Questions I ask myself

I saw this

On Sun 6th February, why not spend an evening hearing the engaging stories and anecdotes of one of Britain’s most prominent journalists

Published: 2011-02-06 09:30:00 GMT
 
 

recommended to me
by a good page on Facebook that shows me Local stuff going on in Cambridge:

I was about to comment once more how wonderful it is to live in a place where there is always something interesting to do, somewhere. For example, on Tuesday night I will take courage and go and listen to a fantastic man, surrounded by people who mostly will know what he’s talking about, and my challenge is of course to understand as much as possible: you see, I have always been fascinated by Maths and Physics and Science in general. I loved it, but I’ve always been crap at learning things by heart, and solving formulas: I adored the process, but alas, the results were always wrong.
We’re going to hear this man, Sir Roger Penrose:

If you have a question about this talk, please contact jr482.
Sir Roger Penrose proposed recently to have found evidence for a Pre-Big Bang Universe. He is a mathematical physicist and Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College. He has received a number of prizes and awards, including the 1988 Wolf Prize for physics which he shared with Stephen Hawking for their contribution to our understanding of the universe. He is renowned for his work in mathematical physics, in particular his contributions to general relativity and cosmology.
FREE for everybody! Doors open at 7.40pm

Yes, you read right, it says: FREE for everybody!

So, thinking perhaps I might ask my husband and our friend whether they might be interested in hearing talks form this journalist, just for the hell of being able to say “I hear a different very interesting person talk every other day in Cambridge”, I went to check out the page, and lo and behold, the price to hear this

Writing for The Scotsman and The Guardian before moving across to BBC Radio, his wide-ranging career has taken him all over the world, placed him on the front row of major events, and brought him into contact with a whole range of famous figures. It has given him a whole trove of stories and anecdotes to share. 7.45pm, Sunday 6th February. Cambridge Arts Theatre. £22.50

was 22.50!!!!

It seems to me that talking about your job should not be something we pay for. It is the one good thing you could do, be an inspiration and source of delight and interest to so many.
I initially thought I could bring my son D. (13) to hear the journalist, as my son K. (15 soon) is coming with us to hear Penrose, while the other one babysits, I thought D. would love to hear what being a journalist is all about. It might have given him inspiration for future work: he is 13 and so skilled in many subjects, but seems more keen on the Humanities side, so what an excellent opportunity! But we’re taking him to see Macbeth, which he is studying in school, that is already an expense and between Macbeth and Mr Naughtie I have had to choose Macbeth.

And though I am immensely grateful for the opportunity of entering some of my passions without having to pay expensive college fees, I agree with our dear friend Kev last night who had expected to hear that tickets for Sir Penrose would already have been sold out, and was pretty shocked to hear that going to listen to him was FREE.

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