This is the February 2019 Report of the Leicestershire Speakers Club

A light-hearted start to our meeting was provided by John Baron reading Edward Lear’s nonsense poem, The Pobble Who Has No Toes.

We listened to three good speeches during our February meeting. The difference between a maze and labyrinth was very eloquently explained to us by Penny. Apparently, labyrinths have healing properties and help with mindfulness.

There seemed to be a parallel between the speech on mazes and labyrinths as we listened to Sue taking us through the various intricacies of the law in order to seek compensation. Sue’s knowledge of the law certainly shone through.

Did you know that King George V sported a tattoo of a dragon on his arm? The speaker discovered this fact whilst researching the history of tattooing. We learned how the ancient art of tattooing spread from the Polynesian islands in the Pacific to New Zealand and was bought to our shores in 1774 by a heavily tattooed Polynesian who disembarked off a ship returning from Captain Cook’s South Pacific expedition.

Our topics session was very topical (we met on 13th February) and Bev our topics chairman for the evening decided because the next day was St Valentine’s, each speaker in turn should imagine they were internet dating. The results were hilarious, there was some great acting. One told her prospective date that she had five children and loved all their fathers but she was not interested in producing a sixth.  Space doesn’t allow me to tell more tales!

The Leicestershire Speakers welcome anyone who would like to learn the art of speaking in public. We meet at 7.30pm on the second Wednesday of each month at the Blaby Drop in Centre. For more information ring Bev Capewell on 0116 2770266 or visit our website www.leicspeakers.co.uk. We can also provide entertainment and talks to other societies and groups.