You can listen to audio from the speech from 2008 or watch the same speech (below) delivered as part of the Toastmasters District 70 Area 16 International Speech Contest in Pennant Hills on 12th March 2010.
Also have a look at Bel Vidal's reaction to my speech.
Humorous Speech Contest 2008 (4.7 MB). I won the competition at the club and then went on to represent the club at the Area Contest, but there were much better speakers than me there.
"Unexpectedly Entertained" - A more lighthearted speech. This speech was delivered at Hornsby District Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest on 7th August 2012, but this particular recording was made at Toastmasters District 70, Area 10, Evaluation Contest on 15th March 2012, where this speech was the Target Speech for the contest evaluators.
The Book of Host Records.
When we were kids, we amused ourselves setting and
creating records. These are not World Records or even
Australian Records - just records among people that I
know. There's been a renewed interest in it from the next
generation, mostly from my nieces. So here it is.
Poetry. I've written some poetry. Here's some of it.
My Perfect Relationship. I've put a lot of thought into what makes a perfect marriage. Back in May of this year, I put those thoughts in writing. When I've shared those thoughts, it's sometimes produced tears, and most people ask me for a copy. So I thought, if I put it out on the Internet, maybe it will help someone.
When Faced With Calamity - A passage of Scripture about how King Jehoshaphat managed when he was faced with calamity. This has inspired me when I have faced disaster and not known what to do.
Video taken on 3rd January 2020, the second last day that trains ran on the Carlingford railway line in Sydney.
3D video taken out the front of my car while crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You'll need red/cyan 3D glasses to see this in 3D, otherwise change the YouTube playback settings to disable 3D.
Fun with dry ice and a glass of milk - in real time and time-lapse.
Flying. Before the days of video cameras, we played with 8 millimetre movie film. Here's a short one from 1981.
Skiing Without Snow. I've always enjoyed stop-motion animation. As children, we spent many hours creating stop-motion animations using 8 millimetre movie film. More recently, computers have made stop-motion animation easier, and so Daniel and I have spent many hours following this pursuit. Here's a small sample.
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Friends and Family
My wife, Roslyn has been writing books for ESL (English as a second language).
Evangelus - Some of my nieces sing. Jacqui has a page on MySpace, which includes some of her songs, one of which I have co-written ("Only Love Goes on"). More of her songs are on You Tube. Another of Jacqui's songs, "911" is on Bandcamp which you can hear by clicking the play button below.
I like to collect audio. This is just a small part of an unusual collection, which includes:
Bloopers: The Firestone Tyre Factory, A History of Rings, Macquarie News, with laughter, Orson Welles Findus Recording Session, Aluminium, Riding Roughshod, Shalamanov, Australasian Post - Yvonne and Yvette, and the entire 25 minutes of the 2SM 1980 Blooper Tape.
Radio 2SM Sales Presentation Tapes: 2SM Hot Winter Presentation 1979, 2SM News Presentation 1979, 2SM Presentation circa 1980, and A Normal Day at 2SM Sales Presentation circa 1981.
in the 1970s. Anyone who grew up in Sydney in
the 1970s, and enjoyed Rocktober, Concert of the Decade,
Macca and the Hon Nick, and everything else about the
premium music station of the 1970s should not miss Debbie
Kruger's extensive site.
Xentrik. A useful list of CSS tags and
other useful information.
Other pages of Interest
How Stuff Works. If you need information about things, this is
one of the best Web sites I've seen. Check it out. It's a bit harder to navigate around the site than it used to be, but it still remains a great resource.
Museum of Obsolete Media - A comprehensive resource showing just about every type of media that has ever been used to record audio, video and data.
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows - The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is a compendium of invented words written by John Koenig. Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language - to give a name to emotions we all might experience but don't yet have a word for. I like this a lot.