¡El Grito!

¡Viva Mexico! Tuesday was Mexican Independence Day, obviously an excuse for a party especially since Mexico does things right and has its public holiday the day after the celebrations so not a school night. I celebrated with friends in a fashionable district called Coyacan. We had a few drinks in their flat while watching a…

I had no idea what was going on

I went to see the Lucha Libre last night with a bunch of my new colleagues. I have to admit that I have no idea what was happening. There were midgets dressed as a monkey and an eagle, a grossly overweight middle aged man in lycra tights, lots of impressive gymnastics, men in colourful masks…

My First Week

Firstly sorry for the sporadic communications over the last week, that has been due to mixed internet access and general busy-ness, not because I’ve decided to disown you all, grow a huge moustache, buy a sombrero and disappear into Mexico. I’m typing this up on my personal laptop at home on Sunday morning at the…

A few things I suspect I may miss in Mexico

A few things I suspect I might miss in Mexico City: Family and friends (obviously) Walks in the English countryside Bitter (dark beer) The sea Proper sausage and mash Driving Speaking English in shops Branston pickle The BBC, especially radio 2 and radio 4 – I know I can get it via the internet now…

Millennium hand and shrimp

“Fantasy is escapism, but wait… Why is this wrong? What are you escaping from, and where are you escaping to? Is the story opening windows or slamming doors? The British author G.K. Chesterton summarized the role of fantasy very well. He said its purpose was to take the everyday, commonplace world and lift it up…

A new challenge

If you could decide what should be taught in IT/Computing to key stage 3 students (years 7 to 9, roughly 11 to 13 years old) what would you teach? Some background. The chance to travel again was in the back of my mind, although far from my main reason, when I decided to teach. As…