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Strath­more Speak­ers Club

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The club held its speech con­test at its most re­cent meet­ing and there were five con­tes­tants. Pres­i­dent David Howat wel­comed the as­sem­bled com­pany and handed over to Jim Gibb, who was the con­test chair­man, as­sisted by time­keeper Ron Har­row. Jim ex­plained the rules and the penal­ties in­curred for de­vi­at­ing from the al­lowed time of be­tween six and eight min­utes: 10 points per five sec­onds. Judges were Eric Sum­mers and Gra­ham Carr. First to the lectern was Bill Walker with his speech ‘When Cash was King’, in which he out­lined the changes in the prac­tices of bank­ing dur­ing his life­time and men­tioned some of the cash­less ways that make up busi­ness trans­ac­tions nowa­days. Next was Ste­wart Downie, who spoke about his in­ter­est in the Mona Lisa and its im­por­tant place in art his­tory, in­clud­ing some in­ter­est­ing facts re­gard­ing its con­tin­u­ing pop­u­lar­ity. David Af­fleck spoke about ‘Andy and the Di­nasaurs’, in which he ex­plained about the as­ter­oid which hit the Earth and wiped out the di­nasaurs. He spec­u­lated about how dif­fer­ent it would have been had it missed and there was a pos­si­bil­ity that we might now be walk­ing and shar­ing the planet with di­nosaurs. He was fol­lowed by An­drew Buist, whose in­trigu­ing ti­tle ‘The Wal­nut and the Sat­suma’ un­folded as an ac­count of pro­static hy­per­tro­phy, with a few graphic ges­tures and vis­ual aids. The fi­nal speech, en­ti­tled ‘Wal­ter Al­lan of Stir­ling’, was de­liv­ered by David Howat and was an ac­count of an­cient sword­mak­ing and as­sem­bly and pis­tol man­u­fac­tur­ing in Doune and Stir­ling by a great, great, great, great­grand­fa­ther of his who had gone out of busi­ness in 1746. The judges had a hard task to se­lect a win­ner. Spokesman Eric Sum­mers com­pli­mented the con­tes­tants on a splen­did com­pe­ti­tion and said each had de­liv­ered a speech on a sub­ject with which they were well ac­quainted. The vis­ual aids had been good and no one was thirled to their notes. The win­ner was An­drew Buist and the run­ner-up Bill Walker, with the high stan­dard of all speeches a trib­ute to the club. Bob Ste­wart chaired the top­ics ses­sion on the use of ho­mo­graphs. A ho­mo­graph, he ex­plained, was two words with the same spell­ing but with dif­fer­ent mean­ings and pro­nun­ci­a­tion, such as record and record. Dou­glas Wares spoke about wound and wound, Han­nah Williams pro­duce and pro­duce, Ed­die Petrie in­valid and in­valid, He­len Flem­ing wind and wind, Ali­son Sum­mers dessert and dessert and Muriel Smith spoke on sole and sole. The evening was en­joyed by ev­ery­one.

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