Category Archives: Presentation Ideas

Shakespeare is an inexhaustible source of presentation themes and ideas, including starters, epilogues and quotes that can revive the spirit of the audience. A well placed quote at the beginning of a presentation catches the attention and at the end it may be what triggers the applause. Relatively few people realize that in a presentation you cannot have form without substance, but substance without form can kill the effect. In the book “Your Daily Shakespeare” there are more than 10,000 instances of how to adapt a Shakespearean quote to any situation, including, of course, hundreds of examples usable in presentations.

Spectacle, Ornaments and Marionettes

“Thus ornament is but the guiled shore To a most dangerous sea; the beauteous scarf Veiling an Indian beauty; in a word, The seeming truth which cunning times put on To entrap the wisest.” (Merchant of Venice, act 3, sc. … Continue reading

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Victory Day Memories

…memory, the warder of the brain, shall be a fume… Macbeth, act 1, sc. 7 Seventy-one years ago, May 9, 1945, was Victory Day. Nazi Germany officially signed the unconditional surrender to the Soviet Union. For Russia, WWII became the … Continue reading

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Methinks I am a prophet…

No prophet will I trust, if she prove false. (King Henry VI, part 1, act 1, sc. 2)   It’s not even a question of reading “the book of fate and seeing the revolutions of the times…” (1), or of … Continue reading

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The Bay of Pigs

What seest thou else in the dark backward and abysm of time? The Tempest, act 1. During this April 2016, an anniversary escaped the notice of most – 55 years have run their course since the Bay of Pigs invasion … Continue reading

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What’s in a name? Nagorno-Karabakh

… that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet… On this point I would disagree with Juliet. If, rather than ‘rose’ the flower were called, say, ‘globularia’, the perfume would be the same, but … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Trump

“If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.” (Twelfth Night, act 3, sc. 4) By general consent, in American elections there is no kingdom for a stage, there are no princes to … Continue reading

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Arab Winters

“Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York…” King Richard III, act 1, sc. 1 Five years elapsed since the first of the widely acclaimed “Arab Springs”, though it does not seem that … Continue reading

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Plumbing for ISIS

“… this news, which is called true, is so like an old tale, that the verity of it is in strong suspicion” (Winter’s Tale, act 8, sc. 2) More than news, the following is an anecdote, of which history is … Continue reading

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October Surprise

“…With colours fairer painted their foul ends.” (The Tempest, act 1, sc. 2) We are approaching the 35th anniversary of the so-called “October Surprise” of 1980. Given the workings of the inaudible and noiseless foot of time (1) most will … Continue reading

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Terror On The Paris Express

“Who cannot steal a shape that means deceit?” (King Henry VI p2, act 3) I was determined to believe that the drama on the fast train to Paris, was a stellar victory in the War on Terror. The mainstream media … Continue reading

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