Kitchenorium @ TEDxLeam: The Event
The doors of the Parish Church opened up at 11am, and TEDx Leamington Spa 2017 officially got underway. There were wristbands to put on, goody bags to enjoy, self-service tea and coffee, as well as a key on every seat, only one of which would unlock a box containing a special prize.
Joel and I enjoyed our salads provided by the Saxon Mill, a destination gastro-pub in nearby Warwick, and then we settled ourselves into a spot on the balcony before the talks began.
Talk 1: ‘Living in harmony with your smartphone’ by Ross Sleight
Talk 2: ‘Why does that refugee have a mobile phone?’ by Amrit Singh
Talk 3: ‘Life lessons from 30 years in Hollywood’ by Marie Rowe
Talk 4: ‘Embracing restlessness’ by Simon Parker
Video from the TED archives ‘How we can eat our landscapes’ by Pam Warhurst:
After a quick break and a little cake from Sweet As, a local cake shop specialising in chocolate, a friend helped us find seats at the back of the hall, and the talks continued.
Talk 6: ‘Superman was a foster child’ by Satwinder Sandhu
Talk 7: ‘How to let go of your past’ by David Bentley
Talk 8: ‘My best friend at nursery is 80 years old’ by Melrose Stewart
After another break, this time catered by by Nana’s Japanese Cafe (although we weren’t quick enough to taste the sushi as it disappeared in a flash), and during which my nerves started to set in, we found seats with a group of friends at the front of the hall near the stage.
Talk 9: ‘Home is who we are’ by Ruhi Hamid
Talk 10: ‘Apathy, the refugee crisis and how we can make a difference’ by Yasmin Autwal
Talk 11: ‘How to turn you home into a pop-up restaurant’ – my video!
Talk 12: ‘The power of the flower’ by Sarah Horne
Following the wrap-up of TEDx Leamington Spa 2017, we de-camped to Zou Bisou, an indepenent cafe on Regent Court, for the after party.
Live musical performances continued through the evening, including some extremely accomplished kareoke and open mic sessions including some awesome rapping by Ross Sleight and beat-boxing by David Bentley.