Monthly Archives: May 2011

Just another manic Monday

Some would tell you that teaching English as a foreign language is about education. These people are at best cute little delusional souls working for the British Council, at worst they’re lying to you (as the BC is shut because … Continue reading

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Weather and Revolution

‘The French Revolution started in an El Nino year,’ as the geography kids at uni pointed out to annoy the politics students, and for the whole time I’ve been in Damascus the weather has been wrong. Autumn was too hot … Continue reading

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The situation

Other countries have uprisings, revolutions. In Syria we have ‘The Situation.’ It’s hard to believe that when the most neutral term we could think of emerged as the title to the events unfolding here it had a subversive, dangerous shimmer … Continue reading

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