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November 16, 2013 3:01 PM   Subscribe

The Cambridge Union Society on YouTube: Brian Blessed, Bill Bryson, Dame Judi Dench, Lisa Kudrow, Sir Patrick Stewart

The format is roughly 1/2 hour talk followed by another 1/2 hour question/answer session (often the best part).
posted by Lanark (5 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
 
That should be BRIAN BLESSED.
posted by ShutterBun at 3:07 PM on November 16, 2013 [6 favorites]


I need to drag myself away from Bill Bryson but I caaaaaan't ...
posted by maudlin at 3:20 PM on November 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


Brian Blessed, Bill Bryson, Dame Judi Dench, Lisa Kudrow, Sir Patrick Stewart
One of these things is not like the others...
posted by pxe2000 at 6:13 PM on November 16, 2013


Awesome links, Lanark. I am still on Bill Bryson for the moment with amazing videos ahead.
posted by Anitanola at 11:49 PM on November 16, 2013


You can't debate BRIAN BLESSED.

Alfred E. Eckes, Jr.: "Smoot-Hawley contributed to the early loss of confidence on Wall Street and signaled U.S. isolationism. By raising the average tariff by some 20 percent, it also prompted retaliation from foreign governments, and many overseas banks began to fail. (Because the legislation set both specific and ad valorem tariff rates..."

BLESSED: "OH CALAMITY! OH HOWL, HOWL, HOWL!! BLBLBLBLBLB!! CRY HAVOC, AND LET SLIP THE DOGS OF WAR! I COULD HAVE FARTED THAT IN! THE GREAT STEAMING PILLOCK!!!"

Alfred E. Eckes, Jr.: ...

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If you have even the slightest validity in your point, the presentation if strong enough can be overwhelming.
I remember Robert Klein talking about the actors guild strike being nearly hopeless and yet still magnificent if only for the speeches.
posted by Smedleyman at 3:52 PM on November 17, 2013


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