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Is debate dead? - Flashmob!

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Our popular signature event, the debate is back this month with an added difference! Flashmob.

We're going to the oldest coffee house in London - the home of debating - to hold our debate amongst the general public in the bar. We'll have our own area and follow our usual format but with a little more spontaneity.

Not like your typical university debate..the topic is announced shortly after arrival - This makes for the fun, quick thinking challenge we love.

Don't worry, the topics are chosen intentionally to suit the format so it doesn't matter how much you know about a particular subject.

It is also a social event with plenty of time to grab a drink and chat within small groups. This is the perfect event for those of you that want the chance to contribute without feeling the need to use debating jargon or want the chance to be involved without getting up in front of a room of people.

After the topic is announced and the initial buzz has calmed, two volunteer teams will then take to the floor to argue the for and against case. They are given 10 minutes each to devise their argument, often with people keen to help from the floor. This is perfect for novice debaters, those of you who haven't debated for a while, or people that simply want to give it a go.

A unique, informal take on the typical debate, there is plenty of opportunity for smaller group discussions and a chance for everyone to have their say on the topic and whatever is on your mind that day. The ideal way to meet new people and enjoy intelligent conversation over a few drinks.

If you're tired of easily offending people with your craving for a good debate or simply want to discuss the important topics of the day outside of the office without being told its not the time or place, then this is the social for you.

Please arrive from 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

£4 Entry

Look forward to seeing you there

'The first coffeehouse in London ( was opened in 1652 in St Michael's Alley, Cornhill (,_London). From 1670 to 1685 the amount London coffee-houses began to multiply, and also began to gain political importance due to their popularity as places of debate.'