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After Dinner Speaking
Comedy & Humour
History - Social
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Jonathan is a BBC trained presenter who has appeared on BBC radio and has given talks to both national and international audiences.

He offers an eclectic mix of entertaining and informative talks that do not sit under a single subject heading but provide a broad range of enlightening, and often humorous, explorations of our behaviour, our traditions, and our history. Whatever the subject they are all delivered with fast paced visuals to engage the audience interest.

If you are looking for something different and want to vary the range of entertainment, then Jonathan’s talks provide the ideal opportunity to pick ‘n’ mix to suit the requirements of your particular cruise audience.

35 Signs You’re Now Officially Old.
We are all growing older in life but how do you know when you’re officially old? Do you start to forget things? Does time go quicker the older you get? Do you really become miserable and a bad driver? A talk full of both fun and facts as we look at the humorous side of growing older and we find that many of the beliefs about getting older are, in reality, completely false. For those who do think they are becoming miserable there’s the chance to find out as we take the ‘Grumpy Old Git’ Test.

Being British - an essential guide to being a Brit.
We take a look at the amusing habits and peculiarities of the Brits that make them different from their American and Continental cousins. We put the Brits under the microscope as we find out about British stoicism, the British wry sense of humour, eccentric British past-times, why the Brits have a passion for queueing and love to apologise and the real reason why the British have an obsession with the weather.

Epic Failures I – how success owes much to failure.
The tyres on our cars exist because someone dropped something and the worlds’ most successful drink was actually a failure. In this talk we look at everything from dangerous products that should never have come to market, to products that succeeded from the start yet made the inventor feel they had failed, to products thought to be world changing that flopped, to successful companies that may not have been so successful if they hadn’t changed their name.

Epic Failures II – epic personal gaffs.
This time it’s personal as we look at individuals who have failed to think about the words they were speaking, to those who have failed to see the opportunity right in front of their eyes, and we see that even the so-called experts and the rich and famous can often fail in spectacular ways. If you have ever been annoyed with yourself for making a mistake, then you’ll feel far better after you’ve seen some of the failures of others.

I told you I was ill.
A talk inspired by the phrase that comedian Spike Milligan insisted should be inscribed on his headstone. But it is not just headstones that provide the opportunity for people to make a lasting statement; in this talk we look at the unusual, whether that be the unusual way someone met their final demise, unusual words prior to it happening, unusual Wills to carry out their wishes or, like Spike, unusual epitaphs they have left on their memorials.

Men & Women Same Species Different Animals.
We take both a factual and take a ‘tongue in cheek’ look at the differences between the sexes. Just how do we differ? Do men and women really think differently? Is there really such a thing as male and female brains? Do we really have different abilities and talents? Are either of the sexes ‘better’ at certain tasks? After this amusing and informative talk, you’ll know exactly how and why we really are ‘different animals’.

Money, Cons & Scams I - the history of money and classic cons.
A look back in history at the intriguing story of the thing we call money. We find why we needed to create money and the strange forms it took over the centuries before we settled on coins and notes. We find out how money is something that doesn’t really exist, yet we would all be far worse off if we didn’t pretend it did. And then we look at the sometimes amusing and sometimes ingenious, classic cons that have been used to part people from their money.

Money, Cons & Scams II - the future of money and modern-day scams.
We look at the future of money and find out what this new cryptocurrency really is, how it came into being and how it is ‘mined’ to create new currency. We find out why it has been bad for the environment and why even though many have lost a fortune, others are still investing in this new ‘money’. We then look to the modern-day cons and scams that come almost daily and find out why the average British grandparent is the most likely category to be scammed and look at how the scammers’ traps can easily be avoided.

Life in the 1950s I - the changing post war lifestyle and the arrival of television.
The 1950s was a time of phenomenal change as the world recovered from the Second World War. We take a nostalgic trip back to look at this period with still and moving images to remind us of home life, school life, play, holidays, the cinema, the stars of the day and we look at how television grew to entertain both children and adults. For those who didn’t experience this decade this talk gives a flavour of the period that saw the beginnings of social and technological changes that still effect the way we live today.

Life in the 1950s II - the beginnings of the nuclear age and commercial computing.
A look at how the rapid expansion of television sets in the home provided the opportunity for advertisers to start to influence our lives and how advertising rapidly changed to meet the new market. How the health of the nation was changing and how the arrival of nuclear weapons was changing the world. We look at the beginnings of commercial computing that brought about the communication networks and computing power we rely on today.

Life in the 1960s I - how television won the entertainment war and the arrival of the ‘soaps’.
A visit to the decade that saw the greatest change in lifestyle, music, and entertainment since the turn of the century. The decade when men’s hair grew longer, and women’s skirts grew shorter. The decade that produced much of the music and television still popular today. We look at clips from the most popular radio, cinema and television entertainment of the time and we see the rise of the captivating new phenomena known as the TV ‘Soap Opera’.

Life in the 1960s II - the swinging sixties, the space race, and the cold war.
We find out why the decade became known as the ‘swinging sixties’. The decade of the Beatles and the Berlin Wall, the cold war, and the space race. We look back at the likes of the Mods and Rockers and the Vietnam War as well as the technological developments of the decade. For those old enough to remember the period this is a dose of nostalgia, for those who are not it is an insight into a time that saw the world on the verge of nuclear war and mans’ first walk on the moon.

The Traditions of Christmas.
Once a year we do some strange things, we bring a tree into our home, decorate it with baubles and lights, put presents underneath and sit down to a meal which often consists of food that we spend the rest of the year avoiding at all costs. Yet we often have little or no idea how these traditions came about or where they came from. A fascinating look at how a collection of traditions compiled and adapted over many centuries has led to what we now consider to be a traditional British Christmas.

Christmas Leftovers. More Christmas mysteries answered.
If you have ever wondered why the meat disappeared from mince pies, why we eat turkey, Brussels sprouts and plumb pudding at Christmas, why we watch a man dressed up as the Dame at the panto or why Boxing Day is so called, then this is the talk for you. This talk answers more questions around the festive season and gives you more fun facts to impress your guests around the Christmas dinner table.

Christmas Around the World.
Each country has their own idea of what makes a traditional Christmas. In this talk we look at how different countries have different traditions, which are common and how many of those traditions have been changed to become local custom. We find some to be amusing while others appear to us quite strange but they show just how varied the idea of a ‘traditional’ Christmas can be.