Of Humble Uncertainty and Know-All Brexiteers December 15th 2019 A friend of mine attaches the following motto to all his emails: 'Uncertainty is the key to a good decision; supreme confidence is the mark of a fool.' I was reminded of this yesterday when I received an email from another friend, who is a passionate Brexiteer. In the wake of the Conservatives’ triumph in the UK election, I had sent him a cartoon from The Guardian newspaper portrayin ... read more
Asia » Vietnam » Southeast The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Independence was declared after World War II, but the French continued to rule until 1954 when they were defeated by Communist forc... ... read more
I've been teaching English for 48 years - in England, Egypt, Tanzania, Argentina, Venezuela, Ghana and now Vietnam. At 70, 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, Di... full info