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Unusual Parent Occupations

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by yasimum, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. yasimum

    yasimum New commenter

    I found out today that the father of one of my students is quite famous worldwide as a sculptor. He specialises in sculpting penises. Right!
    Then one of my kindy students was telling me the other day that his dad had to go to Queensland for work. I asked him what his dad did.
    "He's a bookman."
    Hmmm, I pondered. Perhaps an author or a publisher.
    On probing for some more information, he said.
    "You know, when people park for too long he books them."
    Talk about laugh. This is why, with all the crapola that goes on, I still love it.
  2. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Lead commenter

    One of mine led the air attack on La Moneda when Allende was murdered/ committed suicide (take your pick). Another headed the Salvadoran armed forces during the civil war. I caught his son urgently doing his Maths homework at the back of my English class and responded by tipping all his possessions out of a first floor window with a promise that I'd never even speak to him let alone allow him back into my class. I had a slightly nervous moment when General Ponce popped into my office the following morning but he'd only come to apologise on behalf of his lad and make a courteous request (graciously granted as you may imagine) for a suspension of sentence. He returned six months later after the end of year exams to tell me the short sharp shock had been a factor in his boy's passing the year.
    Talking of bookmen, this thread has inspired a subtitle for my forthcoming (2013?) Six Steps from Wigan Pier: 'I was a barman's bottom knocker'. My fellow workers at Witters' lino factory in the 1960s will readily get the allusion.
  3. v12


    I'm not entirely sure why an interesting and serious thread needs to be so obviously hijacked and turned into a farce, Mainwaring.
    Do you have to try hard to be so objectionable, or does it come naturally?
    Back to the thread:
    One father ships race-horses from one country to another for important races.
    One father is a test pilot for newly designed aeroplanes (rather him than me!)
    And one is a <u>very</u> famous jockey.

  4. Im afraid my claim to fame is to have taught one grandson of the late President Idi Amin of Uganda whilst in the magic kingdom.
  5. So, still November for No Baboons in India?
    Hi Yasi (I owe you one)
    Most of my pupils' parents are public servants, unemployed construction workers and domestic help.
  6. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Lead commenter

  7. the evil tokoloshe

    the evil tokoloshe New commenter

    Haven't taught any of their kids but have met a number of African dictators including Bob Mugabe (who was officially my boss at one point!).
  8. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Lead commenter

    Yes, telling the truth comes quite naturally to me so my post should be read literally without the baggage of prejudice.
    One of my past parents (Jade Jagger) is a 'very famous' international fashion model. Apart from such decent folk (the majority) the others include the usual farrago of warlords, drug dealers, arms merchants, **** producers, tax evaders and money launderers. If you think your parent body doesn't include a few of those may you enjoy your sojourn in La-La Land.
  9. Karvol

    Karvol Occasional commenter

    V12 is going to India, or Bharat as he will get to know it in due course.
    He may not realise it at the moment, but he is about to get a crash course in social stratification, Indian style, where the mere way you say hello to somebody can send signals you didn't even know existed.
  10. There are a few about in China.
    Had the daughter of a very famous HK film star and his local concubine at the school (head accidentally let the fact slip one day).
    One British father listed himself as a 'property developer' but apparently ran the biggest brothel in the city.
    There was a M-E father who listed himself as 'businessman'. He was around little but was putting 5 kids through our expensive international school out of his own pocket. I asked his eldest daughter what he did exactly who said, "I don't know really. Sometimes I think he's connected to the Mafia".
  11. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Lead commenter

    Painfully apt if he ends up in 'BITS'.
  12. Arepa

    Arepa New commenter

    One of my Swedish students knew a lot about Nazi Germany. "Where did you get all this detail", I asked. She responded: "My great-granny dated Goring in the 20s when he was living in Sweden. Granny said he was slim and good looking then." At graduation, I met the grand dame, still going strong in her 90s. The stories she could tell!
    I once asked one of my Nigerian students what her father did for a living (we were filling out some form and needed to write in profession: e.g. professor). She responded: "He doesn't do anything. He just sits around the house writing." He later won the Noble Prize for Literature (1986).
    Another time, I complemented a non-Latin student on his fluent Spanish. He responded that he picked it up during summers when he went to stay with his "Tio Juan" in Madrid. "I know Madrid a little", I said," in what part of town do you stay". He responded near "El Pardo. "Interesting area", I said, "what does he do?" My student responded: "he's the King".

  13. OK, OK, OK, my pupils dont know the king of Spain or do they care, nor do I, but in the 80s I went to La Habana (sponsored by los amigos de Cuba-Madrid) to teach an EFL summer course and taught an Allende and a grandchild of Che. What lovely children.It was a pleasure.
    Yeah, yeah, yeah!!!!!
    I can die now.
    Oh **** no, I have to write a book.
  14. Oh f*** I have to plant a tree. No, no no, that's cool I did that in Frangas.
  15. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Lead commenter

    One of my former schools 'lost' Pinochet's grandson. On the way back from PE young Augusto fell asleep on the back seat of the bus and ended up, still slumbering, in the garage.
  16. And noone thought to shoot him (that's me speaking as I am a nutter or not?), when they had the chance. What a shame. Of course they were on a direct line, Murdoch - Thatcher.
    You are making things difficult for me maestro.El Salvador-Chile....
    My beloved Jesuit New Liberation Basque teachers.
    Tell me you did not like their conceit and I will address you no more.
    Not really, I would love to meet la sra to talk about literacy.. Shakespeare I couldn't give a hoot because I can do Cervantes, tio,
  17. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Lead commenter

    Perhaps they thought he wasn't responsible for the sins of his grandfather. I hope not. Mine was a Freemason.
    Sadly not beloved of Juan Pablo Dos. I will never understand why a Polish Catholic revolutionary so severely castigated those who were campaigning for social justice in Latin America.
    Two totally different societies both in transition to democracy in the first half of the 1990s.
    I firmly believe that the IB Diploma was truly transformational for some of our Salvadoran students who were surprisingly critical of the errors of their own class. Most of those in Chile were still in denial about theirs having sold out the continent's oldest democracy for washing machines and fridge freezers. Are you suggesting that international education shouldn't sully its hands with politically problematic countries? Of course you aren't. &iexcl;Viva Lepanto!
  18. Certainly not! Bigger the responsibility and dedication I would think. Afterall they are the future leaders.

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