Sep 16

James in Xanthe, Greece 2015

My beautiful Brazilian wife, Rosana and my nieces Bruna & Bianca with my sister in law Adriana Brazil September 21st 2016

My beautiful Brazilian wife, Rosana and my nieces Bruna & Bianca with my sister in law Adriana Brazil September 21st 2016

My son Stefan doing door security

My son Stefan doing door security

About Me 

The first photo above is me on a beach- on our holidays in Greece celebrating my son's 18th birthday in May 2015.  It's also my photo on Twitter .. and indeed on Lync/Skyoe for Business at work

I'm a full time academic at the Open University where I studied from 1991 to 1994, where I started tutoring in 2001 and where I've worked full-time since 2007   I work in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) in the School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport   I love travelling when I can find both the energy and the time. Indeed, from 1985 to 2007, my main area of work was teaching English as a Foreign Language which took me to Brazil, France, Norway and Vietnam and here in the UK I think I've probably taught English for students of just about every nationality who might ever want to learn English!

I met and fell in love with my wife, Rosana, in the gorgeous city of Belo Horizonte in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil   We were married in 1986 and I've loved every minute of it!  Our son, Stefan, took his SIA Licence aged 18 and enjoys doing door and/or venue security - perfect job hours for a teenager as he often works till 2 a.m or beyond with the perfect excuse to then catch up on sleep!

I am an insulin-dependant diabetic - which brings its own complications, not least when in 2012, I found myself with two detached retina   That, as they say, is ... another story just waiting to be told!

About My Planet Our World 

I registered this domain name through the very WordPress-friendly Siteground with a view to posting my thoughts and experiences here   Some of my posts will be about past experiences - such as my first attempt to get back into Brazil and being mistaken for a local - and some will be based in more current stuff

My main topics of interest, in no particular order, are:

  • language and language learning
  • diabetes
  • leadership
  • travel
  • research around education, learning and teaching online
  • higher education
  • and ... what I might loosely call .. any other topics of current relevance to this planet and our world that we share ...

Im just getting started (September 2016) so we will need to see how often and regularly I manage to post here  I do look forward to having at least some visitors and regular, or even occasional, readers

About Me and Twitter 

On Tswitter, I'm @JamesRoy   My following is diverse and quite widespread   My main hashtags are #learning, #highered, #edtech and #leadership   I use Crowdteam to track these for me and to RT them on a regular basis   I also tweet news stories from a range of sources   Feel free to follow me on Twitter

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