Archive for March, 2017
Good luck, Audi
Reinis Nitišs (Audi S1 EKS RX quattro #15) in the FIA World Rallycross Championship
The fourth season of the FIA World Rallycross Championship is coming up. Twelve events on three continents are on the calendar this year, kicked off by the round at Barcelona on April 1 and 2, which marks a premiere in several respects. It will be the first race in which EKS receives factory support from Audi. The reigning world champion will be fielding three Audi S1 EKS RX quattro cars for the first time. Plus, Barcelona will be the venue of the season opener for the first time.
Mattias Ekström is looking forward to the race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with confidence. “Last week, we did another three-day test in France and are entering the season superbly prepared,” says the Swede, who is both a driver and the team boss at EKS. “I’m very happy with the development work that was done in winter and our aim for this season is clear: we’d like to win the drivers’ and teams’ titles in the FIA World Rallycross Championship again this year.”
The rallycross track at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is located in the stadium section of the circuit and includes two super-fast corners included in Formula 1 races as well – albeit in the opposite direction. It is one of the few tracks with very fast initial corners on tarmac, plus many flat-out sections. “Thinking about last year puts a grin on my face,” says Ekström. At Barcelona, the Swede celebrated his fourth victory of the season in 2016 and laid the foundation for his subsequent world championship win. The basis for the success has been the 560 hp Audi S1 EKS RX quattro, which was technically modified once again for this season.
The FIA World Rallycross Championship will be broadcast live in 180 countries. Each Sunday of the total of twelve events the channels are going to air a two-hour show with interviews, background reports and the highlights of all four qualifying sessions, plus live footage of the semi-finals and final. Coverage of the season opener at Barcelona will start on Sunday, April 2, at 14:00 CEST. A list of all TV channels is available at www.fiaworldrallycross.com/tv_listings. In selected markets a live stream of World RX will be available online at www.fiaworldrallycross.com/live. Images courtesy of AUDI AG.
Mattias Ekström (Audi S1 EKS RX quattro #1) in the FIA World Rallycross Championship
Toomas Heikkinen (Audi S1 EKS RX quattro #57) in the FIA World Rallycross Championship
Star Lodge Roast & Ribs Mezza Buffet Dinner
Check out the grilled meat
The Star Lodge Roast & Ribs Mezza Buffet Dinner started last weekend and continues this every weekend (Friday & Saturday evening). If you’re a meat lover, then look no further. Drop by Star Lodge and check out their sumptuous dishes.
I had the chance to dine and the choices were quite decent and with variety as they served not just meat but other savouries as well. My favourite would always be the lamb.. Yes, I’m a sucker for lamb but I can’t have too much of it or my body gets kinda heaty or even I might get dizzy *lol* But man, the lamb is a good inclusion in the Roast & Ribs weekend buffet. Make sure you eat with the skin too 😀
So do expect dishes such as slow roast smoked coffee ribs, glazed beef briskets, roasted chicken and other selected dishes along the buffet line.
I’m sure it will be a big hit this weekend because of school holidays and it’s also pay day time.
If you have any comments, you can drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and you can also follow their IG @starz.lounge @starlodgebrunei
Roast & Ribs
Mezza Buffet Dinner
Every Friday & Saturday
6:30pm to 9:30pm
Adult $26 | Child $13
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My dinner dates last weekend.
Baked fish with Puttanesca Sauce
Balinese Bebek Betutu
The chef behind the menu of Roast & Ribs Mezza Buffet Dinner
Roast chicken. I didn’t get to try this but will do on my next visit.
Caramelized herbed roots vegetables
The ribs is quite tasty
My favourite dish of the lot… Skin and meat.. Yummy
A good mixture of veges to compliment the meat
More beef 😀
Choices of soup!!!
Fillings for the sandwich
At the appetiser area and plenty more to choose from
The dessert corner
Ok, the final shot of the lamb… Love it..
Milestone for Hengyi
Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman Bin Haji Ibrahim, Minister at Prime Minister’s Office and Minister Of Finance II exchanging documents with Mr Qiu Jian Lin, Chairman of Hengyi Company
Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd (Hengyi) yesterday reached another milestone in its progress to develop an Integrated Oil Refinery and Aromatics plant at Pulau Muara Besar with the signing of the Implementation Agreement for this project between the Energy and Industry Department, Prime Minister’s Office (EIDPMO) as regulator, Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) as facilitator and Hengyi as project proponent respectively.
The Hengyi company Chairman, Mr Qiu Jian Lin also announced the Final Investment Decision (“FID”) for Phase 1 of this project value at USD 3.445 billion. Present as the Guest of Honour was Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman Bin Haji Ibrahim, Minister at Prime Minister’s Office and Minister Of Finance II, senior government officials and industry partners. The Implementation Agreement outlines amongst others, the execution requirements of the project including Hengyi’s obligations in terms of employment and business opportunities to the country and its people.
During the peak construction phase, 10,000 workforce is required in which no less than 5,000 job opportunities will be opened to locals. During the operation phase, Hengyi will employ 971 permanent workforce and over 75% locals during its operation. This is part of Hengyi’s commitment to support local jobs, local content and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the country. Further, the Implementation Agreement highlights Hengyi’s obligation on health, safety and environment (HSE) requirements for the protection of Hengyi’s employees, contractors and the community.
The Hengyi plant will process annually approximately 8 million tonnes (175,000 barrels per day) of crude and condensate and produce approximately 1.5 million tonnes of paraxylene, 500,000 tonnes of benzene as well as refined products such as gasoline, jet fuel and diesel. The plant will ensure Brunei Darussalam’s self-sufficiency in refined products and boost spinoffs for further high value-added downstream industries.
My thoughts: It’s good to see more Foreign Direct Investment coming in to Brunei. It’s a good sign for the country that we can have more source of revenue than relying merely on oil and gas. I believe this project has been pending for quite some time as it’s never easy to deal with multi billion project. Many talks and agreements will need to go through between the shareholders and relevant agencies to make sure it’s a win-win situation.
So this is a big milestone for Hengyi Industries in Brunei Darussalam after a long delay. I do hope all the sub contracting companies involved in this project will open doors for more employment in Brunei Darussalam. Do also watch out for Hengyi Industries website for career opportunities.
Under the Stars
Baiduri Bank as usual carried out its initiative for this year’s ‘Earth Hour 2017 Under the Stars’ at the Royal Wharf (Waterfront) last weekend.
Baiduri Bank had a market vendor concept and also a place to dine outdoor (under the stars) starting from 4pm onwards. I was glad that the rain came earlier and the event went smoothly for the organisers and also the public who came to support the event.
The lights went off, right on the dot at 8:30pm for an hour and relied on candles that spelt ‘60+’ to signify the Earth Hour initiative.
Speaking on the importance of Earth Hour and the bank’s contribution to the global movement, Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank said, “As in previous years, we will yet again do what we can to contribute to this global cause. As part of our CSR initiatives, Earth Hour is one of the ways we can participate.
“Aimed at further developing our local economy, the ‘Under the Stars’ event has brought together many local Bruneian vendors under one roof.
“The event acted as a platform to engage the local community in a social environment. We hope that the initiatives we take in supporting the cause will encourage others to do the same,” he added.
Baiduri Bank has been participating in the Earth Hour campaign for the past seven years. Keep up the commitment and initiative.
Have you tried Pelicana Chicken outlet in Brunei?
I tried the Peli Platter from Pelicana Chicken – This is enough to serve four pax. They also have the bigger platter for 6 pax.
I headed over to Pelicana last year as I’m a sucker for chicken wings and Pelicana caught my attention. For your information, Pelicana is a Korean franchise that is known for their fried chicken with seasoning. The brand has been very strong not just in Korea but in international waters. Just imagine there are over 3,000 outlets of Pelicana alone. So it’s good to see Pelicana to have its presence in Brunei Darussalam as all of us are already accustomed to food & beverage franchises.
The first outlet so far is at Setia Kenangan II, Kiulap and there will be opening another one this year. I’ve already visited the outlet a few times because of its consistency and I love seasoned fried chicken. I simply can eat wings all day *yum yum*
So let me share you a bit on what Pelicana are pretty known for – well for one thing, it’s their fried chicken being marinated with different selection of delicious sauces from Korea. Yes, the ingredients are imported to make sure there is an authentic taste of Korean flavour in a fast food concept.
It may seem like a fast-food joint but the preparation shows other wise. Their fried chicken are prepared fresh from the kitchen and the quality is still pretty decent.
The Brunei outlet offers up to six selection of speciality sauces that ranges from Original Crunchy, Charcoal BBQ Peli, the Super Hot Spicy Peli and the popular coated Cheese and Cheese flavour (always popular among the locals).
Pelicana Chicken also have their own selection of side dishes that diners can order to feast with their delicious fried chicken. Musaengchae (seasoned radish) and Miyeok Muchim (seaweed salad) is the two side dishes that really goes well with the fried chicken.
On my last visit with Kurapak and Khaliq, we had a feast where we ordered a platter which is value for money. Three of us couldn’t finish it that we had to take away the food.
I also had the pleasure to speak to Sharon Choo, the owner of Pelicana Chicken, and she’s happy with the response from the public as they are quite accustomed to the taste of Korean flavoured fried chicken.
You can follow their instagram account @pelicanachickenbn and Facebook for updates. It’s a new generated account so do bear with them.
The bird’s eye view of the Peli Platter 1
Looks good indeed
This is the charcoal BBQ Yangnyeom – spicy much but this is very tasty
I caught Khaliq off guard as he tried the spicy one. He still loved it 😀
There’s a small private room on the 1st floor
The first outlet has two floors. This is the upper floor. I think I was the first customer there then as I came as it opened. Super hungry 😀
Good seatings upstairs too
My favourite seating area on the upper floor
… and my second last meal at the particular seating was with Jolene back in January. See you this weekend 😀
They also serve burgers
The Clear Chicken Mee hoon “Kalguksu” 😀
This is the rice served at Pelicana
Interesting taste from the Korean product served at Pelicana
The Cheesy flavour is one of the hot sellers at Pelicana and I can understand why
TAIB’s Silver Jubilee celebration
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam delivering the titah during Perbadanan Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei (TAIB) 25th Anniversary celebration earlier this morning
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam attended Perbadanan Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei (TAIB) 25th Anniversary celebration held at International Convention Centre (ICC) earlier this morning.
Also in attendance were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel.
The royal entourage were greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports cum Chairman of Perbadanan TAIB, Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Othman and Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awang Salim bin Hj Besar, Chairman of TAIB Syariah Advisory Committee.
His Majesty the Sultan delivered a titah, lauding the achievements of TAIB for the past 25 years.
The event also saw a corporate video to mark TAIB Silver Jubilee milestone. His Majesty the Sultan then consented to present awards to long service recipients of TAIB, 17 of them, who have worked for 25 years. His Majesty the Sultan also presented awards to the top 10 finalists of the TAIB Entrepreneurship Programme where the top three received cash prizes – BND 5,000, BND 3,000 and BND 2,000 respectively.
His Majesty the Sultan then consented to visit TAIB Exhibition and also launched Darussalam Holdings Sdn Bhd Loyalty Programme, As-Salam. It was also a grateful moment when all the Top 10 finalists of the TAIB Entrepreneurship Programme shared their ideas of their business to His Majesty the Sultan.
The Royal Family in attendance
His Majesty the Sultan handing an award to Haji Osman, the Managing Director of Insurans Islam TAIB for his long service
Another recipient of long service award under TAIB
The winner of the TAIB Entrepreneurship Programme
The runner up of the TAIB Entrepreneurship Programme
The attendance in today’s milestone event
Representatives from TAIB and its subsidiaries
His Majesty the Sultan visited and toured the TAIB exhibition
His Majesty the Sultan with His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel with associates from Darussalam Holdings
His Majesty the Sultan at Insurans Islam TAIB booth
One of the recipients of the TAIB Entrepreneurship Programme
His Majesty the Sultan with the participants of the TAIB Entrepreneurship Programme
Representatives from TAIB
After All, a Bruneian musical play
Text by Aziz Idris of Borneo Bulletin. Come one, come all to the first Bruneian-ised musical dubbed ‘After All’, featuring a double bill of two, one-hour plays: ‘Emily’ and ‘Untitled’, which will be performing by a talented local cast from Sutera Memento (@suteramemento) on Tuesday, March 28 at 2pm, at the Main Conference Hall, International Convention Centre (ICC), Berakas.
Sutera Memento is a start-up theatre company founded as part of a business incubation programme in Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).
The ‘After All’ musical is also supported by local incubation student entrepreneurs and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) students, making it the first and largest local performing arts production involving local talents and UBD students.
The two original plays – collaborations between Sutera Memento and UBD AM-3402/AL-3305 Theatre Production – will be staged outside UBD for the first time to cater to the growing interest in performing arts within the sultanate.
“Sutera Memento has always been a supporter and creator of performing arts in and around UBD and with the outstanding collaboration it fulfils the dream of bringing fresh local talents to the forefront and hopefully, on a larger scale, the international arena,” chimed CEO and founder of Sutera Memento, Hajah Kartini Dewi binti Abdullah during a press conference recently.
She said that she believes that drama and theatre studies will be key in producing upcoming talents who can be scouted and polished by Sutera Memento; elevating the local performing arts scene onto the world stage.
The crew and the cast of After All with the local media during the press conference last Wednesday
Some of the casts for the upcoming play
Some of the casts for the upcoming play
‘Emily’ entails the story – with an original Bruneian twist – of an iron-willed, kebaya-clad woman of Peranakan (Babu Nyonya) descent, who will captivate audiences with her tales of joy, heartbreaks, struggles, and triumphs.
Meanwhile, ‘Untitled’ depicts multiple storylines of struggling performers living their passions “underground”, with no initial connection to one another but eventually crossing paths as their respective stories unfolded.
Low Kok Wai, a lecturer from the Drama and Theatre Studies, FASS, commented during the press conference that there are lo
t of creative talents in Brunei, especially youths who are excited and passionate about self-expression in a performative way.
“Bruneians can act and their talents are raw. They have a natural affinity towards the performing arts,” he said, adding that the performing arts field needs to have in place a dedicated space, and these hidden talents should be given proper guidance to bring the performing arts of Brunei onto the world stage.
Some 30 local talents have been involved in the production of ‘After All’, which comprises script and music lyric writing, song composition, costume designing, and stage decoration.
Good luck to all those involved in the play.
The seating arrangement at ICC
Behind the scenes for the After All
Behind the scenes for the After All
Sutera Memento presents to you: *AFTER ALL* ! 💐
A grand theatre show consists of a double bill play; Emily, a woman empowerment play and Untitled, a musical play showcasing the journey of struggling artists by students of UBD Theatre and Drama Studies and Sutera Memento!!
E-tickets are now available online or you can grab them on our open counters (Mondays to Thursdays from 11 am to 6 pm) go to:
▶️ The Core Residential College, UBD
▶️ Central Lecture Theatre, UBD
*Note: THERE ARE PROMOTIONS FOR THE TICKETS TOO!*
Date: 28th March 2017
Location : Main Conference Hall ICC, Berakas
Please look at the Poster for more details and how to book your tickets at +673 873 8236 (Jasmine) & +673 820 1954( Danyal)
Follow @suterememento on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram for updates!
Celebrating World Meteorological Day
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Mustappa bin Haji Sirat, Minister of Communications viewing the newly launched book titled Nubivagant which means “Wandering through clouds” and being accompanied by Muhamad Husaini Bin Aji, Acting Director of Meteorology as chairperson of the World Meteorological Day in Brunei. The launch took place yesterday at Brunei International Airport.
Nubivagant contains a compilation of photos of clouds and such in Brunei Darussalam. The book is not available just yet but it will be soon be sold at local bookstores. The estimated price is BND 38.
The Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department (BDMD), Ministry of Communications, as a member of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), joins members of the specialised agency of the United Nations (UN) around the world and the meteorological communities in celebrating World Meteorological Day yesterday.
The Day is observed annually on the 23rd of March to commemorate the establishment of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) on 23rd March 1950, as well as to remember the substantial contribution to the safety and well-being of society made by the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services around the world, under the leadership of the WMO.
Each year, the celebration focuses on a theme of topical interest. This year’s theme, “Understanding Clouds”, highlights the vital role of clouds in regulating the Earth’s energy balance, water cycle, weather and the entire climate system. Understanding clouds is necessary in weather forecasting, modelling the impacts of future climate change, as well as predicting the availability of water resources.
To commemorate this year’s World Meteorological Day, the BDMD held a ceremony at the Arrival Hall of the Brunei International Airport. The guest of honour was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Mustappa bin Haji Sirat, Minister of Communications. Also present were the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Communications, Haji Azhar bin Haji Ahmad, Directors, Head of Departments, Deputy Head of Departments, Senior Officers from the Ministry of Communications, as well as specially invited guests.
The ceremony commenced with a welcoming speech by Yang Mulia Awang Muhamad Husaini Bin Aji, Acting Director of Meteorology as chairperson of the event. In commemorating the occasion, the Minister of Communications officiated the launching of the first coffee-table book produced by the BDMD. Titled Nubivagant which means “Wandering through clouds”, the book offers readers a unique experience in exploring and learning about the different kinds of clouds that float above the beautiful Brunei sky, and at the same time enjoying the wonderful sceneries of the Abode of Peace. Members of the public who are interested to get hold of the book may contact the BDMD for more details.
The guest of honour and invited guests later toured the World Meteorological Day 2017 exhibition that showcased educational information focussing on clouds. A collection of meteorological instruments and BDMD’s services information booth were also part of the exhibition.
Earlier in the morning, a recital of the Surah Yassin and Tahlil Ceremony was also held at the Ministry of Communications to mark World Meteorological Day 2017. Present was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Mustappa bin Haji Sirat, Minister of Communications, the Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Communications, Haji Azhar bin Haji Ahmad, Directors, Head of Departments, Deputy Head of Departments as well as officers and staff of the BDMD and the Ministry of Communications.
Muhamad Husaini Bin Aji, Acting Director of Meteorology delivering his welcoming remarks
Also in attendance was Haji Azhar bin Haji Ahmad, the Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Communications (left)
I can’t wait to get hold of the book. Pretty amazing shots by our local photographers. You will be thinking if the shots were taken in Brunei.
Abdul Malik Hj Abdul Razak, Yee Kian How and Syukri Zulkipli are some of the contributors with their cloud photos in Nubivagant
Learning more about clouds. Interesting facts about clouds. Reminds me of my days in geography class.
Distributor Bootcamp for Microsoft Azure
Yesterday Concepts Technologies organised a Distributor Bootcamp for the resellers in Brunei, with the theme to empower the partners to be more efficient in dealing with cloud. I’ve learnt something new along the way and it’s Microsoft Azure – which can be a “Platform as a Service” (Paas) or even “Infrastructure as a Service” (IaaS). The bootcamp also introduced new licensing updates on Windows Server 2016 and System Centre 2016.
The event took place at the Brilliance Hall at Concepts Computer and Afif Mohamed Ali, Country Manager of Microsoft Brunei gave his welcoming remarks to the audience to kick start the event. He took over Haniza Zakariya since August 2016 as the Country Manager of Microsoft Brunei.
Concepts Technologies emphasized that Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services where developers and IT professionals build, deploy and manage applications through our global network of data centres.
Now it’s a different story. With Microsoft Azure, you can be anywhere you want., using the tools, applications, and even frameworks of your choice. It’s more like an open source technology. It’s also an ideal place for hosting and website creation. So for those who are creating websites for the end users, Microsoft Azure would be a good choice.
As a Microsoft distributor in Brunei, Concepts Technologies is paving way on the challenging their partners and resellers to invest in the open source technology, data or apps and extend it to the cloud. You will enjoy seamless hybrid cloud capabilities in Azure span infrastructure, data, user identity, apps and management.
The event is in collaboration with Microsoft Brunei and they aim to keep the momentum of conducting events like this and nurture the growth of technology in Brunei.
Representative from Concepts Technologies conducting the workshop on Microsoft Azure and licensing
The partners and resellers during the Distributor Bootcamp at Brilliance Hall, Concepts Computer
Who will reign champion?
It’s contest season once again for the Brunei toastmasters and I’m excited because of the line up itself. To me, this is the real deal.. The Wrestlemania of speech contest for Brunei.
There are four participating clubs are Brunei Speakers’ Club (the mother club), OTTERS Club (Seria), Brunei Advanced Speakers’ Club and UBD Toastmasters Club (UBD). Recently the three clubs held their respective club contests to determine the top two winners to represent their respective clubs.
The sole winner of Area K6 contest will then represent Brunei in the next round which will be held in Kota Kinabalu, sometime in April 2017.
Last year, the champions were Pranika Lama for International Speech and Julius Hong for Tables Topic Contest. This year, Pranika, chose not to compete while Julius is still in the running to retain the Area K6 title.
UBD contestants were dominant in last year’s contest. So let’s see we will have another representative from UBD or will we have new faces in this upcoming contest.
The Area K6 Contest will take place this Sunday, 26th April at 1:30pm at iCentre. All the best to all the contestants. I missed the cut again this time round but there’s always be a next time.
You can follow @ubd_toastmastersclub @bruneispeakersclub @otterstmc on their IG for updates.
The top 3 winners of the International Speech at UBD Toastmasters Contest. Nabil Abdul Kadir, the champion and Theressa Chong, the runner up, advanced to the Area K6 contest this Sunday.
This was the contest at the Brunei Speakers’ Club. Congratulations to all the winners and the top two will proceed to Area K6 contest
Let’s not forget the winners of OTTERS contest a few weeks ago. All of them will be contesting and vie for the champion of Area K6.
Theressa Chong. Kind and caring, Theressa is a nursing student at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. A spicy food aficionado and a deft badminton player, she is always full of energy. She will be directing that energy in her first Area contest with her speech entitled “Insecurities”.
Allen Ang. The cute and charismatic Allen is the reigning Toastmasters District 87 Humorous Speech Champion. His speech “Take That Shot” for the Area contest is a detour from (or a means to achieve) his true mission – the Father/Husband of the Year award. Will this be his shot for the title? We shall see.
Nabil Abdul Kadir. The golden voice Nabil surprised many with his inspirational speech. He’s currently a a student of Health Sciences at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. A keen learner, he has been learning basic Mandarin on his own. We wonder if he’ll use his newfound knowledge in his speech entitled “Look At The Bright Side”.
Amran Jamaluddin. He’s been known as the Superman of Brunei toastmasters and he currently works at Butra Heidelberg Cement. He shows that an expert crane operator when seated in front of a computer can create wonders with words, with his speech entitled “The Making Of…”