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The Next Ragged University Events:

Edinburgh: 29th May Come to St Margaret's House, Gallery One: Mad World Art Exhibition Opening

Edinburgh: 30th May Come along to The Central Library with your laptop for: IT and Biscuits

Edinburgh: 31st May Come along to Serenity Cafe for: Film (The Corporation) and Curry Night

Manchester: 11th June Come along to the Castle Hotel, 2 talks: ‘Excellence for Dyslexia’ plus ‘Slow TV’


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Music: Paul Montague

I am a professional musician who has been playing and recording music for ten years. During this time I have played with Jacobs Pillow, The Black Diamond Express, Big Red, and The Discipline. I now play harmonica and sing with the Edinburgh blues band Missing Cat, who have toured Scotland and played several gigs in Europe.

Well, it all started back in year zero with a band called Delta and a lot of smoke, later there was talk of world domination and of course enlightenment. We decided that if it was in fact noise and playing with other people’s heads in smoky rooms that was to be the way… then that’s just the way it had to be…The only reason we do it is because it gets us high playing all this Frock, Flazz & Blues music.
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Podcast: Lets Talk About Population Baby! By Brian Chrystal

Humanity at present is like lemmings preening there fur coats before going over the cliff, but we are taking many other species with us. David Attenborough has stated that he can think of no environmental problem that would be easier to solve with fewer people. The difference we can make is the difference between 8 billion and 10 billion but we can only do this by facing up to the problem and braking the taboo of talking about it. We do not need coercion, set limits or eugenics but we do need to talk.

Brian Chrystal gave this talk in the Edinburgh International Festival on 4th August 2011.  He is concerned about the impact that population growth has on the sustainability of our cultures, the effect on the biosphere, the quality of life and the stock of natural resources.  As the evidence of climate change is now turning to the realities of crisis management, and as biodiversity is floundering to a point of dangerous knock on effects, Brian feels that we should be putting our reproductive numbers at the foreground of our thinking. Read more