Archive for February, 2011

Brooklyn Bar

Monday, February 28th, 2011 | Friends, Life, Reviews

Having not really done much with my Saturday other than try and get some work done, I decided to ask George out on a romantic man-date (which also would have involved Norm, but he hadn’t been paid yet).

We ended up at the recently opened Brooklyn Bar at the bottom of Call Lane, as they had a restaurant upstairs which looked good. The bar was well stocked as well – anywhere which stocks 42 Below and Belvedere gets a big thumbs up in my book.

The steak was very nice, but not amazing. It was reasonably well cooked and good quality meat, but can’t stand up to the amazing flavours of Blackhouse or River Plate. Never the less, I wouldn’t have any hesitation in eating there again.

February Wendy House

Saturday, February 26th, 2011 | Friends, Life

Last Saturday we hit up Wendy House for a good old fashioned night out. The theme was in disguise to which some people really put the effort in – notably Viv who managed to survive a night in that outfit without slowly cooking herself, which is no mean feat.

I hadn’t blogged about it until now as I was waiting on someone to post some photos. The ones below were posted by Kat, and I have to say how impressed I am that someone managed to get into so many photos taken with her own camera lol.

Fry up

Friday, February 25th, 2011 | Friends, Life

Sunday finally marked the arrival of George’s long awaited fry up. Given there were five of us in the apartment, we ended up having a bit of a family style breakfast round the table. These are the days kids, these are the days.

Creatonism

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 | Humanism, Religion & Politics

On Saturday, Mark Edon delivered a talk to Leeds Skeptics on the subject of Creationism. Mark is on the committee for the British Centre for Science Education which is a religiously-neutral organisation which aims to combat creationism and you can tell they do great work because the creationists have even built an “exposed” website about them 😀 .

If you are interested in learning more about the BCSE, you can find their website here and even join for free too.

Workshops

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 | Life

On Thursday, I attended two workshops organised by the Community Development Foundation, on fund raising strategies and using the media to promote your charity. They were being held at the Leeds Church Institute so while other people had traveled quite a distance to attend the sessions, I rolled out of my building, crossed the street and entered the venue lol.

The workshops were delivered by a man named Martin who seemed to have loads of experience in the fund raising industry – there didn’t seem to be a topic we could cover that he didn’t have an interesting anecdote about.

I was actually very impressed as to how useful a lot of the information was. I find a lot of workshops you go to, just to be fill with buzz words or tell you things that are just common sense (of course there is always a bit of that – everyone knows you should be well planned), but I found these contained a lot of useful information as well. Well worth attending.

Perspective Citywide: Scientology

Monday, February 21st, 2011 | Foundation

For the third session of Perspective Citywide, Sam Butler joined us from the Church of Scientology in Manchester. Scientology is a great religion for us to cover because it’s one where the popular conception and the church’s official line on what they believe are very different so it’s fantastic that Sam can come over and talk to us. Things got a little heated during some of the session, but Sam handled it well and the feedback after the session was on the whole positive.

Galileo Day festivities

Sunday, February 20th, 2011 | Humanism

On Tuesday, we celebrated Galileo Day. The day started with Michael delivering the Galileo Day Lecture on the life and works of the man himself. Unfortunately I ended up missing most of the talk as I had to take some phone calls. Luckily I’m fairly familiar with the subject anyway having contributed to the recently published Galileo Day pack.

Afterward we headed down to Red Hot World Buffet for some all you can eat goodness. I ended up setting a new personal record, getting through seven plates, so I’m fairly sure that isn’t something to be proud of lol. I was actually ready to give up after five but then when I found out that Elina was on her sixth, I had to up my game.

Galileo Day 2011

Sunday, February 20th, 2011 | Foundation

Galileo Day Lecture

Last Tuesday, 15 February, saw the third annual Galileo Day celebration.

In Leeds, Michael Braham delivered this year’s Galileo Day Lecture on the life and work of Galileo and the traditional Galileo Day Feast was held afterward at Red Hot World Buffet.

A new face for HSoWY

Thursday, February 17th, 2011 | Humanism, News

Humanist Society of West Yorkshire

The Humanist Society of West Yorkshire is a society with considerable history, having been around for over forty years now. One thing it hasn’t had, at least in the past decade anyway however, was a logo. Which has proved somewhat annoying when launching the group onto social media platforms.

Wanting to rectify this, I asked Emma Bryce, currently serving as the president of Durham University Humanist and Secularist Society and press secretary of the AHS, to use her graphic design skills to come up with something for us. We’re pretty impressed with the result!

You can check out some more of her amazing work here.

Perspective 2011: Humanism

Thursday, February 17th, 2011 | Humanism

Last Friday saw the second session of Leeds Atheist Society‘s 2011 Perspective. Unfortunately the speaker, who was going to be speaking on Hinduism, was unable to do the Friday, so Norm kindly stepped in at the last minute to save the event and talk about Humanism.