Monday, 28 September 2015

How to keep in touch with your pet dog (London/Italy)

My Italian student has brought her father over to London after his operation, so that she can keep an eye on him for a few months.  He does not speak English and has no friends here; his daughter, son-in-law and grandson are out all day at work or school, so he’s bored and has been talking about going home.  

He also misses his dog.  I suggested that he could get his friend, who looks after the dog for him, to use Skype for him to see his dog on the screen and talk to it.

Success!  My student reported last week that the dog recognised him on the screen and got very excited.  

Now we just need to teach the dog to go on Skype itself, so that the friend needn’t be troubled each time.

(London/Italy, 2015)

Update 19 October:  My student said the dog’s now even pawing at the screen to try and touch the master’s face.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

You know you're getting old when… : 2 (London)

… people refuse your offer of help with their luggage up/down the stairs.

(London 2015)

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