The Skeptic Canary

The blog of Dr Tom Williamson, atheist, humanist, skeptic and Norwich City fan!

Ep40 – Crispian Jago – Skeptic Canary Show

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Join your regular hosts this Wednesday January 15th at 7pm as they chew the fat with Crispian Jago! Crispian is a long time skeptic, blogger and cartoonist, famed for (amongst other things) his Venn diagrams. As always, viewers are invited to ask questions via Twitter and email (tom at See you here at 7!

The Reason Stick

Written by Tom

January 12th, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Ep39 – Looking forward and back – Skeptic Canary Show

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It’s the first show of 2014, so your regular hosts will be looking back through their favourite moments of 2013, as well as looking forward to the year ahead. As always, viewers are welcome to contribute their favourite 2013 moments by tweeting @skepticcanary or by emailing tom at You can watch the show live here at 7pm on Wednesday January 8th!

Written by Tom

January 6th, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Ep38 – Jonny Scaramanga – The Skeptic Canary Show

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This Wednesday at 7pm, join your hosts as they talk to Jonny Scaramanga. Jonny is a Bristol based musician who was raised as a Christian fundamentalist and then spent many of his formative years trying to separate creationist fiction from reality.

Jonny is currently writing a book on the subject and you can read his most excellent blog on the subject here.

Contact Tom via email at Tom [at] or on twitter at @skepticcanary with your questions.

Hope you enjoy the show!

Written by David James

December 16th, 2013 at 11:59 am

Ep37 – Alex Brown – Skeptic Canary Show

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In this weeks episode your regular hosts will be joined by Alex Brown from Norwich Skeptics to chat about the skeptical issues of the day. Join us live here at 7pm Wednesday December 11th!

Written by Tom

December 10th, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Ep36 – Russell Blackford – Skeptic Canary Show

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In this episode, broadcasting live here on Wednesday December 4th at 7pm, your regular hosts will be joined by writer and philosopher Russell Blackford to talk about his latest book, 50 Great Myths About Atheism. As always, if you have any questions for Russell or any of the presenters, you can ask them via Twitter or email tom at Watch the show live here from 7pm GMT!

50 Great Myths About Atheism

Written by Tom

December 1st, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Ep35 – Guy Chapman – Skeptic Canary Show

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For this week’s show we are joined by Guy Chapman to chat about alternative medicine, quackbusting and of course the erstwhile publication “What Doctors Don’t Tell You”. Join us live here from 7pm on Wednesday November 27th 2013.

If you have any questions for Guy or any of the presenters, you can email us (tom at or get in touch via Twitter.

Guy’s blahg:

Written by Tom

November 26th, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Ep34 – Return of the King – Skeptic Canary Show

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This Wednesday sees the Skeptic Canary Show welcome it’s first ever returning guest. Ben King of the Grime and Reason blog, who first appeared in Episode 4, will join your regular hosts to talk skepticism, politics and economics. Join us live here from 7pm GMT on Wednesday November 20th!

If you have questions for Ben or any of the presenters, on any topic, you can get in touch with the show via Twitter or email tom at

Grime and Reason blog

Written by Tom

November 17th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Manchester Union Flag fail is Union Whack

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As you may know, I’m a bit of a flag fan. An amateur vexillologist, if you will. Therefore I’m always on the look out for any flag stories, and an absolute cracker occured recently in Manchester. The BBC reports that on Remembrance Sunday, Manchester City Council managed to fly a Union Flag, that was, well, just slightly unusual. They had somehow managed to get the diagonal stripes the wrong way round, giving the appearance of a psychadelic TIE fighter. I’ve replicated the flag below.


Always ahead of the curve, my Skeptic Canary Show cohost David James became a bit of a fan of the design, and got a T-shirt printed featuring the flag in question. He took us all by surprise by revealing the shirt live on the latest show!

David has shown an entrepenaurial streak. He’s christened the design “Union Whack” (I love the name!) and made it available on both Zazzle and Cafe Press. Enjoy!

The Union Whack T-shirt on Zazzle

The Union Whack on Cafe Press


Written by Tom

November 14th, 2013 at 10:32 pm

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Ep33 – Josephine Schuppang from Berlin Skeptics – Skeptic Canary Show

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You may remember that we tried to do a live link up from Berlin a few weeks ago. Well, Josephine from Berlin Skeptics has agreed to join your regular hosts Tom Williamson and David James, with rouge host Alex J Brown, to talk about skepticism in Germany! As usual, you can get your questions in to the show via Twitter or by email (I’m tom at We hope you can join us here at 7pm on Wednesday November 13th!

Berlin Skeptics

Written by Tom

November 11th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Ep32 – The Takeover Show! – Skeptic Canary Show

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While “The Canary” is away, the kids will play! Tom Williamson can’t make the show this week, so David James and Paul Hopwood have been left to play with the skeptical Lego on their own.

But being the good toy sharers they are, Alex Brown and Shaun Sellars will be joining them to talk about all manor of things. Including What Doctors Don’t Tell You, The newly formed Lincoln Skeptics in the Pub, The QED confrence and more!

Hope you can join us!

Written by David James

November 1st, 2013 at 12:04 pm