Doppelgänger

I couldn’t resist this Daily Prompt from WordPress.

Doppelgänger

For the past 18 months, my friend Tracey has been calling me her Doppelgänger, nay, she has been telling anyone and everyone, at every opportunity, that I’m her ‘little Doppelgänger’.  And whilst you may have almost choked – or giggled – over the word ‘little’, I can almost hear you saying “You look nothing alike”, and that’s true.
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My Winning Speech

As promised, below you will find the words that make up my winning speech.  I say words because, as with all good speeches, words alone cannot convey the three key elements of vocal variety that were so essential to the delivery of this speech – pace, pitch and pause.

Some of you might feel an element of familiarity regarding the story, and indeed, this speech began as a much longer speech (Making Spaghetti) that I wrote more than 18 months ago and shared here on my blog soon after I first delivered it at a club meeting.

Some months later, several actually, one of my fellow members mentioned how good that speech was and that it would make a terrific speech for the Humorous Speech Contest.  Thank you, Judith, for sewing the seeds of inspiration in my mind.
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My Main Distractor

I love blogging.  Sharing my thoughts and my photos.  Although I know I’m no pro photographer, I do try to take decent shots of the things that interest me and I love sharing them here on my blog.  As for the writing aspect, sitting here typing away is therapeutic, cathartic almost, and I look forward to doing it regularly.

I do get a little despondent when something takes me away from it.  However, that does depend upon ‘what’ that something is and Toastmasters is my main distractor.  But a distraction I am ok with.
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Time To Shine

Despite the primal fears of most adults (yes, I know I’m generalising), I love speaking in front of an audience and am not afraid to do so.

However, I must admit, my comfort didn’t happen naturally.  Laughed at and ridiculed at school because I couldn’t pronounce the word ‘specific’*, I know I withdrew into a shell and stopped raising my hand when the teacher asked for volunteers to read out loud.  I was 14 years old and felt like I’d lost my voice.
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Photo of the Week

This week’s Photo of the Week was not taken by me.

It was taken by my dear friend Denise.
(Saturday, October 15, 2016)

Look at the size of that trophy!

Look at the size of that trophy!

(Apologies to my Facebook friends who’ve already seen this, but I’m sure you’ll understand the repeat.)

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