Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Throw open the borders, is it time for a radical response to immigration?

The Huddersfield Salon is a new space in Huddersfield for people who are interested in hearing provocative ideas from engaging speakers, and participating in stimulating debate.

October's event asks - "Throw open the borders, is it time for a radical response to immigration?"

The venue is open from 18:00, debate starts at 18:30.

Refreshments will be available at the bar.

Suggested donation - £2.50

Cafe Ollo
The Media Centre
7 Northumberland St


Thursday, 24 September 2009

Huddersfield Salon: Shopping till we drop?

Shopping till we drop?

Is the British obsession with supermarkets killing pour towns?

Love them or loathe them supermarkets have become an integral part of our lives… but are we letting them kill off our towns?

Are you in the pro camp? You find them convenient and good value… you don’t understand what the fuss is about?

Or are you frightened that our towns will be consumed by too many supermarkets?

Come and join us in a lively debate!

Doors open at 18:00, debate starts at 18:30.

Suggested contribution: £2.50 (more if you can)

Refeshments will be available at the bar.

The next Huddersfield Salon will take place on 27th Oct and 24th Nov. Subjects will include immigration and death of family.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Assisted suicide – a personal choice or a criminal act?

Tuesday 30th June Doors open at 6.00pm, debate starts at 6.30pm

Helping someone to take their own life is not only illegal but simply wrong, or is it a humane and respectful response to the rights of the individual.

Martin Johnson RN, MSc, PhD is professor in Nursing, University of Salford and editor, Nurse Education Today “It is an individual’s choice to decide how they are cared for. This includes being able if they wish, to end their life because of chronic and incurable pain and suffering.”

Dr Hans-Christian Raabe MD MRCP MRCGP DRCOG is a Manchester GP and medical coordinator of the Council for Heath and Wholeness “The real danger is that once you accept killing as the solution to a single problem, then what is to stop it being as the answer to hundreds of other problems?”

Entrance: Suggested contribution £2.50 (more if you can)

Pay at the door

Refreshments are available at the bar

Café Ollo, The Media Centre, Northumberland Street, Huddersfield HD1 1RL (2mins from train station)

For more information:

Tel: 01484 483010

Email: info@the-media-centre.co.uk


Monday, 11 May 2009

Freedom of the Streets ? Booze and the regulation of social life

Tuesday 19th May
doors open at 6.00pm, debate starts at 6.30pm

Is the extension of laws limiting alcohol consumption in public places reclaiming the streets from the drunks on behalf of the silent majority? Or is it one more step towards a town centre police state?

Josie Appleton, author of 'Against the Booze Bans - and the Hyperregulation of Public Space' says "Over the past few years, cracking open a can in the street has become not just rude, but illegal. The State is now the arbiter on questions of social etiquette which were previously decided by individuals and communities themselves."

Chris Walsh is Principal Community Safety Officer, Safer Stronger Communities, Kirklees Council. He manages a team of community safety officers who work in partnership to manage the impact of alcohol-fuelled violence, crime and anti-social behaviour in town centres across the district.

Entrance: suggested contribution £2.50, pay at the door.

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Wind turbines: energy saviours or blots on the landscape?

The next Huddersfield Salon event will take place on the 28th April between 6 and 8.30pm, the debate itself starts at 6.30pm.

The subject of the debate is 'Wind turbines: energy saviours or blots on the landscape?'


Dr Julia Meaton - Head of Strategy & Marketing Centre at Huddersfield University Business School, Julia has a keen interest in ethical and environmental issues. Recent research is looking at Environmental Management and Corporate Social Responsibility, ranging from a study of environmental grassroots movements in the UK to an analysis of environmental management in Saudi Arabian businesses.

Jane Davis - Jane farms a smallholding in Spalding, South Lincolnshire with her husband Julian. Jane is a retired health professional and has been involved with mainly rural communities since 1980. Following the installation of wind-turbines near their home, to which they didn’t object, Jane has spoken at countless meetings across the country about the disastrous effect this has had on their lives. She and her husband gave evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Economics of Renewable Energy.

Suggested contribution £2.50 (more if you can)
Pay at the door, refreshments are available at the bar.

Other dates for your diary:
19 May, 30June, 29 September, 27 October, 24 November
Subjects to be confirmed

Café Ollo, The Media Centre
Northumberland Street, Huddersfield HD1 1RL (2 mins from train station)

Call 01484 483010 for more information

some further reading/information:
The Age of Stupid - drama-documentary-animation hybrid which stars Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite as an old man living in the devastated world of 2055, watching archive footage from 2008 and asking: why didn't we stop climate change when we had the chance?

The Danish island of Samso and how they are selling power from their windfarms back to the national grid - an interesting article from the Guardian, 21 September 08, about how a Danish island is benefiting from wind power, and the response of English people when they presented their ideas here.

Windmills of the Mind by Tim Black, in Spiked magazine, 01 April 09 - an article about why a minister’s pledge to make opposition to windfarms as unacceptable as refusing to wear a seatbelt is revealing.

A provocative review of The Age of Stupid by Brendan O'Neill, from Spiked magazine, 16 March 09

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Parenting Skills: essential attributes or fads we should send to the naughty step?

Tuesday 24th March - 6:00pm til 8:30 pm


Jennie Bristow - freelance writer and researcher, author of the 'Guide to Subversive Parenting', has two young daughters

Jo Pitt - recently retired as Regional Director of the National Academy for Parenting Practitioners, a mother of four and grandmother

Entrance: Suggested contribution £2.50 (more if you can), pay at the door, refreshments are available at the bar

Other Dates for your diary: 28th April, 19th May, 30th June, 29th Sept, 27th Oct, 24th Nov - Subjects to be confirmed

Cafe Ollo, The Media Centre
Northumberland Street, Huddersfield

Tel: 01484 483010 for more information

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Thursday, 12 February 2009

‘Don’t get me started…..on Broken Communities.’

The Huddersfield Salon 24th February 2009

Listen to the summary of this event

... are our communities under threat? Is state intervention part of the problem? Do you think the state is interfering in our business too much? Or is it the responsibility of the state to intervene? ...

Dave Clements, author of ‘The Future of Community: Reports of a Death Greatly Exaggerated’, argues that “We are constantly being told that communities are under threat, that we are losing a sense of community. In reality the notion of community in Britain is actually threatened by the very thing intended to protect it; relentless government and third party interventions bent on imposing their own forms of social cohesion on the population.”

Our second speaker; Bridget Crabtree, Community Manager for the Netherhall Learning Campus in Huddersfield, will be presenting her ideas about community and government intervention. With several years experience of working within communities in Kirklees, she is in the ideal position to tell us why state intervention may be needed.

The tenth in a series of successful topical debates held at The Media Centre in Huddersfield, the Salon aims to bring provocative ideas from engaging speakers to its audience to stimulate exciting debate.

With ‘change’ being the global word of the moment, both economically and environmentally, perhaps it’s a time for change in the way our communities work.

What do you think? Come along and join in the debate!

Starting at 6pm on Tuesday 24th February at Café Ollo in the Media Centre on Northumberland Street, the event normally finishes at 8:30pm.

There is a £2.50 entrance fee and refreshments are available.