My exit visa has finally arrived and tomorrow night I shall be flying off to Bulgaria. Mrs Hippo returns from her sojourn in the Crimea in the middle of July. To everyone who has sent me PMs and e-mails in the last few weeks, I wish you all good luck with your job applications and, if you've got one, with your new job in September. Unfortunately our house in the mountains does not have the Internet, so do not be surprised or offended if I take a while to reply to any messages. Recently I have had a look at some of the postings on the "jobseekers" forum. It's grim. Who would want to be a teacher in the UK at the moment?