Albert Göring: The Anti – Nazi Brother of Hitler’s Right Hand Man 

Göring is a name synonymous with evil.  Hermann Göring was Hitler’s right hand man – one of the masterminds behind the establishment of the Gestapo, concentration camps and the Battle of Britain. He was the most high profile Nazi to have been tried at Nuremberg, but escaped the hangman’s noose by committing suicide hours before…

The 3 Best Corona Leaders… and the 3 Worst

Let’s start with the worst. 3. Boris Johnson – UK Best Corona gaff: ‘I was at a hospital where there were a few coronavirus patients and I shook hands with everybody’.  The quote above sums up pretty well Boris’ attitude of British exceptionalism in the face of Coronavirus. The virus may be causing havoc everywhere…

Pasta is Love and Pasta is Life

Lockdown has had the whole country discovering hidden talents and suddenly practising hobbies they’d never considered before. From knitting to painting by numbers, learning new languages to Tik Tok videos, the creativity with which people have taken to amuse themselves when deprived of normal activities has been impressive to say the least.  One of the…

Zoom Quizzes are the New Friday Night

How many countries do the Alps touch? Which actor voiced Baloo in the 2016 adaptation of The Jungle Book? 😠 👊 🤕 🏎️ 📺 ❌ — what event does this series of emojis describe? These are all questions I’ve been asked during various rounds of zoom quizzes over the last few weeks. As we enter our…

Concerning Corona

3 and a half short months ago, the world celebrated the turn of the decade. 2020. As with the start of every new year, the first of January promised new beginnings. New resolutions made – yoga and meditation every day, reading at least 100 books a year, cutting down on meat blah blah. The usual….

‘The Open Wound of the Colonial System’: A Sad History of Bolivia

Happy New Year! It’s only mid-Jan, I can still say that. Apologies for the 3 month delay on the blog post, imaginary faithful readers who wait with baited breath for that magic ‘ping’ notifying them of another long awaited new post. But thanks for bearing with me, welcome back to any old readers and hello…

German Wanderers in Southern Chile

I recently took a trip to the lakes region in the South of Chile. Many of my students have repeatedly told me that before I leave, I have to take a trip to the South as by many it is considered the most beautiful area of the entire country. Forget the Atacama, Patagonia and the…

Can she Dance? Can she Jive? Is she Really Having the Time of her Life?

Theresa May has a new hobby. And who can blame her; maybe her dancing is a good distraction from her terrible politics. She was a woeful Foreign Secretary. Windrush- need we say more? Austerity. NHS and education cuts. Strong and Stable, whatever that meant; her current government is anything but. And let’s not forget the…

9/11 in Chile

The 11th of September is synonymous throughout the world with the tragic attack on the Twin Towers in New York City, 2001. But in Chile, this date has a different significance. On the 11th September 1973 the CIA backed military campaign led by Augusto Pinochet, overthrew the democratically elected government in Santiago and imposed a…