Hatherley Road, Reading, circa 1958: Front-door Callers and Passers-by December 27th 2021 As I grow older, I become increasingly nostalgic. I often look back at my childhood in Reading, a period of my life which now seems almost idyllic. I have already written several essays about growing up in Reading, but I have never written about the variety of tradesmen and other people who passed by our house or came to our front door. For no particular reason, one of them popped into my mind tod ... read more
Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District Two 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 71, 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