Dif­fer­ent top­ics dur­ing in­sight­ful night

East Kilbride News - - CLUB NEWS -

At the lat­est meet­ing of East Kil­bride Speak­ers Club, pres­i­dent Paul Mun­day in­tro­duced Tony Din­woodie and in­vited him to take the chair and con­duct the evening’s pro­ceed­ings.

Alas­tair Fraser de­liv­ered the first of the main speeches in com­i­cal mode by ex­hibit­ing tra­di­tional Glas­gow hu­mour as he por­trayed vivid word pic­tures of char­ac­ters from the east end of the city in fol­low­ing one of them in a tor­tu­ous but ul­ti­mately suc­cess­ful quest to find a job.

A com­plete con­trast in cul­ture fol­lowed when Alex Rin­toul spoke of the work and char­ac­ter of the Ger­man com­poser Richard Strauss.

In an in­for­ma­tive speech he il­lus­trated what a con­ceited and flawed mu­si­cal ge­nius Strauss was by quot­ing a se­ries of anec­dotes from his life­time where he out­raged peo­ple by heap­ing the high­est praise on his own com­po­si­tions and claim­ing how su­pe­rior they were to that of other com­posers.

The next speaker, Bob Hunter, utilised his con­ver­sa­tional style of de­liv­ery to best ef­fect in mak­ing each mem­ber of his au­di­ence think he was speak­ing ex­clu­sively to them as they could iden­tify with ev­ery as­pect of the tribu­la­tions he en­coun­tered in cul­ti­vat­ing his over­grown gar­den.

Har­vey Lit­tle­john con­cluded the main speeches in a heart­felt man­ner as he spoke with great con­vic­tion of his ad­mi­ra­tion for Ge­of­frey Shaw, who came from an af­flu­ent, welle­d­u­cated back­ground be­fore adopt­ing a life in the Gor­bals where he strove tire­lessly to im­prove liv­ing con­di­tions there, and then ex­tended this work through­out the rest of Glas­gow and beyond by be­com­ing the first con­venor of the newly formed Strath­clyde Re­gional Coun­cil in 1974.

Con­fi­dent, well-struc­tured im­promptu re­sponses were de­liv­ered by each of the mem­bers to the top­ics pre­sented by Ross Ham­mond and Ken Mur­ray gave as­tute ad­vice to all of the speak­ers in his gen­eral eval­u­a­tion of the evening’s pro­gramme.

Vis­i­tors are wel­come and de­tails of the meet­ing due on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 18 can be ob­tained from sec­re­tary Ken Mur­ray on (01355) 265424.

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