The Baltics are just waiting for a tourist avalanche. Estonia, one of the three countries that make up this small and flat region, (the others being Latvia and Lithuania), is now not just known for its weightlifters, but for its beauty, friendly people, quaint pubs and delectable cakes. Situated in the Eastern part of Europe and to the north, Tallinn the capital is, I think, best in winter.
Television’s Lisa Simpson yells at the top of her voice:“Relax? I can’t relax! Nor can I yield, relent, or . . . only two synonyms? Oh my God, I’m losing my perspicacity!” A big statement for an eight-year-old. Little wonder her parents, Homer and Marge, look at her with bewilderment in most episodes of The Simpsons.
‘Being vegan is the biggest part of living and expressing myself exactly how I want to,’ says Regan Cross, drummer of rock band The Black Stars. Sitting in a Byron Bay café with singer/guitarist andfellow vegan, Chris Harding, it is clear ethical living is paramount in The Black Stars’ philosophy. Yes, a rock and roll and a cruelty-free lifestyle can co-exist!
Gabriel Baldwin, 25, is working as a waitress – and skiing – in Canada after travelling through Europe for a year. To do this she walked away from a career as a high-school teacher after just three years because she felt burnt out. Joanne O’Brien, 37, recently left just shy of a decade as a teacher because a new job opportunity was far more appealing. Kerryn Manifold, 28, gave it all up after five years because, he said, he wanted his life back. Alison Venning, 40, taught for six years and then started her own business. Angela Cullen, 31, left after seven years because she was sick of battling against what she considered an outdated curriculum.
Once upon a time, teaching was a vocation for life. You trained, you taught and you retired with a certificate of long service. Now, despite a teacher shortage, many young teachers are opting out. A recent Australian Education Union survey showed that 47 per cent of beginning teachers did not see themselves teaching in 10 years.