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LiBeL Column

The LiBeL column from The Nation newspaper
I started a website for English teachers, Ajarn.com, back in 1999.  It grew pretty quickly and within a couple of years I was asked to write a weekly column for the Education Section of The Nation newspaper.  
The late Bobby McBlain ran that section and he wanted something that wasn’t your typical, dull teaching column.  He enjoyed the same sarcastic humour as myself and so the Life in the Bus Lane (a.k.a. LiBeL) was born. The aim was simple – to take the piss out of teachers and the education system in general and see what we could get away with.  
Writing for a national newspaper sounds impressive.  But it was more a case of being in the right place at the right time. Rather than me having any real talent.
The column ran for about 15 months from Feb 2001 – May 2002.  By that time I’d upset quite a few people and the higher ups at The Nation decided that it was time to redesign the Education section and have a real teacher write a column instead.  
The columns are below.  Some are quite good, others aren’t.  All are the result of a few beers on a Thursday night as I struggled to think of something to write for the Friday deadline.
What is most impressive are the number of song titles I managed to use and the number of references to bars, hookers, dead kids, pedophiles etc which wouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a newspaper column today.

Dear Diary

A column of two halves First, ‘Poll Booth lotteries’. It’s not students who should be drug tested it’s the guys who come up with ideas like this. I’m not alone in this sentiment, a bellyaching… Read More »Dear Diary

The Weakest Link

Or are some commentators just being a tad hypocritical? Business News In a surprise move Shin Corp recently acquired it’s first textile company. The recently bankrupt Afghan Burkha Co Ltd was apparently bought as a… Read More »The Weakest Link

Still Going Nowhere

Still kicking the topic of teacher expectations around In the second part of this ‘cut out n’ keep then lose down the back of the sofa, find 6 months later and use to line the… Read More »Still Going Nowhere

Teacher Training

A more peculiar approach to discipline This week’s column is dedicated to Kru Lakhanee. The woman who introduced Thai students to a new punishment – the “foot wai”. People have spoken out id support and… Read More »Teacher Training

A Worrying Thought

Bizarre Thai student behavior “Teaching is a misnomer – no-one can teach anyone anything.” Why? Individuals learn and all that anyone else can do is provide a, hopefully, conducive environment for this to happen in.… Read More »A Worrying Thought

Jesus in Thailand

A festive twist Blasphemous rumours Before e-cards with ‘Burn in hell! ‘ Flash animation start appearing in my Inbox, I’d like to point out that this column is the work of a born again agnostic… Read More »Jesus in Thailand