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Tech Monthly: Playtime: THE MONTH IN GEEK

July 13, 2014

Archaeological Zoo

2 and 16 August, 11am-12.30pm and 2-3.30pm, Museum of London Archaeology, Mortimer Wheeler House, London. Tickets pounds 7.50. Book online at

Fascinating look at the skeletal remains of some of the Museum of London Archaeology's zoological treasures.

Dragonflies and butterflies on the Lizard

3 August, 10am-1pm. Meet at Windmill Farm nature reserve, Mullion, Cornwall, TR12 7DN, free

Zip down to the Lizard and keep your eyes open for red veined darters - dragonflies with a fetching scarlet hue.

A Musical Evening: Franklin's Glass Armonica

4 August, 6pm, Benjamin Franklin House, 36 Craven Street, London, pounds 5/pounds 3.50. To book phone 0207 925 1405

Discover the story behind Franklin's spinning glass-bowl contraption that inspired Mozart, Bach and Jarvis Cocker.

Having the Stomach for It

6 August, 12.30-1.30pm, The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, London. Free

Laura Buck from the Natural History Museum unpacks the mystery of why Neanderthals had a taste for non-nutritious and seemingly harmful plants.

An Offally Good Adventure

9 August, 7-9pm, Life Science Centre, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP, pounds 39.50. Book at

Nibble at a kidney and sup on a soupcon of liver at this hearty meal, complete with a talk on the cultural and scientific significance of edible organs.

Athlete preparation: what can we learn for our own health?

11 August, 7pm, The Victorian Bar, Tron Theatre, Glasgow. Free, but donations welcome

Dr Stuart Gray limbers up to reveal how an athlete's lifestyle can be harnessed to tackle medical conditions.

Five Day Smelt

11-15 August, 11am-1pm, 2-4pm, St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff. Free

Your chance to embrace iron-age tech and discover how metal objects were fashioned before rapid prototyping.

From Cavalry Charges to Beasts of Burden: Horses and War in History

13 August, 6-8pm, The Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Museum of Technology, Isaac Newton Road, Arborfield, Berkshire, RG2 9NH. Tickets pounds 7. To book, call 0118 976 3223

Dr Karen Jones examines the role of real-life warhorses, exploring their changing use in battle between the Crimean war and the last cavalry charge of the first world war.

Bletchley Park presents Andrew Hodges on Alan Turing

17 August, 2-4pm, Bletchley Park, The Mansion, Milton Keynes. Tickets pounds 20. To book, call 01908 272684 or book online at

Mathematician Andrew Hodges delves into the inspirational life and tragic death of code-cracker Alan Turing.

The Crossness Pumping Station

31 August, 10.30am-4pm. The Old Works, London, Belvedere Road, London SE2 9AQ. pounds 6.00/pounds 2

This building, dubbed an "iron cathedral" of Victorian engineering, was built as a sewerage hub for London. It's closed for restoration, so don't miss out on this rare opportunity to see it.

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Source: Observer (UK)

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