Category Archives: Eldergate Members’ Blog

Emmanuel Bolade: In His Own Words

Toastmasters is an international organisation and Eldergate has long enjoyed a cosmopolitan membership. Emmanuel Bolade, the latest Eldergate member to achieve the ‘Competent Communicator’ award, hails from Nigeria, moving to England in 2007. Emmanuel completed his early speech projects as … Continue reading

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Speeches that Shook the World

In “Speeches that Shook the World” (BBC4, 6 November), the poet, writer and broadcaster Simon Armitage went in search of the ‘alchemy’ that can transform the written word into a great speech. Many of the speakers featured in the programme … Continue reading

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Lost in translation

Our intrepid English teacher in Brazil, Nina Cirana, recalls the incident that prompted her to start learning Portuguese. A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a busy café having lunch – a vegetable pie with a crusty top. I picked … Continue reading

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Area contests

Our president, John Dale, reports back on the Area Humorous Speech and Topics Contests at Cranfield. “It is with great pleasure I can tell you the two competitions took place on Saturday and that in both competitions Eldergate members took … Continue reading

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Tropical fruit cocktail

Did you know that Brazil tops the world in fruit production? Apparently they have at least 300 different fruits so in her latest dispatch, our globetrotting English teacher, Nina Cirana, gives us the A to Z of tropical fruit – well, A … Continue reading

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Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contest (9 September)

The Humorous Speech and Table Topics contest is one of the highlights of the Eldergate club calendar, and this year two of our newer members shone in the limelight. The Humorous Speech contest was won by Tony Fasulo with his speech entitled … Continue reading

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Wake up and smell the coffee

Eldergate member Nina Cirana is now in charge of a school in Iuna, a larger town than Alto Caparao with a population of about 20,000.  The area is known for its coffee plantations which cover some 10,000 square miles – … Continue reading

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Trisha Page: In Her Own Words

xx Trisha was brought up in Australia and brings a typically sunny, smiling and straight talking disposition to every club meeting. She has been club president twice and is currently the club secretary. The photo (left) shows Trisha in her fancy … Continue reading

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Flying down to Rio … and beyond

  Brazil currently seems to be the centre of world attention – a visit from the Pope, the football World Cup next year and  the Olympics in 2016, not to mention the mass public demonstrations that filled the streets of many major cities … Continue reading

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It’s July – Happy New Year!

  Our meeting on 8 July was the first of the new Toastmasters year. The event was marked by last year’s president, Trisha Page, handing over the presidential chain of office to her successor, John Dale. In what could well … Continue reading

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