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News for Speakers’ Corner, Sunday 23rd June

In News for Speakers' Corner on June 24, 2019 at 10:58 am

Shame drives two big tapes. “Never good enough”, and if you can talk it out of that one: “Who do you think you are?”
Brené Brown

1. It was as cold as the proverbial witch’s tit.

It was so cold a dog got stuck to a lamp post.

If this post is late it’s because I first had to thaw.

It was even colder than an Antarctic blizzard. The only thing colder than today is the look Helmut gives you when you insult him.

Steve, Mr B, Helmut and Ray nevertheless seemed to enjoy their stints, but passers-by were understandably low in number. (That low number may have been a cardinal number but I would call it an undetermined number, and quite possibly, indeterminable. Of that number, one person was irrational.)

Yes, we talked about numbers.

Towards the end of the day Steve Maxwell came over to listen to Mr B, in the hope of thawing. Mr B, tired of feeling like a garfish hanging in cold storage, invited Steve to stand on the Ladder of Knowledge and speak. Steve took the opportunity, and that’s when the trouble began.

Long-term readers of this blog know that Mr Bashful has banned from Speakers’ Corner:
– the three amigos,
– jokes relying on word-play, and
– history.
Well, reckless Steve immediately broke the ban on history. Then it was on for young and old, and the crowd grew. Helmut came up to add to the raucousness. It all got better/worse from then on, depending on your perspective.

Finally it was time to pack up, and thank goodness for that.

Despite the bitter cold, it was a good day.

Those horses are going to hell if they don’t repent.

2. Last week this blog proved 1 = 0.999 . . .  However, Uncle Pete wasn’t satisfied with the explanation provided. It wasn’t comprehensive enough, he said. So here is another proof:

x = 0.999 . . .
10x = 9.999 . . .
10x = 9 + 0.999 . . .
10x = 9 + x
9x = 9
x = 1
0.999 . . . = 1

You’re welcome, Uncle Pete.

So, with that knowledge, it must mean that 1 – 0.999 . . .  = zero. But is that true?

1 – 0.9 = 0.1
1 – 0.99 = .01
1 – 0.999 = .001
1 – 0.999 . . . = .000 . . .1 ???

3. Other topics discussed.
– Who cares what other topics were discussed? It was too bloody cold to take notes.

4. Our Unusual Critter series. You have heard of the Adelie penguin, the Chinstrap penguin, the Emperor penguin and the king penguin. Have you heard of the Gentoo penguin? No? It hasn’t heard of you either.

But it has subscribed to our Facebook page.

Gentoo penguin




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