Just off Chapel Street, 100m from Salford Central Station, an easy 10 minute walk from Deansgate. The Kings Arms pub is home to music, theatre and comedy. – don’t delete, this is for search engines.
Events in January–February 2019
- Greater Manchester Skeptics Society present: Erin Carrie: Does English even exist? Thoughts on language – the good, the bad and the ugly
Greater Manchester Skeptics Society present: Erin Carrie: Does English even exist? Thoughts on language – the good, the bad and the ugly
Over a quarter of the world’s population speaks English, either as a first or second language, but what is this thing we call English? Can we really say that billions of people speak the same language? We certainly don’t all speak it in the same ways. With so many regional differences and new varieties constantly emerging, it is difficult to find the boundaries of English but it’s safe to say that the dictionaries and grammars don’t tell the full story.
In this talk, Dr Erin Carrie will be offering an alternative view on English and its many accents and dialects. She’ll also be discussing why we tend to think some accents and dialects of English are better than others. So, come along if you’ve ever wondered what it means to speak good or bad English, to have a posh or common accent or, even, which accent makes you sound more attractive to others. She’ll be showing that these judgements often say more about society than language.
Erin Carrie is a linguist working at the interface between Sociolinguistics and the Social Psychology of Language, with a particular interest in language variation and change, language attitudes, and folk perceptions regarding varieties of English speech.
She holds an MA (Hons) in French and Spanish and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of St Andrews, and is now a Lecturer in Linguistics in the Department of Languages, Information and Communications at Manchester Metropolitan University. She teaches a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate units in Linguistics and supervises research projects at undergraduate, Master’s and PhD levels.
- LUDO IS FANTASTIC Screening
LUDO IS FANTASTIC Screening
Ludo is Fantastic
Directed by Willie Stewart
Since the early 1960’s, wildman Ludo Mich has been actively operating on the fringes and the fringes of the fringes of the Antwerp underground art scene. Ludo exists inside the ‘M Dimension’ the world of his own creation in which he has produced a significant body of work across visual art, holographic sculpture, Fluxus film, performance, Avant Garde science and philosophy. The core of his work is always the same: a need to stay pure to his own beliefs, regardless of the consequence. His family and friends know Ludo to be full of love and generosity. Devoted fans know him as a performer who continues to surprise and astonish. But despite 50 plus years of production, Ludo remains practically unknown outside of Belgium.
‘It is his curse to be an outlaw, always,’ remarks his housemate Frank. Ludo has been banned from numerous bars and cafes in his home town due to arousals of raucous happenings and incidents of nudity. In 2014, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts threatened to sue Ludo over a claim that a performance of his instigated the audience to mishandle works from the Academy’s collection. The police have been called to his home/studio on numerous occasions by neighbors complaining that Ludo’s loud barbarous joyful laughter had been going on for just too long. Now in his 70’s, Ludo’s work continues to gain integrity as he ignores conformity, financial gain and stays one step ahead of conventional and conservative art. Through a mix of archival footage, interviews with family and friends and fly on the wall footage, Ludo Is Fantastic immerses us in the world of the ‘Mich Dimension.’
- Greater Manchester Skeptics Society present: Tourism and Global Sustainability: Are We Loving the Planet to Death?
Greater Manchester Skeptics Society present: Tourism and Global Sustainability: Are We Loving the Planet to Death?
Tourism and holidaymaking is an enjoyable activity that everyone has at least some experience of, and is generally regarded as a desirable and overall benign phenomenon. However, tourism is posing increasingly intractable issues at both the micro scale – ‘overtourism’ at hyper-popular destinations including Venice and Barcelona, for instance – and also at the macro scale, referring primarily to the environmental impacts of global tourist travel. The projected growth in global numbers of trips clearly has significant impacts for climate change - but no-one wants to mention them! Dr Chris Stone is here to do so, presenting a lively, entertaining, controversial, yet lighthearted talk challenging peoples’ perceptions and attitudes about holidaymaking, and encouraging informed scepticism about tourism as an industry and activity in the twenty-first century.
Chris Stone is a tourism expert, and a university educator with an international perspective and extensive experience of working across academia, government, and the commercial sector. His expertise has been recognised with appointments with the European Commission, European Parliament, and tourism industry professional bodies. He has fifty publications under his belt, and since 2006 has served as an External Examiner for tourism and hospitality management programmes at six university institutions across UK, Asia, the Caribbean, and Africa — and has been invited as tourism expert to countries including Argentina, Spain, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Romania, and others.
Situated just off Chapel Street, 100 metres from Salford Central Station and an easy 10 minute walk from Deansgate the Kings Arms is a pub, music venue and theatre with artist’s studios. A bit more than your average boozer.
“Britain’s most bohemian back-street boozer”
– The Guardian
“All told, it’s hard to fault this pub – even the jukebox has won awards.”
– Time Out Shortlist Manchester
Under new management from December 2011, come down to the Kings for a beer in bar, a snifter in the snug, a get together in the garden or just head upstairs for the best in entertainment.