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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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UNDERSTANDING… POST TEFL FREEDOM

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It’s done. Completo… terminado… finito. After eight weeks of blood, sweat and tears in TEFL school, I emerge from the appropriately named Plaza de la Misericordia a fully qualified TEFL teacher on Saturday evening. We all do; twelve just men … Continue reading

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UNDERSTANING /ˈfəʊniːm/ ?

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You may well have been wondering what’s happened to the blog. On the other hand, you may well have not. Well, the reason I’ve not blogged for ages is that my life has been almost totally consumed by learning to … Continue reading

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Understanding Spain — back on the road again

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I’m back on the road again. Well actually, at the minute I’m at sea. My fellow shipmates and I have just set sail from Bilbao for the second time in as many hours, having had to return to port due … Continue reading

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UNDERSTANDING… POLAND?

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It’s Food, Jim — But Not As We Know It! Christmas is finally over — thank God. Even the Spanish, who, like the Polish manage to drag the festive season kicking and screaming into a fourth week with the Three … Continue reading

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 Understanding… Cornwall and a break from Marbella

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Falmouth… f***ing mental! Last week I had a few days to kill before returning to Spain and so I decided to spend them in Falmouth. It’s Monday afternoon and I check into the three star Falmouth Hotel, selected for the … Continue reading

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