Category Archives: English teaching

Gullible Travels?

Hi blog. Well, we are well into April (start of the academic and financial new year) and no posts.  I hope that this will remedy that. March weather was a little different this year – we didn’t get so many … Continue reading

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Merry Solstice

Hi blog. Please excuse what appears to be utter neglect, which is only mostly true.  Work, the cold, lack of photo opportunities… you don’t need to hear about this. I will say that today is the winter solstice in these … Continue reading

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Seven Days a Week

Hi blog. I won’t be making excuses for my lack of blogging, except to say that the sun is setting earlier and earlier, the temperature is steadily decreasing (except for those wild weeks of roller coaster weather – a maximum … Continue reading

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Mystery Solved

Early 16th century: alteration (by association with grand ‘big’) of Old French grapois, from medieval Latin craspiscis, from Latin crassus piscis fat fish. Oxford English Dictionary Hi blog. Lacking encounters with wildlife has been a bit depressing.  The need to … Continue reading

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The Antipodes Strike Back

Hi blog. After several weeks of frequent rain, work, rain, family commitments, rain, typhoons… did I mention the rain? … well, I’ve bitten the bullet and have gotten behind the keyboard again, in spite of having no wildlife-related topic to write … Continue reading

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The Little Prince and the Big Snake

Hi blog. Snakes top Wild in Japan’s search item hits, so it stands to reason that the more posts about snakes I write, the more hits I get. However, one does not simply walk into material for writing serpentine-themed posts.  Well, … Continue reading

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Stupid in Japan

Hi blog. The signs of spring are well and truly here – cherry blossoms have made their appearance, I’ve heard the call of bush warblers, daffodils are flowering, turtles can be seen on warm days, and the graduation/entrance ceremony double-punch … Continue reading

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English Teachers I Have Known

Hi blog. The last week of August turned out to be a real anti-climax to the end of summer and the summer holidays (no, more than 16 years of “conditioning” has not made me switch to the word “vacation”), when suddenly … Continue reading

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How to Kill Your Elephant

Hi blog. It’s well into March, and not a single post.  Spring has finally arrived – we’ve reached the stage when the days with double digit maximums outnumber those with only single digits.  I’ve even seen turtles basking in the late … Continue reading

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Wild about Aikido

Hi blog. Taking a quick break from nature writing – millipedes being the most common critters in my life right now, and I’m sure you don’t want to read about them! – so I’ll give you something martial. I was … Continue reading

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