8th Deember: As everyone in Speaker’s Corner knows, Mr Bashful’s knowledge is virtually boundless. He prides himself on knowing the answer to almost any question. But on Sunday he met his match. A grasshopper asked Mr Bashful a question that Mr Bashful couldn’t answer. The grasshopper in question was a young man who was so impressed with his girlfriend’s ‘boob job’ he had taken a photograph of the breasts in question and had proudly shown the photograph to his mates. His girlfriend discovered the indiscretion at four o’clock in the morning and had turfed the young man out of their apartment. He has moved back into the apartment but his girlfriend is still very angry. This poor grasshopper sought Mr Bashful’s advice. ‘What do I do?’ he asked plaintively. Mr Bashful went into ‘stunned mullet’ mode and finally confessed that he had no idea what could be done. Graciously the young man accepted Mr Bashful’s failing and went on his way.
The only saving grace for Mr Bashful is that he did not ask to see the photograph.
In other news, the hemp man, Gary, sang a charming little song, and an easygoing chap made an astute observation about the use of computers. See the two videos below.
Gary can sing, too! Click here.
This passer-by makes a cheeky observation.
Click here to see the ‘Hemp Man’.
In the 1800s the Reverend Bill Buckland discovered in a cave the skeleton of a mammoth and a human. The Rev. Bill’s crack team of anthropologists examined the human skeleton and determined from its wide hips and from DNA testing that it was that of a Roman prostitute. When the skeleton later turned out to be that of a male Druid warrior, the Welsh were so inspired they began to speak Gaelic. (Presumably astonishing the Irish.) If that wasn’t complicated enough, Peter the Heckler wanted to know why Buckland thought it was a prostitute’s skeleton. As always, Warren had the answers. Click here.
Peter has a busy day.
Someone representing Bob Katter’s party spent the afternoon at Speakers’ Corner answering questions. Shy and retiring Peter expressed an interest in what he had to say. Click here.
‘The Atheist and the Christian.’
A ‘gentle’ discussion between Ray and Peter.
Occasional speaker Andrew was explaining why there is nothing wrong with flashing and a passer-by dared him to flash. He complied. (But relax – there are no dangly bits shown on video.) Click here.
The remarkable Mr Chidley
William Chidley was a speaker in the early 1900s. His ideas were extraordinary, even for today’s times. He spoke about all matters relating to sex, and for that was repeatedly put in jail and asylums. The ABC Radio National Hindsight program hired an actor to re-create a ‘Chidley experience’ for their radio documentary, Good Sex – the Confessions and Campaigns of W. J. Chidley. Unfortunately, the hecklers were in full rage mode and poor Mr Chidley was under siege. But the actor (Nigel Kellaway) has mettle, and managed to get Mr Chidley’s message across to an otherwise grateful audience. Sigh.
Click here to watch Hindsight’s video.
Rhonda was up visiting from Melbourne. Coy, like an express train, she quickly drew a crowd and kept it, spending half her time battling our flasher, Andrew, and the other half ‘gently’ suggesting that an Australian republic might be a good idea. We were blown away by her warmth, and by her voice. Click here for a few highlights.
Passers-by – highlights 2012.
The passers-by prepared to step onto the Ladder of Knowledge are a diverse lot, and enrich Speakers’ Corner considerably. Click here for a few highlights of 2012. To see all the passers-by in full videos click here.
Andrew – more highlights.
This video of Andrew’s highlights is popular, and there are more highlights of him in the ‘Speakers and Hecklers’ column.