Monday, April 15, 2024

Merry Christmas!

A couple of weeks ago billions of people around the world celebrated having a day off, in honour of the birth of Jesus Christ....

It’s a Small, Small EFL World

During the last few decades an increasingly appealing option for young, adventurous, English-speaking westerners with no professional skills to speak of, is to spend...

The Definition of Irony

I was having a beer at a local pub and a nearby table of fellow EFL teachers were discussing the definition of ‘irony’. Given,...

Remember when Kim Jong Il was the Wackiest World Leader?

  Once there was a guy called Kim Jong Il. the greatest guy in history, world champion of weird. He was arguably the world’s best-known demigod. Contrary to popular...

Shit, this guy is too funny… Here’s what the North Koreans...

  A friend gave me a hand to translate the hilarious new North Korean "documentary" featured here.  Best to watch the video while reading this. It's......

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A holiday in Iran

The world is a scary place. That's what I keep hearing. I do however belong to the most dangerous, destructive species on...

‘This Isn’t Happening’. Prostitution in Korea. Does it actually exist?

A young Korean friend asked for a little help with a short essay he had written for his university English class. We chatted over...

The World’s Worst Mass Murderers

By this title I don't mean of course to speak of people who decided for whatever reason to go on a killing spree but...

Christmas in Oman

It may not shock to hear that life in the Middle east is a touch different to that in the west. We all know...

I had a White People Problem in Africa

I finally stepped out of the airport, breathed the fresh air and looked up at big, blue African skies. Three seconds later I lowered my gaze and...

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