Rob Walters has spent many years of his life making presentation to a wide diversity of groups. Now concentrating on guiding in Oxford and writing he offers a variety of stimulating talks to local community groups. Here is a selection of his presentations (click for more details):
|Haunted Oxford||Hedy Lamarr and the Mobile Phone|
|North Oxford and the coming of the girls||Naughty Boys: Ten Rogues of Oxford|
|Memories of a peripatetic shoe shiner||Oxford's Western Quarter|
|History of the Oxford English Dictionary|
Hedy Lamarr and the Mobile Phone - A fascinating dip into the life of this beautiful film star and her partner in crime George Antheil, piano player and crazy composer. Just how did these two come to invent the technology used in modern mobile phones?
Oxford and the coming of the girls – An
illustrated talk on this fascinating area of Oxford with its stunning
Victorian architecture, wide leafy streets and famous residents. This
is where the ladies colleges began, hear all about it. This is where
the Oxford English Dictionary took shape and
this is the
“most desirable suburb” which attracted the likes
of Tolkien, Laurence of Arabia, Iris Murdoch and Tom Yorke of Radiohead
and Colin Dexter
Naughty Boys: Ten Rogues of Oxford – Stories of roguish characters with close association with Oxford based on Rob's book and accompanied by location shots of where these famous or infamous men spent their time in the city.
Memories of a peripatetic shoe shiner
- This talk is about an unusual journey: a unique journey through
everyday surroundings. A few years ago Rob Walters decided to become a
shoeshine boy. He stowed his shoeshine kit, a tent, and a few items of
clothing in a trailer, connected the trailer to his push bike and set
off from Oxford to visit the old shoe-making cities of middle England.
Along the way he polished many shoes, met lots of interesting people,
pedalled many miles, and gained a fascinating insight into his own
country from a rather unique perspective.
History of the Oxford English Dictionary A fascinating overview of the development of this world famouse book based on Rob Walters' book on the subject. Talk will include slides of the main characters involved including the larger than life readers who contributed quotations to the Dictionary.
[Note - Presentations are based on PC illustrations and require a PC projector]
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