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MONTHLY MEETINGS 2017

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Date Subject Speaker
2017
January 9th
My Life as a freelance Comedy Writer
In his hilarious, clean and highly-praised talk, ‘My Life as a Freelance Comedy Writer’, Nick told how he started writing humour by winning competitions in national publications such as Punch before going on to write for the BBC and work with household names such as Roy Hudd, June Whitfield and rock stars 10cc and Justin Hayward, as well as an assortment of weird and wonderful (if lesser-known) live performers. He also revealed how real life is often so much funnier than a comedy writer’s inventions – with numerous examples!.
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Nick R Thomas
February 13th
George Cruikshank
George Cruikshank is now best known for his brilliant drawings for Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist. But this is to do his prodigious skills and work output a disservice. Cruikshank moved effortlessly from biting satirical prints in the Georgian era through to producing engravings for numerous books and journals in Victorian times. Adapting his talents both to new printing technology and the new demands of the reading public, he is considered by many to be the greatest illustrator of the 19th century. His personal reputation hasn't survived quite so well, partly through his obsession with temperance in later life and the fact that when he died, aged 85, it was discovered he had fathered eleven illegitimate children with his mistress.
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Ian Keable
March 13th
Sea Sick in the Sinai
Having visited the Sinai once before, just for a day, Ann decided that she wanted to experience more. So she booked a week to live with the Bedouin in the Sinai for 8 days to experience how they live and to share their life style. To say that this was an eye opener is putting it mildly. Not only is the talk interesting but extremely funny in places. Living and sleeping in the open has to be experienced to appreciate it.
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Ann Chance
April 10th
Tales of a Scotland Yard Detective
Steve Roberts retired as Detective Inspector with the Metropolitan Police after 30 years. He served in the Flying Squad, Murder Squad, Anti Corruption Command and the Kidnap Unit.
His talk outlined his career and is supported by personal anecdotes together with insight into the various departments.
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Detective Inspector (ret'd) Steve Roberts
May 8th An amusing account of Life in our Schools
Brian Carline has been teaching for over thirty years and most recently worked as an Assistant Head at a secondary school in Essex. In his spare time, he's a stand-up comedian. Brian has written several books on teaching such as:
  • What Pupils Really Think about their Schools
  • How to be a Successful Head of Year
  • The SAS Guide to Teaching
Brian Carline
June 12th Human Cargo - the transportation of convicts to the Americas and Australia.
Judy told us about the people and events from British history in the late 16th century, when vagrancy and petty crime were rife in Britain and our prisons were full. She told us how the governments of the day attempted to solve the problem, largely created by the enclosures of common land by rich landowners.
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Judy Davies
September 11th The Atlantic Railway. Brunel's Vision
The first hundred years or so of steam passenger ships across the North Atlantic and pursuit of that illusive Blue Riband. 'Buy your ticket at Paddington Station and disembark in Boston or New York', was Brunel's plan. Even he would have been impressed by the century that followed of largely British triumph in finance, design, engineering, artistic (and gastronomic!) skills to produce the magnificent procession of ever grander and majestic ocean liners. Courage, folly and massive investment. Can ships disappear, totally, into the North Atlantic without trace? Certainly and disturbingly frequently!
Ian Kennedy
October 9th The Weird and Wonderful World of the Law
Great fun and plenty of big laughs! A hugely enjoyable romp through the legal world, drawing on over 25 years as a locum solicitor travelling around the country, encountering raging judges, dotty clients and weird cases. David gave us a sideways journey through bizarre true life oddities, daft old laws still in place, and political correctness gone raving mad!
David Allen
November 13th AGM followed by a quiz. The Committee

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