Friday, February 12, 2010

Interesting Metro Meeting

I was at the Metro Toastmasters meeting this Thursday evening, and I accepted the role of an invocator. A first time for me, and I talked about ‘kindness‘. I even recited a George Sand quote: “Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness”. Anyway, this meeting was interesting because the Toastmaster-of-the-Evening, CTM Khoo Boo Hock elaborated on Toastmasters International, giving us fascinating snippets of their history, which one does not normally hear about. And the Table Topics Master (i.e. CC Helen Quat) was cleverly creative in the way she presented the Table Topics by requiring participants to string together three phrases into a 1-2 minute impromptu speech.

Triumphant Celtic cut the gap on title rivals Rangers to eight points on Wednesday as a 60-second goal blitz killed off the challenge of Jim Jefferies' Hearts. Hearts were assuredly spirited in the first half, but it still ended goalless. In the second half, they were stunned when Glenn Loovens slammed home Celtic's opener with his left foot from Diomansy Kamara's corner (49). Marc-Antoine Fortune slotted home a second almost instantly after picking up Aiden McGeady's superb pass (50).

Moving south, the EPL match between Liverpool and Arsenal produced an outcome that I feared most – the former losing 0-1 to the latter. Both teams were struggling for momentum in a dour first half, but fortunately, they came alive after the interval. The Arsenal winner came from Abou Diaby’s header that saw the Gunners end a three-game winless sequence, and as a result, injecting vital new life into their title bid. Liverpool should have been less negative in their play and go on the attack because I don’t think Arsenal was that impressive. When the Reds surged forward, you can see that the Gunners were on the backfoot.

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