Long ago and not so far away, was my first home: 47 North Hill, Colchester, Essex, UK. It was there that my sister was born, and there that I was raised to realise that we are our stories. There, too, I learned to respect other stories, others' stories: to understand that history is always in … Continue reading My Back Yard
This is a guest post. Recently, I spoke with a friend about her dyslexia and the impact it has had on her. I encouraged her to write about it, and she did! Here she shares her experience of growing-up dyslexic and her enthusiasm for lifelong learning, together with her determination to succeed: I'm coming to … Continue reading No-one Puts Jacqui in the Corner!
invigilate Verb: Intransitive British Meaning: Supervise candidates during an examination e.g. ‘during exams, all she had to do was invigilate’ Origin: Mid 16th century (in the general sense ‘watch over, keep watch’) - from Latin invigilat - ‘watched over’, from the verb invigilare, from in- ‘upon, towards’ + vigilare ‘watch’ (from vigil ‘watchful’). Pronunciation: invigilate/ɪnˈvɪdʒɪleɪt/ (With … Continue reading Word of the month: /ɪnˈvɪdʒɪleɪt/
He said it doesn't look good he said it looks bad in fact real bad he said I counted thirty-two of them on one lung before I quit counting them I said I'm glad I wouldn't want to know about any more being there than that he said are you a religious man do you … Continue reading What the Doctor Said
...in June 1995. I returned from living and working abroad and started teaching ESOL in my home town of Colchester; before becoming a student again myself. My first class was a group of Russian language teachers from the former East Germany, who were being 're-trained' to teach English. This three-week course will pass very quickly, I've … Continue reading Day 6 of 21: in London
Four acres of heaven in the centre of London. Today, on this perfect sunny May morning I visited, as I'd wanted to for years. Why today? I was waiting to collect my new passport in Victoria, so I took a stroll and that stroll brought me here: a garden on the banks of the River … Continue reading Waiting Room – The Chelsea Physic Garden