Friday, July 27, 2007

Ethereal Effluent

ethereal (1)light, airy, or tenuous; (2)extremely delicate or refined; (3)heavenly or celestial; (4)of or pertaining to the upper regions of space.

effluent (1) something that flows out or forth; outflow; effluence; (2)a stream flowing out of a lake, reservoir, etc; (4)sewage that has been treated in a septic tank or sewage treatment plant; (5)sewage or other liquid waste that is discharged into a body of water, etc.

The decision, to coin a phrase, is yours ...

Here I sit in the wilds of Dorset, a million miles from the hardships of the 'Roon surrounded by children from a host of nationalities whose sole concept of hardship is being told 'No'. The phonetically massacred refrain of "It's not fair" reverberates around the school and the smell of the unclean stalks the corridors waiting to leap out at the unprepared. The smell aside, I don't think I could be any further from Extremely Northern Cameroon.

Half way through the course and I have to admit to enjoying being back at work. I know that this isn't possibly the best preparation in the world, given that classes here are no bigger than 15 and there are more resources than anyone could wish to use in the space of a 4 week course, but at the same time it's been good to be back behind the wheel. 150+ students with 8 books between them and that on a good day is definitely going to be a little more of a challenge but then it wouldn't be the same if it wasn't.

It's weird to think that in less than a month I'll be back on the sand, grass and gastro-intestinal resident diet, this time with the added pleasure of the marvellous, magical Mrs Anopholes and her parasitic henchmen. Wet season = lying water = spawning grounds for voracious mosquitos and their insatiable apetites for destruction.

Somehow doesn't feel like it's me who's over there but then I suppose given that I'm not at the moment that's probably not that surprising ... doesn't actually feel like I was ever there. Needless to say, going back is going to be a little peculiar.

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