Paul Rabbitts FRSA FLI
Author, Parks Historian, Public Speaker
|Posted on March 21, 2015 at 6:15 PM|
I recalled recently a presentation I gave many years ago as a student of Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh University where my tutor, the wonderful Seamus Filor went ballistic at me for waffling and rambling on about a rubbish scheme I had prepared. He scared the hell out of me, apologised afterwards but said he meant every word. He was of course right. Many years later I was asked to give a talk to a Women's Institute whilst working in Carlisle. I never looked back and must have done several hundred WI's since then, in Cumbria, Co. Durham, North Yorkshire, Bedfordshire and now Buckinghamshire. I actually go out of my way to do them as I LOVE them. Why? Passion for my subject - unequivocal passion. This last 2 weeks has seen me in Leamington Spa, addressing the Leamington Society, a number of WI's, a Friends of Museum in Watford, a small church group, a Flower Club, and today a 120 mile round trip to Hornchurch in the LB of Havering to speak at an annual Parks Forum. They are all a delight, even with 2 a day on occasions. The days are long since gone since the public humiliation by Seamus, but I thank him for it. I still have twinges of nervousness but enjoy them all.
At the other end of the scale, I have seen 2 great bands on tour in a week. Thunder, live at Hammersmith Apollo - a venue new to me and 7th time seeing one of my favourite bands and last night, Europe with the Black Star Riders (aka the old Thin Lizzy). Both legends of rock and capacity audiences. Almost as enjoyable as speaking at the local WI. Maybe not!!
Black Star Riders