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Sandstorms in the Canaries

Discussion in 'Personal' started by peakster, Feb 24, 2020.

  1. peakster

    peakster Star commenter


    Wonder how many panicking Teachers there are on Gran Canaria or Tenerife this morning ?
  2. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Why would they be panicking?
  3. Morninglover

    Morninglover Lead commenter

    If they don't get back in time, will they get paid for the days missed?

    (In 1981-2, my first year in teaching, another new teacher returned home to his parents in Wales for Christmas. At New Year they had a heavy snow fall; he was snowed in for several days, and missed the first week of school. Even then he lost a week's pay, I recall.)
  4. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Because school starts today.

    I know I would be if I was there.
  5. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    As someone who just returned from nearby I wish there had been a sandstorm... oh to be trapped on an island...

    Instead of in the classroom.
  6. maggie m

    maggie m Senior commenter

    We got stuck in Cyprus when the Icelandic volcano went off. Panic? Why? Nothing we could do about it. Had a lovely extra week in the sun. My lovely then HoD was worried lest I ran out of money. I assured her all was fine as I sat in a sunny taverna sipping a chilled wine
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  7. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    I got stuck in Greece for the same reason.
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  8. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    "So you've been on holiday to the Canaries - you look a bit sunburnt"
    "That's sandblasting"
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  9. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Trapped in a 1970s pastiche musical of the 1950s?

    What a hell...
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  10. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Well, there were worse things I could do...

  11. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Schools in the islands are closed today.

    So instead of panicking, teachers there are relaxing.

    Best wishes

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  12. theworm123

    theworm123 Lead commenter

    I love the Canaries, I’ve been going on holiday to Tenerife for a few years now and I’ve never seen it that bad before. That plane in Peakster’s picture belongs to a Binter Canarias, the airline for the Canaries, that shows how bad the situation is.

    Other than boats that’s the fastest way of getting between the islands so a lot of locals are screwed.
  13. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    I got trapped for two weeks in the philippines by the Icelandic volcano. Nizeman did his uni marking online and I did nothing! I wasn't paid but we got a 20% discount and spent almost nothing anyway.
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  14. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

  15. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    And now they have suspected Coronavirus: 1000 guests at the Costa Adeje Palace hotel apparently in lockdown, probably to be kept in isolation if the infection is confirmed.
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  16. maggie m

    maggie m Senior commenter

    I got paid in full when stuck in Cyprus, probably because the head was also stuck abroad and had no intention of missing out on his pay
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  17. Bedlam3

    Bedlam3 Star commenter

    Just a thought... If a school granted unpaid leave for those stuck in the canaries could the teacher claim on their travel insurance?
  18. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    That's what the headteacher, in the thread I quoted, is wondering.
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  19. theworm123

    theworm123 Lead commenter

    It is Costa Adeje I’ll be staying in as well come July :eek:.
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