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aka Bel - A87832164

Oi, where have you been hiding ? How are you ? smiley - hug


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toybox

Away, far far away...

I'm in Israel now, with my smiley - angel and fiancee smiley - loveblush, which is good, yet rather workless, which is bad. Probably I will write an short outline of my story (how I left teaching for instance smiley - erm). And I've decided to start writing a few more entries too.

What about you, how have you been keeping then?


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aka Bel - A87832164

Congrats smiley - bubblysmiley - cakesmiley - giftsmiley - magic

I'm fine, you probably know the German saying : Unkraut vergeht nicht smiley - biggrin Was very ill with TB last year, and it took me a whole eight months to fully recover, but I'm better than ever now smiley - ok
How comes you're in Israel, is your fiancée from there ? And which language do you speak there ? And do you feel safe ?


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Post 4

toybox

smiley - bubbly

TB? What is this?

No, my fiancée is Greek but she's studying here. We speak lots of English, and a bit of French and Greek too. Eventually we should stick to only French and Greek, but it's more tiring for the moment.

For living, I could get around in most places with Russian too (lots of Russian have immigrated in the last decade or so), but I haven't spoken this for ages so I nearly forgot everything.

And I feel quite safe, partly due to the amount of security controls everywhere, annoying though they are (last time I flew I thought they'd keep me in the airport in Paris smiley - erm). Besides, we're staying in a little place nobody's really interested in anyway smiley - winkeye


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aka Bel - A87832164

That's good then, a nice remote place - only bad for work, I guess.
TB is tuberculosis, I had quite a huge hole in my lung, and was very contagious, so spent 3.5 weeks in hospital in isolation, which wasn't as bad as it sounds, because I had a nice room all for myself, with shower etc, even a balcony smiley - biggrin


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riotact : like a phoenix from the ashes

hello ToyBox! i gather from your post in McK's "rest and recup rant" that you are/were in france? we may be neighbors! if not here, then perhaps on the mysterious isle of islay...


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Post 7

toybox

The mysterious isle of islay? You have a plot of land at Laphroaig too? smiley - bigeyes

I used to be in Reims, France up to, say, about 5 month ago when I left to join my significant other in Israel. Unfortunately, for technical reasons I have to pop out of the country every now and then so I am still potentially in or around Reims more often than not. Actually I will have to go back this month but I'm not quite sure what will be the best moment to do so.

What about you, where are you then?


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Post 8

riotact : like a phoenix from the ashes

in lyon, la capitale des gogols. just like whisky.


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riotact : like a phoenix from the ashes

http://philnet090.free.fr/lyon.mpg


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Post 10

Recumbentman

Welcome back to hootoo (belatedly). Not teaching then? Give us the story, and I'll tell you the purpose of meaning (you may not like it).


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toybox

As they said in Big Fish: the problem when someone asks a question is that you're tempted to answer it.

Here comes a short account of the story. Last year I managed to get some kind of degree which gave me the right to possibly enter l'Éducation Nationale - to teach mathematics to kids before the baccalauréat (the A-level). Only I had to spend a year training, which meant a heap of theoretical stuff about pedagogy and whatnot, and being in charge of one class for 6 hours a week. I got some 15 year old kids, a rather calm class actually as compared to the average, I'd say.

Now this part went very swiftly very, very bad, like they could show in a comedy when they want to show a caricature of class where things go astray. And of course there was this guy who had to examine half-way through the year how I was doing and who wrote a report which would have earned him, 200 years ago, the privilege of meeting me at dawn sur le pré (better I didn't do this, for, as my friend Étienne put it, last time a mathematician tried this it didn't end up very well smiley - winkeye). Well, with all this and me being far, far away of my other half and, on top of this, quite reluctant to take a fake sick leave (even more reluctant to expose myself to having to take a not-fake one smiley - erm), I decided to leave, holding up my head, through the front door - I quit.

Needless to say enough people were unhappy about it, yet, looking back at the decision, I cannot say I have regretted it a single moment.

So this decision left me free to leave France to join my fiancée here in Israel. Having just finished my PhD, I could also apply in several universities for a temporary research position, which I did in several places. The answers were due partly in January and partly in summer - all negative smiley - wah. Which means I will have to start over the applications again (and possibly have to broaden my field of action to the whole of Europe, too) so I'm expecting paperwork and endless waiting up ahead.

In the meanwhile, I have to leave the country at most every 3 months, for I have only a tourist visa. Bad news, for the controls at the airports are extremely severe (something for which I am otherwise rather glad, setting aside the unpleasantness of the process). Last time for instance I got stuck in Charles de Gaulle - I'll write a journal entry about this.

The good, and slightly surprising I have to say, part about Israel is that Guinness is such a popular drink in here smiley - drool

smiley - stout


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Post 12

aka Bel - A87832164

So atleast you don't miss out on all the nice things you're used to smiley - smiley
Btw, I don't know if you've seen it, but I have recruited one or two new members for getting more moons, it would be nice if you could add them to the list. smiley - hug


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Post 13

toybox

I have to leave now; I'll do it as soon as I possibly can. have a nice evening!

smiley - stout


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aka Bel - A87832164

Hi there- can you believe that it's more than y a year since we last talked here ?
Your teklegram is great, ever hought of participating regularly ? That would be great smiley - hug


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toybox

I thought of it indeed. Since I'm not sure I would really commit myself to a game thread (I haven't visited them for ages) I decided it would be better to start gently. I may join officially one day, who knows?


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aka Bel - A87832164

A new word is only set once a week; when many people are on a holiday or so, I've been known to leave it for longer even, so I guess it should be do-able. I'd really appreciate if you joined, it's gone a bit quiet there lately, so more input will liven it up! Plus, I'm always having such a hard time to think of a word to set smiley - tongueincheek


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toybox

Not quite ready yet. I'll be rather busy the next couple of weeks and I don't know how regularly and how long I can be online at all smiley - erm

However, thank you very much for the offer; I'll try to give it a go.

smiley - cat


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aka Bel - A87832164

That's great, just pos whenever you get a chance smiley - ok
Are you still in Israel ?


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Post 19

toybox

For another week only; I'll move to Bielefeld afterwards smiley - bigeyes


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aka Bel - A87832164

smiley - wow We really should think about having a German mini meet again then. We had one in April, and it was great. smiley - magic


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