Archive for August, 2006

Are A-Level Students Getting Easier?

Friday August 18, 2006

That’s the big debate in the British newspapers this morning (at least I think so but I may have got the wrong end of the stick). I can testify from personal, bitter experience that this ISN’T the case.

I’m back after a fantastic, fabulous and fucking exhausting (note, dear reader, the alliteration) two weeks away, 3 days in Spain, 10 days in Cartagena, Colombia. I didn’t blog about it because I’m all too aware of your lack of patience with ‘On beach, having fab time’ blogs.


In Colombia

Wednesday August 2, 2006

Cartagena to be precise. For the 4th time. I love it here. I forgot how much I loved it until I found myself chatting away to the touts trying to sell me ripped-off CDs.

The flight here was 12, yes twelve, hours late which meant I arrived at 9.45am instead of 8.30pm the previous night. As I was boarding the plane I received a call from a Spanish friend. I answered it with a ‘Qio mami’ which means something like ‘whatsup girlfriend’ (in the Oprah Winfrey sense, not the she’s my girlfriend sense.) It’s a very Colombian thing to say and as I was on a plane with 300 Colombians they all laughed their heads off at the British guy saying something like this.

BTW, I actually have no idea how ‘qio’ is spelt. It’s pronounced something like ‘Keown’ without the ‘n’.