Like many of my peers at the more mature end of the ELT spectrum, I’m scheduled to give talks and presentations in various places in 2011.
Below are photographic clues about some of the places I’m going to visit. Can you work them out? The usual prize (dinner chez nous) for the first three people to get them all right.
And finally …
Some New Year’s Resolutions
1 Stop ranting, start fighting. It feels as if there’s a war going on out there, but breaking windows isn’t going to change anything. In the modern world, opposition to misguided social policies has to be organised. Join up with like-minded people and try to effect change.
2 Eat green (as opposed to ‘eat greens’). In other words, stop eating foods that for one reason or another are bad for the planet. Beef and dairy products, for example. The methane produced by cattle is 33 times more damaging to the atmosphere and the ozone layer than carbon dioxide. Also stop eating foods that are flown half way across the world to be on your plate. Spread the word about things like this.
3 See more live theatre. London theatre prices are astronomical, but you can get cut-price tickets if you really want to – and the National Theatre has fantastic rates for some matinee performances.
4 Leave for the gym at 4.30pm instead of 5pm. That way I spend less time in front of the computer, and I get home by 7pm in time to see Channel 4 News, fronted by the incomparable Jon Snow. Let’s face it, he ain’t gonna be on the show forever, so we have to take advantage of the chance to see a master news-teller at work.
5 Skype or pick up the phone and talk to people you normally only connect with by email, twitter or Facebook. Or even go out and meet them. Face2face is never a bad idea.
Now you get the picture about my plans for how to live better in 2011, please suggest more resolutions that you think I should add to the list.
Let’s all keep trying.
“But Ken, you’re always very trying…”