Nerd Nite London is a monthly event where three speakers give 18-21 minute fun-yet-informative talks across all disciplines, while the audience drinks along.
Address: V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA
Date: Wednesday 19th October.
Tickets: Early nerd tickets £6, general admission £7.50. Tickets available here
Time: Doors open 6.30pm, event starts 7.30pm
This month’s Nerd Nite’s speakers will show you that everything you think you know about London is wrong, prove that knitting is good for your emotional wellbeing, and explain what happens to language when people from 40 different cultures on an island the size of the Isle of Wight are asked to pick a language they would all like to speak and trade in. Featuring guest host Dan Walker-Smith, and an introductory presentation from Nerd Nite Miami boss, Melissa Blundell Osario
It all sounds like double Dutch to me.
What happens to language when people from 40 different cultures on an island the size of the Isle of Wight are asked to pick a language they would all like to speak and trade in? That’s what happened in Curacao in the Dutch Caribbean. This presentation will chart the history of Curacao and the evolution of the language of Papiamentu.
Sarina was born on the island of Curacao, formerly part of the Netherlands Antilles, still part of the Dutch Kingdom) and is fascinated by languages because she grew up speaking such an absurd one. She works as a designer for an exhibition agency in London and can be caught checking out architecture and eavesdropping on your conversations on the tube
Everything You Know About London Is Wrong
Do you think the Queen is at home when the Union Flag is over Buckingham Palace? You probably don’t, because you’re clever, and you know that it should be the Royal Standard. But you might be surprised by some of the other popular misconceptions about London. That statue of Eros isn’t actually Eros. The tower everyone calls Big Ben was never officially called St Stephen’s Tower either. It isn’t illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament. Having a London postcode does not mean you live in London. And Jimi Hendrix was definitively not responsible for the flocks of parrots that now bedevil the capital. While we’re at it, it’s quite possible that London doesn’t exist at all. Find out why in this entertaining talk by Londonist Editor-at-Large Matt Brown, whose new book ‘Everything You Know About London Is Wrong’ turns a skeptical eye on the capital.
Knitting to Ninety- how knitting needles help you live longer
Nana knows what’s up. Knitting and crochet can be good for your mental – and physical – health. I’ll run through the science on why knitting a sweater can help you live a longer, happier life (and also keep you warm).
Rachel Rayner is a crocheter and a knitter, not a doctor or a scientist. During the day, she works in an office, and during the evening, she plays with yarn and writes about it on www.amiguru.me.
This month’s Nerd Nite will be presented by Dan Walker-Smith, and feature an introductory presentation by Nerd Nite Miami’s boss, Melissa Blundell Osario
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, or liking us on Facebook . For more information about the Shine Trust visit www.shinetrust.org.uk