Tale behind WWII song Lili Marlene is the topic
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.