The Leicestershire Speakers – Beware of Geeks

Our meeting started with Georgia’s poem which conveyed beautifully every emotion of body and mind felt by a new speaker.
Hiten Vyas then postulated that ‘Geeks Rule The world‘. Geeks are no longer oddities but seriously knowledgeable people. One example: Bill Gates whose wealth and business influences the whole modern world.

Malcolm Butcher’s maiden speech was ‘If You Dish It Out You Must Take It’. This was classic banter between Sports teacher and pupils. One hilarious highlight took place in front of a schools inspector. When one student was sarcastically reminded to remove his watch before basketball, back came the query, could they keep their clothes on this week? The inspector twitched.

The Frigate Unicorn was Frank Kovacs subject. The oldest ship afloat was built in 1824 but never rigged because it was surplus to naval requirements. It went straight to Dundee as a training base where it remained in Naval service until 1968, after which a private group have kept it up to scratch. Although never in action, a quirk of the Royal Navy is that HMS Unicorn carries the battle honours of all the other Unicorns.

For the Topics section, which is impromptu short speeches, Wyn Glen requested a True or False story. Each person was given a phase of life commencing with ‘birth’ for the first Speaker. Whether true or false there was a great deal of humour, which made for a very enjoyable evening. Have you ever heard of someone passing a driving test having driven the wrong way up a one way street? Who recognises the problems of getting grown children to leave home, and what about going on a date never having seen what’s under his cap? As for the final phase do we really end up as spacemen?

The Leicestershire Speakers welcome anyone who would like to learn the art of speaking in public. Our meetings are supportive, informative and entertaining, helping to turn nervous wrecks into confident speakers. We meet at 7.30pm on the second Wednesday each month at the Blaby Drop in Centre. For more information, ring Anne Jones on 0116 277 2295. We can also provide entertainment and talks to other societies and groups.