Comedian Lee Hurst's re-established Backyard Bar in Bethnal Green showcases pro acts and the rising stars of comedy. This London comedy club attracted 300 people for the opening show and promises big things to come. Connected to a Travelodge and known for its friendly, relaxed atmosphere visitorscan…
Nerd Nite London - November 2018
- Backyard Bar & Comedy Club
Nerd Nite London aims to teach you details about subjects which you didn’t even know you were curious about, while you drink beer and learn things you didn’t know you didn’t know. This month we learn what to eat for marathon swimming, history of the apostrophe and how diseases get named.
Be there and be square
Nutrition in marathon swimming: Jelly babies and bonking
Nutrition in marathon sports is a multimillion pound industry. Most of it may be a con, and just the accepted norm. Remember being told not to eat before swimming? We will discuss floating whilst eating and drinking whilst swimming, as well as the pros and cons of different energy sources during endurance sport. There will be an insight of how best to hit the wall and keep going.
Apostrophes, from Greece to greengrocers
Bitter grammarian battles have been fought over them, societies formed, books written, guerrilla punctuation carried-out… but where do apostrophes come from and where are they going? What are they and as interestingly, what aren’t they? Why are they the shape they are? And what would an apostrophe shortage do to greengrocers? Lydia Thornley has been on a voyage of typographic nerdery to find out.
Lydia Thornley was the first graphic designer to speak at Nerd Nite. She once cited nosiness as a key design skill – it's led her to some fascinating projects for space scientists, Polar explorers, chefs, a City livery company, one of the Queen’s chaplains, urban beekeepers, countless charities and one of the 100 most influential Britons in the history of the web. Lydia never passes up an opportunity to research something in unnecessary detail.
Eponymous diseases: From Alzheimer to Ebola
A brief exploration of the naming of diseases and the often strange and eccentric people responsible. This is a tale of weird, rare or painful conditions, improbable events and tragic or barely sane doctors memorialised in the popular imagination. Have you ever asked yourself what is your favourite disease? No? Then now is the time to start.
Geoff Browell is unqualified in almost every conceivable way, but is a professional magpie, who collects stories and plays with ideas. In his spare time, 9-5, he is an archivist who curates memories by piecing together diaries, letters and photographs he finds in old attics, basements and lock-ups.
All proceeds from Nerd Nite London go to charity. This year we are partnering with the Shine Trust to help foster a new generation of nerds. More information about Nerd Nite London can be found by following us on Twitter @nerdnitelondon, liking us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NerdNiteLondon or visiting www.london.nerdnite.com. For more information about the Shine Trust visit www.shinetrust.org.uk
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231, Cambridge Heath Road, E2 0EL
Bethnal Green (Tube)
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