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Let's talk about sex

Past event - 2019
20 May Doors 7pm
event 7.30-9.30pm
The Old George, Old George Yard,
Newcastle NE1 1EZ
“No Sex Please, We’re British!”’ ‘But we don’t have sex, we have hot water bottles!’ ‘Lie back and think of England, you mean?’ ‘Will you explain the mystery of how the English manage to reproduce?’. And these were all from English friends and informants. Foreigners occasionally made similar jokes, but the English almost invariably did so. Clearly, the notion that the English do not have much sex, or have a laughably low sex-drive, is widely accepted as fact – even, indeed especially, among the English themselves.

- Kate Fox, Watching the English.

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The peculiar British problem with sex education

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"I don’t know owt!"

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