Goodbye! So long! Farewell! - and Thank you!
This is the last time I’ll be writing those two words – ‘Dear Soyoung’ – and that’s a little bit sad. Soyoung, this final blog is, of course, to you. However, if you don’t mind, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has visited the website and read our blogs. I want to say a special ‘Thank you!’ to everyone who has posted comments on my blogs to you. You have all been very kind, positive and encouraging. I hope you will continue when the new teacher blogger takes over, with a new student blogger, next week.
I have had a great time with you, Soyoung, and with Federico before you (in December). I have learned so much. It’s been a privilege.
It is midnight on Friday 2nd February (by the time I post this, therefore, it will be the early hours of Saturday morning). I’ve just checked and found no blog from you, Soyoung. I’m really sorry, but I have to post a blog now because I will be unable to post one at all tomorrow or Sunday. (I will, however, go online to look for your last blog at the beginning of next week.)
It’s been a busy day. Today would have been my late wife’s birthday. It’s impossible not to remember this day after thirty years of celebrating it. Since she died, three-and-a half years ago, we (Lucy and I) have always done something special on the day. So I spent much of the day in central London – at bookshops, in galleries, buying a few new CDs – and then Lucy came into town after school to join me. We had tickets for a series of short sketches by Harold Pinter (a famous British playwright) at the Theatre Royal in the Haymarket (a well-known street in central London).
We met at the ICA (see previous blogs) and had a couple of caipirinhas then walked across Trafalgar Square to the theatre. At the moment, the ICA has a special projector set up in Trafalgar Square and at night you can go and stand under the light it projects and watch as your own personal spotlight appears, like a small person, and begins dancing around in the coloured light. You’re supposed to follow it, in a kind of dance. Well, I’m a pretty lousy dancer, but I did my best – and had a lot of fun. Lucy, of course, had much more fun – watching and laughing at me!
The theatre was excellent and by 10.30 Lucy and I were back on the streets of London taking our favourite walk – across Waterloo Bridge. At night, the view across London from Waterloo Bridge must be one of the most magical city views in the world. It is always so uplifting.
We popped into a favourite little French restaurant of ours and had a glass of wine and a few olives and were on the train home by 11.15. Lu has gone straight to bed but I wanted to complete this blog to you, Soyoung, to say goodbye and to thank you properly. I hope you continue to study English and I want to wish you all the very best for your future. Say ‘Hi!’ to all your family from me and Lucy – and, I’m sure, from all your readers around the world.
I have just read all the comments posted on my blogs from yesterday and the day before and, once again, I want to thank you all for your support and generosity. As you all know, I am going to Tanzania in about 10 days’ time, but when I get back I hope to be able to produce a page on the BBC World Service Learning English website, about twice a month. I will write about things of common interest and there will be some study material to go with it. It should also be possible for you to post comments. I don’t have any more details right now – just keep watching these pages. I am very excited about this development, and looking forward to hearing from you all again quite soon.
All the very best to all of you.
Thank you and goodbye (for now)!
With love and best wishes,
Special thanks to Federico (December 2006) and Soyoung, of course, and to Adriana (Brazil), Alex Mosky (Russia), Alisa (Belarus), Ana (Argentina), Ana (Poland), Anar Nabi, Ana (Poland), Ania (Warsaw, Poland) Anna Paula (Brazil), Buigai (Vietnam), Diego (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Diema (Bulgaria), Elena (Moscow), Ethan (China), Farida (Pakistan), Fenny (Shanghai), Gaetano (Rome), Gloria (Spain), Graciela (Santa Fe, Argentina), ‘H’ (Spain), Helen (China), Helen (Helsinki), Iryna (Ukraine), Hyoshil (Lincoln), Jana (Czech Republic), Jill Huang (Beijing), Julio (Brazil), Kasita (Bangkok, Thailand), Katya (Moscow), Layha (Brunei), Lena (Berlin), Lizzy (Taiwan), Lucia (Italy), Luciana (Brazil), Maria (Russia), Marianna (Slovakia), Marula (Scotland), Mauricio (Brazil), Michelle (China), Minh Le (Vietnam), Monica (Brazil), Monika (London), Naraa (Mongolia), Nozomi (Japan), Olga Pakhtaev (Krasnoyarska, Siberia, Russia), Pary, (Iran), Paulraj (India), Paulo Cezar (Apucarana-Parană, Brazil), Rohit Pokharel (Kathmandu), Vijay Poomalai (India), Radek (Czech Republic), Rajveer (India), Ricardo (Mexico), Richard (USA), Rita (Germany), Roxana Carine (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Shipra (Delhi, India), Shirley (Beijing), Stephan (Cologne, Germany), Suha (Turkey), Suzie (Beijing), Swe Swe Nwe (Singapore), Tereza (Czech Republic), Tey (Thailand), Tram (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam), Ueslei (Brazil), Virginia (Spain), Wim (The Netherlands), Yau Liyuan (Singapore), J B Young (Canada), Zanta Zhao (China), Zeata (Hang Zhou, China), Zhao (Africa).
I hope I have included the names of everyone who posted comments on my blogs during January. Perhaps I should have included December, as well. I am very sorry if you posted a comment and your name is not here. It doesn’t mean I didn’t read your comment, just that I am not as well organised as I thought I was.
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