Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Avast me hearties*

My talk yesterday went very well. Fortunately someone else came along to do the second half of the talk (which was the stuff I was really unfamiliar with, but had spent time revising just in case I had to give the whole talk). Anyway, at the end of the talk someone came up to me and said “I can tell you’re a really experienced public speaker, you’re really good” and then someone else came up to me and asked if I could give her some advice some time on public speaking. Yesterday’s post was not an instance of me trying to sound really rubbish so that I could then act all surprised when I got a couple of compliments. That talk could have been really dire had I had to give it all, fortunately someone took over from me at the crucial moment. I know that I can do public speaking really well, I just need to know what I’m talking about! I suspect the previous speaker (who I did not hear) was somewhat dry, so by comparison that made me look even better…

For several days when I have logged into my blogger account part of the text has been displayed in German, even though my language is listed as English (and I cannot read German). It seems I am not alone in this (that’s a very useful website, by the way), but I shall have to soldier on because I don’t think Blogger is in any hurry to fix it. I may have to take a crash course in German…

I don’t have a Facebook profile. I’m not into this whole poking people thing (surely it’s just not British!) and I spend enough time on the internet already without getting distracted by that. There has been a bit of backlash from employers, and some have banned their staff from accessing the site. You should perhaps keep this tale in mind next time you switch on your work computer. Be warned.

On another note, a song has been going round my head of late. It’s “Over My Head” by The Fray. I’m not sure why it has been on my mind (apart from that I like the song), but I offer it to you and perhaps it will get stuck in your head instead…





*Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. You can also do this in German, which might come in handy given my current Blogger problem

4 comments:

Tom Foolery (TF) said...

That's really weird....
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I was talking to a student today about his future plans after leaving school. He told me he was going to be a pirate. we talked about the prospects in this line of work i.e. risk of self employment, job satisfaction and also touched on te subject of walking the plank, caring for parrots, cutting off one of his legs etc etc....
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He changed his mind and now wants to go into carpentry, apparently he suffers badly with sea sickness.

Random Reflections said...

TF- In this day and age I think you should have done more to recognise his diversity. If he wanted to saw off his own leg then so be it. Mind you, he might be able to do that as a carpenter anyway.

A sea sick pirate - whatever next!

Let's Kill Saturday Night said...

I also have the German.

Random Reflections said...

LKSN - Today my blog suddenly seems to have reverted to English...