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  • #3023
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    Sahar Alnaas
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    Hi, I’m Sahar Alnaas. I’m an Exeter based fellow researcher at Muslims for Progressive Values(MPV). My focus area is Gender and Identity in the Middle East and North Africa. Since 2011 I have been involved with various GNOs in the region advocating and lobbying for peace, equality and freedom. I founded Libyan Women for Peace and Freedom in 2014 and have been traveling between US., Morocco, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt , working with women’s groups and organisations fighting gender based violence and discrimination. I co-authored  ” Women’s Bodies in Post-Revolution Libya: Control and Resistance, in ‘Rethinking Gender in Revolutions and Resistance: Lessons from the Arab World’, edited by Maha El Said, Lena Meari and Nicola Pratt. Zed Book 2015.

    Also I am a translator- Arabic to English and vise versa, specialist in MA & PhD thesis.

  • #3024

    Hello Grapeviners from the Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) Honiton. Giving you all a heads up about our fantastic public art gallery in Honiton, East Devon. We show a permanent collection of artworks by artist Thelma Hulbert and an inspiring programme of art and craft exhibitions with coordinating activities and workshops, plus Learning Room with arts & crafts materials for children. Free admission. Open Tues – Sat 10 to 5pm. http://www.thelmahulbert.com

     

    If you are new to the area, do come and see us !

    THG

  • #3025
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    Zofia Stachowiak
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    :)
    Geoffrey Dixon said:

    Witamy Zofia – mam nadzieję, że się wielu nowych znajomych.

  • #3026
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    Alda Gomez
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    Hello everyone, My name is Alda. I am from Spain and lived in France for 3 years and Ireland for nearly 15 years. I moved to Devon last July (2014). I am a counsellor and psychotherapist and can provide counselling services in Spanish, French and English with a multicultural awareness for any person who may need to talk to a professional. I’ve worked with refugee and asylum seekers for a number of years. I can help for depression, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, relationship issues, etc. Contact me if you need help or know someone who needs help. http://www.agmulticulturalcounselling.com

  • #3027
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    Maria Pylypiak
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    Hi Graham,

    Regarding your Spainish queries – I think I can help you.

    I have a friend here in Exeter (Vanessa) who will be travelling to Bolivia on 22nd March for 3.5 months voluntary work.  To prepare for her trip she’s been doing a Spanish/English language swap with a lady here in Exeter called Belen.  With Vanessa leaving Exeter very shortly Belen is keen to meet a new person to practice her English and to help that person with their Spanish.

    There is also a monthly Spanish conversation group I can put you in touch with here in Exeter.

    I have contacted Vanessa already and she is keen to put you in touch with Belen and this group.

    I will send you a friend request here and pass you the details in a private message, once you have added me to your friend’s list.

    (By the way, I don’t know if you can think back to 1988 but I worked with both you and Michael Northcott for a brief spell in 1988 – it is a long time ago now though!)

    With best wishes,

    Maria Pylypiak

    Tat Ruck said:

    Hi Graham – I spent a year in Central America (and visited Colombia) 25 years ago – great area of the world!  I loved Cartagena and spent several lovely weeks in Parque Tairona. Have you been in touch with our English class co-ordinator Kate to chat about volunteering?  

    Graham Bedford said:

    Hi, I am a property lawyer by day but I would like to be able to do some voluntary English teaching in my spare time as well as practicing my Spanish.  I love travelling and spent 11 months in 2013/2014 in Central and South America. I spent nearly 5 months in Colombia. I loved the entire trip. 

    I completed the Celta course in Bogota Colombia last year and now would like to practice teaching English. .I would like to be able to observe other English teachers in class now and again to learn from them as my teaching experience was just in Colombia during the course and a little bit of volunteer work since I returned to the UK. 

    It would be great to take part in a language exchange where I can practice some Spanish in exchange for practicing some English. 

    Please let me know if you can help with either .

  • #3028
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    Lyn
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    I’m good thx – you?  

  • #3029
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    Tat Ruck
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    Hi Lyn

    How are you?  Please do add a forum discussion to let people know you are still looking for teachers in North Devon. 

    Lyn said:

    Hi,  If you’re near Barnstaple, North Devon Sunrise are looking for help with teaching English. http://www.northdevonsunrise.org/contact

  • #3030
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    Tat Ruck
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    Hi Graham – I spent a year in Central America (and visited Colombia) 25 years ago – great area of the world!  I loved Cartagena and spent several lovely weeks in Parque Tairona. Have you been in touch with our English class co-ordinator Kate to chat about volunteering?  

    Graham Bedford said:

    Hi, I am a property lawyer by day but I would like to be able to do some voluntary English teaching in my spare time as well as practicing my Spanish.  I love travelling and spent 11 months in 2013/2014 in Central and South America. I spent nearly 5 months in Colombia. I loved the entire trip. 

    I completed the Celta course in Bogota Colombia last year and now would like to practice teaching English. .I would like to be able to observe other English teachers in class now and again to learn from them as my teaching experience was just in Colombia during the course and a little bit of volunteer work since I returned to the UK. 

    It would be great to take part in a language exchange where I can practice some Spanish in exchange for practicing some English. 

    Please let me know if you can help with either .

  • #3031
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    Lyn
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    Hi,  If you’re near Barnstaple, North Devon Sunrise are looking for help with teaching English. http://www.northdevonsunrise.org/contact

  • #3032
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    Graham Bedford
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    Hi, I am a property lawyer by day but I would like to be able to do some voluntary English teaching in my spare time as well as practicing my Spanish.  I love travelling and spent 11 months in 2013/2014 in Central and South America. I spent nearly 5 months in Colombia. I loved the entire trip. 

    I completed the Celta course in Bogota Colombia last year and now would like to practice teaching English. .I would like to be able to observe other English teachers in class now and again to learn from them as my teaching experience was just in Colombia during the course and a little bit of volunteer work since I returned to the UK. 

    It would be great to take part in a language exchange where I can practice some Spanish in exchange for practicing some English. 

    Please let me know if you can help with either .

  • #3033
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    kate oneill
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    Greetings to you Zofia!

  • #3034
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    Geoffrey Dixon
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    Welcome Zofia – I hope you make many new friends here.

  • #3035
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    Zofia Stachowiak
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    my name is Zofia came to Exeter 2014 years. Previously I lived in Holland and I come from Polish. I am the mother of three wonderful children. Greetings to all

  • #3037

    Hello everyone,

    My name is Eva.I from TAIWAN .I just arrived in Newton Abbot about three weeks.

    I working cantonese take away.

    I can speech chniese langgrage but my English very pool.

    Very thank Olive Tree let me join to learn English.

     I am very like sports.the best playing basketball.

    cheers

    Eva

  • #3038
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    Stephen Ball
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    Hello to all!

    I’m Stephen. I spent my early years growing up and working in Hertfordshire (outside North West London) before leaving the UK in 2002 to go travelling. I then taught English in Japan from 2006 to 2011. Afterwards I returned to the UK to study for a Masters in TESOL at the University of Exeter. Earlier this year my wife and I bought a house here, so I guess it’s the plan to stick around a bit!

    I’m thinking about becoming a volunteer teacher at Devon Grapevine, and I would also like to meet up with fellow internationally minded people. I can speak Japanese (Intermediate on a good day, pre-int on a bad day) so would be interested in doing some Japanese-English exchange lessons.

    Look forward to meeting you all soon.

  • #3039
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    Penny Dane
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    Hi, I have just signed up to Grapevine. My name is Penny Dane and I work for Plymouth & Devon Racial Equality Council

    (PDREC). I have worked for PDREC since 2004 mainly with Gypsies and Travellers. Currently I do community development work with Gypsies and Travellers but I am also an advocate for individuals and families from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds who are having issues/problems with health or social care services. I work across Devon but not in Plymouth. I can be contacted through the PDREC office in Plymouth.

  • #3040
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    Tat Ruck
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    Hi Ray – that’s great – bombard away!  It looks like your English is already pretty good but you are very welcome to join our Learn English group and ask questions there too – and answer Kate’s question of the week!

    Ray Chen said:

    Hello, everyone

    I’m Ray and I come from Taiwan.

    I’m studying Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture at University of Exeter.

    I like to make friends with people from different countries and I might bombard you a lot of cultural questions and questions about language because I like learning different  languages as well.

    I have a wide variety of interests and I like to learn and discover something new.

    Nice to meet all of you in Grapevine!

  • #3041
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    Ray Chen
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    Hello, everyone

    I’m Ray and I come from Taiwan.

    I’m studying Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture at University of Exeter.

    I like to make friends with people from different countries and I might bombard you a lot of cultural questions and questions about language because I like learning different  languages as well.

    I have a wide variety of interests and I like to learn and discover something new.

    Nice to meet all of you in Grapevine!

  • #3042
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    Viktoria Ziniewicz
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    Hi I am Viktoria. With my husband and two sons arrived in Torquay 3 months ago.

  • #3043
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    Olive Tree
    Keymaster

    I am sure there will be other events suitable for you :-)

    FEDERICA ROMUALDI said:

    Thank you very much but I’ll be working at that time but I appreciate the fact you have reported it to me :)

  • #3044
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    FEDERICA ROMUALDI
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    Thank you very much but I’ll be working at that time but I appreciate the fact you have reported it to me :)

  • #3045
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    Olive Tree
    Keymaster

    Hopefully you enjoy living in Exeter, it is a nice quiet city. We are having a Meet & Eat event for Grapeviners! It will be in Newton Abbot, we can arrange transportation if you like to join us! Click here for more info! 

    FEDERICA ROMUALDI said:

    Hello Grapeviners! My name’s Federica, I’m a 19-year-old Italian girl and the 4th October I’ll be flying to Exeter and I’ll stay almost a year as au pair working in a Spanish family who lives there.
    I’d really like to meet some new people and make a lot of friends to spend my free time and having fun during my staying, in addition to improve my English level :)
    I’m really looking forward to going to Exeter, exploring the city and meeting you and I’m sure it’ll be a wonderful experience :)

  • #3046
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    FEDERICA ROMUALDI
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    Hello Grapeviners! My name’s Federica, I’m a 19-year-old Italian girl and the 4th October I’ll be flying to Exeter and I’ll stay almost a year as au pair working in a Spanish family who lives there.
    I’d really like to meet some new people and make a lot of friends to spend my free time and having fun during my staying, in addition to improve my English level :)
    I’m really looking forward to going to Exeter, exploring the city and meeting you and I’m sure it’ll be a wonderful experience :)

  • #3047
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    Gena
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    Hi Kate, nice to meet you too! I’m looking forward to join next event and hoping to see you there :)

  • #3048
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    kate oneill
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    Hi Gena- nice to meet you too- hopefully we’ll see you at our Greet & meet in Newton Abbot- I used to live in Abu Dhabi so would love to hear about your time in Dubai :)

  • #3049
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    Gena
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    Hi everyone, I’m Gena from Thailand and I’ve been lived in Dubai for years before moved to devon 6 years ago with my husband. Yeah I know! It a big different from big city to a quiet country side but I’m doing very well and we have a daughter who is a 3 years old and she is my best friend, a dog and a few close friends. I live just outskirts Chudleigh Knighton but hoping to move back to Bovey Tracey next year, I’d love to make new friends and up for meet up and activities. Nice to meet you all and, have a lovely day x

  • #3050
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    Iasser Kuhn
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    hi to all.im spanish and I live in exeter…just want make mi inglesh good..good weekend to alll

  • #3051
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    Olive Tree
    Keymaster

    That’s perfect! Good luck (Y)

    Karolina Kmita said:

    Hi,

    I think I have already found one volunteer ;) but thank you anyway.

  • #3052
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    Karolina Kmita
    Participant

    Hi,

    I think I have already found one volunteer ;) but thank you anyway.

  • #3053
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    Olive Tree
    Keymaster

    Hi Karolina, 

    Did you know that there is a discussion about Language swap? Click here & check you may find an Italian partner to practise with you :-)

    Karolina Kmita said:

    Hello :)
    My name is Karolina, I’m from Poland, I’ve lived here for nearly 3 years. I work in hospitality, what is quite enjoyable as I like talking to the people ;) 

    I try (very hard :D ) to learn Italian, so would love to find someone patient to practise the language :) I’m not a total beginner, I lived in Italy for one year (but long, long time ago).

  • #3054
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    Fleur COLAS
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    Hello everybody :-) my name is Fleur, I come from France. I have been staying in England for one month. In France i worked in abestos laboratory as administrative assistant. I like to walk in the nature with my two dogs, i love animals. I living in this moment between exeter and sidmouth in a campervan. Im enjoy to discover others cultures. :-)

  • #3055
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    Karolina Kmita
    Participant

    Hello :)
    My name is Karolina, I’m from Poland, I’ve lived here for nearly 3 years. I work in hospitality, what is quite enjoyable as I like talking to the people ;) 

    I try (very hard :D ) to learn Italian, so would love to find someone patient to practise the language :) I’m not a total beginner, I lived in Italy for one year (but long, long time ago).

  • #3056
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    Maria Pylypiak
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    Hi Sergio, just wondering, are you a Chemist or a Pharmacist? If the latter I work with a Pharmacist from Madrid (also called Maria!). She has lived in Exeter for over 2 years now and I could introduce you if you like. (By the way I was born in Exeter, my mum is English and my dad from Ukraine). Hope you settle in quickly and make lots of friends. It’s good to live by the coast that’s for sure! Maria

  • #3057
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    Ute Wietfeld
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    Hi Sergio, welcome to Exeter. I’ve only been here a year but it seems a very friendly place with plenty going on – even though I’m not sure it can quite compete with Barcelona… at least weather-wise ;) Good luck, hope you settle in soon.

  • #3058
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    Sergio Conejeros
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    Hi, I’m Sergio, I’m chilean and a chemist. I moved to Exeter from Barcelona (Spain) with my girlfriend two weeks ago. I’m here because I’d like to meet people and practice English. If there’s some people interested in to practice Spanish I’ll be happy to make a language exchange.

  • #3059
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    Ute Wietfeld
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    Hi Geoffrey, nice to hear from you. I think if we had moved to Exeter straight from London I’d feel exactly the same. But having spent 13 years in the middle of Dartmoor (Moretonhampstead), Exeter seem quite “urban” to us now… not the same as London, of course, but does seem to offer some of the best bits of both worlds. 

    Geoffrey Dixon said:

    Hi Ute.

    We lived in London for 14 years before moving here. I’m still adjusting to the pace of life here after almost 10 years! Fortunately my job brings me into contact with all sorts of wonderful people and I realise now that Devon is a lot more diverse than I originally thought. We do miss the city sometimes.

  • #3060
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    Geoffrey Dixon
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    Hi Ute.

    We lived in London for 14 years before moving here. I’m still adjusting to the pace of life here after almost 10 years! Fortunately my job brings me into contact with all sorts of wonderful people and I realise now that Devon is a lot more diverse than I originally thought. We do miss the city sometimes.

  • #3061
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    Ute Wietfeld
    Participant

    Thanks Tat, will do :)

  • #3062
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    Tat Ruck
    Participant

    Hi Ute – good to meet you here!  keep an eye on the What’s on section for other events as I know lots of Grapeviners go to them.  we have meet and eats from time to time which is a really good chance to meet others – our last one at Christmas was really busy. 

    Look forward to meeting you some time!
    Ute Wietfeld said:

    Hi, I’m Ute. I’m originally from Germany but have lived in the UK for 25 years. I spent 12 years in London working for the BBC World Service.

    Following major cuts in the World Service and the German Language Service being closed, we moved to Dartmoor 14 years ago to bring up our little boy. Last year, we moved back to a more urban environment (Exeter) as we were all missing city life, and we really enjoy being here.

    In London, and particularly in the World Service, I was lucky enough to make friends from many different cultures, which is something I have missed ever since I left (even though I do travel up to London at least a couple of times a year to see some of them).

    I now work as a freelance translator/copywriter from home which I enjoy – but being stuck at your desk for long hours can be a little isolating. So I’m looking forward to meeting & chatting to new people.

  • #3063
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    Ute Wietfeld
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    Hi, I’m Ute. I’m originally from Germany but have lived in the UK for 25 years. I spent 12 years in London working for the BBC World Service.

    Following major cuts in the World Service and the German Language Service being closed, we moved to Dartmoor 14 years ago to bring up our little boy. Last year, we moved back to a more urban environment (Exeter) as we were all missing city life, and we really enjoy being here.

    In London, and particularly in the World Service, I was lucky enough to make friends from many different cultures, which is something I have missed ever since I left (even though I do travel up to London at least a couple of times a year to see some of them).

    I now work as a freelance translator/copywriter from home which I enjoy – but being stuck at your desk for long hours can be a little isolating. So I’m looking forward to meeting & chatting to new people.

  • #3064
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    Tat Ruck
    Participant

    Hi Fatima and welcome – lovely photo! 

    Fatima enyiazu said:

    Hello everyone my name is fatima, I’m from Nigeria but live in Exeter now for two years with my family. We moved down here from Hertfordshire where we lived for more than seven years.I’m a stay at home mum for now, we still settling but Exeter is a lovely place for the children and I’m hoping to develop my career soonest, looking forward to knowing you all .thanks.

  • #3065
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    Fatima enyiazu
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    Hello everyone my name is fatima, I’m from Nigeria but live in Exeter now for two years with my family. We moved down here from Hertfordshire where we lived for more than seven years.I’m a stay at home mum for now, we still settling but Exeter is a lovely place for the children and I’m hoping to develop my career soonest, looking forward to knowing you all .thanks.

  • #3066
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    Araceli Vass
    Participant

    Hi to all the members of the grapevine community! I’m Ara from the Philippines. I’m new in Exeter – just arrived on May the 3rd. I’d love to be able to meet up with people in the community.

  • #3067
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    Alina Constantin
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    Thank you Tat!
    I have, I have already contacted Samantha about the bilingual toddlers research. The group in Torbay sounds interesting too :) many thanks :) @};-

  • #3068
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    Mujibalam Khalil
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    Hello to all

  • #3069
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    Tat Ruck
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    So – you will be on a blind date with Dave looking out for a chap with a moustache and a bow-tie – ha ha!  Have fun, you will have to carry a bunch of grapes. secret service style. 

    By the way, if you add one another as friends you can use private messaging as well as the public boards.

    Dave Clinch said:

    Hello Geoffrey
    I live in Taddiport. The Torridge is the local pub.

    I started at `Forest Hill Boys in 1980. Moved to Crofton (as it then was) in the summer of 1985. Worked there until Summer 2000 in the Physical Education Dept and was Head of Year also. Lived in Winsford Road off Perry Hill.

    People’s Assembly idea sounds great. Good to meet another socialist in this area. There are a few around mind.

    What time is best for you re a drink? I play music quite a lot, but I’m sure we can work round or with it.

    Dave

    Geoffrey Dixon said:

    Hello Dave

     

    I started my teaching career in Catford. As a fellow socialist in Torrington – what are your thoughts on setting up a North Devon People’s Assembly?

     

    Always up for a pint in the Torridge

     

    Geoff

  • #3070
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    Dave Clinch
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    Hello Geoffrey
    I live in Taddiport. The Torridge is the local pub.

    I started at `Forest Hill Boys in 1980. Moved to Crofton (as it then was) in the summer of 1985. Worked there until Summer 2000 in the Physical Education Dept and was Head of Year also. Lived in Winsford Road off Perry Hill.

    People’s Assembly idea sounds great. Good to meet another socialist in this area. There are a few around mind.

    What time is best for you re a drink? I play music quite a lot, but I’m sure we can work round or with it.

    Dave

    Geoffrey Dixon said:

    Hello Dave

     

    I started my teaching career in Catford. As a fellow socialist in Torrington – what are your thoughts on setting up a North Devon People’s Assembly?

     

    Always up for a pint in the Torridge

     

    Geoff

  • #3071
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    Tat Ruck
    Participant

    Hi Alina – have you had a look at the thread about bilingual baby research – something you might like to get involved in!  You’re not far from Torbay – you could also get involved with Imagine multicultural group (links to their facebook page) who run various events – I think Stan could tell you more if you leave a comment on his page.

    Check out your local library as well – they often have groups for parents of toddlers (bounce and rhyme for instance) – and may have a reading group for adults.  

    Alina Constantin said:

    Hi Geoffrey.
    Yes, it is a very good suggestion for me to go to the children’s centre. As a matter of fact this is part of my targets for the coming week. I am also looking for a school for my little son.
    We moved in Newton Abbot about a month ago and things are still new to me here. We lived in Bovey Tracey for ten months. It was nice and quiet there and I took my little son to some toddler groups in the area because I thought he needed it. In Romania he was used to be among many children so I think he missed that.
    I am also looking for some activity for myself because I’m a quite active person.
    What do you think is the best way for me to help my little one learn English ? I am a teacher of English, I had no problems with teaching my eldest son ( who is very happy at his school here where he is highly appreciated) but we lived in Romania at the time he learnt English.
    I was thinking that the best way for the baby is to let him learn on his own. He only starts talking Romanian now. I don’t want to confuse him. Still, guess what : he says ‘bye’ to people. And I did not tell him anything. He just imitates us. :) I think he will learn English at school. This is why I am looking for one now.
    This would be a long talk. Maybe there is another topic for this subject. Have to check :)

  • #3072
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    Geoffrey Dixon
    Participant

    Hello Dave

     

    I started my teaching career in Catford. As a fellow socialist in Torrington – what are your thoughts on setting up a North Devon People’s Assembly?

     

    Always up for a pint in the Torridge

     

    Geoff

  • #3073
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    Dave Clinch
    Participant

    Hello Grapevine

    I’m Dave. I am a school teacher. I started teaching Physical Education in Lewisham in 1980. In 2000 Liz and I moved to Torrington. I continued work as a permanent cover teacher at Ilfracombe College (as it was then) and retired from there in the summer of 2009.

    I was also the Secretary of Devon National Union of Teachers for five years before retirement. I’d been a school NUT representative for all but the first two years of teaching.

    I have been a volunteer at North Devon Sunrise Migrant Support Group since just after it was founded in 2009.

    I am a musician and singer – guitar, uilleann pipes, bodhrán, bones, low D Whistle plus other bits and pieces!

    I am a socialist and have been an activist since my early 20’s against racism, fascism and different forms of oppression such as homophobia.. 

    Currently involved in the STITCH Save The Irreplaceable Torrington Community Hospital campaign

    More info on the publicity flier for music in schools and gigs.

    In solidarity

    Dave Clinch

  • #3074
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    Alina Constantin
    Participant

    Hi Geoffrey.
    Yes, it is a very good suggestion for me to go to the children’s centre. As a matter of fact this is part of my targets for the coming week. I am also looking for a school for my little son.
    We moved in Newton Abbot about a month ago and things are still new to me here. We lived in Bovey Tracey for ten months. It was nice and quiet there and I took my little son to some toddler groups in the area because I thought he needed it. In Romania he was used to be among many children so I think he missed that.
    I am also looking for some activity for myself because I’m a quite active person.
    What do you think is the best way for me to help my little one learn English ? I am a teacher of English, I had no problems with teaching my eldest son ( who is very happy at his school here where he is highly appreciated) but we lived in Romania at the time he learnt English.
    I was thinking that the best way for the baby is to let him learn on his own. He only starts talking Romanian now. I don’t want to confuse him. Still, guess what : he says ‘bye’ to people. And I did not tell him anything. He just imitates us. :) I think he will learn English at school. This is why I am looking for one now.
    This would be a long talk. Maybe there is another topic for this subject. Have to check :)

  • #3075
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    Alina Constantin
    Participant

    Thank you, Maria! :)
    As a matter of fact I’ve just been to Exeter.
    I went there yesterday and of course I paid a visit to the Romanian shop. My husband was longing for some ‘mici’ and ‘ciorba de burta’ so I definitely had to fulfil his wish. :) and I have cooked today and all my boys are very pleased now :)
    :-*
    Thank you again! :)
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    Maria Pylypiak said:

    Hi Alina,

    Next time you visit Exeter you may be interested to know there is a Romanian grocery store here.  It’s in Fore Street (in the centre of the town) on the left hand side before you get to the turning to the PictureHouse cinema and before the river.  You may be able to get in touch with other Romanians this way.

    With best wishes, Maria

     
    Alina Constantin said:

    Hello everyone! :)
    I’m Alina. I moved in Devon last year with my husband and our two sons. We are Romanians and it took us a while to adapt to life in the UK. Even if I taught English for more than 15 years and I thought life in England has no secrets to me. :)
    For the moment I am not working; I am taking care of my youngest son who’s only 2. I would love to be of any help to you :). I need friends too :)

  • #3076
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    Maria Pylypiak
    Participant

    Hi Alina,

    Next time you visit Exeter you may be interested to know there is a Romanian grocery store here.  It’s in Fore Street (in the centre of the town) on the left hand side before you get to the turning to the PictureHouse cinema and before the river.  You may be able to get in touch with other Romanians this way.

    With best wishes, Maria

     
    Alina Constantin said:

    Hello everyone! :)
    I’m Alina. I moved in Devon last year with my husband and our two sons. We are Romanians and it took us a while to adapt to life in the UK. Even if I taught English for more than 15 years and I thought life in England has no secrets to me. :)
    For the moment I am not working; I am taking care of my youngest son who’s only 2. I would love to be of any help to you :). I need friends too :)

  • #3077
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    Geoffrey Dixon
    Participant

    Hi Alina,

    I work at the Children’s Centre here in Bideford where I help to run a group for families who are raising their children in more than one language. It’s one of the nicest parts of my job as I get to meet people from all over the world. Our Romanian mum moved here from Exeter about three years ago and regularly visits the centre. She has made a few good friends here but would love to make contact with other Romanian families.

    Do you use the Children’s Centre in Newton Abbot? It’s a great place to meet people and perfect for a busy 2 year old!

  • #3078
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    Alina Constantin
    Participant

    And Thank You for the warm Welcome! :)
    @};-

  • #3079
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    Alina Constantin
    Participant

    Hi Geoffrey!
    I’m living in Newton Abbot, quite close to Exeter. I haven’t met other Romanian families either.
    What kind of work are you doing? Can I help you with anything ?

  • #3080
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    Geoffrey Dixon
    Participant

    Hi Alina,

    I’m not sure where in Devon you are living but I work with a Romanian mum up here in Bideford who would love to make contact with other Romanian families. It took me a few years to adapt to life in Devon too – and I’m from Newcastle!

    Please accept a belated welcome to England. I hope you feel more settled and make lots of good friends here.

  • #3081
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    Alina Constantin
    Participant

    Hello everyone! :)
    I’m Alina. I moved in Devon last year with my husband and our two sons. We are Romanians and it took us a while to adapt to life in the UK. Even if I taught English for more than 15 years and I thought life in England has no secrets to me. :)
    For the moment I am not working; I am taking care of my youngest son who’s only 2. I would love to be of any help to you :). I need friends too :)

  • #3082
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    Geoffrey Dixon
    Participant

    Welcome to Devon Tamer, my wife and I have had many happy times in Turkey. I hope you enjoy your time here and make some good friends.

  • #3083
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    Tat Ruck
    Participant

    Hi Cait – thanks for the introduction!  Do you have connections with Exeter central library – they are also members of the grapevine/

    There are quite a few multicultural families on the Grapevine – and there used to be several groups operating around the county although I am not sure how many still run.  You are not far from Torbay so might want to get involved with Imagine – you can find out more here. You are also very welcome to start a discussion to find other multicultural families on the Grapevine – I am sure people would respond.

    Look forward to meeting you some time!
    cait thomas said:

    Hello Members, my name is Cait and I’m originally from Ireland but moved to Devon after spending ten years in the United States. I am the single parent of two biracial children, Sofie and Johan.  Their ethnic background is Caribbean.  We would love to meet other multicultural families in the area and participate in fun activities.  I work as a library assistant for Devon County Council and live in Teignmouth.  We love it here and are really enjoying exploring the area.

  • #3084
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    cait thomas
    Participant

    Hello Members, my name is Cait and I’m originally from Ireland but moved to Devon after spending ten years in the United States. I am the single parent of two biracial children, Sofie and Johan.  Their ethnic background is Caribbean.  We would love to meet other multicultural families in the area and participate in fun activities.  I work as a library assistant for Devon County Council and live in Teignmouth.  We love it here and are really enjoying exploring the area.

  • #3085
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    Chrissy Allott
    Participant

    Dear Grapevine

    Hi! I’m a Counsellor in private practice, bird watcher, Guardian reader, Pagan-Quaker  –  moved to Exeter with my wife Chrissy Allott a couple of years ago. As ex-aid workers in health services we miss the vibrancy of a multi-cultural community in the Caribbean, in Africa, PNG  or even in Oxford where I lecturered at Brookes University, so want to involve more in Exeter and Grapewine: we love the Respect Festival (where I heard about you) and you sounds a good thing!

    my web page is http://www.exeter-counselling.com

    We live in St Thomas which is a nice community and have 2 cats!

    Mic  (Morgan)

  • #3086
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    Samantha Durrant
    Participant

    Hi everyone,

    I am Sam, a researcher in the babylab at Plymuth University. Here we are very interested in how children learn two languages at the same time and despite not being bilingual myself i am fascinated by how babies and young children manage to learn two languages with apparent ease.

    I have lived in Devon since I was 5 years old living in the Midlands of the UK prior to that and love living here. The South West is such a lovely place to live and I have been very happy here.

  • #3087
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    World Music Choir
    Participant

    Hello everyone, my name’s Lucy and I’m writing on behalf of Exeter University’s World Music Choir. We’re a fun, friendly, non-auditioned choir that anyone is welcome to join. We rehearse on Thursdays from 4.30-6pm in Cornwall House on the campus, and we sing songs from all round the world in lots of different languages. Our brilliant teacher Alise Ojay teaches us all our songs by ear, so no experience is needed to join – only a love of making music! Also, though we’re based at the university, non-students of all ages are more than welcome, as we want our choir to be as diverse as possible. Please feel free to send me a message any time if you’d like to know more about the choir :)

     

    Next Thursday we are giving a performance of all the music we’ve learned this term which all Grapeviners are invited to: click here for more details: http://devongrapevine.co.uk/events/world-music-choir-winter-concert?xg_source=activity

     

    Or to find out more about us and see some videos of past performances, check out our blog at worldmusicchoir.wordpress.com/about.

     

    Lucy xx

  • #3088
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    khalid
    Participant

    “Hello members, I’m khaled from Saudi Arabi I am a friendly person I came to Exeter before 2 month I am looking to meet people different cultures and make friends also to develop my English conversation  
     

  • #3089
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    Peter Golembiovsky
    Participant

    “Hallo! I am Peter from Exmouth in Devon. I am fourty one years old. To UK I came from Slovakia. I ve been in Devon for 7 months exactly. My job is a kitchen assistant in hotel.”

  • #3090
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    Tat Ruck
    Participant

    Hi Cecilia – hope you’re enjoying the English classes – and do watch out for more news about our next Meet and Eat. 

    Cecilia Kokubu said:

    Hi everyone, I’m Cecilia from Argentina. I’m new to Devon and I’m living in Dawlish with my husband. We’re expecting twins so there have been lots of big and exciting changes in our lives recently.

    I’m looking forward to helping out with some English classes and to hopefully meeting some of you.

  • #3091
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    Cecilia Kokubu
    Participant

    Hi everyone, I’m Cecilia from Argentina. I’m new to Devon and I’m living in Dawlish with my husband. We’re expecting twins so there have been lots of big and exciting changes in our lives recently.

    I’m looking forward to helping out with some English classes and to hopefully meeting some of you.

  • #3092
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    Attila Szabo
    Participant

    Hello!
    I`m Attila from Hungary.

    I have been in England since last July. I worked in the Olympic Village in London last summer. It was my first job in the UK.

    I lived in Honiton for half a year, but I didn`t find any job, so I had to look for a new place and job to myself.

    And finaly I moved to Exmouth on February, and I enjoy this Town, the Jurassic Cost and the red rocks on the sandy beach.

    My hobbies are cycling, volleyball and photography.

  • #3093
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    kate oneill
    Participant

    Hi Peter

    Welcome to the Grapevine- what a brilliantly written hello! You must have a good English teacher :)

  • #3094
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    Peter Golembiovsky
    Participant

    Hallo! I am Peter from Exmouth in Devon. I am forty one years old. To UK I came from Slovakia. I ve been in Devon for 7 months exactly. My job is a kitchen assistant in hotel.

  • #3095
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    kate oneill
    Participant

    Welcome Ayca!

    Ayca Durrant said:

    Hi, I’m Ayca, from Turkey :). I am English language teacher. I moved to Exeter with my husband in September, 2011. I met great people in Olive Tree Association and made a lot of friends :)

  • #3096
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    Tat Ruck
    Participant

    HI Anna – it is great to hear you are settling well in Devon- and that you are enjoying your Eng;lish classes!  Hope to meet you some time 

    Anna Zagórska said:

    Hello everyone,

    My name is Anna /Poland/. I have been in England for almost 1 year, in Exeter 2 months. I am really delighted this place and Devon in general.  I am still unsure about English but I hope with Grapeviners I will overcome all of my troubles and will be fluent very fast.

    I am sporty person. My gratest passion is skiing and rambling in mountins. I used to train fencing as well but it was long time ago.

  • #3097
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    Anna Zagórska
    Participant

    Hello everyone,

    My name is Anna /Poland/. I have been in England for almost 1 year, in Exeter 2 months. I am really delighted this place and Devon in general.  I am still unsure about English but I hope with Grapeviners I will overcome all of my troubles and will be fluent very fast.

    I am sporty person. My gratest passion is skiing and rambling in mountins. I used to train fencing as well but it was long time ago.

  • #3098
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    Tat Ruck
    Participant

    Hi Philippa – just sent you a message about 1:1 – look forward to meeting you some time

    Philippa Reader said:

    Hello, I’m Philippa. I’m originally from the south west and have recently returned after living in the beautiful north west for many years. I teach Geography and English Language and am in the process of settling back into life in the south!

  • #3099
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    kate oneill
    Participant

    Hi Phillipa!

    Welcome to our part of the world- hope to meet you soon!

    Kate

  • #3100
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    Philippa Reader
    Participant

    Hello, I’m Philippa. I’m originally from the south west and have recently returned after living in the beautiful north west for many years. I teach Geography and English Language and am in the process of settling back into life in the south!

  • #3101
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    Lyn
    Participant

    Hi I’m Lyn.  Born & brought up in North Devon, lived all over the place including abroad and moved back about a year ago.  Loving being back here & meeting so many new friends!  I work for North Devon Voluntary Services and love supporting voluntary groups in our area. Every day, I meet amazing people who do so much for others!  I am also a volunteer, currently helping: a local foodbank, an environmental community group I helped set up, a local trust, a camera club and a sustainability group.  You could say I’m a serial volunteer!

  • #3102

    Hi Sonthaya

    Here is a link to the summer holiday timetable: http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/sites/default/files/tcs/exmouth_summer_holiday_timetable-2013.pdf

    Please let your friend know. Thank you.

    Kindest

    Cara
     
    Sonthaya Collins said:

    Hi Cara

       My daughter is 14 years old, thank you very much for let me know, I have friends she have daughter 5 years old, i will let her know. I would like to know what day activity running? 

    Exmouth Children’s Centres said:

    Hi Sonthaya.

    We have lots of activities running for 0-5 year olds and their families at Exmouth Children Centre. How old is your daughter? It could be a nice was to meet people and practice your English!

    Kindest

    Cara
     
    Sonthaya Collins said:

    Hello. I’m Sonthaya Collins, i’m Thai and i come from Thailand,now i live in Exmouth for 4 years with my husband and my daughter.I’m just wife house ^_^

    I start to speak English only 6 years ago. i wish my English get better. i’m not confident to writing in English with people, i hope Devon Grapevine can help me.

  • #3103

    Hi Sonthaya.

    We have lots of activities running for 0-5 year olds and their families at Exmouth Children Centre. How old is your daughter? It could be a nice was to meet people and practice your English!

    Kindest

    Cara
     
    Sonthaya Collins said:

    Hello. I’m Sonthaya Collins, i’m Thai and i come from Thailand,now i live in Exmouth for 4 years with my husband and my daughter.I’m just wife house ^_^

    I start to speak English only 6 years ago. i wish my English get better. i’m not confident to writing in English with people, i hope Devon Grapevine can help me.

  • #3104
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    kate oneill
    Participant

    Hi Sonthaya

    Your English is pretty good! the best way to get better at writing is to keep writing :)

    Have you met any other Thai people through the Grapevine yet? Let me introduce you to Sasi

    see you soon

    Kate

  • #3105

    Hello

    My name is Cara and I have lived in Devon for 7 years now. Before that I lived in Portsmouth. I love Devon and think it’s such a beautiful part of the world. I am the Outreach Worker for Exmouth Children’s Centre and work a lot in Toddler Groups, Pre-schools and some schools in the area. Exmouth Children’s Centre offer lots of fun activities for families with children 0-5 years old. If you don’t know about us but have a young family, get in touch. 01395 226789 or or text on 07715122760 or email cara.stratford@childrenssociety.org.uk

  • #3106
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    Juan Lopez
    Participant

    Hello I am Juan from Spain. I have recently arrived in Exeter with a friend and I would like to improve my English so I can find work.

  • #3107
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    Tat Ruck
    Participant

    Hope to meet you tonight – don’t forget the rose!

    Kim Edwards said:

    Hi Tat, I know it’s a long time since your message below, but I said I was an intermittent internet user/grapeviner!  

    Anyway, thanks for the bit about B’leigh, and sorry not to have met you or others yet but as I say, working Saturdays is a bit of a bugbear.  All the best, Kim

    Tat Ruck said:

    Hi Kim – you live in a lovely area. When I was very small someone told me that Buckfastleigh uses half the letters in our alphabet, with none repeated – this has always stuck with me!

    We will be at Exeter Respect this weekend – do come along and say hello- – I’ll be on our stall on Sunday. 

    Cheers

    Tat

  • #3108
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    Kim Edwards
    Participant

    Hi Tat, I know it’s a long time since your message below, but I said I was an intermittent internet user/grapeviner!  

    Anyway, thanks for the bit about B’leigh, and sorry not to have met you or others yet but as I say, working Saturdays is a bit of a bugbear.  All the best, Kim

    Tat Ruck said:

    Hi Kim – you live in a lovely area. When I was very small someone told me that Buckfastleigh uses half the letters in our alphabet, with none repeated – this has always stuck with me!

    We will be at Exeter Respect this weekend – do come along and say hello- – I’ll be on our stall on Sunday. 

    Cheers

    Tat

  • #3109
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    Pau Bull
    Participant

    Hi

    I’m a Plymouthian, born and bred, but spent too long elsewhere especially in the east Midlands. Returned to SW and come to Exeter in 2004.

    I’m the Labour and Co-operative councillor for the Cowick ward on Exeter City Council. although many of my residents think they live in Higher St Thomas!

    I like to engage with the grassroots community, and try to be a two-way conduit between them and the City Council.

    I am an avid user of Twitter – follow me on @CllrPaul4Cowick,

    I storify many things of interest – http://storify.com/CllrPaul4Cowick

    I occasionally blog longer thoughts – http://paul4cowick.blogspot.co.uk

    More on Cowick – http://www.exeter-labour.org.uk/your-area/cowick/

    My page on Exeter City Council – http://committees.exeter.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=881

    Do keep in touch

    paul

  • #3110
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    Debbie Clarke
    Participant

    Hi Tat,

    I didn’t make it to the Respect festival unfortunately – studying!

    Thanks for asking about the study – yes, I am still looking for participants.

    Debbie

    Tat Ruck said:

    Glad you found help through the Grapevine, Debbie!  Are you still looking for Spanish and Portuguese speakers or is the research finished now?

    Come and say hello at Respect – I’ll be at our stall on Sunday. 

    Cheers

    Tat

  • #3111
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    Tat Ruck
    Participant

    Hi Francesco – glad you managed to get signed in – I don’t know what the problem was there.  Did you look at the urban farmer job?!

    See you soon

    Tat

    FRANCESCO PISTILLO said:

    Hello members, I am Francesco and I am italian.

    I was born in a town called San Severo, in Apulia, South East of  Italy.
    I have been studying Agricultural Science and I love ecology.
    I came in England the 17th of February as a wwoofer, a voluntary job in organic farms(http://www.wwoof.org.uk/).
    I worked in three different places: Feniton, Stockland a  small village between Honiton and Axminster (East Devon) and finally in Trill Farm, a organic farm and education centre between Musbury and Axminster, near Seaton (East Devon).
    I am living in Exeter since the 17th of May.
    Now I am working as catering assistant at Holland Hall, a student accomodation of the University of Exeter.
    I am attending a course for a Level 2 Diploma in Work Based Environmental Conservation with TCV (The Conservatinon Volunteers) in Exeter.
    It is very interesting, because most of the lessons are outdoor and I like to work outdoor.
    I am interested in ecological education, healthy food, permaculture and organic farming, and I like to work with the children.
    In Italy I tried to undertake a ecology lab with the children that I called Pachamama (http://www.pachamama2010.com) and I am still working and studying to carry on my project.

    I like reading, going to cinema, cooking, theatre e and travelling.
    I like Exeter and the Devon because I think it is the best place in England where I can  learn my skills in ecology and organic farming, and because the people is very friendly

  • #3112
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    FRANCESCO PISTILLO
    Participant

    Hello members, I am Francesco and I am italian.

    I was born in a town called San Severo, in Apulia, South East of  Italy.
    I have been studying Agricultural Science and I love ecology.
    I came in England the 17th of February as a wwoofer, a voluntary job in organic farms(http://www.wwoof.org.uk/).
    I worked in three different places: Feniton, Stockland a  small village between Honiton and Axminster (East Devon) and finally in Trill Farm, a organic farm and education centre between Musbury and Axminster, near Seaton (East Devon).
    I am living in Exeter since the 17th of May.
    Now I am working as catering assistant at Holland Hall, a student accomodation of the University of Exeter.
    I am attending a course for a Level 2 Diploma in Work Based Environmental Conservation with TCV (The Conservatinon Volunteers) in Exeter.
    It is very interesting, because most of the lessons are outdoor and I like to work outdoor.
    I am interested in ecological education, healthy food, permaculture and organic farming, and I like to work with the children.
    In Italy I tried to undertake a ecology lab with the children that I called Pachamama (http://www.pachamama2010.com) and I am still working and studying to carry on my project.

    I like reading, going to cinema, cooking, theatre e and travelling.
    I like Exeter and the Devon because I think it is the best place in England where I can  learn my skills in ecology and organic farming, and because the people is very friendly

  • #3113
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    Tat Ruck
    Participant

    Hi Kim – you live in a lovely area. When I was very small someone told me that Buckfastleigh uses half the letters in our alphabet, with none repeated – this has always stuck with me!

    We will be at Exeter Respect this weekend – do come along and say hello- – I’ll be on our stall on Sunday. 

    Cheers

    Tat

  • #3114
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    Tat Ruck
    Participant

    Glad you found help through the Grapevine, Debbie!  Are you still looking for Spanish and Portuguese speakers or is the research finished now?

    Come and say hello at Respect – I’ll be at our stall on Sunday. 

    Cheers

    Tat

  • #3115
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    Debbie Clarke
    Participant

    Thanks Ayca!

  • #3116
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    Ayca Durrant
    Participant

    Welcome to Grapevine Debby :)

  • #3117
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    Debbie Clarke
    Participant

    Hi,

    My name is Debbie and I work at the international study centre on the university campus. I have lived in Exeter for five years now and I really like it – looking forward to the Exeter Respect festival on the 1st June.

    Also, I want to give a big thanks to all of those who replied to Ayca’s call (on my behalf) for Spanish and Portuguese speakers.

  • #3118
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    Exeter Respect
    Participant

    Hello All! Exeter Respect is back again this year on the 1 & 2, Sat & Sun June in Belmont Park, Exeter. We are the city’s annual celebration of diversity and had over 20,000 people attend last year! Visit our website for more details exeter-respect.org or follow us on twitter @ExeterRespect13! Hope to see and chat to as many of you there as possible. 

  • #3119
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    Kim Edwards
    Participant

    Hello everyone,

    I’m an intermittent grapeviner (I use the internet on a ‘need to’ only basis) and this is my first post.  Originally from Newcastle (North-East England) I moved with my son (now age 24 and with a family of his own) to the South West in the med 1990’s.  Now living in Buckfastleigh I work in Ashburton, Chudleigh and just outside of Newton Abbot as a yoga teacher and yoga therapist and (2 days a week) in a shop.  One of my working days is Saturday so I miss out on the get togethers and lots of other events.  When I come into Exeter for shopping, a mooch around in a busier environment or a walk by the river or canal it’s usually on a Thursday afternoon or Friday (days off work) and I’ll keep looking out for anything grapeviney going on on these days, and look forward to meeting some of you in the future. 

    All best wishes, Kim

  • #3120
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    Kamini Gupta
    Participant

    Thanks Ayca :-)

  • #3121
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    Ayca Durrant
    Participant

    Hi Kamini welcome! 

  • #3122
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    Kamini Gupta
    Participant

    Hello Grapeviners!
    I am new to this network but not new to Devon or the Uk. I am interested in connecting with people from different cultural backgrounds… Makes life richer doesn’t it? I work in well being and personal development, love dancing, yoga, meditation, walking in the beautiful Devon countryside, sharing a meal with friends, all things creative…sadly I can’t make it to the next shared meal event on the 20th but hope to come to the next or some other event.
    Warm wishes from a very wet Ashburton
    Kamini

  • #3123
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    Simone Vogt
    Participant

    Hello members,

    I’m Simone. I was born and I live and work in Germany, Leipzig. In recent years it was a desire to refresh and improve my English. And so I’m happy that I’m here for 8 weeks. It is a short time but I have a wonderful host family and nice colleagues at the work placement. Speaking isn’t especially very well but I will overcome myself. So I look for contacts and I hope I can meet new people with Devon Grapevine.

  • #3124
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    Clara Redondo Vidal
    Participant

    Hello,

    My name is Clara and I am from Spain. I am studying Social Education trough the Spanish Long Distance University so I can be studying, working, enjoying Exeter and learning English here; opportunity that enriches and opens horizons to a world for everyone.

  • #3125
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    Rebecca Piper
    Participant

    Hello Grapeviners,

    My name is Rebecca, I am English and a qualified EFL teacher (although I have not taught for a number of years). I am very interested in other cultures and travelling, so much so that I am going to work as a TEFL teacher abroad again in the next couple of months. I’d like to practise teaching skills again, so I am offering free classes – Tat is going to post my details here: http://devongrapevine.co.uk/private-language-lessons

    Other than that, I have lived in Devon for about 8 years, and before that I lived in Australia, Japan and France.

  • #3126
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    Tat Ruck
    Participant

    It’s good to hear more about your background Ann.  And it has made me think = Jenny may be interested in hearing from you (she is doing research around maternity) – you can read more and get in touch with Jenny here.  Although the post is a few months old, the research is still going on. 

  • #3127
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    Tat Ruck
    Participant

    You sound very busy, and very experienced, Zoe.  I’m interested in the cultural cafe – how did that work?

  • #3128
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    kate oneill
    Participant

    We’re really glad you came across Grapevine too!

  • #3129
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    Tahani
    Participant

    Hi members. I’m Tahani from Saudi Arabia. I came to Exeter in 2010. Before that, I worked in Saudi Arabia as an EFL teacher in a college for 13 years. I had to give up my job and stay here with my husband. Back there i participated in online campaigns and petitions that support women rights. I was looking for teaching positions, paid or unpaid, when I came across Grapevine! I’m so glad I did because I don’t any relatives or friends here except my hubby of course!

  • #3130
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    ann worthington
    Participant

    Hello, I’m Ann. I’m a wife, a mother and a grandmother. I was a social worker then taught PSHE for five years. I have been an ESOL teacher for eight years and give free lessons in Sidmouth (on Fridays). I have lived in many places in the UK and for five years I lived abroad. My husband grew up in Devon and we moved here sixteen years ago and we love it. The small house-church that I belong to often meets in my home and we have a pretty much ‘open door’, which means that, in addition to family members, there are usually other people living in our house too. In the last year we have provided a temporary home for people from the UK, India, Afghanistan, Slovakia, South Africa and Libya. I maintain very close relationships with some of the many people I have taught or provided a home for and count them as family. Having been present at four births during the past three years I am thinking of training as a Doula.

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    Zoe Wate
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    Hello. I am zoe and was born in Liverpool in the UK. I am married and have 4 adult children. I work at Plymouth University and am a multimedia specialist working in DVD production, video streaming and media training. I am a volunteer Harrassment advisor to Staff and Students and also a trained student mediator. I live just under an hour out of Plymouth and think that this might impact a bit on my physical presence but a lot can be done these days using virtual media. That does not mean of  course that I am not willing to get involved in attending in person but I do need to take journey times into account. I would be keen to learn about volunteering in support roles as I have experience in this within the University and also in attending court and coronors court. I am studying an OU course in Social Policy and Criminolgy but am at an early stage of this study. I had a kidney transplant in 1998 and can give support and advice in the area of health as I have worked with health profesionals inside and outside the University for many years. Until recently I was tresurer of the cultural cafe on campus and I am keen on making strong links with the local comunity to offer the cafe space and the use of the soon to be revamped Drakes Gardens. Feel free to contact me for any more information.

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    Kalash Tribal
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    Hello Grapevine,

    we are a very mixed group of 7 women based in Devon ranging from schoolteacher to builder but we all have one thing in common ~ a passion for ATS, American Tribal Style Bellydance. This is a wonderfully eclectic form of bellydance which mixes traditional North African dance with influences from India and Spanish flamenco and the costumes are probably not what you might imagine. Sadly bellydance has earned a reputation over the years as being somewhat  titillating and there is a strong movement today to restore it to its rightful place as a dance of women, for women, by women. We regularly perform at events and festivals as well as fund raising for our own supported charities and would love you to take a look at our website if you would like to know more about us and our dance http://www.kalash-tribal.co.uk

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    Tat Ruck
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    Hi Maria – there are always lots of events advertised so do check them out .  Do you like singing – the multicultural choir sounds like a great way of meeting like-minded people. 

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    Tat Ruck
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    Hi Ellie and welcome – I think this looks like a great service, and I will make sure it is flagged up in this week’s weekly email. 

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    Tat Ruck
    Participant

    HI Ayca – thanks for adding to the discussion – haven’t seen you for ages, must catch up!

  • #3136
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    Tat Ruck
    Participant

    Hi Manasvi – great to see you giving so much of your time to voluntary work – I hadn’t heard of STEM ambassadors before, so have just had a quick look!

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    Maria Pylypiak
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    I’m Maria Pylypiak.  I was born in Exeter but have also lived in the Bournemouth and Southampton areas for 15 years. I moved back to Exeter in 2005.  I’m mixed heritage with my mum being English and my dad being Ukrainian.  I would like to meet and get in touch with other Ukrainians in this area – if there are any about!!  Otherwise I have a wide range of interests which includes attending arts and music events.

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    kate oneill
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    Hello grapevine people!

    I’m Kate O’Neill, I’m Irish and come from Co Down in the north of Ireland. I moved to Devon from Abu Dhabi where I was working, we thought it looked nice and we bought our house online. I love living in Devon, it reminds me of Ireland. I work with the Olive Tree as a teacher and volunteer coordinator which I love.

  • #3139
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    Tat Ruck
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    I’m Tat, and my job at the moment is to develop this network.  I was born in Devon and moved back here after a 12 year gap, during which I spent some time overseas.  I would love to know a little about others’ experiences of living in Devon! 

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    Christine Townsend
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    Hi. I’m Christine. I moved with my husband, Ditch and our four teenagers to Devon last year. We’ve spent the last 15 years working for NGOs in Malaysia, Myanmar, Mozambique, Singapore and Borneo. Devon has been quite a change for us all. We like Exeter and its access to the countryside and cream teas.
    I’m currently working with OTA as ESOL coordinator and voluntary teacher.

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    Geoffrey Dixon
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    Hello everyone. I’m Geoff, originally from Newcastle but arrived in Devon with my wife and daughter about six years ago. We lived in London for 12 years before moving here so initially it was a massive culture shock for us, my daughter being a Brixton girl.
    I’m currently working at Bideford Bay Children’s Centre as part of the outreach team and am responsible for the bi-lingual group that we run here twice monthly. My professional background is in Primary Education and I worked for four years at the International Community School in London before moving here.

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    Rehab Farag
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    Hello members, I’m Rehab, born & lived in Egypt. I used to be an architect in Egypt but here I started doing administartive work for Community Safety Project, and now for Grapevine & OTA. I came to Exeter 5 years ago. Exeter is a quiet city with friendly people (most of the time).

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    Tat Ruck
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    We have decided to re-start the “Say Hello!” thread for Grapeviners old and new to introduce themselves.

    So – if you haven’t posted anything yet, here’s an easy place to start!  Say “hello” and tell Grapeviners something about yourself.

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