Word of the day: vanilla

These days, there's no shame in looking online for a partner. Indeed, it's all the rage in certain circles. The online dating scene has come a long way in a short period of time and there's been an incredible diversification…

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Phrase of the day: get (back) in the swing of things

I hate goodbyes. Always have done, and always will do. I've certainly never understood where there's a good in goodbye, that's for sure. Still, just as you need sad to understand what happy is, cold to understand hot, and so…

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Phrase of the day: hair of the dog

For almost as long as I can remember, I've wanted to see the world. It's been one of my burnings ambitions since I was maybe 15 and 16. I guess that the first time the travel bug bit me was…

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Phrase of the day: forewarned is forearmed

I've spent the last few days working with some wonderful Russian teachers in the city of Saratov, which is on the mighty Volga River, about 850 kilometres south-east of Moscow. The day before I was due to fly out last…

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Phrase of the day: damn with faint praise

I was chatting to a friend of mine the other day about the school he's recently started working at. I asked him how it was going there and then tried hard to keep a straight face and not burst out…

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Phrase of the day: anything but

I was flicking through the in-flight magazine on the plane home from Spain last Sunday evening and came across an article about Coco Chanel. Now, I'm certainly no expert on the life and times of the French fashion designer and…

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Phrase of the day: on the town

As you may have read in yesterday's post, I spent the weekend in Elche in Spain. I flew out to Alicante from London Stanstead on Friday morning at 6.30am and, as is often the case, my flight was depressingly full…

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Phrase of the day: even if I do say so myself

I've been lucky enough to have spent this weekend in the beautiful city of Elche on the south-east coast of Spain. The town was the venue for this year's Spain TESOL conference, an always-excellent gathering of English language teachers, and…

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Phrase of the day: make a (right) meal of

Some people have sensible hobbies that help them relax in whatever time off work they manage to get. Maybe they go fishing or do yoga or paint. Me? I watch football . . . and in particular my local team…

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