The Olympics aren’t the only failure show in London this week.
The Wilmington Arms pub in Islington hosted a night of embracing failure as a part of the ‘Bright Club’, alternative comedy night. Katherine L Aitchison of UCL reported in her post ‘Embracing Failure’…
- “On this night, researchers, academics and otherwise serious folk gather in the tiny room and, for two hours, tell silly stories and generally make fun of their chosen careers. The event is understandably popular; tickets had sold out and I was glad that I got there early enough to grab a seat on a rickety wooden bench…Each month’s gathering has a theme and the chosen topic for July was ‘Failure’ in order to tie in with UCL’s series of Olympic-themed events, Exercise your brain. The idea being to take the edge off all the talk of winning and medals inspired by the Games by celebrating the fact that not everything always goes according to plan. As any academic will be able to tell you, failure is a fact of research and it’s something you have to learn to embrace very quickly when entering the world of research.”
As the Olympic Opening Ceremonies punctuated boldly, the British are world class in making fun of themselves and their foibles and this event showcased both.