A short entry this week, for a short, but excellent meeting.
Last night was the first Tall Tales Competition in quite a while at Dublin’s favourite Toastmasters club, Hellfire. There were six excellent entries and the competition was fierce.
First up was Keith, who told a rousing story of the discombobulation of an Irish ambassador in Turkey. Working in a voicemail message, a few words of Kurdish and a cúpla focail as Gaeilge, the tale went down a treat with the audience and more importantly the judges. Susan then went on to tell the story of the most excellent adventure of a pair of shoes down in Cork. Aengus took the night down a slightly more risque path, with a story involving showers, towels, alcohol and handcuffs. I don’t want to get him in trouble with his parents, so I’ll say no more. Richard’s tale was perhaps the most thoroughly unbelievable of the night, if only because (in my opinion) the Leaving Cert student at the centre of it got far more of something approaching work done, then any student I’ve ever witnessed.
The consensus at the tea break was that the speech Martin gave was the best he has ever given, which is all the more impressive for such a long standing member of the club. Martin’s story centred on the most obnoxious news stories of the last few weeks, and a particular distaste for the machinations of the Health and Safety experts was probably it’s central theme. The evening finished with John O’D, who decided to go the horror movie route, with a tale of wolves on the ski-slopes of Austria.
All in all, it was a most entertaining set of stories, and one that challenged the judges, led by the ever willing and able Cecil from AIB Toastmasters, to choose a winner. The choice was made however and the results were:
- 1st Place – Keith Stephens
- 2nd Place – Martin Cowley
- 3rd Place – Susan Pyne
The meeting concluded with a Topics Session run by Noel, with topics supplemented by his able assistant Barry. As usual from Noel, the topics were varied, interesting and just difficult enough to be interesting. The three guests – Paula, Liz and Mark, all produced excellent answers. Other stand out answers included Elizabeth who managed to work in a compliment to the topics master (always a good bet), Richard who took some time to decide whether he preferred beauty or intelligence and Rose who was very vocal on developers wives being forced to sell their wedding ring.
A special shout out to our (excellent as always) president Susan, the two timekeepers John and Elizabeth, the contest chair – Mandy, Cecil for co-ordinating the judging and the other judges who shall remain nameless!
After the meeting we adjourned to the pub to celebrate the victories and commiserate with the losers.