Sunday, November 7, 2010

Adventures in Speech and Debate and Englishmen

I found this at

I feel a bit like Michael Palin's character in Monty Python's Flying Circus' "Gumby Brain Surgery" sketch.

My brain hurts.

It was a long weekend for la Famille de Forrest. Super Son competed in a Congress Debate event whilst Professor X and I scurried about doing Speech and Debate Booster Club support activities, including judging some events. We heard some great stuff from a lot of wonderful young people. I especially love judging events like impromptu, where they're given a choice of three topics and have to choose one, then make up and deliver a speech on the spot. It takes guts to do this type of activity. It's been over a quarter of a century since I participated in speech and debate, and I can still remember how nervous I felt before each round, how my heart pounded and my stomach churned.

I had lots of good stuff I wanted to tell you about regarding the speech and debate topic, but I got distracted with hanging out with the kids and my man, going to the local fitness center to get more sleek, eating a great steak dinner grilled by the man, watching The Simpsons featuring Hugh Laurie and Daniel Radcliffe, and enjoying my new secret boyfriend, Benedict Cumberbatch, in his brilliant portrayal of Sherlock.

I was first introduced to him when I watched Fortysomething, a funny television series starring Hugh Laurie. Have a peek at some of the scenes with Cumberbatch. Hearing all those lovely British accents gets me very excited about our upcoming visit to the UK this summer. I do love me some Englishmen. You're just going to have to wait for my Speech and Debate recollections and observations, I'm afraid.


La Belette Rouge said...

A trip to England? Nice! And I love learning about another Brit show. I am addicted to them. I practically watch nothing else.
Hope your head is recovering from all the debate.

lisleman said...

debates - good stuff and I wish we could have more real ones about real issues.
impromptu speech - I think I did a few of those at a bar once.

Anonymous said...

Englishmen, eh? And what's wrong with a good Scottish man, I ask?!

Bee said...

Have you seen Atonement? Cumberbatch is in it, but in a totally creepy role, I'm afraid. It does show off his acting skills, though. :)

I remember doing impromptu. That was when my brain still worked properly and I could call to mind names, places, any old thing. (The other day I couldn't remember who wrote Harry Potter. Yes, it's early onset dementia . . . but I really shouldn't joke about that.)

Miss Healthypants said...

I'm a sucker for the British accent, too. I haven't been to London yet, but I'd love to go. I have been to Dublin, however...such a lovely place, such lovely people. :)