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Cautionary Tales with Tim Harford A live podcast recording

Festival of Economics
Tim-Harford 2 credit Fran Monks

Great Eastern Hall, SS Great Britain  |  £10 / £8 / £5

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Tim Harford makes a welcome return to the Festival of Economics with a live recording of his popular podcast, Cautionary Tales.

We tell our children unsettling fairy tales to teach them valuable life lessons, but these cautionary tales are the education of grown-ups – and they are all true. Tim Harford brings stories of awful human error, tragic catastrophes, daring heists and hilarious fiascos.

This event takes place in the Great Eastern Hall at the SS Great Britain. Doors open at 19:00 with drinks available from the bar. Please note that the recording will start promptly at 19:30 and latecomers will not be admitted. We invite you to stay on to continue the conversation with your fellow audience members afterwards.

Cautionary Tales Podcast

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Tim-Harford 2 credit Fran Monks

Tim Harford is an economist, journalist and broadcaster. He is author of How To Make the World Add UpThe Data DetectiveMessy, and the million-selling The Undercover Economist. He is a senior columnist at the Financial Times, and the presenter of BBC Radio’s More or LessHow To Vaccinate the World, and Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy, as well as the podcast Cautionary Tales. He has spoken at TED, PopTech and the Sydney Opera House. He is an associate member of Nuffield College, Oxford and an honorary fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. He was made an OBE for services to improving economic understanding in the New Year honours of 2019.

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Booking Information

Pay What You Feel

This event is part of our new ticket pricing structure where we ask people to pay what they feel they can afford in accordance with their means. Read more about it here. Read on for the ticket prices for this event.

One free carer ticket can be booked at the same time for a paying disabled visitor. If you need to book more than one, please contact us before booking to arrange.

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The Pay It Forward option enables you to book a ticket above the standard price, and will help to subsidise a ticket for someone who requires the Pay What You Can option. This option is aimed at people who are able to meet their basic needs and would like to help somebody else with the cost of their ticket.

  • Is this for me? – I have access to a regular and stable income and I have the means and desire to contribute towards making the event affordable for others and supporting Bristol Ideas.


This recommended price is based on what we’d traditionally charge for a similar event. It helps us make sure that basic costs are covered. This price is aimed at people who are able to meet their basic needs and have enough to live on.

  • Is this for me? – I have access to a regular and disposable income, and I can comfortably afford the recommended ticket price.


This option is lower than the recommended price. It is subsidised by Bristol Ideas and fellow audience members who have booked at the Pay It Forward rate. This price is aimed at people who could do with support to get by.

  • Is this for me? – My access to income is low and unstable and I worry about meeting my basic needs. I would select a concession rate due to my personal circumstances.

No one will be turned away due to lack of funds, so please contact us if you have any queries.

Accessibility Information

  • The Great Eastern Hall is located in No1 Brunel Square. It is on the ground level and there is a side entrance which is fully accessible.
  • There are accessible toilet facilities in the building on the ground level.
  • Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome.
  • There are some Blue Badge parking spaces in the car park.

If you have any queries about your visit, please get in touch with the SS Great Britain team via their contact form.

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