Philosophy cafe success

BRING together two professional bodies with a history of education, add a group of animated individuals, mix them gently and you have the perfect recipe for an evening of controversial debate.

When the University of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Council’s Library service teamed up last week with 20 members of the Ellon public in the cosy surrounds of Ellon Library the stage was perfectly set for an entertaining evening of lively discussion.

The Philosophy Cafe as it called came into existence two years ago, aiming to share and exchange ideas in a relaxed, informal atmosphere, while promoting good and lively challenge in the community.

Last week the cafe concept came to town for a discussion about Crime and the Media, skillfully led by Ms Lauri Lee of Aberdeen University, provoking a range of responses from the assembled company who quickly proved they had strong opinions on the topic.

The time of an hour and half allocated to the session was in fact too short to do justice to the topic, though some members of the group would no doubt carry on the lively stimulus of the evening into their family and business lives.

The next session scheduled for Ellon is not until May 16 when the topic under debate will be changing perspectives in society. More details from