Thursday, January 5, 2012

Stephen Hawking's Admission

This evening I made the short drive to MAS Academy in Kelana Jaya to enjoy the company of fellow Toastmasters at the Joint Meeting of the MAS Cempaka and MAS Mawar clubs. I was roped in to be the Evaluator for MAS Cempaka president, Yap Boon Kong who delivered his CC speech # 7, simply titled "V". Nope, it was not V for "Victory" or "Victor Ong" ; nor even V for "Vendetta" but V for "Vegetarianism"! Interestingly, both he and I won the Toastmasters’ ribbons for being voted the Best Speaker and Best Evaluator respectively. And Captain Balan as the Toastmaster-of-the-Evening made sure it was a fun meeting because he spiced it with generous toppings of humor.

But the meeting started fifteen minutes late – what is it with Toastmasters who don’t keep time? Sigh! I am awarding this meeting with a score of 4 out of a 10.

When New Scientist magazine asked Stephen Hawking what he thinks about most, the Cambridge University professor renowned for unravelling some of the most complex questions in modern physics answered: "Women. They are a complete mystery."

Hawking’s admission is nothing new. I know a lot of men would agree wholeheartedly with him!

In Cairo, prosecutors at the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak have demanded he be given the death penalty if found guilty of ordering the killing of anti-regime demonstrators during unrest which led to his overthrow in February 2011. Now that he is finally brought to justice – there's only one verdict for him: Guilty.

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