Adult Education

Topics Historic Photographs of Unknown People

SPEAKERS CLAUB TOPICS SESSION 24 FEBRUARY

The Chair for this session was Joyce Meiring, assisted by Eddy Jackson. Each speaker was shown a picture of an unknown person or persons in olden day clothing and they had to make up a story about that photograph.

 

Louise – Two well dressed young ladies +

 

4-Louise

 

Dressed in their finery for the first photograph taken in their family with a description of how the event went, including how they found the whole thing whilst trying to contain their laughter.

 

John – Four Ladies one old three young. +

 

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This photograph reminded the speaker of his grandmother and the clothes shown in the photograph were very similar to the clothes that the family still had in their possession. John marvelled at the thin wastes of the ladies and posed the question as to whether modern day women would be able to fit these dresses.

 

Graham – Soldier in Uniform +

 

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“A picture paints a thousand words” The photograph was of his grandfather who was a linguist able to speak German, French and Italian

 

Laura – A very old woman with a hearing trumpet 

 

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The speaker spoke about the recession and a holiday in Blackpool in 2008  where a member of the family was encouraged to dress up in 1900’s clothing and have their photograph taken.

 

The Topics were Evaluated by Carol Kershaw + and David Knox §

 

Check out David Knox's notes of the meeting on Facebook

 
 
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Sun and seasons out of time

 

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Sun and seasons out of time - Lancaster Speakers Club topic themes
 
 
SPEAKERS CLUB TOPIC - WEDNESDAY 10 February 2021
 
Eddy Jackson, the Speakers Club Topic's Chair, developed the starting point with a synopsis of the four seasons, after today's brilliant sunshine.

The seasons and the sun, led to another place, a distant time in history, and a vastly different world. (Before some members were born)
 
Using song lines from the versus, members were given topics based on:
 
 
 

Seasons in the Sun

 
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Goodbye to you, my trusted friend
We've known each other since we were nine or ten
Together we've climbed hills and trees
Learned of love and ABCs
Skinned our hearts and skinned our knees

Goodbye my friend, it's hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky
Now that the spring is in the air
Pretty girls are everywhere
Think of me and I'll be there

We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the hills that we climbed
Were just seasons out of time

Goodbye papa, please pray for me
I was the black sheep of the family
You tried to teach me right from wrong
Too much wine and too much song
Wonder how I got along

Goodbye papa, it's hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky
Now that the spring is in the air
Little children everywhere
When you see them, I'll be there

We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the wine and the song
Like the seasons, have all gone

We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the wine and the song
Like the seasons, have all gone

Goodbye Michelle, my little one
You gave me love and helped me find the sun
And every time that I was down
You would always come around
And get my feet back on the ground

Goodbye Michelle, it's hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky
Now that the spring is in the air
With the flowers everywhere
I wish that we could both be there

We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the stars we could reach
Were just starfish on the beach

We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the stars we could reach
Were just starfish on the beach

We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the wine and the song
Like the seasons, have all gone

All our lives we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the hills that we climbed
Were just seasons out of time

Songwriters: Rod Mc Kuen, Jacques Brel
For non-commercial use only.
 
All the speakers responded well to the challenge of using lines from the verses.
 
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Check out the David Knox's, South Lancaster Speakers Club Secretary summary of the evening on Facebook.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Speakers Club President Invitation and Welcome

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Welcome and invitation from the President of the South Lancaster Speakers Club

 

 

 

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Speakers Club 10th February Program

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South Lancaster Speakers Club

Programme 10th February

Welcome                       Louise

Chairman                       John

Time Keeper                  James

6 to 8 minute speech   Mark, speech to include impressionism as well as

                                          the use of humour.

4 minute speech            Albert, use of humour

2+3 speeches introducing themselves, Laura and Graham

Evaluators                        Diana (Mark) David (Albert)

                                           Joyce ( Laura and Graham )

Topics chair                      Eddy. Please use discretion regarding time how many

                                            topics you give but start with Carol, Yoshoda, Pepe

Topics Evaluator               Louise

General Evaluator             Jane

Next meeting                     24th February.  Audience rapport

 
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Seasonal Greetings and Christmas Zoom Meeting

 

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NOTES OF SOUTH LANCASTER SPEAKERS CLUWEDNESDAY 9th December 2020 via ZOOM

 

In attendance:- Yashoda Auchombit, Diana Douglas, James Douglas, Jane Entwistle, John Entwistle, (Vice President), Eddy Jackson, Louise Jackson (President)  Albert Kelsall, Carol Kershaw, David Knox, Joyce Meiring and Mark Rogers.

Apologies:- Sue Solloway, Sabe Connor and Pepe Ruzvidzo

WELCOME /INTRODUCTIONS

The President welcomed those present including guests for the evening.

The Chair for the evening was Diana Douglas.

The theme for tonight’s meeting reflected the time of the year and each member present had been asked to prepare and then read a short story, extract from a story or a poem about Christmas.

David Knox- “King John’s Christmas” by A.A. Milne

James Douglas –“ Henry V” by William Shakespeare”

Carol Kershaw –“Under the Greenwood Tree” by Thomas Hardy

Jane Entwistle – “A Visit by St. Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore

Eddy Jackson –“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens

Louise Jackson –“An Article from The Times” by David Sanderson

Joyce Meiring –“Toad of Toad Hall” by Kenneth Grahame

Albert Kelsall –“A view on Christmas Day” by Charles Dickens

Mark Rogers –“In Memoriam (Ring Out Wild Bells)” by Alfred Lord Tennyson & Covid-19 to Twelve Days of Christmas”

An Evaluation of each of the presentations was carried out by the next speaker on the above list.

A “ get to know you better “ session was held where members were invited to say what they enjoyed doing in their free time.

John Entwistle informs those present that he had many interests which included drama, both acting and working backstage, gardening, cycling, hill walking, mountaineering and was also involved with a Foodbank in Morecambe.

Yashoda Auchombit was extremely keen on cleaning, watching Strictly Come Dancing, speaking to her family who live in Mauritius and exploring the South West and hopefully the North West of the country

The General Evaluation was carried out by James Douglas

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

The Meeting closed at 9.02

Date of next Meeting 13th January 2021

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Home Schooling Is Better Than Traditional Education in very very very small doses

 

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Home Schooling Is Better Than Traditional Education…. in very very very small doses


Would you agree, that all too often in the UK,

there are whopping blanket generalisations;

which supposedly fit and apply to each and everyone on the planet;

with singular bigotry,

that can also all far too easily,

be garballed and taken completely out of context.

However, surely as a very generalistic rule of thumb,

that with children of normal school ages

that is starting from around 5 years and above,

in terms of their daytime schooling,

they are going to be better educated, in overall terms,

by attending the usual types of private, state

and church based traditional  classroom schoolings etc.

with all the other pupils in attendance.

Isn’t one of the major factors here,

about the huge need for child socialisation;

arguably within mixed gender traditional schooling too;

in full preparation

for their outside of school future world,

including the whole of their subsequent working lives

and beyond.

The huge amounts that pupils learn

just only from their peers.

As fellow pupils can influence, develop

and do get to know each other,

far more, than school teachers,

get to know the children.

Does more credance and attention need to be given

to the survey and analysis made,

of the millionaires in California during the 1970s.

When it was discovered that the common denominator

of these millionaires,

was not their academic achievements,

but in fact, it was instead

that the millionaires,

get on well with people”.

Surely, success in marriage, family life

and virtually every occupational field,

being not just only the commercial work environments,

is largely dependant on getting on well with people.

However, again as a general rule of thumb,

if a parent is seeking additional schooling tuition for a child,

in the evenings or weekends or school holidays,

outside of normal school hours,

then surely one to one teaching,

by a suitably qualified and professional private teacher

visiting the child, in their own home,

can be ultimately desirable.

Especially from a potentially academic attainment point of view.

For hasn’t it generally been proven,

beyond all reasonable doubt whatsoever,

that the smaller, the total numbers of pupils,

in a given classroom,

under the proverbial teacher to pupil ratios,

the better it is for the child student,

from an academic perspective.

This being due to the more direct

and individual attention

that the pupil will receive from a teacher.

Conversely, turn that on its perhaps undisputed back,

with a quotation from Stephen Leacock,

in his book entitled: “My Discovery Of England”,

in 1922 when he stated:

“Most people tire of a lecture in ten minutes,

clever people can do it in five,

sensible people never go to lectures at all”.

End of quotation..

Could the quotation mean that learning

by one’s self at home,

can be even more effective,

than being educated in a“one to one” situation.

Through research, discovery learning

and parrot fashion assimilation of key material.

Alternatively, should it be considered

that these are whopping generalisations

and bigotry again indeed.

What about mixtures and variety

and the added benefits

of team work in traditional education.

Thankfully there is no insular “I” in team work.

The proverbial two good heads being better than one.

A communicating community of interest

in traditional education.

Also liaising and comparing notes,

with other similar communities of interest.

Developing and sharing best and worst practices.

Alas, in conclusion,

if it wasn’t for the current vital necessities of lockdowns,

shouldn’t a home, continue to revert

to being nothing more

than a place to hang one’s hat

and educate the cat.

Mark Rodgers
South Lancaster Speakers Club

 

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Outline agendas for Spring term

13th January Assignment 6. Vocabulary and word pictures. New manual page 13, old p.39

6 -8 minute speech,          The best picture I ever took.

4+4 minute speeches,       Show and tell

27th January Assignment 7  Using notes and microphone. Old manual page 43

Minimalistic use of notes  Be brave and try a speech without them.

 

                                               Tall Tales

10th February Assignment 8  Using humour. New manual p. 14. Old p. 49

6-8 minute speech,              Compare past and present humour on television

4+4 speeches                         Funny story

24th February Assignment 9   Audience rapport. New Manual p.15, Old p.55

6-8 Minute speech                Speak about something you are passionate about

4+4                                           Own choice, but must have rapport with audience

10th March Assignment 10    Showpiece.  New manual p.15. Old manual p.59

Five 6-8 minute speeches     Demonstrate your speaking skills learnt over the past year

24th March

Game                                         Just a minute, speak without hesitation, repetition or deviation

                                                    Hope this will be a bit of fun ( if it works )

                                                    Instead of topics, A lighthearted way to finish the term and get

                                                    to know one another better, “ how do you spend your free

                                                     time “

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Lancashire Speakers Club unedited ZOOM meeting

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A Lancashire Speakers Club hosted its first ZOOM meeting

 

The South Lancaster Speakers Club meets in Forton Church Hall just north of Garstang, Lancashire.

In response to COVID-19 lockdown here is their first ZOOM meeting. (Unedited)

The new President Louise Jackson introduced and welcomed new members.

Join us online for fun public speaking activities.

 
 
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Sugar the most serious addiction of the Human race

 

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Carol Kershaw's Sugar Speech at a Lancashire Speakers Club

 

 

 

Do you have a sweet tooth? Blame the Greeks or more precisely, Alexander the Great-356-323BC His soldiers discovered “Honey without bees” when they had reached India.

Honey had been in existence probably since our ape ancestors came down from the trees. It had limitations in cooking which sugar did not.

At about 200BC the Egyptians, Chinese and Romans were making sweets of fruit, nuts and honey or sesame seeds.

It was the Arabs who saw the potential of sugar cane and began to cultivate it in Sicily and Spain. Sugar began to rival honey after the crusades. The name came from the Arabic Azucar, Italian Zucchero and French sucre. Blame William the Conqueror for the Norman French word becoming the English for sugar.

We learnt in school that Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492. The Spanish and Portuguese began to cultivate sugar cane in Cuba and the WIndies from 1523.

This was the start of sugar becoming evil.

 

The triangular trade and the enslavement of thousands of Africans, suffering sickness and death on the Atlantic crossing, were bought as they were more accustomed to working in extreme heat than Europeans.

The trade-in sugar and tobacco made Liverpool and Bristol wealthy.

Sugar was quickly made into sweets but they were coloured at first with lead which is poisonous. We can remember glass jars of pear drops, lemon drops, orange sweets, aniseed balls and humbugs,

Tea and coffee became popular among those who could afford it. Tea caddies included locks as tea was expensive. Wedgewood and companies in the Potteries made china tea sets with sugar bowls in china or cut glass and sugar tongs in silver.

Granulated, caster, muscovado, demerara, icing and cubes are now available.

Inadvertently the Quakers with good intent made sweetness more popular. Cocoa as a hot drink to relieve the misery and deprivation of the poor who could find cheap relief in Gin. Rowntrees, Terrys, Cadburys and Frys were all Quaker families who were usually entrepreneurs as well as philanthropists They built alcohol-free villages for their workers. But they also made chocolate bars and sweets. The oldest was in 1866: Fry's chocolate cream bars.

The sweet tooth had arrived.

Excavations of Egyptians and early skulls show teeth in good condition but they probably died young.

As a result of the prevalence of sugar in so many drinks and manufactured foods, children's teeth are decayed by 5 and obesity and type 2 diabetes lead to an early death.

If money is the root of all evil, sugar runs it a close second.

 

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Sugar has become the most serious addiction of the Human race

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A Lancashire Speakers Club Opening Speech

 

Public speaking education in a Lancashire Speakers Club - David Knox's presentation 

 

RED IS THE COLOUR

Red is the colour of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. Red is a very emotionally intense colour. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure.

Colour ranges from yellow-tinged Scarlet to dark red Burgundy

COLOUR RED ASSOCIATED WITH SYMBOLISM

 *EGYPTIANS AND MAYANS COLOURED FACES RED IN CEREMONIES

*ROMAN GENERALS BODIES COLOURED RED TO CELEBRATE VICTORY

*USSR’s FLAG RED AFTER BOLSHEVIK REVOLUTION 1917

*ROMAN CATHOLIC CARDINALS WEAR RED - BLOOD OF CHRIST

THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT

*RED is the COLOUR at the END of VISIBLE SPECTRUM of LIGHT   ROYGBIV

*RED SKY AT NIGHT – xxxx SAYING red sky @ night …..warning

*MARS THE RED PLANET

Mars is red because it has a layer of rusty dust covering its entire surface! Mars has some of the largest dust storms in the galaxy, in which the red dust gets whipped into the light atmosphere surrounding the planet.

*AUTUMNAL COLOURS - RED LEAVES ONE ALSO HAVE THE GOLDS

RED ONE OF THE FIRST COLOURS USED IN PREHISTORIC ART

PHRASES WITH COLOUR RED

Red Letter Day - Memorable Day

Red Carpet – Preferential Treatment

Caught Red Handed – Clearly Guilty

Red Tape – Excessive Formalities in Government Process

In the Red – a Term to Describe an Economic Loss

RED FOR DANGER -  WARNING

*ROAD SIGNS – Prohibitive- no entry, no overtaking, stop

*TRAFFIC LIGHTS

*RED CARD IN FOOTBALL – sent off.  CHELSEA FC Blue is the Colour

STAYING WITH THE FOOTBALL CONNECTION - LIVERPOOL FC

  • Bill Shankly chose all red strip – danger and power 25/11/1964

Mentioned earlier about red and the Rainbow

What do you find at the end of a rainbow – A POT OF GOLD

LIVERPOOL ‘s POT OF GOLD – THE PREMIER LEAGUE

 

David Knox

South Lancaster Speakers Club

11th March 2020

 

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Red is the colour speech at the South Lancaster Speakers Club

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