21st December 2007
After presenting Colin with his last challenge - doing a post-match interview in Welsh
I think this is the perfect challenge for Colin and it's probably what I expected for him. It's going to stretch him but he's very intelligent and very keen and enthusiastic about learning the language. I think he'll do a great job.
Colin's been fantastic to work with and I admit I'm a bit of a bully and incredibly pushy and competitive but he's competitive too and that's what you need when you come up against challenges like this. I think I've bullied him into working even harder than he needed to, which is why he's so good!
I think he's going to do really really well and he'll stick at it. I'm going to start texting him in Welsh. He won't answer the messages but I'm going to keep sending them! He's definitely going to come and see me in an opera and I'm doing a concert involved with rugby players in March so he's going to try and come to that too.
25th October 2007
After giving Colin his third challenge, which involves solving a murder mystery
I'm very impressed with my student. The bar has really been raised with this challenge - we're going to have to keep in touch and text each other vocabulary. I'll be testing him. I'm sure he'll have tremendous fun solving the murder though.
I'm hoping to get Colin to come to an opera rehearsal and I'm going to take my little boy to see him play rugby, so we'll see each other again soon.
26th April 2007
Since the first TV programme of The Big Welsh Challenge was screened, a lot of friends have come up to me and said how much they enjoyed it and how they felt sorry for Colin being bossed around by me!
We've just been filming for the second challenge. The task originally looked very daunting for both of us but since we've have time to practise we've realised it's not as complicated as it seemed. I'm very pleased with Colin's progress and his enthusiasm. I've heard him speak quite a bit of Welsh and I'm impressed with his vocabulary.
On her partner, Colin:
On his first challenge (singing Sosban Fach in front of an audience):