Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Feast of European Speakers

Top Toastmasters and a Feast of International Speaking Saturday 12 April

On Saturday 12 April London Toastmasters Division B has a double treat for you.
The morning: A Feast of International Speaking
The afternoon: The Division B International Speech Contest and the Division B Evaluation Contest.
Eventbrite - "Celebrate Diversity" Division B Workshops & Contests  You can read the lastest press release here:Download Celebrate Diversity Press Release - April 2014
In the morning 
Talented International Speech Contestant, Award Winner, Keynote Speaker Olivia Schofield. ‘A Thief, A Failure, A Fabulous Future’. An English Toastmaster working in Berlin comes to London.
Mel Kelly from Munich. Winner of Continental Europe District Humorous Contest will deliver a speech entitled:'Sealed with a Kiss’, enjoy his Irish humour.
Carsten Wendt from Bruxelles, a Humorous Contest winner will deliver: ‘I am not a Latin lover’. he is German
Freddie Daniells, UK. The ever-popular Toastmasters ambassador takes up the topic, ‘Diversity of Goals’ and 
Jakub Pawlowski our smiling dare-devil from Poland, will tackle headlong the subject: ‘Diversity of Clubs’.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Neglected blog

I begun blogging 9 years ago, february 2005, and blogged day by day - in the French "il y a de la vie après 70 ans"

Yes, there is life after 70 as I tried to prove to myself first, the others too. I did.

Then I opened a Retroblog to publish my diaries from 10 to 60 years old. And a photoblog with one picture a day.

When I decided to come and live in London, I opened this blog, also to become used to write in English. I never dreamed at that time, I will stay on London stages to tell about my life!

More I told, less I wrote here.

Opening a blog about communication and my stories, that become my main English blog. Then arrived Facebook, where many follow me not only day by day, but sometimes, minute by minute.

Should I close this one?

Too much time on web, the spring arrived and I should also come out to walk "smell the roses" take photos of flowers and people and 'see them" and even swim !

Friday, December 20, 2013

Thames path

Thames path, December 4:30 pmBlackfriers, Thames path closedExit BlackfriersSt Paul CathedralMileneum bridgeNear Milleneum Bridge
Milleneum bridgeThames path, from Milleneum bridgeThames path beginsAccross the riverThames pathdetail accross the river
The loose canon pub's street, night in LondonTower bridgeThe towerPassing under the bridgeBridge coloursUnder bridge
Approaching Tower bridgeFrom the Thames path, lights & colors

Thames path, a set on Flickr.

after the sun set down and with a bit of rain but not much, I caught finally the Thames path at the Millennium Bridge - walked till the Tower Bridge

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The perfect moment

We never forget that perfect moment! Those rest embedded in us. Even when there are not followed by what we did think at that time. In me, even an hour when I waited for someone who never arrived remains as a very happy hour. And a day of expecting a perfect week, remains also a joyful memory. Of course also those happy hours or days, when all was absolutely wander full. And lately, the happy moments with my last love: the audience.

Yesterday, I had seen a movie on Netscape. At the end, the voice of the heroine, after a happy moment, summarise the premise of the film:

"there is no such thing as perfect job, perfect family or perfect life, but there are perfect moments in life."

So true. Let us make, take, enjoy, our life's perfect moments. Dare to enjoy and live them. As the movie suggest, make, at least once in life crazy things. I would say dare to go 'out of our comfort zone' more then once. At least, relationships. Creative endeavours. New things at old age.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cake for gram


I am a really happy grandma! My grand daughter just told her father: "if you go to see gram only an hour later this morning, I could bake a cake for her!" T

hen she asked me if I would like a chocolate cake? Yeah! With nuts?

Wonderful! Perhaps, not so good for my weight, I thought, not told, but YES YES Of course, "I am ready to wait one more hour!"

She makes great cakes.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Remembrance day in UK


This is each year, before the St. John's Church in Blackheath, London. Remembering all those who fall while serving their country.

A minute of silence, poppies on the dress, veterans gathering and speaking.

My grandfather was a veteran of World War 1 and wounded for all his life. Alas, it made him also very irritable for his family.

He did like me. I remember, when he came to see me and told me "Ask any question and I will try to answer. If I can not, I will look in the books to find it for you."

There was no web yet, more then 70 years ago. But I learned to ask and I learned that one can find answers in books.

Today, I think of him. Grandpa Emil.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Trafalgar Square


This is by Richard, Waterford_Man from Flickr, I hope I will go tomorrow to see it during the Diwali.