Speaker’s Corner

Something funny happened to us today at the Speaker's Corner, The Domain in Sydney. We were looking for an opportune place to watch the bats fly off from the Botanical Gardens, when we came across a Speaker's Corner.

Being from a country where free speech means singing in the toilet while taking your bath, you can imagine my surprise when we stood there for 10 minutes listening to an old speaker standing on a blue plastic crate shouting away about Zionist, Arabs, Capitalism etc etc (free speech mind you) till the point where they were having a heated arguement about who's the most powerful organization in the world. Amongsts all the replies such as the Vatican, Zionist etc.. comes a word we recognize in a heartbeat... "Microsoft!"

You can imagine what happened next, our eyes went WIDE open, and hands automatically went down to our blue badges to make sure it's hidden from view, and looked at each other with raised eyebrows.

What a Golden moment.


(Incidentally, I think this is a GREAT idea for an activity in our next event. Having free speech stands that anyone can say anything about Microsoft or Technology in general. Good way for us to collect honest feedback.)

Comments (12)

  1. Hi lokeuei,

    I am the person sitting in the chair.

    Hope you go far in "Microsoft!"

    I have a suggestion. Would it be possible to create a game. A virtual game of heckle the speaker or be the speaker.~ You could make $$$$$$$$ or lose a lot of $$$$$$$. I love the dicrion of Tony, he is on the soapbox.

    Good Luck from Steve.

  2. Found this post by Googling (sorry, not Binging) for speakers corner.

    When I lived in Sydney (until about 5 years ago) I used to go to speakers’ corner at the Domain most weeks. I know Steve and Tony’s work well. I’m sure they won’t mind me saying that while Steve is quite sane, he doesn’t carry his sanity to excess, and Tony is, well Tony.

    I even spoke occasionally myself about philosophy, politics, once or twice about free software. It’s a tough crowd for free software advocacy, but I’d be very surprised if you could generate any enthusiasm for Silverlight there.

    I can testify that when you have something provocative to say and a good (or bad, but not indifferent) audience, it’s the most fun imaginable.

    I strongly recommend giving it a go, but I can’t imagine what it would be like at a Microsoft event: "The end is nigh! We haven’t produced any software anybody actually wanted to use since Windows 95! Nobody has pre-ordered a single license for ‘Windows 7 for PCs in a Beige Case (Non-Transferable to a Black Case) Minus Bold Fonts and sol.exe Has Only 37 Cards in the Pack with a 30 Day Option to Downgrade to NT4’! That Jerry Seinfeld thing: I TOLD you we should have got Ray Romano!"

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