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Toby and Felix at the Model United Nations, December 2015

Here’s Toby’s opening speech…

Here’s Felix presenting…

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Opening presents on Christmas Day 2015

Here are the boys opening their presents…

We went to see a film at the cinema the night before: The Martian starring Matt Damon. The boys talk about it here…

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Toby’s debut at Woking Speakers Club

Toby came with me to Woking Speakers Club at the end of June 2015. The other members were very welcoming to him. The evening started with a warm up session where everyone could stand up and speak briefly. The topic for this session was “a musical instrument you play or would like to learn how to play”. Here is what Toby said when it was his turn to speak…

Later he volunteered to do a Table Topic where people are invited to come up to the front and speak off the cuff on a subject chosen by Katerina, the Topics Master for the evening. Katerina had a vase containing flowers of different colours, and asked Toby to speak for a minute on the colour yellow. So Toby had seconds to compose his thoughts before he started to speak…

At the end of the evening, Toby won Best Table Topic speech as voted by everyone in the room (about 35 people), and I won Best Evaluator. Here’s a photo of me and Toby with the Club President, Theo…

As we walked back to the car, Toby said to me that he had had ‘the best evening’: he really loved it. He was also very appreciative of all the people who came up to him at the end and told him what a terrific speaker he was.

 

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An interview with Grandpa Gerry

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Toby and Felix talk about their trip to the UK for Christmas 2014

Toby talking about this being his favourite trip to the UK yet

Felix speaking about the trip and what he enjoyed

Toby speaking about the movies that we watched whilst he was here

And here are the boys opening their Christmas presents

 

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Catherine pregnant with Toby

This must have been right before Toby’s birth as Nonny is in this video, and she came to stay for a few weeks before Toby was due. Mike is filming; Anthony feels Catherine’s tummy, Louise came with Wallace; Abi and Alex are in the video too. (1 minute)…

Here I’m playing with Alexander. (1.5 minutes)…

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Louise with Wallace in 1999

Grandpa Gerry made this kennel out of cardboard for Wallace. (50 seconds)…

Louise sits Wallace on her lap in Grandma Paddy’s garden when they lived in Worsley. (1 minute)…

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Toby, 7, and Felix, 4, tell jokes

Well, I think they were 7 and 4 at the time! The video is less than 4 minutes long…

 

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Bert, Grandpa Gerry’s brother

Here is a short (28 seconds) video of Bert with Louise, videoed by Grandpa Gerry…

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Alexander at two and a half

Wallace jumps up at Alex and knocks him over. (20 seconds)…

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