Never trust a camel…

Post by Johanne Burns, Member

Twenty members and seven guests attended the second meeting of 2012 on Thursday 26th January. The toastmaster of the evening was Paul Bailey who introduced the evening, spoke about the history of Toastmasters, and asked members of the audience to think about who they would like a day or evening named after. The answers included Beyoncé, Archie Gemmill, Willie Millar, Margaret Thatcher, and the founder of Toastmasters, Ralph C. Smedley.

Linda Nugent began the evenings speeches with her Icebreaker speech entitled Me In a Nutshell. Linda talked about being born in Ireland, moving to Edinburgh at the age of seventeen to study nursing, and remaining in Edinburgh once studies were over to work as a nurse. Linda finished her first speech with a saying for all, “Life is like a coin, you can only spend it once”.

The second speaker of the evening was Barbara Dunbar, giving her third speech entitled Fool’s Paradise. Barbara explained to the audience about how we have ended up in the recession we are in today.

The Table Topics Master, Duncan Thompson, asked table topics participants to begin their two minute impromptu speech with a quote. The quotes included: Roses are red, violets are blue, I’m schizophrenic, and so am I; I knew I was an unwanted child when I saw my bath toys were a toaster and a radio; my father had a profound effect on me, he was a lunatic; I distrust camels and anyone who can go for a week without a drink; I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member; California is a fine place to live if you happen to be an orange.

One of the guests summed up the evening with one word – great!


A wee reminder that the Edinburgh Toastmasters Workshops are this weekend. See below for further details on how to book a place. I’m sorry I missed the last meeting, it sounds like it was a really entertaining night. I’m looking forward to catching up with you all this Thursday evening, but I’m also quite glad Duncan isn’t this weeks Table Topics Master…who knows what randomness I would have uttered, but I’ve never trusted camels either…

Eileen Scott, President

Would you like to improve your speech evaluation skills? Be able to craft an award winning speech? Know how to apply your Toastmasters skills at work and life? You can learn all these in a 6 hour workshop for the price of £10 on 11 February 2012. Non Toastmasters friends / family members are welcomed. For more info you can download the flyer at

Please contact Eu Jin Teh to book

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