Isle of Wight Cafe Scientifique: 'Voices from the past' Professor John Coleman from the Phonetics Department at Oxford University will give a talk on "Voices from the Past" How do present day languages sound compared to those spoken by our ancestors? An audio journey into the spoken words of the past. Discover the deep cultural connections we share with our linguistic cousins across Europe and Asia and hear reconstructions of ancient words, last spoken over 6,000 years ago. Information about our venue - The Regency Suite For those who do not know The Regency Suite, it is above the Conservative Club in Shanklin in Palmerston Road, just off The High Street. The nearest car parks are in Landguard Road and Orchardleigh Road, both only two or three minutes walk away. Parking is free after 6.0.p.m. As we have to pay a rent for the facilities, we have to ask for a donation of at least £3 on the door to make sure we cover all our expenses. i.e. the rent, the cost of speakers' travel expenses and a meal, plus overnight accommodation if needed. The room in the Regency Suite seats over 100 people, it is carpeted, has its own private bar (It is used for wedding receptions etc.) and built-in projector and screen. It is a pleasant, quiet, and comfortable room with a loudspeaker system making it easy to hear the speaker. Unfortunately, it is not possible to have a meal there unless you are a member of the Conservative Club. However, there are several restaurants nearby, or you could stop off at The Fighting Cocks on the way (allow 15 minutes to reach the Regency Suite and park!) Café Scientifique Website Just to remind everyone that the address for our website is http://cafescientifique.onthewight.com/. Simon Perry has very kindly put the data for most of our previous talks on the site, so do have a browse. It also provides an opportunity for you to comment on talks or ask questions. Car Sharing Scheme We have a database for linking up people who are willing to give lifts to Café Sci meetings, or those who do not have their own transport or would like to share. Please take part in this scheme if you possibly can. Just let me know if you can give lifts, or would like a lift, and from where. So far I have had requests from East Cowes, Ryde, Sandown, and Yarmouth, and offers from Brighstone, Carisbrooke, Lake, Niton, Ryde, and Wroxall. Booking for this event has now closed.