Maj.(rtd.) Geoffrey Langlands (92) - Teaching the Hindu Kush

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  1. rampant

    rampant LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

  2. Top bloke - I hope that I have his balls when/if I get to 92!
  3. rampant

    rampant LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Well it seems the old major is set to retire:

    Major Geoffrey Langlands, 94, leaves his post in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province after 60 years - Telegraph
  4. There is a charity near me who send teachers out ot places (generally 3rd world) to 'teach the teachers'... their ages (admttedly not as old as this gent) are generally quite old. 60 - 70s.
  5. RP578

    RP578 LE Book Reviewer

    I remember reading a piece in the Guardian about him a few years ago (see link) and was struck then by this bit;
    You can't fault his have-a-go spirit.

    He has been kidnapped and taken tea with princesses: a British major's life teaching in Pakistan's Hindu Kush | World news | The Guardian
  6. rampant

    rampant LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    That's the article that switched me on to this remarkable character way back in '09 (see first post). The more I have read about him the more impressed I am about his resilience, determination and integrity. He is the epitomy of the old fashioned English pedagogue.
  7. Probably more deserving of an award in the QBH list that a lot put forward.
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  8. He'd fail Tebbit's cricket test. Not that I imagine he'd give the slightest ****.