Meeting 4th December

On a cold December evening, we enjoyed the warm atmosphere of the meeting
in the library with lots of frivolity as per usual. Our chair SR amused us with some
quips and quotations from the book ‘Advanced Banter’ by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson’

Introductions were to the question: ‘Tell us about your Christmas plans’.

Ah Counter – DM, Timer – CLW
Wordmaster – SR2 with the word ‘substitute’

For our inspiration SC recalled as a young lad listening to the album
‘Dark Side of the Moon’ by Pink Floyd.

The prepared speeches were as follows:
Speaker 1 – CAW – ‘The origin of Nursery Rhymes’ evaluated by LG (PowerPoint pres.)
Speaker 2 – TH – ‘Tis the season to…’ evaluated by CB

Our Two Minute Topics master SR2 used the theme of ‘business travelling by road’
as a theme. The chosen topics included:

Dodgy B&Bs
Very slow driving
Breakdown or puncture
Roadworks
Motorway services
Scenic routes
White van man
Sat Nav error
Motorway, A road or country road?
Hotels

This was much enjoyed by all!

Two Minute Topics evaluation – JW

Awards presentation – TH

There was no Best Speech award as there were
only two speeches

Best Topic – DM
Best Evaluator  – CB for Speaker 2 evaluation

General Evaluator – JR

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Meeting 20th November

Our chair JR chose the theme of ‘snow’ for our evening in the library last night,
with lots of serious and not so serious fill-in material on the theme.

Introductions were about our experiences of snow…

Ah Counter – SC, Timer -CLW
Wordmaster – CAW with the word ‘vibrant’

For our inspiration TH recalled a past tale of digging out the wrong car from snow!

The prepared speeches were as follows:
Speaker 1 – SR – ‘Postmen on Steroids’ evaluated by CB
Speaker 2 – DM – ‘Feeling Lucky?’ evaluated by CLW

Our Two Minute Topics master CAW asked members to use their imagination
by telling us about their dream…..

Subjects included:
Bathroom, Car, Holiday, Birthday Party, Day out, Job, Pantomime

Two Minute Topics evaluation – LG

Awards presentation – SR

There was no Best Speech award as there were
only two speeches

Best Topic – DM
Best Evaluator  – CB for Speaker 1 evaluation

General Evaluator – CAW

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Meeting 6th November

Our theme for introductions was ‘Fake News’. Our chair DM guided us in his usual
relaxed manner through the evening’s proceedings.

Lot’s of humorous quips and a general air of jollity was enjoyed by all.

We welcomed our guests SC and SG, hope that they enjoyed the evening and look forward to seeing them again soon.

CLW announced his forthcoming 80th birthday and we enjoyed a slice of cake during the break to celebrate this happy event.
Our best wishes also to SC who is tying the knot this coming Saturday!

Ah Counter – CB, Timer – JW
Wordmaster – CB with the word ‘innuendo’. This word was used quite well by
the members and was slipped in on several occasions.

For our inspiration JR read her poignant self-penned ‘Margaret’s Poem’

The prepared speeches were as follows:
Speaker 1 – CLW – ‘Doing the Washing’ evaluated by JR
Speaker 2 – SC – ‘The Groom’s speech’ evaluated by SR

Our Two Minute Topics master JW asked us in turn to pluck a topic from
a mug. The topics included:

If you could go back in time and talk to you as a ten year old – what would you say?
If you could change one event in history, what would it be and why?
If you could do one dangerous thing without risk – what would it be?
If you could travel back in time to meet a family member, who would it be and why?
If you could go back in time and chose a different career, what would it be?
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be and why?
If you could fly in a hot air balloon, over which city would you choose?
If you could change places with anyone, who would it be?

Two Minute Topics evaluation – CLW

Awards presentation – JR

There was no Best Speech award as there were
only two speeches

Best Topic – our guest SG
Best Evaluator  – CLW for Topics evaluation

General Evaluator – TH

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Meeting 23rd October

Our chair CAW asked us to introduce ourselves with recollections of a
favourite childhood story, setting the theme for the evening.

Timer CLW – ingeniously used coloured cards to keep meticulous time.
Grammarian/Wordmaster DM chose the word ‘superfluoous’.
Verbal exhuberence was duly commented on.

The Inspiration was by LH – ‘Quirky Norfolk facts

Our chair CAW used an innovative format. A five minute story for which she
gave a broad outline in advance. The evening took the form of a mini contest
with simple rules; extra points for members nearest the requested time, no
introduction by evaluator, a 5 minute story followed directly by a 3 minute
evaluation.
Quirky, extraordinary tales were brought to life:

Storyteller 1 – TH – ‘Wild things’ evaluated by CLW
Storyteller 2 – LH – ‘An unpleasant surprise’ evaluated by a stunned DM
Storyteller 3 – DS – ‘A tribute to a favourite author’ – evaluated by JR
Storyteller 4 – CLW – ‘Back to the future’ – evaluated by LH
Storyteller 5 – DM – ‘The cruise’ – evaluated by LG
Storyteller 6 – JR – ‘Stan’ – evaluated by TH
Storyteller 7 – SC – ‘Aeromodelling control line’ evaluated by DS

The vote counting and awards presentation were by JR.
A palest pink cyclamen was presented to LH for his story.
A pink cyclamen was presented to TH for her evaluation.
These prizes were generously offered by the Chair and most
accomplished gardener, CAW.

It was a very lively and contented gathering.

 

 

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Meeting 9th October

The theme of the evening was ‘Trivia’ and a selection of extraordinary and entertaining trivia was served up by our Chair for the evening, LH. This was his first very impressive foray as Chair.
The introduction gave us an opportunity to serve up our own trivia or, rather controversially, reflect on what we were planning for our mortal coil post shuffling.

Ah Counter – DS, Timer – CB
Wordmaster – CLW with the word ‘cool’

DS gave us a beautifully poignant and reflective inspiration.

The prepared speeches were as follows:
Speaker 1 – TH – ‘Let’s be philosophical’ evaluated by CLW
Speaker 2 – JW – ‘An introduction to great British trees’ evaluated by EH

Our Two Minute Topics master CB offered us a choice of a selection of
folded topics in three containers marked Hard, Medium & Easy.
This approach was much appreciated by all present.
The topics included:

What do you wish you had during the course of your life?
What makes you happy?
Fear of flying
Fear of wide open spaces
Fear of needles
Fear of enclosed spaces
Where would you like to travel to?
Dreams
Which other form of transport apart from a car would you consider to reach the venue?

Two Minute Topics evaluation – CLW

Awards presentation – EH

There was no Best Speech award as there were
only two speeches

Best Topic – our visitor S
There was no Best Evaluator  award

General Evaluator – the efficient and charming LG

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Meeting 25th September

The theme of ‘dancing’ was used for our evening in the library last night, which cheered
us up on a dark wet evening. Introductions were about our experiences of dancing.

Lot’s of humorous quips to fill in where necessary from our chair CLW.

Ah Counter – DM, Timer – JR
Wordmaster – CS with the word ‘repetative’

For our inspiration LH read several poignant quotations on the theme of stoicism.

The prepared speeches were as follows:
Speaker 1 – JR – ‘Forties, fun, frocks and fox fur’ evaluated by CS
Speaker 2 – JW – ‘Italy’ evaluated by LG

Our Two Minute Topics master CB asked members to pick a topic including:
What animal or insect would you like to be?
One or two weeks fro a summer holiday?
Your ideal Saturday night
Your first ride or attraction at a fair
Who would be your ideal date?
What games to you play?
Which Super Hero or Super Power would you choose?
Which pantomime character would you like to play?

Two Minute Topics evaluation – DM

Awards presentation – SR

There was no Best Speech award as there were
only two speeches

Best Topic – LH
Best Evaluator  – CS for Speaker 1 evaluation

General Evaluator – SR

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Meeting 11th September

On a warm mid September evening our most capable chair TH steered us through
yet another most enjoyable evening in the recently updated library. The theme
for the meeting was ‘politicians and animals’.
Introductions were to the question ‘what animal would you like to see interact with a politician?’

Lot’s of humorous fill-in material and factoids. A good time was had by all.

We welcomed our guest ‘A’ and hope that he enjoyed the evening and look forward
to seeing him again soon.

Ah Counter – LG, Timer – JW
Wordmaster – SR2 with the word ‘apathetic’

For our inspiration CS read three inspirational quotations by … John Lennon

The prepared speeches were as follows:
Speaker 1 – LG – ‘The Bucket List’ evaluated by SR
Speaker 2 – CB – ‘Andy’ evaluated by DM

Our Two Minute Topics master CS used the theme of working or the workplace
for our topics including:
What jobs do you think we will lose or will be created in the future?
The best job
That nightmare client or colleague
A memorable interview
A work social event
A uniform or costume that I’ve had to wear at work
A job from the past that I would have liked but no longer exists
The worst job
What did you want to be when you were grown up?

Two Minute Topics evaluation – CLW

Awards presentation – JR

There was no Best Speech award as there were
only two speeches

Best Topic – LH
Best Evaluator  – SR for Speaker 1 evaluation

General Evaluator – LH

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