Archive for September, 2013

Leeds City Toastmasters humorous speech contest

Monday, September 30th, 2013 | Public Speaking, Video

Earlier this month we had our club speech contest. Our Immediate Past President Jude begun with a speech entitled “When The Going Gets Tough”.

I followed with my speech “The Man Who Couldn’t Stop Evaluating”.

But our winner was Michael J. Clarke with a speech entitled “Never Say No”.

Speakers’ Corner Leeds

Monday, September 30th, 2013 | Religion & Politics

Earlier this year, Leeds got it’s own Speakers’ Corner. Thanks to Elina is now has it’s own website too. If you want to keep up with all the latest updates by subscribing to the mailing list, see the Speakers’ Corner Leeds website. It’s one of the few groups I’m not running lol.

Flight socks

Sunday, September 29th, 2013 | Life


Yet another xkcd comes to life in the real world.

An Open Letter to David Cameron

Saturday, September 28th, 2013 | Religion & Politics, Video

Following the popularity of his poem on his blog, Jonni committed it to video last weekend. Here it is…

Sheffield Alternative & Burlesque Fair

Friday, September 27th, 2013 | Thoughts

Last weekend, we went down to Corporation in Sheffield to attend the Alternative & Burlesque Fair.

Was it worth it? No. To be honest, I found it so disappointing that I’m not sure I would have even gone to it even if it had been in Leeds, if I had known what it was like.

I don’t think the stalls were are numerous as I was lead to believe and there was nothing particularly interesting there. There were also some stage shows, but the one we saw was just a burlesque dance. That’s probably expected given the name, but the reality of it is that it is just stripping out of slightly fancier clothing.

At £5 to get in, it is not worth a visit in my opinion.

Game of Thrones

Thursday, September 26th, 2013 | Distractions

I don’t watch much TV. Who has the time? Then people talk about box sets as if it is still 2007 and we all have DVD players. But Game of Thrones is proving to be one of the rare exceptions.

I’ve now watched the first two series and it quickly turned into a love hate relationship. My favourite characters keep dying. It’s very annoying. You get attached to someone and then his head comes off.

But as the same time, a medieval drama with dragons and snow zombies – what isn’t awesome about that?

It’s a Knockout

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 | Life

Remember It’s a Knockout? I don’t, because even at 26 I’m too young. But basically, Total Wipeout is a total rip off of it, so think that. Except that it started in the 60s, so there was no PC filter of the very offensive comments that the host makes.

Turns out though that you an hire them to turn up and do a corporate events days.

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Jersey photos

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 | Photos, Travel

Photos from our trip to Jersey.

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Durrell photos

Monday, September 23rd, 2013 | Photos, Travel

Photos from our trip to the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Centre on Jersey.

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Sheffield Predators at Yorkshire Rams

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 | Distractions, Photos

What a climatic ending we got for the final game of the season. The Rams needed to win to make the play-offs but all was looking pretty grim at half time when they found themselves 22-0 down.

However, a spectacular reversal in the second half brought them back to 22-20, with only a few minutes left and the ball on the half way line when they were given a 15 yard penalty against the defence. It was like a replay of Super Bowl XLVII from earlier this year.

Sadly, just like the Super Bowl, the defence held, though due more to a valiant effort of the Predators than the clear pass interference of the Baltimore Ravens.

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