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POSTCARD FROM POLAND — CHRISTMAS, BLOODY CHRISTMAS

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We’re rocketing towards the middle of January now, but it would seem that the prospect of the Brzeg Christmas decorations coming down is as remote as finding a car park in the town that doesn’t resemble a bomb crater. And … Continue reading

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WONDER WHEEL — FILM CRITIQUE

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WONDER WHEEL, written and directed by Woody Allen, is the narrative of four characters whose lives intertwine in a flurry of frustration, danger and passion amid the hustle and bustle of summertime Coney Island amusement park in the 1950s. Ginny … Continue reading

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POSTCARD FROM POLAND

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I’m in Poland — Brzeg, to be precise. If you haven’t heard, I now have a fulltime job as the native speaking teacher for an English school called Progress; I’ve actually completed six weeks of an eight-month contract and I’m … Continue reading

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 UNDERSTANDING… RYANAIR

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I’ve just returned from ten days in Poland and I think I need a new liver. I had a fantastic time and I’ve really fallen in love with the country so much that I’m going to live there for the … Continue reading

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NOT UNDERSTANDING… YOUNG LEARNERS

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Once I had two jobs… now I have one job… heaven knows, I’m not miserable now. Well that didn’t last long. My job at the little school in Fuengirola (I’ve removed the name from my previous blog for legal reasons) … Continue reading

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UNDERSTANDING… WORK?

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It’s often said that a week in politics is a long time, which is nonsense because a week in anything is just a week — 7 days, no more, no less. But a lot has happened in the past seven … Continue reading

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UNDERSTANDING… THE JOY OF STAYING PUT

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Chicos, I haven’t blogged for a while — you may, or you may not, have noticed. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, I have been working flat out on my novel — Compound 19 — which is now completed … Continue reading

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UNDERSTANDING… PAPUA NEW GUINEA?

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YOU MAY NOW KISS THE BRIDE! Let me say a word or two about the wedding. Saturday before last and we were bussed out to a field near the town of Mossman. To be fair, the field — in addition … Continue reading

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UNDERSTANDING… AUSTRALIA?

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I attempt to write this — the first of my antipodean blogs — as I sit aboard the MS Chertan being tossed around on the Pacific Ocean like a sock in a tumble drier, somewhere to the east of the … Continue reading

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Introducing Richie Malone

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Today is the day my alter ego steps out from behind the curtain. Welcome to the dark, fucked-up world of Richie Malone. This blog is the prequel to my novel, ‘Losing the Plot’. Amigos, I’d like this to be an … Continue reading

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