Identity and extreme sport

Jeremy was the Toastmaster of the Day – a Master of Ceremonies who steered the meeting with style. The small but very vivid crowd was challenged by Josh, the Table Topics Master, with topics related to extreme sport.

During the second half, Saloomeh, a guest speaker, made us chuckle about her problems with describing her national identity. She once told a taxi driver that she is Iranian, but he replied that she sounds much too English for that. In another encounter she called herself English only to be told that she sounds much to foreign for that. Calling herself Iranian-English evoked the suggestion that English-Iranian would be more appropriate. Fortunately, she does not have any problems with the issue herself.

Shane and Brad provided a joint speech – a type of presentation that is completely new. Both sat in panel-discussion-style on chairs that had been arranged in front of the meeting room. Brad started by emphasising the benefits of team sport – and that it is part of human nature to get together and compete. He was followed by Shane, who disagreed and found individual sport much more relevant. People can do it whenever they have time, without arrangement to get a whole team together – and that keeps them from getting fat. Going to the very edge of one’s very edge of physical ability is also fun – think of the big smiles you see when people win a Marathon.

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  • Where

    We meet at the Department for Transport at Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR (see map).

    Nearby underground stations are Pimlico, St. James's Park and Victoria.

    Non Member Guests

    Civil servants with a Common Access Pass or staff of public bodies working with DfT are welcome to attend. Known colleagues and friends of existing DfT staff can attend if signed in by that DfT member of staff and escorted at all times by that DfT member of staff.
  • When

    We meet every second and fourth Wednesday of each month (except for the second meeting in December, because of Christmas). Assemble in reception of Great Minister House at 18.15 to sign-in for a start at 18:30.

    Next meeting Wed 11th Dec