Lan­guage low­down at club meet­ing

East Kilbride News - - CLUB NEWS - Ken­neth Mur­ray

At the latest meet­ing of East Kil­bride Speak­ers Club, Ken Mur­ray took the chair and in­tro­duced Alas­tair Fraser as the first speaker of the evening.

Alas­tair com­bined hu­mour with frus­tra­tion as he told of the ir­ri­ta­tion he ex­pe­ri­enced that was caused by the acronyms, jar­gon and other non­sense he en­coun­tered dur­ing his work­ing life and that now per­vade so much of mod­ern com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

From the early days of ra­dio broad­casts serv­ing BFPO (Bri­tish Forces Posted Over­seas) to the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences (train­ing cour­ses) he at­tended with the ob­ject of im­prov­ing cus­tomer fac­ing out­comes (bet­ter ser­vice) and many more were all grist to Alas­tair’s mill.

Alex Rin­toul fol­lowed with an in­ter­est­ing speech that ex­plored the use of hu­mour as the main in­gre­di­ent in the songs de­vel­oped and sang by the troops dur­ing the First World War to raise their spir­its and keep the trep­i­da­tion and hor­rific con­di­tions of the trenches at bay.

Based on the most pop­u­lar type of mu­sic dur­ing that pe­riod, Alex told how the songs led to the troops be­ing dubbed the rag-time army.

The ti­tle of Iso­bel Din­woodie’s speech “Oh! That Empty Orches­tra” had her au­di­ence in­trigued as to what she was go­ing to speak about.

Draw­ing on her ex­pe­ri­ence singing with six-piece bands as a teenager through to the mod­ern day, Iso­bel traced the demise of singing with live mu­si­cians as she told of the ori­gins of karaoke in Ja­pan and how the pop­u­lar­ity of the karaoke ma­chine has led to singers be­ing able to per­form with­out the need for a live band pro­vid­ing the mu­sic; with the word karaoke be­ing the Ja­panese for “empty orches­tra”, hence the ti­tle of her speech.

Club pres­i­dent Bob Hunter chaired the im­promptu top­ics ses­sion and Ross Ham­mond’s general eval­u­a­tion pro­vided ben­e­fi­cial ob­ser­va­tions on the evening’s pro­gramme.

Vis­i­tors to the club are al­ways wel­come and details can be ob­tained from sec­re­tary Paul Mun­day on (01355) 223894.

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