This year I finally got tickets to go and see Brian and Robin’s Christmas Compendium of Reason after seeing so many tweets and blog posts about it over he last two years. It was amazing and this blog post is really for me to keep a record of all the acts we got to see on the night as I am rubbish at remembering these things. So here goes…
First up was Jack Liebeck’s quartet.
The Public Service Broadcasting who were so different it was good.
They even bought out a dancing astronaut/cosmonaut.
The Brian and Robin did a bit of an introduction to the night and as you can see we had great seats just back in the stalls.
Then we saw Helen Czerski with her pet globe.
Then we had computational biologist Andrew Steele who took us through research spending (I want his powerpoint presenting skills!).
A better photo of Robin and Brian.
Then Festival of the Spoken Nerd and I definitely want to see these guys again!
The we had a great presentation on genealogy by Adam Rutherford.
Followed by a talk from Steve Backshall.
Then Chris Lintott went through gravitational waves (I was lost!).
Then the next one I wasn’t sure about from Alice Roberts and Ben Garrod.
Then James Acaster performed his stand up routine.
Then before the break we had more music from Nitin Sawney who has a beautiful voice.
During the break we found that Steve Backshall was now sat in front of us and taking selfies with fans (I did not ask for one).
Then we had more music from the quartet from the beginning and The Hackney Colliery Band.
This was awesome and again I would look to see these guys again.
Sophie Ellis Bexter then joined them on stage.
Then Clifford Slapper and David McAlmont performed and were amazing!
Next was a panel that was most like the podcast I love – The Infinite Monkey Cage – I would have loved more of this, but it was a great show anyway!
The Lucy Cooke came on and really bought the science and comedy together.
The Greg Foot came on for some experiments and this was great fun!
The Ben Goldacre was fantastic and the fastest talker I have ever seen! This was really interesting as well as it was all about the trials that do not get published.
Milton Jones who is famous for his one-liner stand up, which I find funny to begin with, but then it gets old fast. Sorry Milton.
The we got to hear a brief talk about his time in space from Chris Hadfield.
Then the night ended with Duran Duran – who I totally did not have to ask my sister who is 10 years older than me who there were, definitely didn’t happen!
Overall this was a fantastic night and I hope to get tickets for next year!