Our Speaker in June will be Vic Quayle.
Vic was born on the Isle of Man and now resides in Guildford. He is well-known on the Probus, Rotary, W.I. and similar speaking circuits, with a portfolio of more than twelve talks.
He started his working career as an Environmental Health Officer and has a fund of stories about life ranging from dirty restaurants and blocked drains to venomous snakes and gorillas. He has put these all together to form the basis of his talk, appropriately called ‘A Life of Grime’.
In his spare time, Vic is a bit of a petrolhead, with a particular passion for car rallying, which has taken him all over the world and provided source material for more presentations.
The many railway enthusiasts among us might be interested to know that Vic also has a fully illustrated talk about the origins of the Ghan Railway in Australia.
However, for his talk to us, Vic will be going back to his roots with a presentation entitled ‘Three Legs and No Tail by a Manxman’. The ‘Three Legs’ refer, of course, to the national Coat of Arms of the Isle of Man – the Triskelion – the three legs covered in armour, each with gold spurs. The motto accompanying it, ‘Quocunque Jeceris Stabit’, means ‘Whichever Way You Throw It, It Will Stand’. ‘No Tail’, of course, relates to the tailless Manx Cats.
No doubt, Vic will mention these amongst many other interesting facts in his presentation, when he talks about the island, its history and its people.