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APRIL FOOL!

In the UK, and several countries around the world, April 1st is known as April Fool’s Day. It’s a day for playing jokes and pranks on people and, if they fall for it, they are then labelled an April Fool.

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FOOTBALL MAD

The rules of modern football were first developed in Britain and many of the first football clubs in Spain were established by British expatriates.

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NO LOVE LOST FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

Almost as soon as school starts in September, the back-to-school promotions end… But it’s once the Christmas things are taken away that the shops begin to promote my most hated festival of the year; Valentine’s Day.

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HAVE YOU SEEN MY MUMMY?​​

As a connoisseur of all things spooky, it’s not much of a surprise that my favourite lesson is Gothic Legends, where we go over some of the most popular horror stories and characters in English literature.

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ACCENTS​

Students sometimes ask me whether it is better to speak English with a British or an American accent. The answer is, of course, both, or neither. Why not an Australian, a South African or a Jamaican accent?

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HAPPY MIKE

The older I get the more I think about the past, especially my childhood. I think of all the people I met, who for varying reasons, left their mark on me during those early years. I’d like to share just a few.

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LITERATURE V READING

Ask any teenage student at a secondary school in Spain if they like literature and the reaction will probably be one of complete disinterest or just totally negative. 

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EBOOK? NO THANKS​

As I get older and the memory starts to fade, I’ve noticed there are certain things I still remember as clearly now as the day they happened, and many of them have one thing in common. They were firsts.

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A LEGAL ALIEN

One question I am often asked is whether I miss England. People are often surprised to learn that I have lived more of my life outside the UK than in it!

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HURLING

There is hardly a child in Ireland that hasn’t tried his or her hand at hurling at some time or other.

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LOST FOR WORDS

“Is that an iPhone?” A student asked me after giving a class. When I didn’t know the answer she was shocked! Then when I told her I wasn’t a mobile phone person her shock turned to confusion.

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DUBBING

As a British child growing up in Spain in the 70’s and 80’s watching American and British films and series, dubbing was the norm. We simply didn’t know any better. When I went to university in Barcelona in the first half of the 90’s I discovered a whole new world in this respect: films in VO.

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