Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Green Goblin

Today, I started my speech marathon, attempting to finish my ACG speeches in 10 days – well, that’s the plan anyway! At the Taman Indrahana Toastmasters Club meeting, I did project speech # 3: The Monodrama from the advanced manual “Interpretive Reading”. After nearly four months of “inactivity” – except for the contest and Table Topics speeches – I was very anxious and apprehensive about resuming my speechmaking, but I did it anyway.

My speech title was “The Invitation” – where I assumed the character of the Green Goblin and I was leering and mocking the “fallen” Spiderman in one of the episodes from Spiderman The Movie. DTM Dominic Joseph was my evaluator and he thought that I was going to do something Shakespearian but instead I floored him because I did this ‘superhero’ scene. Certainly he believed that I had achieved all the stated objectives but he made a request that I don’t hold back – he said I should be a “show-off”. He said he hoped I would do project speech # 4: The Play (from the same manual) at the club, so that members can learn. Methinks, I am overrated!

The important thing is that I finished the first speech, with nine more to go!

In Bangkok, the toll rose to 21 dead and 858 injured – at least according to Bangkok’s Erawan Centre yesterday (Webpage http://www.nationmultimedia.com/home/2010/04/12/national/Toll-rises-to-21-dead-858-injured-30127044.html).

And today, it was reported that former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra made a phone-in to address the Red Shirts who seized control of Bangkok’s Rajprasong commercial area and said he was proud of what they have done. If the kingdom allows itself to succumb to mob rule, then the country is really going to the dogs! Imagine Thaksin even said that the red-shirt people had it "for Thailand's future"! Wow, here is a good example of how a delusionary mind thinks!

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