Tale be­hind WWII song Lili Mar­lene is the topic

East Kilbride News - - NEWS -

At the lat­est meet­ing of East Kil­bride Speak­ers Club, pres­i­dent Bob Hunter wel­comed Alas­tair Fraser to con­duct the evening’s pro­gramme.

Alas­tair in­tro­duced Alex Rin­toul to de­liver the first speech of the evening.

Alex cap­ti­vated his au­di­ence as he told the story of how the song came about that en­thralled the troops in both the Ger­man and Al­lied armies dur­ing World War II, namely Lili Mar­lene.

He ex­plained that the song was writ­ten in the form of a poem dur­ing the First World War and com­bined the names of two of the au­thor’s lady friends, Lili and Mar­lene; how it was a flop at that time and didn’t cap­ture the emo­tions un­til it was broad­cast to the Ger­man Afrika Corps be­fore also be­ing adopted by the Bri­tish 8th Army in the desert cam­paign.

Eve Smyth then sur­prised the au­di­ence by say­ing that, where she is con­cerned, PPI is not the sub­ject of un­so­licited tele­phone calls but stands for Pa­tient & Pub­lic In­volve­ment, which is an or­gan­i­sa­tion that en­ables mem­bers of the pub­lic with med­i­cal ail­ments to as­sist in re­search to find cures for their con­di­tions.

Based on the work she does for PPI, Eve de­liv­ered a very il­lu­mi­nat­ing speech on the ben­e­fi­cial but lit­tle-known work this or­gan­i­sa­tion un­der­takes.

On the theme of giv­ing credit where it is due, Ewan McRobert pre­sented a very well re­searched speech in which he iden­ti­fied the un­sung peo­ple and the work they did in de­vel­op­ing into fully prac­ti­ca­ble use the dis­cov­er­ies and in­ven­tions of fa­mous Scot­tish pioneers such as John Lo­gie Baird’s tele­vi­sion, Alexan­der Gra­ham Bell’s tele­phone and Alexan­der Flem­ing’s peni­cillin.

The in­trigu­ing sub­ject of Pauline-Anne McGrath’s speech was the smile.

She gen­er­ated much thought in the minds of her lis­ten­ers as she made the point that giv­ing and re­ceiv­ing a smile is the one thing that is com­monly un­der­stood through­out ev­ery di­verse cul­ture in the world and ex­plored how pow­er­ful it is as means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Iso­bel Din­woodie pre­sented the top­ics that re­quired a spon­ta­neous re­ply from in­di­vid­ual mem­bers of the au­di­ence and was fol­lowed by her husband Tony with his gen­eral eval­u­a­tion of the pro­gramme’s par­tic­i­pants.

Any­one wish­ing to visit the club can ob­tain de­tails from sec­re­tary Paul Mun­day on (01355) 223894.

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