NON LAAG EVENT (CLHG Talk): Stevyn Colgan - The Skeptical Bobby

THIS IS A NON-LAAG EVENT (From Central London Humanists Group)

(LAAG is about promotion and celebration of 'Reason' as a whole (with atheism as the biggest, but not only topic). Our friends at CLHG have asked us to list this one. Please note, LAAG organisers may not be present, therefore if you wish to meet up with other members who have RSVP'd 'yes', you will need to arrange that yourselves in the 'comments' boxes below, or by emailing each other from 'members' in the top menu )

ABOUT THE EVENT (Text from CLHG)


How to introduce this amazing man? After leaving school Stevyn gained places at both art and catering colleges, he turned them down and instead accepted a drunken £50 bet with his homicide detective father that he could survive six months as a police officer. He consequently joined the Metropolitan Police Service in London in February 1980 and stayed for 30 years.

Stevyn Colgan's talk 'Skeptical Bobby' received this review by Prof Richard Dawkins

'Superb talk at QEDCon by Stevyn Colgan. Intelligent and humane'

The BHA said, 'Stevyn Colgan was fantastic! Beautiful and inspiring talk'

With respect to Stevyn's book Joined-Up Thinking  Stephen Fry said, 'I found myself fascinated and somewhat dizzy. Most impressive'

Quite simply he comes highly recommended and we strongly suggest you do not miss his talk.


Door at 6.30 pm for talk at 7.00 p.m.


Please arrive early to have a glass of wine from our CLHG Charity Wine Bar find your seat and chat with other members.

Donations to the wine bar will go to Shelter Stevyn's chosen charity.


All our talks are open to the general public and free to attend but we ask those who can to make a donation of what they can afford to cover the costs of room and equipment hire and help keep our talks free to all.

Stevyn Colgan is an author, artist, songwriter, speaker and oddly‐spelled Cornishman. He is one of the ‘Elves’ that research and write the popular BBC TV series QI and co‐writes its sister show, The Museum of Curiosity, for BBC Radio 4.

He has, among other things, been a chef, a potato picker, a milkman and a police officer. 

He has written briefing notes for two Prime Ministers and TV scripts for Gerry Anderson and Doctor Who.

He’s helped build dinosaur skeletons for the Natural History Museum, movie monsters for Bruce Willis to shoot at, and was the official artist for the 2006 National Children’s Book Fair.

He has been set on fire twice, been shot at once, and has given hundreds of talks across the UK and USA on a variety of subjects from problem solving to Cornish mythology to why he believes that he wasn’t even vaguely intelligently designed.

He is a regular at festivals and events such as Skeptics in the Pub, Cornbury, Harrogate, Hay, Latitude and the Edinburgh Fringe.

He is the author of Joined‐Up Thinking (Pan Macmillan 2008), Henhwedhlow: The Clotted Cream of Cornish Folk Tales (Kowethas 2010) and Constable Colgan’s Connectoscope® (Unbound 2013).

He is currently writing a comedy crime novel and a book about art, recording an album of his own songs and developing an animated series based on Constable Colgan’s Connectoscope®.

He stops inordinately frequently for tea.

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  • rodney k.

    an absolute waste of my time and travel money. Booring to the extreme. Staying awake was a challenge. What makes this man think he has anything interesting to say to atheist or even humanists ? He turns up looking as if he sleeps rough, overweight. my only other contact with a Humanist was at my first LAAG meeting, he touched me for 20 quid and I haven't seen him since.
    That's me being skeptical. Rod King

    September 19, 2013

    • rodney k.

      Sorry I hit enter before finishing. As regards the twenty quid, at my first LAAG meeting at the Deveneau Pub some months ago, I met a man, I will give you his name privately, who said he was a member of the London Humanists and could I lend him twenty quid. he gave me his phone number, I called left a message and have heard no more. It's not really a problem obviously, be he and the Skeptical Bobby are my only contacts with the Humanists and I am not impressed. Perhaps later I will find I am wrong.

      September 29, 2013

    • Steve C.

      Hi Rodney, my email address is [masked]

      September 29, 2013

  • rodney k.

    I have an idea, is this the place to start a new thread?

    September 19, 2013

    • rodney k.

      Thanks Georgi.

      September 20, 2013

    • Georgi L.

      You're welcome. I guess you will have realised that once you're on the linked page I gave you, you just click on the 'start new discussion' at the top left, and away you go. And btw, there is a permanent 'technical help' document posted in the REFERENCE forum. That link is here:http://www.meetup.com...­. Feel free to email me if you need any further assistance, and I'll talk you through it on the phone if you like.

      September 20, 2013

  • Jenna

    Am I missing something? What does this have to do with atheism?

    September 14, 2013

    • rodney k.

      it may be that he's had an interesting life, but he certainly didn't tell us about it last night. It must be another life entirely that impressed our St. Richard etc.

      September 19, 2013

    • rodney k.

      That was not meant to be derogatory or Richard, if there can be such a thing as an Atheist Saint, he is it.

      September 19, 2013

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