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Hair

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Straight, wavy, long, natural or dyed! Wigs, extensions, beards and eye brows. Smuggling, politics, religion, and fashion collide in a billion dollar trade. Discover the secretive and lucrative international world of Hair that is guaranteed to grip you by the long, short or curly.

Talk length - 53 minutes.

Alan Jones

Alan Jones has been fortunate to enjoy a variety of careers, each bringing their own unique experiences and events. A trained nurse, hypnotherapist, BBC journalist and more, they now all provide a wealth of anecdote to fill his talks with fun, entertainment and discovery. Alan is a Stand Alone speaker.

The London No-One Tells You About

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...is just that, the London no-one tells you about. The Necropolis railway, the lost rivers and why the Americans don’t own their embassy are just a few of the not so well known details brought to life.

Talk length - 40 minutes.

Geoff Harris

Geoff Harris started working as a teacher and taught in a variety of secondary schools all over the UK for ten tears before giving it all up and becoming a clown. Really, that is what he did. The clowning led onto other performance areas and he has been seen on a variety of stages and screens ever since. Ten plus years ago he started to train as a Toastmaster and is now a Fellow of the National Association of Toastmasters, working in some of the grandest hotels and houses in the country.

A Policeman's Lot

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Neil Sadler spent 30 years as a police officer. Starting “on the beat” in the exotic holiday resort of Bognor Regis in the 1970s, he retired from a post in national and international police training. You may be amazed to hear who he met on his first solo night shift at 3am. Changes in police uniform and equipment and why not to be squirted with pepper spray. Also, where not to try and escape the traffic cops in one European country and a novel use for a policeman’s helmet.

Talk length - 40 minutes.

Neil Sadler

Neil Sadler is a retired senior police officer who can provide talks on a range of subjects. Equipment and photographs will illustrate his cases. Neil spent much of his 30 years service as an operational officer in various ranks across Sussex, working briefly in Hong Kong, Trinidad and Abu Dhabi….he even survived Bognor Regis, Haywards Heath and Crawley!

Stories from the Clink

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- Which country has a quarter of all the world’s prisoners locked up?
- Why did the prisoner lock his own cell door from outside on the jail landing?
- The real escape from Alcatraz...and one that didn't quite make it!
- Did George Best ever play for the prison football team?

All this and more from a former police officer who visited many UK prisons and met many colourful characters. Their stories might well surprise you. Approached with his customary humour, let Neil guide you in (and luckily, out) of a few well known prisons.


Talk length - 43 minutes.

Neil Sadler

Neil Sadler is a retired senior police officer who can provide talks on a range of subjects. Equipment and photographs will illustrate his cases. Neil spent much of his 30 years service as an operational officer in various ranks across Sussex, working briefly in Hong Kong, Trinidad and Abu Dhabi….he even survived Bognor Regis, Haywards Heath and Crawley!

A Toastmaster's Tale 

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Geoff is one of the country’s leading Toastmasters, working in venues all over the UK and abroad. However, in this insightful, informative and hilarious talk Geoff lifts the lid off the world of formal events in his own inimitable style. Just what did the Prince of Wales have to do with the introduction of the red coat? How fast did the Alderman’s funeral cortege go? Did the bridegroom really say that? The answer to these questions and many, many more are answered at breakneck speed in this witty, funny, brilliantly presented talk. Not to be missed.

Talk length - 44 minutes.

Geoff Harris

Geoff Harris started working as a teacher and taught in a variety of secondary schools all over the UK for ten tears before giving it all up and becoming a clown. Really, that is what he did. The clowning led onto other performance areas and he has been seen on a variety of stages and screens ever since. Ten plus years ago he started to train as a Toastmaster and is now a Fellow of the National Association of Toastmasters, working in some of the grandest hotels and houses in the country.

Black Cats, New Moons & Ladders - The Origins of Superstitions

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A belief in luck and fate are the key components of superstitions and that they can be controlled by various actions of human beings. Do you throw salt over your shoulder if you spill it? Know that it's good luck if you see two magpies together; wonder if things didn't go as planned because it was Friday 13th, and touch wood for good luck? But where did these beliefs originate?
Talk length - 39 minutes.

Sandy Leong

Sandy Leong is an historian, passionate about bringing history to life and is a lively and entertaining speaker. She has a popular series of entertaining, light hearted talks on general historical subjects. However she specialises in the Tudors, an exciting time in the country as it was changing fast; and in the Viking period, who are much more than the stereotype of raiders in horned helmets. She is an international, professional speaker, and published author.

Inside Story (Part 1)

Talk Description

Part 1: Taking you on a fantastic journey of discovery inside and around your body. 100,000 heartbeats every day, bones stronger than concrete, nerve signals faster than a racing car, muscles that shake a leg, why colour is only skin deep, eyes that see everything upside down, a brain that forecasts your future, amazing medical cures and the germs that defeated science. You can’t live without it, so discover the amazing facts and surprising stories of your body. 

Talk length - 47 minutes.

Alan Jones

Alan Jones has been fortunate to enjoy a variety of careers, each bringing their own unique experiences and events. A trained nurse, hypnotherapist, BBC journalist and more, they now all provide a wealth of anecdote to fill his talks with fun, entertainment and discovery. Alan is a Stand Alone speaker.

History and Mystery of Hypnosis

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Look into my eyes! Alan Jones will unravel the history and mystery of hypnosis which dates back to the dawn of civilisation, and the modern day benefits of Hypnotherapy. And you can all sit back and relax because he promises that none of you will become a chicken! 

Talk length - 47 minutes.

Alan Jones

Alan Jones has been fortunate to enjoy a variety of careers, each bringing their own unique experiences and events. A trained nurse, hypnotherapist, BBC journalist and more, they now all provide a wealth of anecdote to fill his talks with fun, entertainment and discovery. Alan is a Stand Alone speaker.

It's Not What You Say

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Ever wondered why you feel attracted to some people and avoid others? Most of us form an opinion about someone in just 90 seconds and rarely change our mind. But it is not based on the way people speak, or even what they say. Discover how Body Language speaks louder then words when we communicate with each other.

Talk length - 46 minutes.

Alan Jones

Alan Jones has been fortunate to enjoy a variety of careers, each bringing their own unique experiences and events. A trained nurse, hypnotherapist, BBC journalist and more, they now all provide a wealth of anecdote to fill his talks with fun, entertainment and discovery. Alan is a Stand Alone speaker.

Inside Story (Part 2)

Talk Description

Part 2: Taking you on a fantastic journey of discovery inside and around your body. 100,000 heartbeats every day, bones stronger than concrete, nerve signals faster than a racing car, muscles that shake a leg, why colour is only skin deep, eyes that see everything upside down, a brain that forecasts your future, amazing medical cures and the germs that defeated science. You can’t live without it, so discover the amazing facts and surprising stories of your body.

Talk length - 53 minutes.

Alan Jones

Alan Jones has been fortunate to enjoy a variety of careers, each bringing their own unique experiences and events. A trained nurse, hypnotherapist, BBC journalist and more, they now all provide a wealth of anecdote to fill his talks with fun, entertainment and discovery. Alan is a Stand Alone speaker.

The Maturing of Mankind

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The story of our development from the time when our distant ancestors just started to walk upright, to when we dominated the world is both unique and fascinating. This Talk briefly describes our biological evolution from five million years ago. It goes on to consider the maturing of our brain and the initial stages of our cultural development.

Talk length - 32 minutes.

Neil Meldrum

Neil Meldrum has been a lawyer for 40 years. Now retired, Neil has the opportunity of indulging his fascination in all things to do with ancient history and the cultural evolution of mankind. Although an amateur, these are compelling subjects which have been undergoing considerable re-appraisal in recent years. Neil's talks range from the development and the cultural evolution of early man to the Maya and Aztecs of Ancient Mexico and the Incas of Peru, areas that he has visited extensively. More recently he has been focusing on early culture in Ancient China, India, Egypt and Mesopotamia and in particular looking at early religions in these regions.

Brink's-Mat Gold Bullion Robbery

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This talk takes you through the planning, execution and the elaborate criminal chain that converted £26 million gold bullion into cash. The biggest robbery in UK history which ended with the tragic killing of PC John Fordham at the hands of Kenneth Noye.

Talk length - 38 minutes.

Ian Brown

Having presented his talks on over 60 Cruises for Cunard, P&O, Fred Olsen and other Cruise Lines, this is your chance to listen to Ian Brown without sailing the seas. Ian has recently published a book telling these and many more tales.

Gongoozling for beginners

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After 30 years as a police officer in Sussex, Neil thought this sounded just the tonic for retirement; relaxing, stress free and with the chance to grow his beard and hair. This is a light hearted journey around some of the 2000 miles of navigable waterways in a 58 foot canal narrow boat across Britain, with just a small dose of history, lots of humour, a rather wet puppy and only one broken arm...so far ! 

Talk length - 42 minutes.

Neil Sadler

Neil Sadler is a retired senior police officer who can provide talks on a range of subjects. Equipment and photographs will illustrate his cases. Neil spent much of his 30 years service as an operational officer in various ranks across Sussex, working briefly in Hong Kong, Trinidad and Abu Dhabi….he even survived Bognor Regis, Haywards Heath and Crawley!

Playing Out

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It's the school holidays. You would knock on your friends' doors to see if they were coming out to play. Most of us played in the street. You might have had a ball, a few marbles, some conkers or, if you were very lucky, a bike! We played outside whatever the weather and often came home filthy. Dirt was good - it built up your immunity and was a sign that you had had fun! The day ended with the usual plea for "Five More Minutes!" 

Talk length - 36 minutes.

Kath Reynolds

Kath Reynolds - My library role allowed me the opportunity to develop my passion for reminiscence work both in terms of delivering sessions and training others. Together with a colleague from Stoke-on-Trent Museums, I wrote an OCN accredited course, "Delivering Reminiscence". This course was very successful and was delivered by myself for more than six years. I am keenly interested in people; their lives and their communities - my talks and reminiscence sessions reflect a great many years of collecting stories, memories and musings from the people of Staffordshire and surrounding counties. I am always vigilant to research and verify "facts" which are presented to me - although I often share the "facts" which are clearly fiction... purely because they are entertaining!

Lake District: A Celebration and a Warning

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A celebration of a unique landscape and its place in our national consciousness from William Wordsworth to Alfred Wainwright. It is also a warning of challenges ahead, from climate change to Brexit. It concludes with a 'year' in the Lake District in pictures taken over fifty years!

Talk length - 49 minutes.

Chris Forse

Chris Forse is a retired teacher and administrator who spent 33 years in Hong Kong where he was also a sometime columnist and radio panel guest. He has travelled widely and globally and enjoys travel photography and self-publishing. He is chairman of a large U3A in the Midlands.

Restoring a Ruin and other Misadventures in France

Talk Description and preview

In the early 1990s Rukshana and her husband, Jehan, with two lively young sons in tow, bought a ruined Maison de Vigne   in rural France to restore as a holiday project and use as a base from which to explore France, particularly the Languedoc and the spectacular Gorges du Tarn. The talk includes a brief history of the Cathars and their fortresses. This light-hearted and well - illustrated talk is an amusing account of the bureaucracy, the French way of life and some of the many mis-adventures they had along the way.

Talk length - 44 minutes.

Rukshana Masters

Rukshana spent her childhood in India, had a thoroughly British education and went on to train as a Fashion Designer in the USA. She married and moved to England in 1970. In the 1990s, she and her husband with their two young sons, decided to buy a little ruin in France to do up as a holiday project. This led to many hilarious adventures, which were the basis for her book ‘As it Happens, A Sparkling Adventure through life on the Bright Side’.

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