“To Discuss is Human”
This was the topic for debate at the Riga Regional Finals of the English Speaking Union (ESU) International Public Speaking Competition on Saturday. I had the honour of being one of the judges at the event which took place in the Great Hall of Rigas Valsts 1. Gimnazija on Raina Bulvaris.
I had had an email from the organizer - an American Latvian lady - a few weeks previously and had jumped at the chance to take part. I was really interested to see the standard of English of the youth of Latvia. I was also curious to see if I really could be the next Simon Cowell. (Experience now tells me that I couldn't.)
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Last weekend, Feb. 7-9, saw the 16th International Ice Sculpture Festival take place in Jelgava. Gathering 30 sculptors from 8 countries, the festival promised to be one of the highlights of the Latvian calendar. My foreign friends in Riga, who had been there before, assured me that this one would not disappoint.
I decided to go on the Saturday, and after the short train ride from Riga to Jelgava, was met by my friend at the station. As he’s a Jelgavian (is that a word?), and had visited the festival many times before, I thought it would be useful to get his local perspective.
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