The maiden speech

How lovely the Duchess of Cambridge looked when she made her maiden speech this afternoon at a children’s hospice in Ipswich. (Do take a look at the clip on YouTube.)

I do admire a woman who can tackle public speaking, especially when she knows the eyes of the world are on her £139 blue dress from Reiss rather than on anything she is actually saying.

Unfortunately, during our campaign for the St Jude’s PTA, I was never really able to demonstrate my range. The speeches were often made by Rachel Jensen, our headteacher, who has many and varied qualities but whose pronouncements were often as welcome as leftover vindaloo.

We all have our own special talents. I would suggest that Rachel’s lie in teaching and learning rather than standing on a podium.


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