emma Bridgewater is President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). A successful businesswoman and champion of British Industry, she is most recognised for her trademark hand-decorated kitchen pottery business. Now employing over 300 people, Emma has refused to outsource manufacturing to low wage economies abroad and her company makes all of its pottery in Stoke on Trent, reviving these traditional skills.
The evening will take the form of an informal interview, chaired by Caroline Kay, Chief Executive of Bath Preservtation Trust. Topics will include the green landscape setting of Bath’s World Heritage Site and threats from development plus CPRE’s own national campaigns ‘the wrong homes in the wrong places’ and ‘roads to nowhere’ which also challenge Green Belt development. In this centenary year of women getting the vote, Emma will also look at women who campaign and share some of her own relevant experiences of countryside campaigning.
There will be a pay bar and attendees are welcome to arrive from 6.30pm.
Kingdom Code THINK (Bath)
7pm - 9pm

Kingdom Code is a community of Christians who work in the world of technology- whether you are a designer, developer, data analyst, game engineer, product manager, digital marketer, entrepreneur or something else entirely in tech this is a group for you.
Join us on Wednesday 18th April as we host the second event in the South West. Last month was an opportunity to begin to get to know other Christians in the tech world, tonight will be a time to start to think and discuss how our faith and technology come together.
James will be joining us from the London meetup to share a little bit about the vision behind Kingdom Code, some of the hopes and dreams for the community as it grows around the UK and beyond.
Patrick and some of the other people who joined us at the March meetup will be talking about their reflections on how their faith intersects with their day job and back again.
Then we're going to have a discussion about what happens next in the life of Kingdom Code in Bath.
Can't make the date? Sign up to the mailing list to stay in touch.

This event is kindly sponsored by Bath Christian Action Network

BathCAN networks Christians in Bath from churches of all denominations, encouraging them to engage with and serve their community.

Save the date for future meetups over the next few months:
Wednesday 16th May: Kingdom Code DRINK (Venue TBC)
Wednesday 20th June: Kingdom Code THINK (with The Bible Society)

Who is hosting this thing?
Kingdom Code South West is being hosted by Patrick Bokšan-Cullen and James Doc. We're looking for other leader to get involved; if that might be you please get in touch!
I can't make this event, will there be more?
Absolutely! Sign up to the mailing list or follow Kingdom Code on Twitter to stay in touch.
Have any questions?Ping us a message on Twitter: @kcodeuk
How free should "free speech" be?
Café Philo Bristol and Bath
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Unlike the USA and other countries, the UK has no enshrined statutory or common law right of free speech. We face restrictions, and those restrictions have consequences. From obviously satirical tweets leading to a criminal conviction, to people with strong (and potentially very hateful) opinions being denied entry to this country based solely on what they say, not do, this country does not afford any of its citizens the freedom to say dangerous things. In addition, there is the (potentially less serious now) risk of being slapped with a libel suit for something you wrote that someone with money took umbrage too.

Does this meant that the UK is undermining its own credibility as a truly modern democracy by pushing those with “extreme” views underground, by allowing controversial views to spread underground – rather than be heard and dismissed in public?

To what extent do we have to set out our limits, implemented in laws which enforce them, in order to protect our children and vulnerable adults from demonstrably hateful views?

Why not provide "safe spaces" for people to engage in meaningful discussions without feeling like they are being judged or attacked for sharing their life story or reliving a traumatic event? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safe-space

What of the “no platform” movement, whereby protestors physically or verbally prevent a speaker from sharing their views? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Platform

What of the "right to be forgotten", is this going too far? Should we, post-Brexit, implement our own version and allow any child who reaches the age of maturity to just reset their social media life? Aren’t we obligated to consider this seriously now that we live a world where almost everything we do is recorded? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_to_be_forgotten

Free speech, or at least the concept, may need to adjust to the way we have progressed. Shouldn’t we balance free speech with the rights to privacy and a family life? Isn’t it reasonable to not expect something we did 20 years ago to define us? Or does free speech mean that we should be able to move past minor indiscretions and treat each person’s opinion equally, accepting that we all make mistakes and that Facebook, Twitter et al are just a way to vent or flaunt our “social” personality, and that they don’t define our whole self?

Is free speech overrated in a world of fake news?

Optional further reading:



Come and join us to share your views, and hear those of others, in a "safe", "free", but respectful discussion forum.
Free Meditation & Yoga – just show up–we start on Wednesday in Bath 7.30pm
Free Meditation & Yoga Bath
7:30pm - 9pm


Hello there! - We'd like to welcome you to Free weekly meetings hosted by Michael, Bernard which take place at the:

John Williams Room (2nd Floor), United Reformed Church Halls, Grove St, Bath, BA2 6PJ,

on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm until 9.00pm

With Sahaja Yoga Meditation we normally sit on chairs to achieve yoga, effortlessly & spontaneously. No Mats or special clothing required.

All across the globe, many are seeking new sources of energy. Meanwhile, the most transformative energy of all is hiding in plain sight, within us. It's natural, sustainable, and infinitely renewable. It's called inner kundalini energy. And everyone already has it — everyone!. It is often likened to an inner feminine or motherly energy which automatically knows about us and what is needed to help us restore balance and harmony within our subtle being. It works spontaneously, effortlessly, organically and cannot be paid for.

Sahaja Yoga Meditation is a simple time-honoured technique that lets you tap into that energy and harness its power to become better balanced and better connected to yourself — emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually.

If you're having trouble juggling the challenges in your life, Sahaja Yoga Meditation might well help you manage stress, master your emotions and find solutions to your problems. You may enjoy better health, better focus, and a deeper understanding of the universe and your place in it.

Meditation is not just for mystics and monks. Sahaja Yoga meditation is for everyone. Anyone can do it. It's that easy. But with the Sahaja Yoga experience, you'll quickly realise, it isn't your typical Meditations 'R Us type class. It's much more than just feeling peaceful and relaxed. Sahaja Yoga Meditation has many layers, varied and deep. Explore at your own pace, in your own way. Our volunteer experts are always available to help.

Ready to plug into your inner energy? A Sahaja Yoga Meditation class is a great way to start. A few minutes of your life may be all it takes to connect to your inner energy and light the path to lifelong transformation. Sahaja Yoga is more than a temporary solution or quick relief — it is a journey, rather than a destination. It's all about energy — guaranteed pure and carbon neutral. You can never have too much of it.

The best part? All classes are free. No strings, no catch.
Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend, bring your self — all are welcome.

We have a web site here in London too which you can visit for more info about weekly meetings: www.sahajayogalondon.co.uk

Join us on Facebook and Twitter

Long Running Events:

Pencil To Paint: Apr - Jun 2018
18th April - 13th June

“I think that painting today is pure intuition and luck.”
Francis Bacon on Matthew Smith (1909-1992)
For most of us, our relationship with art begins with a line. We take a pencil or a crayon and delineate our idea. In our enthusiasm, we may even attempt to colour it in. In the experience of many, that attempt leads only to disappointment. We know that a painting is more than just a coloured-in drawing, but how do we do it? What exactly is the difference?
This course explores the gulf between drawing and painting and then seeks to provide a bridge between the two disciplines. Beginning with simple pencil studies, we will then develop our work in both charcoal and ink, gaining confidence in our abilities, before embarking on five weeks of painting in bold colour.
This course is open to all-comers and is ideal for beginners or those who wish to take their art in a new direction. 
The theme for this particular 8 week Pencil To Paint course will be abstraction and we will look at how form, gesture and emotion all play their part in successful picture-making, regardless of genre.
Topics will include:
Line, measurement and proportion
Colour: theory and mixing
Tables and chairs and a roll of newsprint paper are provided. Please bring a drawing board, paper or pad and your preferred drawing media. Materials required for sessions using colour will be discussed nearer the time.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available for a small donation.
16:30 - 18:00
Wednesdays:  18, 25 April; 02, 09, 23, 30 May; 06, 13 June (8 x 1.5 hour sessions)