Dave and Shelagh seem to be making good progress with the Portuguese lessons they are having with Gabriel …
Just as you think you start to see a pattern along come the exceptions (usually to the feminine/male anomaly – how can an inert object be feminine – don’t answer that). When we ask Gabriel why something is so, the stock answer is – “it just is”. As well as working 5 afternoons at the project he is working extremely hard for some really important exams in December so we are not winding him up too much. Finally, Dave has come up with a strategy for dealing with shop assistants who insist on giving unlooked for help – a quick “falla ingles (do you speak english?)” usually sends them packing leaving us free to browse. Our vocabulary has been further embellished by the Portuguese phrases for Chisel, Stanley knife and emulsion- silk paint.
Dave & Shelagh
Their approach, which is to see the funny side of life’s incidences, puts them in good stead for getting the best from their experiences of another language and culture.
Not only was a record time set for the marathon but this year it has also raised a record amount. With some monies still to come we will shortly be sending £1900.00 to support the Living and Learning project in Rio. You can see one of the students at the project giving his response to the news.
I wonder if he might supply us with his name ?
Well done and thank you to everyone who contributed to this success.
Dave and Shelagh have a truly amazing and inspirational approach to their volunteering at the Living & Learning project. Not least in the way they have courageously got involved in all kinds of home improvement type tasks from fitting cupboards, laying tiles on wall and floors and putting up curtain rails. It is great to see that on one occasion some keen students who turned up on what was actually a holiday, were organised by Shelagh and Dave into a painting party and set about brightening up the classroom.
It is wonderful to see the youngsters being given, and taking responsibility for improving the environment for themselves and others. Added to that is the good heartedness and fun that seems to be pervading the task.
On Sunday, we put our clocks back one hour and in so doing bring to a close ‘British Summer Time’. Along with everyone else I have tales to tell of some embarrassing early arrivals, and of some less forgiving late arrivals. None of which I would describe as a ‘disaster’ unlike volunteer Dave in Rio who tells us that last Sunday:
Disaster the clocks went forward today in Brasil – nobody told us – missed breakfast ! – Dave
In Brazil, they call it Daylight Saving Time (DST).