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Author Topic: Short and sweet - ideas for "icebreakers"  (Read 9823 times)

Phyllis

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Re: Short and sweet - ideas for "icebreakers"
« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2016, 05:48:11 PM »
Yes Jayson, I heard that too.

My next project is to look at translating some excerpts from speeches, and possibly song lyrics, as examples for our events. People really like the "One small step for man, one "gigantic" leap for mankind" sheet :)
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Re: Short and sweet - ideas for "icebreakers"
« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2016, 06:32:18 PM »
Yes that's a good one to use. I used it in my first ever talk and asked the audience to guess the non AS word - it was correctly guessed first time! :)

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Re: Short and sweet - ideas for "icebreakers"
« Reply #17 on: October 02, 2016, 08:35:23 PM »
I think I liked the visitor who told me we had made her aware that she was descended from Woden, given that she could apparently trace her family tree back to Alfred the Great :)
She was so happy!
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Re: Short and sweet - ideas for "icebreakers"
« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2021, 09:05:37 PM »
For future reference, be it known that the patron saint of Germany is an Englishman: St Boniface.

Also that Sir Winston Churchill considered King Alfred the Great to be the greatest Englishman of all time.  It was put to Churchill after the War that he must be the greatest Englishmen of all time, but he said: “No, the greatest Englishman that ever lived was King Alfred.”









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Re: Short and sweet - ideas for "icebreakers"
« Reply #19 on: January 02, 2021, 04:05:46 PM »
Oh yes, Boniface is an interesting item - although quite contentious! A useful one to keep on stand by I think  - if we EVER manage to have another event....
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Re: Short and sweet - ideas for "icebreakers"
« Reply #20 on: January 07, 2021, 06:15:33 PM »
Well... one can but ::)  hope!

 
The question upon the topside of the card should be: Which Englishman is the patron saint of Germany?

 
Or even: Which granddaughter of Woden is also a qualified heavy goods vehicle mechanic?

 
( Or if you like: Which granddaugher of Woden taught the Duke of Windsor taxidermy from the animal’s point of view?  At least, that’s the bit from The Crown I hope was
true to life.  Or: Which granddaughter of Woden knew exactly where Jimmy Saville should stick his cigars, and warned us, all along?)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSQwI3rDETk




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Re: Short and sweet - ideas for "icebreakers"
« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2021, 07:44:53 AM »

Or even: Which granddaughter of Woden



Steady on fella, I know she's not in the first flush of youth but "granddaughter" seems a bit harsh!  :o

I love your suggestions though! Any more - anyone?
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Re: Short and sweet - ideas for "icebreakers"
« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2021, 10:06:18 AM »
’Ere, how’s this for downright eerie? I happen to be reading W. J. R. Gardner’s Decoding History: The Battle of the Atlantic and Ultra too and, it says here, “it is now fairly common to refer to the output itself by the name of Ultra... However, it is important to note that there were other terms in use such as ‘Z’, ‘Special Intelligence (SI)’ and ‘Boniface’.”

Why does this remind me of an old Dave Allen sketch where God tosses a coin to settle which combattant’s prayers to answer?  Has St Boniface had that problem?

( Or did somebody in the Bletchley Park/ MI6/ IGS loop... know? As if St Boniface were the longest-run mole or Deepest Throat of all time.  To whom the Germans transmitted their prayers innocently thinking it was all in Godes privitie, never suspecting that he was passing the sigint ‘product’ on to the Old Country..?)

( Any more Anglo-Saxon connections to Bletchley Park, we may wonder? The etymology seems to be “Bleccas LĒAH” if the earliest surviving recorded form, Blechelai in AD 1106-9 is anything to go by, and it’s bang on Watling Street and therefore the Treaty Line King Alfred negotiated with King Guthrum at Wedmore.  There’s certainly an Old English church of some heft surviving at Wing, about ten miles south of it: All Saints with an “Aisled nave; and apsidal chancel, with crypt beneath”.  Oh, and, as a teenage jobseeker in the 1980s, a certain budding Anglo-Saxonist slept rough under a hedge near a roundabout outside Milton Keynes about five miles to the north.  So I may have passed through Bletchley, a former Wrennery or two and even Shenley where Alan Turing was billeted in the pub thumbing my way into Oxford, before or after a Chemistry undergraduate picked me up in his slick, red sports car, who liberated me from one of life’s great mysteries by explaining how valency worked on the way in.)





 
 
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Re: Short and sweet - ideas for "icebreakers"
« Reply #23 on: January 21, 2021, 10:47:13 PM »
Just a bit off topic; but has anyone else seen/heard this?  Or am I behind again? https://youtu.be/JcKqhDFhNHI
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Re: Short and sweet - ideas for "icebreakers"
« Reply #24 on: January 21, 2021, 10:56:45 PM »
I'll try again, as it was impossible to read that font size.

Perhaps off topic, but has anyone else seen/heard this?  https://youtu.be/JcKqhDFhNHI
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Re: Short and sweet - ideas for "icebreakers"
« Reply #25 on: January 23, 2021, 09:46:32 AM »
It's true I have seen that video before! It's a great idea, although I'm not sure about some of the translation...but fun nevertheless :)

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Re: Short and sweet - ideas for "icebreakers"
« Reply #26 on: January 25, 2021, 02:40:13 PM »
Thanks Locian.


Love that word  ::)  [size=78%]'bardcore'.[/size]




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Re: Short and sweet - ideas for "icebreakers"
« Reply #27 on: January 27, 2021, 09:46:37 PM »
Technology, eh?
I still think the invention of the Printing Press was a bad move.
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Re: Short and sweet - ideas for "icebreakers"
« Reply #28 on: January 28, 2021, 07:37:49 AM »
I draw the line at fire
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Re: Short and sweet - ideas for "icebreakers"
« Reply #29 on: January 31, 2021, 03:41:52 AM »
Phyllis - I saw mention of sheets with 'ice breakers' - can you advise please where I might get these from - cheers my wahine