Monthly Archive: March 2011

Does this ATM speak English

Is this the Ultimate Touron?

So I am sitting in the pizzeria which is my regular local base for “work”. Or, more accurately, that mixture of social media, gibbering quietly...

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Homework, AKA Shouty Time

“Do you have homework tonight?” “Yes. It’s quite hard.” “Oh.” We are in our local pizzeria, for a change. The homework thing, after a year...

Class lesson on snakes: children handling a reticulated python.

Back to School!

Can You Take a Child out of School for a Year? I recently came across a parents group arguing against longterm family travel on the...

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In Conversation

Her voice catches me first. It’s actressy, well-honed, modulated, and, my lord, it carries. It’s like Princess Diana in her “three people in this marriage”...

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The Sound of Silence

On Saturday, town was so quiet you could literally hear the silence. Not the usual raucous night-time non-quiet, the squawking yabber of geckos, the surprising...