Unless you?re wintering among, say, the Aussies or the Argies, the end is in sight, but there?s still some verbosity latent in your keyboard after exam setting and report writing. So let?s hear from you. Now, the ?overseas? circuit is crawling with British international schools. Some fly the flag in their title: ?Colegio Británico del Gran Carajo?, ?British International School of Ruritania?. Others stake a claim by adopting a British luminary: ?Newton Academy?, ?Lycée Alex Ferguson?. Or a venerable seat of learning: ?The Cambridge School, Ulaanbaatar?, ?Greyfriars College, Brazzaville?. Others duck the issue with a neutral saintly or topographical name: ?St Hooligan?s School?, ?Blastedheath College?, obscuring the fact that the staff room teems with national curriculum zealots and the car park is thronged with expatriates talking house prices. So, what is British about British international schools? The fact that many teachers are refugees from rain, war-zone classrooms and personal crises on the sceptr?d isle? Do the statutes say that seven of the ten members of the Board must be British, even if it means they have to be exhumed for meetings? Is it the presence in class of Charlotte and Rupert, Darren and Kylie? Allegiance to the national curriculum, SATS ?n all? Or that 1953 portrait of sweet Betty Battenberg, mouldering in the library? All those older students wrestling with UCAS? A COBIS logo on the web site? Or is it all about values and ethos ? and if so, are we talking imperialism disguised with fair play, are we into parliamentary democracy, does Christian tradition (God forbid) come into the picture or is it a cool post-colonial focus on secular devolved multicultural Ukania? Is a British IB school a contradiction? Can you bin the entire national curriculum and still be British? What do parents of other origins think they are buying into, when they send their little bunnies to the local ?Breeteesh? institution? Discipline, punctuality, uniform, formal assemblies? Or hands-on learning experiences and loads of co-curricular action, in a liberal collegial atmosphere? Or an end-run around the rigidities of the local curriculum and pedagogy? Or merely status? Or just the chance to make out with our battered but feisty old ***** of a language? Your serious opinions, please. Amuse while you pontificate, but refrain if you are a career cynic, a veteran pom-basher, a one-track Celtic nationalist, or a true-blue Brit patriot either of the misty-eyed nostalgic type or of the jingo bulldog kind. Please don?t talk about your penis, or about other contributors? alleged vices and misdemeanours. Cheers! And happy hols!