The following is another speech I wrote and delivered at my Toastmasters Club. Yes, writing speeches takes me away from writing blog posts, but I have a place for both and enjoy juggling the two. The project this speech was written for is Speaking After Dinner from the advanced manual The Entertaining Speaker and while reading I ask that you imagine you’ve just enjoyed a wonderful meal at my place.
Ladies and gentlemen. With a room full of meat-eating wheat-consuming friends such as yourselves, it was a pleasure to prepare dinner this evening and I’m sure you will all agree that I make mean spaghetti. I admit it doesn’t hold a candle to authentic Italian Bolognese, but it’s a good old-fashioned Aussie spag bol, the perfect blend of various meats and vegetables, lovingly infused with an assortment of herbs and spices, then carefully blended with a little parmesan cheese and loads of al dente pasta. The perfect fuel for our bodies.
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This week’s Photo of the Week was a couple of weeks ago.
Last night we had the opportunity to see the biggest and brightest supermoon to rise in almost 69 years. The brightest because the Earth, the Sun and the Moon were in perfect alignment, and the biggest because the Moon was at the point of least distance to the Earth (perigee). It will be November 2034 before the Moon is this close again. (November 25, 2034 to be exact.)
Dean and I arrived at Peregian Beach late yesterday afternoon, approx one hour prior to moonrise, the sky was clear of cloud, magnificently magical, and we were ready for the rising of a big red orb. Sadly, as it sometimes happens, Mother Nature had other ideas and, during that hour we waited, the clouds rolled in, obscuring the horizon, and we then waited an additional 55 minutes past moonrise to get our first glimpse of the Moon.
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