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The Lost Lectures: Big Fight Live!

On November 22nd and 23rd 2013 we played host to our feistiest finale to date and plunge to the dingy depths of London’s fight scene in a bastion of bare knuckle brilliance. It was the final knockout event of our 2013 season right here in London. Pound for pound,it was the punchiest one yet, a vintage boxing spectacle with a roster of global heavyweights and hard-hitters from the world of art, science, design and technology and entertainment taking to the ring for a night of knockout inspiration and ideas. Each evening brought a boxing bout straight from the glory days: six world-class speakers, interactive installations, rap vs. poetry battles and of course, a BIG fight to finish things off. The whole event was livestreamed and available for free across the internwebs.



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Hadyn Parry

In the mosquito world, Hadyn is public enemy number one. He is CEO of Oxitec, a pioneering, British biotech company that uses advanced genetic methods to control populations of the dengue mosquito and other harmful insects that affect hundreds of millions of people each year. They do this by releasing ‘sterile’ males of the damage-causing species: a highly targeted form…

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James Freedman

James is a persuader, a showman and a thief. Dubbed ‘the man of steal’ he’s been responsible for pickpocketing the likes of Boris Johnson, Mervin King, even Wayne Rooney and is acknowledged as being one of the most talented pickpockets in the world: a skill that has seen him advise police forces and security professionals alike, and even seen him…

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Caroline Criado-Perez

Caroline Criado-Perez: is the founder of the Women's Room and one of the UK's leading feminists. Alongside writing for the nation's leading newspapers, she has spearheaded a series of highly influential campaigns. Most recently, she convinced the Bank of England to keep a woman on the face of British currency-- and suffered a torrent of abuse as a result. Always…

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Susie Lau

Susie Lau: also known as Susie Bubble, is a fashion phenomenon. One time editor of Dazed Digital, she’s now one of the world’s most influential bloggers. Her blog StyleBubble, read by more than 30K readers a day consists of her widely read thoughts and observations on fashion, with a focus on spotlighting young and unknown talent. She's attended catwalks from…

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Jasper Gibson

Jasper Gibson: is the co-founder of The Poke: the biggest humour site in the UK whose ambitious goal is to administer an antidote to the daily grind.  They do this rather successfully using all manner of memes, mash-ups and spoof news stories.  The Poke (a self-confessed labour of love) has been responsible for hits such as the Nick Clegg apology…

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Reeps One

Reeps One: is one of the biggest performers in the international beatbox scene and pioneer in the art of vocal percussion. He is on another level from been-there-done-that traditional beatboxing basslines, redefined a genre of his very own and marrying his passion for art and music to delve into the world of cymatics (the study of visible sound and vibration). Reeps…

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Simon Baron-Cohen

Simon Baron-Cohen is a world leading neuroscientist and Cambridge professor -- an altogether more serious sort than that other Baron-Cohen, his cousin. He's spent his career conducting research into autism and has garnered a string of accolades, awards and even appeared in Time magazine in recognition of his pioneering work. His early theory of 'mind blindness' has changed the way…

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Ruby Wax

A woman who surely needs no introduction (but still gets one), Ruby Wax has had a stellar career. Whether performing standup, being a charity ambassador, or simply being Ruby, she's been delighting audiences for decades over. Most recently, she has taken on the brave mission of exploring how mental illness is mistreated by society: with her own periods of depression,…

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Dave Cornthwaite

Dave is an adventurer who has travelled over 16,000 miles as part of the groundbreaking Expedition1000 project: 25 journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non-motorised transport. He's completed 8 of these so far, including a record-breaking solo descent of the Mississippi on a stand up paddle board, and a 1001 mile swim down the…

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Lauren Pears

Lauren is an entrepreneur and as far as cat lovers are concerned, the cat that got the cream. In a few weeks time, Lauren will open doors to Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, the UK's first ever cat cafe. For the uninitiated, cat cafes are part cafe, part boutique petting zoo, where guests are given a kitten with their cappuccino (or…

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Adam Kay

Adam Kay is a comedian, writer of scripted comedy for television (with credits from Anna & Katy to Mitchell & Webb, and Mongrels to Up The Women), and strangely - a former doctor. He'll teach you how to be one too in his lecture, How to be a Bogus Doctor. Essentially, he'll run through how to fob off, rip off and…

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Tim Woolgar – Chess Boxing

We figured ‘The BIG FIGHT LIVE’ would not be complete without, well…a big fight. So we’re clearing the stage, dimming the lights, cranking up the entrance music as the ring comes into its own, complete with fighters, referee, commentator…and a chess board, of course. Introducing the sport and giving a short talk about it’s history will be one of its…