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THE GOTHIC PERIOD IN ENGLAND AND WESTERN EUROPE
History of Architecture

The Gothic style is widespread and has beautiful examples in most cities around Europe. This presentation will indicate the technical achievements of the Gothic masons and how they broke away from the Classical tradition of Greece and Rome. Regional characteristics developed as the style expanded throughout Europe and during this particular analysis there will be an outline of the examples in England and Western Europe.

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A STROLL THROUGH THE MULTIVERSE
Astronomy and Cosmology

Tonight’s main presentation is entitled ‘A Stroll Through The Multiverse’. Our universe may be one of an infinite number, taken together giving a ‘Multiverse’. There is some compelling argument from different fields of physics behind Multiverse hypotheses. You decide if they could be acceptable theory or just science fiction.

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THE GROWTH OF THE EMPIRE, FORMAL AND INFORMAL, 1783-1914
British History

An analysis showing how it developed, the challenges if had to face, and the effect both the formal empire and the ‘informal empire’ on Britain’s role in the world.

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THE ROLE OF BRITISH CONSULATES
General Lectures
The Role of British Consulates and the many changes that are taking place in the organisation as well as the assistance available for visitors from the United Kingdom to Spain and for UK residents in Spain. For further information or to reserve click
FROM OLIGARCHY TO DEMOCRACY, THE ROAD TO REFORM, 1815-1928
British History

How British society changed from an agrarian oligarchy to a modern democratic state, what challenges the reformers had to face, and how they were able to succeed.

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TURBINE BLADE MANUFACTURE
STEAM

The lecture will cover the manufacture of advanced Blades and Vanes for Industrial Gas Turbines by Precision Casting (sometimes referred to as the lost wax process). It will show not only equiaxed Blade and Vane production, but also advanced Directionally Solidified and Single Crystal blades for very large power gas turbines.

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BONE HEALTH, STRENGTH AND BALANCE
General Lectures
This lecture covers the need for awareness and education in ways that can deliver a higher level of freedom by unleashing physical performance, for anyone, in ways never thought possible by using a non pharmaceutical option to bone health. For further information or to reserve click
THE STRUGGLE FOR FEMALE EMANCIPATION
British History

From the mid 19th century to 1928, showing how the emancipation gradually happened, the violent opposition to it, and the eventual success of it when Britain finally became a functioning democracy when the female half of the population were enfranchised.

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SAILING INTO INTERSTELLAR SPACE
Astronomy and Cosmology

Following A&C news and Tonight’s Sky, the main presentation is: ‘Sailing Into Interstellar Space’. Some scientists warn that we need to reach an alternative home before our planet becomes inhabitable. So, what is the feasibility of interstellar travel and of supporting technologies enabling significant percentages of the speed of light?

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ERA - EVOLVING THROUGH YOUR EMOTIONS
Mind Body and Spirit

ERA (Emotions Released Ad-Infinitum (forever)) is a therapy which identifies emotions (conscious and unconscious) that have never been resolved, where they are held in the body, whether they are past or present. One can learn how to release them in minutes and sometimes seconds, forever. Once liberated from the emotion, more of the true essence/self is available.

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THE ISLAMIC PERIOD IN SPAIN AND ITS ROOTS
History of Architecture

A much requested repeat of this very popular presentation which demonstrates how Islamic architecture developed together with an analysis of its particular spatial articulation. The main characteristics of this style and its surface treatment makes it unique in the History of architecture.  The origins and movement of the peoples involved play an important role. An overview of the magnificent examples that remain in Spain will take place with reference to emblematic buildings in the rest of the world.

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COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION
General Lectures

An overview of the history and current work of the CWGC and its involvement in Spain

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THE DEATH OF VICTORIAN ENGLAND
Tuesday Talks
Victorianism died under the onslaught of the Tory party, the Irish, the trade unionists and the Suffragettes. For further information or to reserve click
CLIMATE CHANGE: THE BIG LIE?
STEAM

Anthropogenic Global Warming aka Climate Change: the Big Lie. A review of historical data on global climate is presented, with attention given to the record of CO2 atmospheric concentrations.  This is compared with modern data, and current theories linking man-made CO2 emissions to catastrophic climate change. 

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WORLD WAR ONE- THE CONFLICT FROM WHICH BRITAIN NEVER RECOVERED
British History

In 1914 Britain had largest empire, greatest naval power and also the greatest wealth of all the major nations. But all of this was shattered by the war and we never recovered from it economically, militarily, or diplomatically.

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Astronomy and Cosmology
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Mind Body and Spirit
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SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE ARCHITECTURE OF THE RECONQUISTA
History of Architecture

The Christian kingdom’s conquering of territories from Al-Andalus took several centuries throughout the entire peninsula. The architecture that developed during the years of the ‘Reconquista’ show the influence of both Islamic Spain and northern France with the fully-fledged Gothic style. The blend of styles makes this period of the architectural development of Spain unique from the rest of Europe.

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General Lectures
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THE COURT OF FELIPE IV AND THE CONDE-DUQUE DE OLIVARES
Tuesday Talks

This talk examines the relationship between Felipe IV and his ‘valido’, the Conde-Duque de Olivares, and how it affected both Spain and its position in the Habsburg Empire. There will also be a discussion of the infamous Marie de Medici, the court painter Valazquez, and the hypocrisy of ‘limpieza de sangre’.

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DESKTOP FABRICATION
STEAM
Two decades ago the availability of consumer led products such as personal computers, flatbed scanners and quality printers led to a minor revolution in the production of publications. This became known as 'Desktop Publishing'. For further information or to reserve click
THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP OF GREAT BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES
British History

The closeness and importance of this relationship has always been disputed, and the question today is “Will it survive Trump?”

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Tuesday Talks
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Astronomy and Cosmology
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Mind Body and Spirit
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WORLD WAR TWO AND THE END OF THE PAX BRITANNICA
British History

A war the British did well to survive though a terrible price was paid. The event changed Britain from one of the world’s foremost powers to a second rank power

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THE DRUNKARD'S WALK
STEAM
This talk will aim to explain the principles that govern chance and the way they play out in business, economics, politics and other areas of human affairs. For further information or to reserve click
GREAT BRITAIN AND ITS TROUBLED RELATIONSHIP WITH EUROPE
British History

Since the Reformation Britain has always been the ‘odd man out’ in Europe. This was improved over the last 44 years by being part of the EU. Now this country is in the process of retreating once again into Splendid Isolation.

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THE ADVENT OF THE RENAISSANCE
History of Architecture

The Renaissance revival began in Florence as early as 1420 with the work of Filippo Brunelleschi and continued in Rome and northern Italy with the work of Leon Battista Alberti. These two masters of the Early Renaissance set the path for the development of the style that in the following years became known as High Renaissance and Mannerism.

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Mind Body and Spirit
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THE RENAISSANCE PERIOD IN ITALY
History of Architecture
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THE RENAISSANCE PERIOD IN WESTERN EUROPE
History of Architecture
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BRITISH ARCHITECTURE FROM TUDOR TO GEORGIAN PART 1
History of Architecture
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BRITISH ARCHITECTURE FROM TUDOR TO GEORGIAN PART 2
History of Architecture
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GREAT WOMEN WHO HAVE SHAPED OUR WORLD THROUGH HISTORY
Tuesday Talks
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THE BOER WAR
Tuesday Talks
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VICTORIAN LONDON AND THE DAYS OF THE EMPIRE PART 2
Tuesday Talks
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VICTORIAN LONDON AND THE DAYS OF THE EMPIRE PART 1
Tuesday Talks
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THE BARBARY CORSAIRS
Tuesday Talks
THE BARBARY CORSAIRS - Pirates who roamed the Mediterranean and along the British coast. For further information or to reserve click
A & C
Astronomy & Cosmology

Some really complex stuff.

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General Lectures

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General Lectures
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