Getting lost at sea

A little while ago I got lost at sea and washed up in a disused lighthouse in London’s docklands. As luck would have it I found myself in a room full of people sitting in life rings on the floor.

When the shout went out ‘is there a marine biologist in the house?’, naturally I stepped up and volunteered to share some of my thoughts on the underwater realm. And here’s what I said:


OK so truth be told, that’s not exactly how this all came to be. A few months ago I got an email from the lovely Julian from the Lost Lectures asking me if I’d like to come along to his next event and inject some science to an eclectic and fascinating evening of incredible speakers. How could I refuse? Especially as it would be my first public appearance in a lighthouse. (Here are some pictures of the incredible venue).

And so it was a huge privilege and immense pleasure to join explorer extraordinaire Alistair Humphreys, the very wonderful The Amazings, legendary photographer Dennis Morris, fabulous Robin & Partridge, and the marvellous Retronaut Chris Wild.

Chris and Alistair’s talks are already on the Lost Lecture blog – more to follow.

Highlights of the night for me were hearing Dennis tell his story of meeting Bob Marley, getting the chance to chat with some wonderful members of the audience at half time, and this prize winning tweet:

“You know you’re lost at sea when a marine biologist talks about male seahorses getting pregnant & the boy sitting next to you winks”.

Oh, and there was the occasional sound of a life ring popping in the audience.

The Lost Lectures are a fabulous concept – Julian and the team find unconventional venues around London that are kept secret and gather together a mix of people to talk and listen, eat and drink. Be sure to check out the whole shebang: Lost Lectures.

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Siân Cwperreply
March 12, 2018 at 6:23 pm

I listened to your programme, Spirals in Time, on Radio 4 Extra, and it was by far the most interesting thing I’d heard for a very long time. Especially the queues of hermit crabs. Wonderful. Thank you. Keep at it.

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