Monthly Archives: October 2012

Meeting with Mr. Peter McIvor

On the evening of 25 October the members of the ESU of Estonia visited the residence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland. As soon as we walked in, we were greeted by Mr. Peter McIvor, the Ambassador, who was enthusiastic about meeting new people, and his charming wife, who kept the conversations going on and on, making sure her guests were not bored. When the last person arrived, the doors closed and we all took a seat around a big table. Mr. McIvor stood at the dais and gave us a wonderful speech about himself as a child and Ireland in general. Mr. Ambassador gave us two sets of copies with poems and colorful pictures of places he had visited in his childhood. The story Mr. McIvor told us was nicely illustrated with some interesting pictures and poems he had picked out. The story ended with a poem, written by Mr. McIvor himself. I think everyone in the room was surprised when he read it out loud for us.

Bare Cyclorama
by Peter McIvor

Was I touched by the colors of my childhood?
Autumn on the hills behind the school;
The waterfall in winter, frozen in mid-fall
And cold as steel, like the heart on return

After Christmas. Then pockets of bluebells
Below the Dog’s Grave path; the brighter blues
Of summer promising release, until September
Would bring the cycle round again.

Oh, I was touched all right. Yet, what I remember best
Is the bare cyclorama after the opera,
Footlights turned off, house-lights turned on;
Car-lights ‘stabbing the blackness’ on the coast.

And me, just begging to see what separates,
Wish from fulfillment: trusting still
Childhood’s colors to confirm themselves
Brighter and brighter as the terms passed by

We applauded Mr. McIvor for the wonderful story he shared with us and for all the time and effort he put into preparing this evening for us. Later on we were moved into the other room to try out some of the delicious dishes being served; there was a variety of flavors to choose from so no one was left unsatisfied. The biggest surprise was a dessert cooked by Mrs. McIvor herself. It was very delicious! All of the guests sat at the table, ate and chatted with one another. Mr. McIvor and his wife were at the center of every conversation and made us feel at home. The evening ended with us taking some pictures together and saying thank you once again for giving us such a warm welcome. I’m sure all the guests had a great time and would love to come see Mr. and Mrs. McIvor again!

Kathrin Frei, ESU of Estonia


Registration Open for Meeting with Mr. Robert Gilchrist

We are happy to announce that registration is now open for the upcoming meeting with Mr. Robert Gilchrist, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn. The event will take place on November 2 at 5 PM. To register, please pay the participation fee by October 28 as follows:

Fee: 7 EUR (members) / 10 EUR (non-members)

Bank: SEB Eesti Űhispank
Account name: English-Speaking Union of Estonia
Account number: 10220069810014

The First Presiential and Vice Presidential Debates of the 2012 U.S. General Election Campaign

The Presidential election campaign is in full swing in the U.S. The general election takes place in November and in the run up to it, three Presidential debates and one Vice Presidential debate are held to inform voters on the stances of the two remaining Presidential candidates as well as their chosen Vice Presidential candidates. You can find information on the debate schedule here

The two debates that have been held so far can be watched online – just click on the links below to see the video of your choosing: 

Presidential Debate 2012, October 3

Vice Presidential Debate 2012, October 11

Our readers are also welcome to share their thoughts on the matter in the comments! 

Registration Open for Meeting With Ambassador Peter McIvor

We are glad to invite all ESUE members and their friends to a meeting with the Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland, Mr. Peter McIvor. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on October 25 and will include a culture-themed talk as well as snacks and wine. Make sure to register as soon as you can because the amount of participants allowed is limited!

To register for the event, please pay 5 EUR (members) / 8 EUR (non-members) to our bank account, details as follows:

Bank: SEB Eesti Űhispank
Account name: English-Speaking Union of Estonia
Account number: 10220069810014

The deadline for registration is October 14.

The First Book Swap Club Meeting

On Tuesday, September 25 people who like reading met at the Drink Bar for the first Book Swap Club event. We exchanged our books, talked about them and got to know each other. Along with ESU Estonia members there were also people present from the British Embassy, CRE8ORS OÜ, Drink Bar itself, etc., and there were a lot of books to choose from. We have agreed to meet next time at the same place on October 23 at 6-7.30 pm. We thank James Ramsden for hosting the event.

Zinaida Jevgrafova
ESUE, Chairman