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looking back and forward

8 September

I’ve been chatting on Skype with one of my old students and friend, Anna, who did so much for me while I was in Russia and because of that, I wanted to revisit some of my photos from Russia.
The photo above has to be one of my favourites I took there. It must have been early on during my stay, as there’s still snow around the bells. It must have been the first visit to The Kremlin with Anna, probably at the end of January 2008. The bells are inside the Kremlin, outside the Cathedral of the Archangel. I love the atmosphere of the photo, how the ice and snow has been captured.

Anyway, back to the present day and here in London, we’ve had a 24 hour tube strike. Lovely it was. So, on Tuesday morning, I got up at 5.30am and got on the train to get to Victoria.
Now, if you’ve been reading my recent posts (take note, there may be a test on this), I’ve been using the new Boris Bikes in London (Bojo bikes :)), and I registered and got my own key. So, at Victoria, I found a Bojo bike and started my journey to Oxford Street/Soho. It was a little hair-raising, but I cycled past Buckingham Palace and down the Mall which was lovely. Didn’t take any photos as I didn’t want to be late for work.
Cycling to work made me feel part of a group – there were loads of cyclists that day, and it was rather exciting- but exhausting! I took the Bojo bike back at the end of the day and then jumped on the train 🙂

Will have to tell you about the senior teacher role I’ve just recently taken on.

9 September

The above picture was taken a few years ago in Japan. This is the Golden Temple in Kyoto that I visited in 2004 with my sister and friend Laura. It’s a lovely place, very serene and peaceful…

So, looking forward, what does that mean? Exactly what it says on the tin. I recently was promoted to senior teacher at school, which means more responsibility, but unfortunately not a raise in pay – a bit off I know, but hey ho, such is life. I’ve almost finished my first week as senior teacher; now I have one regular class and other things to do during the day which has turned out ok for the moment. We’ll see how things go in the future. It will look good on my cv. I’m in the process of being trained to observe other teachers, as the other newly promoted senior teacher doesn’t have the necessary qualification, but I do, so the old senior teacher is training me up. This means that I can get all the goss that has gone on before 🙂

I’m still using the Boris Bikes, but haven’t quite done a repeat of the Buckingham Palace route yet – that requires getting up mega early 😦 not good.

But, on my bike today, riding back to Oxford Circus to get the tube, I nearly ran over one of England’s morning TV presenters, Kate Garraway and her husband. I almost shouted at her as she was walking in the cycle path, but I managed to stop myself after I saw who she was. Looking back, I suppose I should’ve shouted, because I was in the right.

Richard, I was writing this as we spoke on the phone yesterday, so I know you’re reading this in the morning – get to work!!!

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