Another year, and a rather busy year, and the world hasn’t ended. So time permitting, PaulLau.com can continue. I haven’t quite managed to post once a day, but somehow I think reality is going to put a damper on that idea either way. There were as many views in 2012 as there have been since this blog started in October 2009. We also had the best day so far with nearly 2,000 views January Here’s a look back at the top posts of 2012.
1. WUDC 2012 Tab and [RESULTS]
Once the prize of WSDC related posts, it seems that WUDC has managed to claim the first position this year. A lot of interest in this post, particularly at the end of 2012 with WUDC 2013 Berlin happening at the same time.
2. WUDC 2012 [MOTIONS]
I’ve stopped posting event details, but I still think motions are incredibly useful both for recording purposes and for other people to use as a reference.
3. WSDC 2012 Team Tab by Speaks [RESULTS]
WSDC sneaking back into the picture here. An interesting post given the unconventional nature of the way of sorting teams. Some interesting ingishts could nevertheless be gleaned though.
The 2011 World Universities Debating Championships have ended at a military barrack in Botswana which, due to the lack of internet access, meant that live streaming of the Grand Final was not possible. The Grand Final featured teams from some of the top debating universities in the world and some notable names. The teams were:
OG: Monash A (1) – Victor Finkel & Fiona Prowse
OO: Oxford A (6) – Ben Woolgar & Hugh Burns
CG: Sydney A (2) – Tim Mooney & Bronwyn Cowell
CO: LSE A (24) – Anser Aftab & John Ashbourne
In the end, by a unanimous decision, Monash A were crowned Champion. Victor Finkel was Best Speaker of the Tournament. Fiona Prowse ranked as third best speaker.
Hong Kong debaters will remember both from HKPDS Summer Workshop. Fiona taught in 2007 and 2008 while Victor taught in 2009. In-fact, my first BP experience was under Fiona in 2007.
My sincere congratulations to Fiona & Victor.