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Lancashire Speakers Club Public Speaking Training By Zoom




                  WEDNESDAY 12th August 2020

       VIA ZOOM

In Attendance:- Diana Douglas, James Douglas, Jane Entwistle, John Entwistle, (Vice President), Eddy Jackson, Louise Jackson (President) Carol Kershaw, David Knox, Joyce Meiring and Mark Rogers

Apologies:- Sue Solloway

The President opened up the Meeting by welcoming those present and then handed over to the Chair for the evening Carol Kershaw.

The theme for the evening was for members to bring along up to three items which reflected the speaker’s character or aspirations.

 Jane Entwistle  – Mixing Bowls, Knitting and a Hard Hat.

The mixing bowls represented the fact that she loved cooking and feeding people, the knitting represented her creative side and the hard hat an item she adorned whilst visiting potentially dangerous building sites etc whilst carrying out her profession as an Engineer.

James Douglas carried out the Evaluation.

Mark Rogers – had a Citroen DS as his item

This aspirational Car was a favourite of his, ‘a very beautiful car’  which he felt transformed his driving style whether he drove fast or slow and he described the benefits of the soft suspension of this car compared to others.

David Knox Evaluated this contribution.

Carol Kershaw – French Dictionary, Selection of stones and choral singing.

Carol stated that she was a Linguist and loved dictionaries, she also loved to travel and had many stones from different places visited including a piece of the Berlin Wall. Call also loved choral singing which gave a general feeling of well being.

John Entwistle gave an Evaluation of this speech.

Diana Douglas – a Card and a bag

Diana informed those present that it had recently been her son’s fiftieth birthday and to mark the occasion she made him a unique birthday card using her many creative skills which she enjoyed immensely. Shortly after her son’s birthday it was her daughter in law’s birthday and she decided to make her a special card as well and used the features of a bag that her husband had given her.

John Entwistle carried out the Evaluation.

Eddy Jackson – A Barometer was his item of choice

Eddy stated that this was the number one instrument on board a boat. The Barometer can tell the user of any potential bad or inclement weather which could potentially be a danger to the boat and those aboard her, examples of which were well described by the speaker.

James Douglas Evaluated this Speech.

David Knox – a glass of water

David described the life saving qualities of water, and drew attention to the amount of water in the glass, half empty or half full a pessimistic or optimistic view of life. He admitted to being a pessimist but stated the benefits of being an optimist.

John Entwistle carried out the Evaluation.

James Douglas – a Mechanical Engineer’s Diary

James stated that this particular item was very precious to him. It had been given to him by his father when he first started University at Glasgow in 1958. Throughout his career it was an invaluable reference document.

Mark Rogers Evaluated this speech

Joyce Meiring – Weighing Scales

For her weighing scales Joyce told us that she had both metric and imperial weights in order to cope with all recipes both old and new. Joyce informed the audience that she had been a Domestic Science Teacher and that she found baking and cooking very therapeutic, all the whisking and beating of ingredients. Creating things gave her a sense of achievement.

This speech was Evaluated by Mark Rogers

John Entwistle – a Map, Cycling Helmet and a Garden Fork

John said that he could spend ages looking at a map of which he had many tending to buy one for every new place he visited whilst hill walking or mountaineering. The  helmet was for the cycling holidays he went on an The reassurance it gave him. The garden fork was for another of his favourite pass times and said that without a garden he would be very unhappy.

David Knox gave an Evaluation of this contribution to the evening.

Louise Jackson – shoes and more shoes!

Louise told the audience that her speech would come in to the aspirational category. She felt that shoes should be stylish but with style comes consequences. Louise said that she had bought a lovely pair of walking boots but had not broken them in, this resulted in blisters and pain and necessitated her having to buy a pair of pumps, which were not so stylish but were ever so comfortable. For her daughter’s wedding she bought a very stylish pair of shoes that looked very good but impractical.

David Knox Evaluated this Speech.

The General Evaluation was carried out by Jane Entwistle

Business Section

The President informed those present that Joyce Meiring had decided to accept the vacant position of Education Director.

In terms of when we would be able to return safely to meeting at the Methodist Church Schoolroom again  was still unclear. It was therefore decided that we would continue meeting through Zoom for the foreseeable future but that the subject would be reviewed regularly. Due to holiday commitments it was decided to alter the dates of the next two meetings which would now be on the 16th & 30th September

The President thanked those attending for what was an enjoyable meeting.

                                  The Meeting ended at 8.50

          Date of next Meeting Wednesday 16th September 2020




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John Entwistle HS2 Speech For The Clubs Evaluation Training


John Entwistle Lancaster Speakers Club



John delivered an excellent synopsis and a strong presentation with little to improve. Could he make it any better? No, I don't think so.

His succinct title and introduction quickly established a framework that mapped out the speeches development. The HS2 speech was topical, informative, and delivered with conviction.

The South Lancaster Speakers members gave feedback and the Education Director fed back on the objectives of this evaluation session. Check out the Chairpersons minutes on the club's Facebook page.




HS2                  WHAT CAN WE DO WITH £100 BILLION

                            100,000,000,000   = 11 zeros

Suggested by Labour in 2009                 approved by Conservative in Feb 2020

Opening in 2030 ???

Stage 1                      HS2A              London Euston to Birmingham and Crewe

Stage 2                      HS”B               Brm to Leeds    + Crewe to M/c & Liverpool

                                    Linked in with Northen Powehouse Rail network

                                = High Speed North    – Liverpool – Leeds


Green                        Reduce intercity car and Air transport – less emissions

Business                    Will bring more business to BRM; M/c & Leeds

                                    More business hubs based on cities – draw in locals


                                    More intercity business in the North ( if northern rail )

Capacity                    Less overcrowding

                                    More trains on existing networks for commuters etc

Re Balance the Economy

                                    Generate more jobs and wealth in the North


GREEN                       Green party against it / faster trains use more energy

                                                            Should focus on local connections

                                    Environment – destroy 40 & damage 6) Ancient woodlands

                                    Restrict access to much open country

BUSINESS                  Euston is quietest of London Terminals

                                    No demand for more Intercity travel to London

                                    More demand for better commuter / local services

Rebalance the Economy

                                    Will suck businesses to London

                                    Will suck business activity to Cities with HS2 connections

                                    Will reduce business activity in smaller towns

                                    Need to Build and Invest in the North if we want to uplift

                                    the North – Why spend the money in the South

Crossrail 1 = 18 Billion – ready in 2021

Crossrail 2 = 41 Billion – 2023 –> 2038                        60 Billion for London

107 Billion = £1,500 per person in UK  pop is 67 Million

= £ 70 per person per year over 20 years

= £ 50 per person per year over 30 years

PROFIT – none


Green                        More traffic on roads / expansion of Motorways

                                    More traffic = more pollution

                                    Air Quality in urban areas reduced

                                    BUT ….. Electric vehicles – need to produce more electricity

Business                    Remain focused on the South East

Capacity                    More problems on the rails as we attempt to :

                                                cram in more passengers

                                                cram in more scheduled trains


Re balance the Economy

                                    No boost to the Midlands or to the North

CONCLUSIONS                     The Wrong Project /  SPEND MONEY ON NORTH

60 BILLION for Crossrail 1 + 2  - could do a great deal with that in the North


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Speakers Reading Literature and Poem Themes for Developing Public Speaking Skills

Training In Communications & Public Speaking Lancaster



11th DECEMBER 2019

In Attendance:- Diana Douglas, James Douglas, Jane Entwistle, John Entwistle, Eddy Jackson, Louise Jackson, Carol Kershaw, David Knox, Joyce Meiring (2) and Sue Solloway.

Apologies:- Andrew Hawkes

Greetings and Introductions

The President opened the Meeting by welcoming those present.

The Chair for the evening was Diana Douglas.

The Prepared Speech for the evening was given by Sue Solloway, the title was “ A Poem – In Praise Of You “ It was an unconventional speech as it was set to verse. The poem spoke of every member of the club highlighting their forte. The humour was very gentle and the audience rapport was whole hearted.

What is a praise poem?

John Entwistle Evaluated Sue’s speech and pointed out the various strong points contained within the contribution and felt that the speech was very inclusive of the membership and that it had been well received by those present.


The next part of the meeting was different from normal and took the form of each speaker giving a four minute reading of their choice eg a poem, a piece of prose, a newspaper article.

David Knox – Tam o’ Shanter by Rabbie Burns (extracts)

When chapman billies leave the street,

And drouthy neebors, neebors meet,

As market-days are wearing late,

An’ folk begin to tak the gate;

While we sit bousing at the nappy,

And getting fou and unco’ happy,

We think na on the lang Scots miles,

The mosses, waters, slaps and styles,

That lie between us and our hame,

Whare sits our sulky sullen dame,

Gathering her brows like gathering storm,

Nursing her wrath to keep it warm.


O Tam! hadst thou but been sae wise,

As ta’en thy ain wife Kate’s advice!

She taul thee weel thou was a skellum,

A blethering, blustering, drunken blellum;

That frae November till October,

Ae market-day thou was nae sober;


But to our tale: Ae market-night,

Tam had got planted unco right;

Fast by an ingle, bleezing finely,

Wi’ reaming swats, that drank divinely;

And at his elbow, Souter Johnny,

His ancient, trusty, drouthy crony;

Tam lo’ed him like a vera brither;

The had been fou for weeks thegither.

The night drave on wi’ sangs and clatter;

And ay the ale was growing better:

The landlady and Tam grew gracious,

Wi’ favours, secret, sweet, and precious:

The Souter tauld his queerest stories;

The landlord’s laugh was ready chorus:

The storm without might rair and rustle,

Tam did na mind the storm a whistle.


Weel mounted on his gray mare, Meg,

A better never lifted leg,

Tam skelpit on thro’ dub and mire,

Despising wind, and rain, and fire;

Whiles holding fast his gude blue bonnet;

Whiles crooning o’er some auld Scots sonnet;

Whiles glowring round wi’ prudent cares,

Lest bogles catch him unawares:

Kirk-Alloway was drawing nigh,

Whare ghaists and houlets nightly cry.—


Ah, Tam! Ah, Tam! thou’ll get thy fairin!

In hell they’ll roast thee like a herrin!

In vain thy Kate awaits thy comin!

Kate soon will be a woefu’ woman!

Now, do thy speedy utmost, Meg,

And win the key-stane of the brig;

There at them thou thy tail may toss,

A running stream they dare na cross.

But ere the key-stane she could make,

The fient a tail she had to shake!

For Nannie, far before the rest,

Hard upon noble Maggie prest,

And flew at Tam wi’ furious ettle;

But little wist she Maggie’s mettle—

Ae spring brought off her master hale,

But left behind her ain gray tail:

The carlin claught her by the rump,

And left poor Maggie scarce a stump.


Now, wha this tale o’ truth shall read,

Ilk man and mother’s son, take heed:

Whene’er to drink you are inclin’d,

Or cutty-sarks run in your mind,

Think, ye may buy the joys o’er dear,

Remember Tam o’ Shanter’s mare.


Eddy Jackson – Marion Moore's views on Marriage

The reading started with an extract from the King Jame's Bible. Genesis 2:

"And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."


A Lancashire Speakers Club Reading Topic



This institution,
perhaps one should say enterprise
out of respect for which
one says one need not change one's mind
about a thing one has believed in,
requiring public promises
of one's intention
to fulfill a private obligation:
I wonder what Adam and Eve
think of it by this time,
this firegilt steel
alive with goldenness;
how bright it shows --
"of circular traditions and impostures,
committing many spoils,"
requiring all one's criminal ingenuity
to avoid!


Jane Entwistle – Macavity– The Mystery Cat by T. S. Eliot



Joyce Meiring – St. Kilda – The Street where we lived



Carol Kershaw - Joyce Grenville – a humorous narrative



James Douglas - On a Tennis Court





Diana Douglas – Installing a Husband

Installing A Husband

Dear Tech Support,
Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slow down in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.
In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, and then installed undesirable programs such as NBA 5.0, NFL 3.0 and Golf Clubs 4.1.
Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and Housecleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system.
Please note that I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail.
What can I do?


First, keep in mind, Boyfriend 5.0 is an Entertainment Package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system.
Please enter command: ithoughtyoulovedme.html and try to download Tears 6.2 and do not forget to install the Guilt 3.0 update.
If that application works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewelry 2.0 and Flowers 3.5.
However, remember, overuse of the above application can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0 or Beer 6.1.
Please note that Beer 6.1 is a very bad program that will download the Farting and Snoring Loudly Beta.
Whatever you do, DO NOT under any circumstances install Mother-In-Law 1.0 (it runs a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources.)
In addition, please do not attempt to reinstall the Boyfriend 5.0 program. These are unsupported applications and will crash Husband 1.0.
In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance.
We recommend: Cooking 3.0 and Hot Lingerie 7.7.
Good Luck Babe!

Tech Support



Louise Jackson – George’s Marvellous Medicine – Roald Dahl


Quite simply, he was going to put in EVERYTHING.


John Entwistle – The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey- JRR Tolkien



The readings were Evaluated by Carol Kershaw, Eddy Jackson and Jane Entwistle, each making appropriate comments on three speakers. The comments made primarily concentrated around the use of voice, pause, inclination and rapport due to the nature of the subject.

Topics Session

The Chair for this session was David Knox and the theme for the two minute topic was ‘Food at Christmas’ and preferences.

Sue Solloway –

Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Eggs v Coffee & Croissants

Sue felt that there was no contest here. Smoked salmon won quite easily, croissants full of calories and unhealthy fat. Rather than have smoked salmon her preference would be gravelax.

Jane Entwistle – French Onion Soup v Prawn Cocktail

Jane was not keen on either of these choices. Perhaps the reason for not liking the soup is that she had never tasted a good one. If she had to choose then she would have Prawn Cocktail but would have rocket rather than ordinary lettuce and perhaps have gravelax instead of prawns.

Diana Douglas- Turkey V Nut Roast

Diana knew that she would be having Turkey but would prefer to have the vegetarian option and perhaps she would visit the local delicatessen in order to buy some nut roast.

Joyce Meiring – Christmas Pudding V Trifle

Joyce informed the audience that her husband had made the Christmas Pudding on the menu and therefore felt obliged to eat it although she would prefer to have Trifle with lovely home made custard, cream and alcohol induced sponge.

John Entwistle – Cheese & Biscuits V After Eight Mints

There was no competition here cheese and biscuits was his choice. Many local cheeses available. However, John had an excellent tip for people who likes After Eights. If you are out walking take a Mars Bar bury it in the snow then cut it up into slices get some minty toothpaste, spread some on the pieces and you have something like an after dinner mint.

Louise Jackson – Sandwiches V Bubble and Squeak

Louise did not particularly like sandwiches but did like cold meats. Bubble and Squeak would be her preference and would include caramelised onions, slowly cooked.


The Topics were Evaluated by James Douglas

The Topics Evaluator gave a very fair, constructive critique of the presentations given.

The General Evaluation was carried out by David Knox.

Given that the format of the evening had the potential to overrun the Chair ran the meeting in a very efficient manner. The evening had been different from the normal meeting and the Education Director should be congratulated for producing an appropriate/relevant agenda. The Readings were varied and interesting, informative, funny. Comments were also made about the Evaluators and their contributions, giving advice as well as recognising the good points made. Overall the evening was very enjoyable and successful and looked forward to the next meeting.

Business Session

The President reminded those present about the meal on Wednesday 18th December and that the menu choices had been forwarded to The Fleece.

The Education Director commented on the Readings and the benefits of having such a session.

In closing the meeting the President wished everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

                             The Meeting ended at 9.28

           Date of next Meeting Wednesday 8th January 2020.


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Lancashire Speakers Club Topic Speeches


                    27th November 2019

In Attendance:- Diana Douglas, James Douglas, Jane Entwistle, John Entwistle, Eddy Jackson, Louise Jackson, Carol Kershaw, David Knox and Sue Solloway.

Apologies:- Andrew Hawkes and Joyce Meiring.

Welcome and Introductions

The President welcomed those present and then passed over to Sue Solloway, Chair for the evening.

Prepared Speeches

Each Member had been asked to prepare a four-minute speech the title given  “A Most Interesting Fact.” As expected subjects covered by each speaker were varied and interesting.

 “Difference between Breakfast Tea and India Tea” how the two are made, the health benefits of tea. This talk came from Louise Jackson.



John Entwistle talked about some physical and historical features in Cumbria where a battle took place, bringing to an end the last Celtic Kingdom in the country.




“Left Handedness”, David Knox informed those present that approximately 11% of the world’s population is left-handed, that there are slightly more male ‘lefties’ than females, that on average they die younger than right-handed people and that five out of the last eight American Presidents were left-handed.




Eddy Jackson talked about a young student who challenged his superiors who had embellished results of tests on new products which resulted in him being ‘transferred’ to France but ended up running the company.




Jane Entwistle talked about Percy Shaw and his invention “Cats Eyes” which came about following a very hazardous journey where he could not see where he was going. On a recent journey Jane estimated that there approximately one million cats eyes on the motorways between Bristol and Lancaster.




James Douglas entertained members with an interesting talk about water, 75% of the total universe is made up of Hydrogen and that only one billionth of the sun’s energy reaches earth and that it takes eight minutes to arrive.




Carol Kershaw’s talk was about coffee drinkers and made reference to some drawbacks to drinking too much coffee, headaches and difficulties getting to sleep. Carol also made reference to various well-known people such as Napoleon Bonaparte and Sir James McIntosh and their opinions on this beverage.




Diana Douglas most interesting fact was about the Ukulele. A detailed explanation was given as to how chords are constructed on this easy to play a musical instrument, and that one does not have to be able to read music in order to play.




Sue Solloway talked about global warming and greenhouse gases and her very interesting fact was that the most abundant gas in the atmosphere is ‘water vapour.’ The talk also included information on carbon dioxide and that the biggest absorber of this gas is plankton.




Prepared Speeches – Evaluations

These evaluations were carried out by Diana Doulas, John Entwistle and Louise Jackson. All three were allocated speakers to evaluate and all three pointed out the strong points and offered some very helpful advice as to where improvements could be made. It would be fair to say that during the remainder of the evening speakers certainly took on board the comments made by the Evaluators!

Topics Session

The Chair for this session was Jane Entwistle and the theme chosen was inspired by her journey from Bristol to Lancaster. The Topics included ‘Road Signs,’ ‘Motorways or A Roads,’ ‘Speed Cameras,’ ‘Driving Tests,’ ‘Driverless Cars,’ ‘Compulsory Car Share’ and ‘Music in Cars.’








Topics Evaluation

The job of Evaluating the Topics was given to Carol Kershaw who highlighted the pros and cons of each contribution.

The General Evaluator,  Eddy Jackson, commented on the evening as a whole, which was very enjoyable, well chaired. He also made some very positive comments on how much members had improved over the last year in what is a very supportive, constructive and fun atmosphere.

Business Section

The President informed members that a menu for the meal at ‘The Fleece’ on Wednesday 18th December would  be sent out for them to choose what they want to eat and that they should let Sue know there choices.

The Education Director informed members that they should bring along something to read out at the next meeting, eg a poem, a newspaper article. The reading should last no more than four minutes.

The President thanked everyone for their valued contributions to what was a very enjoyable, interesting and fun filled meeting.


                                 The Meeting closed at 9.28

          Date of next meeting Wednesday 11th December 2019.

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Advice Speakers Club Topic Mark Rogers






So what are the real reasons for giving advice?

Are they the suggestions which you give someone else 

which you hope will work for your benefit?

Or is that just limited to the less scrupulous

of the salesmen around of double glazing and cars?


But isn’t advice regarded as something that we ask for,

when we already know the answer,

but wish we didn’t?


What about undeniably good advice

should we take it?


Like, do something wonderful,

people may imitate you?


Or find out what you don’t do well, 

then don’t do it?


Or nothing risqué, nothing gained?


Maybe like a good speaker, 

should one always try to be sincere, 

even if you don’t always mean it.


But always use tasteful words. 

You may have to eat them.


Should we take heed 

from those that speak quickly 

and always leave things to the last minute. 

Because that way it will only take a minute.


Thankfully there are no horrid, bigoted and generalised 

sexist clichés for me to quote here,

such as: “if you give a woman a minute,

then she will always take three.


But as Oscar Wilde did say,

“Don’t give a woman advice, 

one should never give a woman 

anything she can’t wear in the evening.


Did he mean, like wearing a fur coat 

for walking along Morecambe freezing promenade

by the sea and on the beach:-


Someone else has also recommended

that the best advicethey have for Morecambe

is to “keep Britain tidyand eat a pigeon;


Yet surely the vegan campaigners

will not approve of any politically incorrect talk 

of increased pigeon consumption, will they?


But do you believe in free speech?

Good, can I just borrow your mobile phone, then please.


By the way, did you buy your mobile phone on the internet. 

If so, did you take advice about buying on line.

Because apparentlone of the questionable aspects here  

is that, if something is really worth having, 

then it is not always on eBay.


Wouldn’t you agree 

that there can be some very good advice 

on the internet about health 

and there can also be some utter rubbish on it.

Indeed, there must be something rather special 

about that acupuncture

because you never see any sick hedgehogs or porcupines, do you?


Isn’t it wonderful 

how there are such huge numbers of people in the world 

who are now using computers 

instead of having to reference 

encyclopedias and educational text books, etc.

So now being able to access 

key desired information, guidance and advice 

on virtually anything in the world.


Indeed, the ASC is, of course, very much on linetoo.

But what additional advice 

could one try and give the ASC 

to increase it’s profile and membership numbers.


Could it be, to never join a bowling club if you don’t play bowls.

Similarly, do not join a tennis club if you don’t play tennis,

nonever ever belong to a Speakers Club 

if you do not write a brand new speech,

every fortnight, during a season.


Would the ASC be in an improved state,

and have more to offer as a whole,

if it was to adapt accordingly 

and turn itself into an organisation 

which is better able to accommodate 

increased numbers of teenage junior members.




Not wishing to be too ageist

but surely there are significantly high numbers

of teenagers out there

who could individually write a brand new speech or presentation

every single week of the year,

if they were encouraged

and provided with such valuable opportunities to do so.


So how would teenagers cope with the ASC?


Or should we just give them a licenced chaperone 

and a minder for their mind, body and soul.


What about further advice and suggestions

that could be given to the ASC,

for it to consider improving as a whole,

to benefit it’s members of all ages.


As a lot of UK organisations are now expanding 

and becoming global.


But look what happened when the ASC 

attempted to open up and operate in Australia,

with Dame Everidge assisting in the promotion.



As Dame Everidge did then publicly criticise the ASC when she said:

“Hello possums”. Don’t you just love it.


Mary Whitehouse wanted to join

the international Association of Speakers Clubs.


But she found it too restrictive.


She said, I can’t talk about religion, I can’t talk about sex,

I can’t talk about myself, and I can’t talk about Brexit”.


I would now like to conclude

that as with Brexit

and so many other complex things in life,

and in overall and summarised terms,

isn’t it often abso-bally-lutely brilliant 

to seek, the best possible advice when needed.


Along with obtaining supportive, 

tip top second and third opinions

to check for consistency and authenticity. 


You can still be the final judge of it.


Take heed. Never end a speech with a piece of advice.                                   

Unless, and unlike myself, you are an expert.



Mark Rogers

South Lancaster Speakers Club

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A Tall Tale Viking Gold Under Cabus Cross

A Tall Tale - A SLSC Presentation





Cabus Parish Councillor, Louise Jackson, researched and created a history trial around rural Cabus, Lancashire. The free document is available from shops and the Garstang Tourist Office and available for download from the council website.

As member of the South Lancaster Speakers Club, she embellished her work in the SLSC's 'Tall Tale Competition.'



Louise Jackson's Tall Tale - Viking Gold found under the Cabus Cross Fowler Hill Lane Lancashire




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South Lancaster Speakers Club Tall Tale Competition Winner Jane Entwistle


South Lancaster Speakers Club Tale Tales Competition

South Lancaster Speakers Club offers diverse public speaking education and training opportunities.


Tall Tale Competition Winner Jane Entwistle

The South Lancaster Speakers Club newest member, Jane Entwhistle, won the SLSC's Tall Tale competition on her first speech. Jane will now represent the club in the regional Tall Tale contest.

Jane Entwistle

Jane wanted an assurance from the audience that what she was about to say would not get back to her employer! In her work as a Civil Engineer, she had been sent to Grimsby to carry out a survey on a dangerous building – an Ice House Factory. Regretfully Jane was involved in several incidents one of which involved her falling down a set of stairs and ending up in deep, dark water which she had great difficulty getting out of. Jane described how she was knocked unconscious in another separate incident. Certainly a tale of woe!

Congratulations and well done Jane.

Diane Douglas came second and James Douglas third.

David Knox, the SLSC President, thanked all the members for the high standard of the presentations and for making the evening so enjoyable.

Here are the Minutes 27 March 2019 for the SLSC Tall Tales Competition (On the SLSC Facebook Page)

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Mimic Versus Impressionism After Dinner Speech Mark Rogers SLSC


Mark Rogers After Dinner Speaking - Impressionism

SLSC Facebook Page

Actors and singers can, of course, be mimics,

but don’t the impressionists,

go that much further with their impersonations.



Usually involving a much wider repertoire?

than actors and singers?


Is it really any surprise

that there are such high numbers

of actors and singers

who act and sing

in their own natural voices

and personalities.


Maintaining purity and consistency

in their performances

with comparative ease.


But this can be directly contrasted

with the variety and flexibility demanded

from character actors and singers

in the theatre and on screen.



Whereas impressionists will often exaggerate

a specific well known individual’s

speech patterns and mannerisms.


Using satire and comedy, wherever they can.

In essence, they bring out the mimicry into micky taking.


Many impressionists do take their famous subjects

to be impersonated,

from those on television,

and can include the judge panels

of celebrity and talent contests.


Wouldn’t you agree that a lot of the judges

on television panels,

often lend themselves to be impersonated

and generally taken the rip out of.


Unfortunately, it is not just the likes of

Strictly Come Dancing judges

that like to revel in evaluating,


as the judge, Simon Cowell,

on the “Britain’s Got Talent” television show,



enjoys evaluating the contestant’s performances so much,

that he even practices his evaluations

on the birds tweeting, in the rear garden

of his London mansion private residence.


He was once overhead shouting out to the birds saying:

“OK, errrr stop, look I’ve heard enough,

Starling, you’re not a star to me, darling,

off you go.

Thrush, uummm yeah, how apt,

It’s unpleasant, it’s embarrassing

and it keeps coming back,

however, you won’t be, goodbye.

Now you do do,

you’ve got a big future.

See you next week.”


Did you also know that the television series

Strictly Come Dancing judge, Shirley Ballas,

has had formal training in public speaking?

No, I didn’t either. But she has.


Not surprisingly, Shirley Ballas

likes to evaluate speeches too,

and being so used to judging by appearances,

she apparently gets annoyed when evaluating,

if the lectern is too high,

in relation to the speaker’s overall standing height,

and therefore obstructs any of the top part of their body.


If the lectern does obstruct the speaker,

then Shirley has been known to bellow:

You’ve got to get up on the balls of your feet”.


Often also closely followed by her stating:

You are my queen of topics, you know that don’t you”.


What about the way politicians

also like to publicly evaluate,

and about the UK economy as a whole

may it be, boom or bust,

recession, austerity or the feel good factor.


Indeed, it wasn’t too many light years ago,

when the politician, Ken Clarke,

would regularly speak out about

“the feel good factor”.


Perhaps Ken Clarke could include this in his manifesto,

at the next general election,

Do you remember him from before,

when he used to say?

“I’d like to tell you what we’ve done,

 for the feel good factor,

we’ve decreased the rate of taxation

on every bottle of whisky

available for purchase.

We’ve also increased the weekly safe drinking limit

from 21 units to 28 units

for every man in the country.

So clearly we’ve done far more

for the feel good factor

than any political party

in the history of mankind.”


Nearly as objective and profound perhaps

if contrasted with Tony Blair,

and just supposing if he  was to ever make

a full comeback to frontline politics.


Supposing then if Tony Blair’s own future electioneering

is to include an extract

from his own previous famous speech

which he gave at the Fabian Society conference

when he said:

“But I say unto you,

for much of the 20th century,

left of centre governments,

have agonised over a series of false choices,

to be principled and unelectable

or electable but unprincipled,

to honour our past, or shape the future.”


And why not,

politicians can often make great “U” turns

and bends, can’t they.

With them being diverse, versatile and multi-talented.


Look at Bo Jo, Boris Johnson.

The reason why they call him Bo Joe,

is because he is incredibly good at archery.


An absolute demon,

with the crossbow

and the proverbial bow and arrow.


One day when he was playing archery for a big wager,

he scored a bull’s eye with his first arrow.


Bo Jo then felt so vulnerable

he thought he was going to be ostracised

by the other competitors,

and sent to a garden shed in Coventry.


As Bo Jo also thought he could imagine,

what David Cameron must feel like,

after a referendum.


Bo Jo wanted to get away quickly.

and have a glass of strong bow joe cider,

but he could not give the same old excuse,

that he had another tennis match to go to and play.


So he turned to everyone and shouted out:

“I’ll have to make a sharp Brexit”.


He did then rapidly depart

from that archery scene,

without even making

a drinks tost to his guests,

nor did he say a grace for the luncheon.


As always though,

it is difficult to predict

what might have been stipulated,

in a Bo Jo grace,

because even generally in the world,

the content when saying graces,

can vary enormously all round.


Comprising of a short prayer or thankful phrase,

before or after eating a meal,

and at say an ASC Charter dinner,


In Preston, they are regularly reputed

to say a grace of just:

“there’s the gravy, there’s the meat, let’s eat”.


Yet in Scotland,

they can be more sophisticated,

with a grace such as:

“Some have meat and cannot eat,

some have meat who do not want it,

but we have meat and we can eat

and so say thank Lord for it…”


Perhaps the real test of a Scottish impressionism,

is to not say the name

of the individual being impersonated.


Just one little hint though,

the: “Match of the Day” television programme.

Aaargh, Padijo packs a powerful penalty

plays a quality ball

across the halfway line

and hammers it, into the top hand corner of the net”.

There are, of course, many other

tip top Scottish sports people,

including the tennis super star, Andy Murray,

with the terribly bad news now

about his injuries.


And it is absolutely no consolation whatsoever,

that Andy can now pursue his singing career

with songs like:

“I was born under a wandering star”.


Yes, often impressionists

don’t just hit on the spoken word,

they often include impersonating

an individual’s singing voice too.


But even when singing,

a person can still sing,

in their own local regional accent?


If you have been to an am dram musical,

and listened carefully to the chorus singing

did you sometimes hear the lyrics,

being sung with a local regional accent?


Does it matter? Do the audience object?

Or can some members of the audience,

actually hear and understand the words better,

if they are sung in dialect?


Unlike Lancaster Grand theatre

and their Footlights group,

with their BBC like, RP,

that being “received pronunciation”.


A chorus song from a musical

could be sung here at Lancaster,

like Boris Johnson,

and sound something like:

“Tar rata ra ra blow the bugle

Tar rata ra ra home we go

Ta rata rara blow the bugle

Ta rata rara rara raa….


But go to Yorkshire and the same song

can be heard as:

“Tar rata ra ra, blow t’ bugle

Tar rata ra ra home we go

Ta rata rara blow t’ bugle

Ta rata rara rara raa….



But regardless of which region

you go to in the UK

or anywhere else in the world,

as far as impressionists are concerned,

surely there is usually something

to latch onto,

to impersonate with every individual.


But why sound and act like someone else.



Mark Rogers SLSC


Are you not always happier to be yourself,

as an ASC speaker,

with your own personality

and style of speaking?


Using your own dialogue

and/or carefully personally selected quotations of others?


If so, just keep away from am dram theatre producers,

for they will destroy you.

Mark Rogers


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Bias Propaganda and Tendentious Media



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Eddy Jackson

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A significant feature of today’s zeitgeist is divided contentious national identities.


Popular media communications such as newspapers, social media, and interest groups control, operate and are established only to show, endorse, and present their highly selective, compartmentalised views of the world.

The title of this speech, bias, propaganda, and tendentious media, now needs another ominous noun to elucidate the meaning of these words and their implications, indoctrination.




Ask yourself questions about the meaning, the influence, and power of these concepts.  

Are you aware of the processes involved?

What is the impact, effect and outcomes for you, your community, and society?

Where and how does it start?

How does this happen?

What are the strategies to counter bias, propaganda, tendentious tweets, and indoctrination?

The language and cultures of the democratic free world facilitate these concerns. For totalitarian states, these concepts are the de facto modus operandi.

Now, let’s examine the meaning of these words.



Inclination or prejudice for or against one person or group, especially in a way considered to be unfair.

A concentration on or interest in one particular area or subject.


Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view.

The dissemination of propaganda as a political strategy.


Expressing or intending to promote a particular cause or point of view, especially a controversial one.


The process of teaching a person or group to accept a set of beliefs uncritically.


Now put these words into context by reviewing the great British tradition embedded into the fabric of the nations daily lives, the nasty and vicious morning newspapers.

Due to current online trends, this excludes millennials and the snowflake generation.

Compared to The Chinese People’s Daily, or the Russian Pravda, does The Times and The Daily Telegraph produce a balanced, independent, impartial news, views, comments, and features?


Let's dig down and look at the heritage and pedigree of established, long-serving well-known journalists: Janet Daly, Isabelle Oakenshott, Polly Toynbee,

Quentin Letts, Charles Moore, and Tim Montgomerie.

What does that say about their newspaper’s ethos, culture, and viewpoints?

What was the message of the British twentieth-century newspapers? The Daily Record, The Sketch, The Express, The Mirror, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The People, and The News of The World?

Whom did they represent? Who owned this media?

Do you like to be well-informed, have educated insights, and be knowledgeable?

Generations of post-war baby boomers have been brought up reading newspapers. Here, the reader's diet will have consisted of what?

Imagine a young person delivering newspapers in this era. While they posted and read the headlines, the leading features would immediately provide detailed insights containing bias, propaganda, and tendentious media. The reader brings their own interpretations, values, and beliefs. Are they informed?

The Newspaper business model is not sustainable today. A digital, virtual world driven by sounds, images, and video content has attracted new audiences.

Twenty-first Century

Today we live in very different times? Things have evolved, and technology has led to new ways of communicating.

However, the same issues of bias, propaganda and tendentious media are still all pervasive. Interesting?

What has happened?



Online media displaying bias, propaganda, and tendentious clickbait


Today the use of online media for using, displaying and manipulating bias, propaganda, tendentious tweets, and propaganda is a well-recognised phenomenon.

The ubiquitous echo chambers of the internets social media apps have taken these issues to a higher and a new level.

News Verification

Responsible media organisations have teams and systems in place to verify the authenticity of facts. They verify the accuracy and honesty of the news.

In the United States the American Press Institute, The Poynter Institute for Media Studies and other news consortiums, like the BBC in the UK, now have strong systems in place to fact check and ensure the authenticity of media.

Can you think of major incidents, events, and scenarios where this has occurred?

For example, immediately after the US president gave a speech on the proposed wall along the Mexican border, news anchors scrambled to fact-check Trump’s prime-time television address.

The Financial Times featured the real reasons for Donald Trump lies at

The president’s greatest ambitions are neither financial nor political; - they’re psychological, writes Stephen Grosz.

The Washington Post’s Fact Checker estimates that during the two years of his presidency Trump has told some 7,600 lies


Grosz’s view is that Trump may abuse the truth, so we take notice of him, think about him, become emotionally involved with him. Because he’s in no one’s heart, he wants to be in all our minds. More and more, he is convinced that his greatest ambitions are neither financial nor political — they’re psychological. He wants us never to take our eyes off him. A psychic imperialist, he aims to colonise our minds. He wants to dominate the external and internal landscape.

Moments after President Trump concluded his Oval Office remarks on border security on Tuesday, the NBC anchor Chuck Todd came on the air with a blunt assessment.

“He made a lot of dubious claims,”
Mr Todd informed millions of viewers
after the network’s scheduled program

The decision by major broadcast networks to carry Mr Trump’s address live set off a fierce debate over journalistic responsibility in an age of unusual mendacity (Mendacity = Untruthfulness) in politics. Anchors responded by delivering a tough-minded assessment of his nine-minute remarks, reeling off several immediate correctives to some of his misleading claims.


What are the answers and solutions to my concerns:

  1. Supporting and using independent, high-quality media delivering in-depth, impartial reporting, g. The London Review of Books.
  2. Using news verification organisations for checking facts.
  3. Providing high standards of education for overcoming ignorance and low levels of literacy.
  4. Governments creating and enforcing laws for preventing hate, bigotry, and sectarianism.


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Anglesey Green Energy Wind Solar Tidal Power

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My Predictions

1 Politicians will many make promises, and forget them.

2 Fraudsters will get more inventive about stealing from us

3 The followers of Horse Racing will continue to predict winners, but the Bookmakers will still make big profits.

4 Less meat will be eaten and more Kale and Broccoli.

5 Weather forecasters will get more accurate, good for Farmers, Deep sea Fishermen and Golfers.

6 There will be advances in using Tidal Power.



The sudden unexpected demise of the proposed Nuclear Power Station at Wylfa on Anglesey is a disaster for the island.

It would have created many jobs in and around the area.

The big money people have had to accept that Nuclear Power cannot compete with the Green sources, Wind and Sun.

The money that was to be spent on Nuclear could be turned to the Green stuff.



Can green energy wind solar and tidal power be used in cities?


After all Anglesey is very windy, has its fair share of sunshine and is surrounded by the Sea.

There are also some very strong sea currents, full of energy, in the Menai Strait.

So maybe Tidal Power will get a look in.  


There will be advances in using Tidal Power




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