My Week In Happy: Skipping a beat


My intention with this blog is to write an update each week. In reality, this doesn’t always happen. I try not to give myself a hard time about it as it invariably means there is something else more interesting going on in my life…

A round up of recent events

Theatre in the ‘burbs

Checked out The Garrick Theatre, Altrincham for a performance of The Lieutenant of Inishmore on Saturday 7th March. The setting of the venue is very suburban – just a short walk from Navigation Road tram stop.

The comedy, begins when local pussycat ‘Wee Thomas’ is murdered. His owner, the unpredictable Padraic of the Irish National Liberation Army, returns to the island of Inishmore to seek vengeance for his beloved feline’s demise.

Despite the dark nature of the material, physical comedy and fine performances by young cast members Megan Johnstone (Mairead), Charlie Gallagher (Davey) and Adam Gonet (Padraic) made for a winning formula.

Let’s talk about sex(ology)

Dr Tommy Dickinson's book 'Curing Queers' at MOSI

Dr Tommy Dickinson’s book ‘Curing Queers’ at MOSI

I was excited to hear that this was coming up when I first heard about it at the launch of Manchester Science Festival last year. The event, on Wednesday 11th March, boasted ‘scientific speed dating’ along with a variety of activities and talks taking place at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI).

I ran into a couple of friends who had signed up for speed dating and were filling in the scientific survey after ‘voting’ for who they would like to see again. The twist? After they had chosen they were told how popular each potential date was and given the opportunity to switch votes.

There’s more on this, including Hannah Fry’s ‘Mathematics of Dating’ TED Talk on Ian’s blog here.

The MOSI event also featured some quirky activities including a challenge to draw genitals in three seconds (harder than you think) and a tasting of foodstuffs considered to make us feel sexy.

There were some great talks including Dr Tommy Dickinson’s discussion of his research for the book ‘Curing Queers’ which looked at mental health treatments for homosexuality in the last century.

The closing act on the main stage was Dr Matthew Mears from the University of Sheffield who gave a very illuminating talk on the physics of ‘pole fitness’. This was demonstrated by an experienced athlete and Matt even got up there himself a couple of times.

It turns out there is a scientific reason why pole fitness requires a lot of bare flesh – it provides superior friction therefore allowing more advanced moves and acrobatics…

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