One Thing We Cannot Replace
Our research and development team have worked hard to create an automatic volunteer. Inspired by Victor Frankenstein's efforts (200th anniversary next year, remember) we patched together stamina, multilingualism, powerful computational skills, the ability to draw nourishment from jammy dodgers, and speed. But we couldn't build in the charm, solicitouness, empathy, camaraderie and multi-skilling which is every volunteer's badge of honour.
Would you like to join this happy band? We can use you all! Answer this email with 'Vol' in the subject line, and we'll dispatch a drone
Volunteer plus plus
Some volunteers get paid. If you think you would like to be an explainer in Pocket Science and don't mind a pretty busy day, satisfying the questions and more questions of 300 kids and parents, then you could join us for occasional outings. No great knowledge required, but great curiosity is useful. Answer this email!
Click on the image to see Pocket Science in May this year.
Bagging Up and  Labelling
An annual event akin to the herds of mighty wildebeeste swarming across the plains of Africa in their search for the pastures of the Serengeti, Bagging Up and Labelling occurs on the very first weekend of January, as 90,000 migrating brochures gather in the Festival office, ready to be packaged, labelled and delivered to couriers, thence to post rooms around Sussex, then to school science departments, then into the hands of every child between 7 and 14-years old in the county for their book bag, in time for half term in February. It's an annual miracle. The best way to observe it is as a volunteer in the actual office. Answer us now: we're preparing for January continuously, apart from a couple of inconvenient days.
Could a robot write a novel?
Apparently not. The latest attempt to write another Harry Potter book (surely long overdue) has been spotted as a fake. (see HERE).  But however badly written, a robo-book could be easily understood by a web-bot, trained on CAPTCHAs (see last newsletter). The prospect emerges of robots reading literature written by robots.... I wonder what a computer sounds like when it really, genuinely, laughs.
Here is today's pick of the cards. As you can see, you can't see it, or understand the extraordinary wit and magical science in it. Well that's easily sorted. A donation of just £20 will secure your personal copy, to laugh and laugh over.
click here to see the full set of cards and appeal page.

Next newsletter will sound a note of mourning, for the passing of the age of innocence. The  end on net-neutrality means the beginning of a class structure on the internet, where one group can pay for better speeds and access, while the rest are left to pick among the spoil tips. 

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