A Barbarous Practice - Corporal Punishment at Old Swinford Hospital School circa 1975 October 9th 2018 Chris Crookes, a former student of Old Swinford Hospital School, has just sent me an email describing a beating he received from Peter Davies, aka ‘Noote’, the legendary boarding master who ran Foster House. I knew Peter well, because we worked together for ten years, but Chris’s detailed description of his encounter with ‘Noote’ surprised and shocked me. Here is an extract:
Noote gave ... 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