Can a bacon sandwich kill you?

1 Nov Risk flyer amendIt’s not the usual topic for exposition on this site, but you can see how this question might interest me. And there is a loose jazz link.

This – or words to this effect – is the subject of a talk by David Spiegelhalter, the Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge, or Professor Risk in shorthand, which is part of a whole very exciting weekend of events devoted to the exploration and (mainly artistic) experience of risk.

Unsurprisingly, it goes by the portmanteau title: RISK. I rather like the way the exclamation mark has been incorporated upside down as the I in RISK on the postcard that asks us: are you up for it?

So what’s Professor Risk going to be talking about, and when?

The blurb I have says this: “Using statistics to examine some of the choices we make every day, David Spiegelhalter, will look at how we can better deal with the uncertainties and risks in our lives. Is it wise to drive when you love cycling? Are bacon sandwiches really that dangerous? These are just some of the questions that will be tackled during this thought-provoking presentation.”

This is happening in the Auditorium at Birmingham Town Hall on Saturday 2 November at 3pm. In fact, the whole RISK weekend is in Town Hall, and includes an all-night jazz session (bacon sandwiches might make another appearance at the dawn conclusion of that one), a coming together of diverse musicians who might never have played together before – or even have met – called At Your Own Risk, and performances in the round by a duo of trumpeter Arve Henriksen and sampler/electronics manipulator Jan Bang, and the Australian trio The Necks.

And there are other fascinating talks too – more about all this in the days to come.

RISK weekend is 1-3 November, it’s the brilliant brainchild of THSH and you can find out more here.

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