January 4th

Don’t worry, I’ll get bored of this soon, or start drowning in other work, but so far today I have written an AimHigher session, finished an exam paper, rang the tax office (one of those calls which has moved daily across Outlook), chased up an insurance claim, taken delivery of a (very powerful, especially when braking) hire car and sent my little car off to be repaired (my neighbour drove into it taking out the right wing), been to the gym &  Tesco, and started work on 3 lectures… oh and written some blogs about my trip to Switzerland:


(Slightly belated) Happy Christmas 2009… but on time for Happy New Year 2010!

After taking 15hours to move about 4 miles along the M20 in Dover, finally made it to Lauterbrunnen where I’ve been cooking for 50 people all week (along with John P, who is in charge!). Christmas Eve was my day for skiing – didn’t quite work, so just enjoyed the train ride/apple fritters in Brandegg on Christmas Day, before we came back and cooked up a storm…

Heading back into the UK 27/28 December, so here’s praying you had a great Christmas, and are looking forward to 2010 – who knows what it will hold. For those of you who have lost track of what I’m up to, and are interested, I am doing the following (I was going to do this on my blog, but the database seems to have a problem, so I can’t get in…), mostly at the University of Winchester:

  1. 1 day per week promoting e-learning (permanent, but not enough to live on)
  2. 2 day per week Modern History Lectureship (til June 2010)
  3. Hourly (but around 2 day per week) teaching Media Studies (til June 2010)
  4. Completing my own studies: PGCLTHE (trying to finish by Febraruy 2010…)
  5. Setting up the socialmedia strategy for Super Fun Days Out (love some blog entries if you have time!), alongside ownsocial media consultancy.
  6. Other bits & bobs…Getting myself in the New York Times was probably a bit of a highlight for last year!

Oak Hall: Team Training

I have just spent the past weekend at “The Manor” in Otford, Oak Hall’s UK base (and conference venue), at team training/preparation for the Winter Season, which kicks off in only 2 weeks… amazing how time flies!

Hotel Staubbach, LauterbrunnenFor this season, I am doing one week only – and that week is CHRISTMAS WEEK! I am going to be cooking at Hotel Staubbach in Lauterbrunnen, and have met most of the people I’m going to be working with at the training weekend. It’s going to be an interesting trip… usually have led, or maybe lead cook, but this time going to be assistant cook – but as John is one of the most efficient cooks I know, could be some time to enjoy the scenery… and I will get one days skiing – see if my legs remember how to ski… think it’s a bit like riding a bicycle after a long delay!

Awe-inspiring scenery in the heart of Switzerland

Resort Information:

  • Enjoy 4 interlinked areas
  • High level snowsports at 9,748 feet
  • Marked piste – 213 km
  • Lauberhorn World Cup downhill & slalom courses
  • Sightseeing to 13,642 ft at Jungfraujoch

If you’re on the trip, join us on Facebook.

If you’re interested in snowsports, extreme sports, adrenalin sports – come and join me on Adrenablog!