2019 will go down as a year of many personal discoveries. Evan scent: I happened on an online blues jazz course which turned me onto jazz on a much more mechanistic level, thus I discovered the genius of Bill Evans. Evans was a contemporary of Miles (Davis) but whilst Miles had the looks of a… Read More

You probably will rarely find the name Chopin and John Coltrane in the same sentence but in many ways, these musical giants, bookend my musical direction of travel, over a lifetime. I just got the Blues I remember my road to Damascus moment at a Gary Moore concert many years ago in Montreux Switzerland. I… Read More

I met Lazaro in Eden gym four years ago.  I was 90Kg very unfit, and a bit depressed having gone back to live with my mother on losing my house. I use to come into his Salsa step Sunday Class for a few minutes. After about a year I did his Zumba & Body Blitz… Read More

Pre-history Like many of you out there, I have literally spent thousands of pounds (and hours) attempting to play the piano & learn music. This has been over the course of a lifetime and though I can hardly play a note, (checking out a keyboard in full view in a shop, is an experience that… Read More

It´s Easter hols, I´m stuck on a Ryanair flight trying to draw breath; surely the slaves on the ships from Africa had more room? I could go into a rant about Ryanair being a baggage company thinly disguised as airline, but why bother when they are so frequently in the local news & on telly;… Read More

Having done no research, we booked two trips in Marrakesh with our agent, one to the mountains, the second to Esauria (round about 65€ each). I had asked for the blue city, which is near Casablanca but was offered a three-hour drive to Essaouiria instead (an almost blue city). The trip to the mountains was… Read More

Salam Aleikum from a freezing Marrakech. This was supposed to be an educational blog about the vicissitudes of teaching English in the Spanish State system, but as they say, I´ll save that till later when I have more evidence-based content, however what I have gleaned so far: • Our (CEIP) students are natively bi-lingual as… Read More

I was in a Zumba class the other day, hopelessly mincing about at the back, as the ghetto-blaster pumped out the dirge that is mambo no 5 by a certain Lou Bega. Not only is this beat not Mambo, but also I found myself consistently always behind the instructor’s steps. I was not particularly caught… Read More

Language I’ve been trying to learn a new language, (Castillian) Spanish, & have come across some fairly interesting stuff which you probably won’t find in the text books (but is out on the internet). So this follows on from my series about Good Writing but examines at the more atomic level of language, and how… Read More