well, but of course. There are only bad experiences to be had from SMT, and even when you become one, you can still end up giving yourself a bad experience. Like Dylan Thomas who just before passing out in the Fitzroy Tavern one night, mumbled, "Somebuddy's borin' mee... an' I think it's me..." Just accept that SMT types occupy a spectrum from 'unspeakable deranged would-be autocrat' through 'blithering idiot', to 'mediocre jargon-spouter', to 'who?' Mostly you can treat their bleatings and bullyings as background noise, while you get on with the job. As when you were an adolescent with serious projects in life, having to ignore parental moanings about tidiness, personal hygiene, homework and the mortal peril involved in everything you really wanted to do. Also bear in mind that the acronym SMT is passing out of fashion. Soon they will all be called Learning Leadership Groups, and presto! ...just as all the 'spastics' and 'cripples' in the world stood up and danced the tango once it was agreed to call them 'differently abled', so the change of title will turn every school leader into a modest, industrious, selfless, smiling, charming, empowering, enabling, facilitating and just right-down gorgeously loveable person, going the extra mile so that you can be the person you want to be. Enough - time for some serious input from the large Cairo community here. But do you know, I reckon they'll probably bring us the unsurprising news that there are all sorts of schools, and all sorts of SMT types, in Cairo. Watch this space.