I've been teaching English for over 40 years - in England, Egypt, Tanzania, Argentina, Venezuela, Ghana and now Vietnam. At 69, I'm still going strong and have no wish to retire. I enjoy my job, which gives me plenty of time to relax and travel. In toto, I've visited 68 countries. I'm married to a Vietnamese woman and have been living in Ho Chi Minh City since 2001.
Outside of work I am a chess fanatic (Tanzanian National Champion in 1991), devotee of blues and jazz music, imbiber of fine malt whiskies (especially from Islay), bibliophile (Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, Brian Moore, Philip Larkin, Dick Francis, M.R.James, Jonathan Raban are among my favourites), vulcanophile (I've climbed Tambora and Mt Mayon), traveller, writer (mainly of travel and nostalgia essays) and armchair sportsman (I love football, cricket, tennis and boxing).
Other influences on me, apart from the abovementioned authors, are Jeff Hawke (Daily Express cartoon strip), Doctor Who, Monty Python, Muhammad Ali, Noam Chomsky, George Monbiot, Joel Strauss (authority on blues and jazz music, U.S. politics and Tanzania) and, last but not least, my dear old dad.
If anyone would like to contact me, my email is: email@example.com