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In an age of obesity where sugary, fatty food is available 24/7, will it ever be possible to control our appetites? The Professor of Metabolism and Medicine describes how the brain and not the stomach controls what and how much we eat; and how scientists are working to conquer the many triggers for overeating. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
The authors attempt to avert a potential global catastrophe by showing that the grounds for war do not exist, that there are no Iranian nuclear weapons, and that Iran would happily come to a table and strike a deal. They argue that the military threats aimed by the West against Iran contravene international law, and argue that Iran is a civilised country and legitimate power across the Middle East. Chaired by Bronwen Maddox.
The powerfully moving and often hilarious letters exchanged between two of the most significant warhorses in history: the dignified Marengo, devoted bearer of Napoleon; and the dashing Copenhagen, a slightly flighty racehorse who became the warhorse of the Duke of Wellington.
A glorious mash of fandom, lyric-love and life-lessons. The journalist tackles race, religion and rock’n’roll and his passionate belief that the songs of Bruce Springsteen contain the secrets of life, love and happiness. Inviting the audience to share their dilemmas, he offers heartfelt advice based on Springsteen’s lyrics.
One in eight people in the world still go to bed hungry despite our planet providing enough food for everyone. With the UK hosting the G8 Summit in June, what will they deliver to tackle this scandal? Resurgence & Ecologist editor, Satish Kumar; author and journalist Roger Thurow; Concern Universal's Esther Mweso; and Oxfam’s Head of UK Campaigns (and chair of IF’s Organising Committee) Sally Copley suggest ways forward.
With exquisite and tortured vocals and an onstage persona in the tradition of Rita Hayworth, Texan beauty Chrysta Bell smoulders in her collaboration with iconic film director David Lynch. Infusing a dark and airy soundscape with breathy inflections and soulful melodies, this otherworldly femme fatale is lyrically spellbinding. Please note David Lynch will not be performing with Chrysta Bell as part of this event.
The former UN Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs exposes the often depressing difficulties behind providing humanitarian aid to some of the most troubled spots in the world – on his beat: Sri Lanka, Darfur, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The maverick and veteran MP, Father of the House, scourge of the Front Benches and opponent of wars considers his parliamentary career, spanning 43 years and 8 administrations.
The Consultant Clinical Psychologist addresses the issues arising from the fact that children and young people are increasingly among those being diagnosed with diabetes but only 1 in 6 of them succeed in controlling it, despite support from parents and professionals.
Set in a brilliantly-observed rural Indiana, ‘the bastard son of the Midwest’, Kimberling’s Snapper is a book about bird-watching, a woman who won’t stay true, and a pick-up truck that won’t start. Filer’s The Shock Of The Fall tells the tale of a man’s descent into mental illness.
John and Helen Price open the gates to their farm, which specialises in producing top quality beef from their single suckler herd. The farm produces all its own fodder and feed crops and supplies both local and national retailers. Crops include wheat, barley, oilseed rape and forage maize.
A short walk to see the herd grazing will take place if the weather permits. Beef from the farm will be served in bread rolls at the end of the visit.
A conversation with the plumber’s mate, lawyer, politician and memoirist, who spent 13 years at the heart of the New Labour government. He was Foreign Secretary at the time of 9/11 and the Iraq War.
In Manning’s My Notorious Life By Madam X the headstrong daughter of Irish immigrants, forced to beg for pennies as a child on the brutal streets of New York City, grows up to become the most successful – and controversial – midwife of her time. The story chimes perfectly with Kate Summerscale’s tale of Victorian scandal and divorce Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace.
We face a number of international challenges – climate change, finance, pandemics, cyber security, and migration – which spill over national boundaries. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the UN, the IMF, the World Bank – bodies created in a very different world, more than 60 years ago – are inadequate for the task of managing such risk in the C21st.
The curator of the blockbuster exhibition explores the extraordinary sculpture and drawings created during the last European Ice Age, the oldest known figurative art in the world. Highlights include the Swimming Reindeer (13,000 years old), the so-called Willendorf Venus (25,000 years old) and the Vogelherd horse (32,000 years old).