Report of the Meeting Held on Thursday 25 June 2015, by Deborah Percy

It was Thanet’s turn to host Kent’s annual Hopper Cup competition. This year’s theme was “It’s a Funny Old World” and the event was chaired by Kent Area President Sue Shaw.

Three teams of four people gave a 20 minute presentation, with high penalties if the timing is more than three minutes from the target.

West Kent drew to go first. Their winning presentation involved a copious use of props, They focused on how the use of technology has changed our lives with the use of computers and Emoji as a new language. It is most definitely a funny old world when we telephone or text our children to come down for dinner instead of shouting! Amazingly, half of the world’s population do not have access to clean water or a toilet and yet there are 6 billion mobile phones in use. More people in the world own a smartphone than have access to a latrine. We were told of a slogan in India around marriage and toilets, “No loo, no I do.”

The Chaucer team presented three speakers  from different eras In the 1950s a school boy would marvel at the amazing new black and white TV with two channels whereas a school boy in 2015 would experience life completely differently. The third speaker went on to speculate what the world might be like fifty years from now. This presentation was woven together by the chair whose message was that whilst the human world changes at a dramatic pace over a few generations, that might be the lifespan of just one tree.

Thanet’s team went for laughs, focusing on the “Funny” of the evening’s theme. Pet dogs provide many funny stories, not surprisingly dog mess featured. With the Borough of Barking using DNA to combat the problem, we heard about a method to source the origin of the faeces.

The chief judge Paul Johnstone, the National Development Officer, announced the winner along with a couple of comments: the use of technology can go wrong and notes on a lectern are preferred over handheld paper.
The next meeting will be Thursday 9th July at the Yatch Club..The evening is free for visitors to attend. For further details Thanet Speakers Club is on social media or you can leave a message for Deborah on 01843 607192.