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Malvern Speakers Picnic in the Park 13th Aug 2019

Club Journalist - Colin Jackson

The sweeping lawns and wonderful century-old trees of Malvern’s Priory Park made a new setting for the club’s first-ever outdoor meeting. And the special nature of the occasion was underlined when Toastmaster for the evening Stuart Watt, whose relaxed style and cheerful humour was a key element of the meeting, turned up in full dress of scarlet coat complete with brass buttons and top hat!

Because of the practical difficulties of the normal paper slip voting system, a novel two-part approach was used: a “Clapometer” for each speech, tempered by a PDI (President’s Discretion Index). This role was embraced with enthusiasm by Geoff Richardson, standing in for new President Roger Granville who had organised the picnic meeting but sadly was unable to attend owing to illness.

A lively set of unprepared Table Topics set by Steve Birch produced some startling images – Graham Sterry’s early work experiences at a brickworks, Jackie Preuss’s curious passion for Nutella and cheese together, and Jackie Baker’s mouthwatering description of her Best Sandwich Ever. But the winning speech was Kevin Bennison’s explanation of how, even as a father of four children, he had not quite yet become a grown-up.

Notable among the prepared speeches was Tom Ellison’s well-researched, myth-busting case for nuclear power as the answer to current energy problems. But this was as much for the aplomb with which he reacted to the arrival of the rain which had threatened all evening, and resumed his speech seamlessly after the audience had hastily moved from the lawns into the cover of the bandstand, as for the speech itself.

Karen Lowen’s musings on the advantages or disadvantages of being single - “alone” or “lonely”? -were typical of her mix of careful research and charming fluent delivery, and contained surprising information about some of the 800 dating sites currently online – one even judging on how you like your bacon cooked!

The comfortable winner, under the by now tried-and-tested Clapometer/PDI voting system, was Tristan Mitchell. His totally original and somewhat surreal contribution could have been entitled Fantasia On The Letter B – a lengthy and highly improbable tale about four children Benny, Billy, Biff and Bongo and their parents. This suggested that he had spent some time with a dictionary studying words beginning with the second letter of the alphabet, and although he tripped up over the repetition of his B-words at one point, had his audience in stitches.

Best evaluator vote went to Isaac Baker for his comprehensive review of the seven Table Topics.
The club will retire for its next meeting to the cover of its usual venue, the Great Malvern Hotel, on Tuesday August 27th at 7.30pm.
Penultimate Meeting

David Evans | Jackie Baker | Kevin Bennison


Malvern Speakers Report (Colin Jackson)       Tuesday July 23 2019
Word of the Day – which the meeting Grammarian challenges speakers to work into their offerings – was OLEAGINOUS, meaning oily or greasy, or such personal characteristics as fulsome or smarmy. It was chosen by Colin Jackson, who threatened dire penalties for the use of overworked clichés like amazing, fantastic, awesome, the widely mis-used ‘like’ - and the superfluous and ubiquitous ‘so’ when answering a question. Speakers did well on all these counts.
There were three stimulating prepared speeches. First came Karen Lowen with a typically original and breezy analysis of different management styles. She lightened what she admitted could be dry subject with the aid of props as varied as as an onion, a pineapple, a shepherds pie and a box of chocolates (which, oddly, did not survive the evening!)
Following the club’s trademark Cake Break, members were treated to a powerful speech from Kevin Bennison on the theme of Taking The Leap. He used a vivid description of the experience of his first parachute jump to draw parallels with having the courage to take similarly scary plunges in one’s personal or business life.
Finally, new club President Roger Granville drew on his own work experience to give a fascinating insight into the research methods of the chemical industry. He amused his audience with an account of an explosion which had projected pieces of debris “as big as himself or former President Steve Birch” (both solid citizens!) at least a kilometre
Biggest laugh of the evening, however, came in the unprepared Table Topic speech from Stuart Watt, who mused on the changing style of football anthems,from “Abide With Me”to, as he said, “Olé, Olé,OLÉ...AGINOUS”, making clever use of the Word of the Day !
Winners on the evening were Kevin Bennison(Best Speech), Jackie Baker (Best Evaluation) and David Evans (Best Table Topic).
Next club event (weather permitting) will be a picnic meeting at the bandstand in Priory Park on Tuesday August 13th at the earlier time of 7pm
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