Face­book teaches us about those back-to-work blues

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“ONE day done,” de­clared the Face­book sta­tus of a friend, “29 to go – with Justin Dunn.”

That was how my old mate marked the end of her first day back at work on Mon­day af­ter the hol­i­day fort­night. The “29 to go” bit? The num­ber of work­ing days left be­fore she could once more rest her weary feet, de­spite hav­ing just en­joyed an un­in­ter­rupted two-week break that ended on Sun­day.

Gill is a teacher, and she knew only too well there are few things guar­an­teed to make my bum twitch more than the sound of that lot be­moan­ing about their hideous work­load.

Es­pe­cially as only 14 or so days ago her ed­u­ca­tion ilk were busy post­ing pic­tures of the gifts they’d all been given by their runny-nosed charges.

Tra­di­tion­ally at this point – if they’re not busy on teacher train­ing days – the Misses and Sirs throw their col­lec­tive B.A. Hons out of the pram.

How DARE any­one ques­tion The Hard­est Most Un­der­paid Job In The World?

Don’t we KNOW how tough it is out there in the Wild West of school class­rooms?

Does any­one even RE­ALISE how much class prep and plan­ning they do out of hours?


Un­for­tu­nately – we do. Thanks to Face­book I’ve seen another friend jug­gle all those back-break­ing tasks from a steam­ing out­door Jacuzzi set atop a ho­tel in Inns­bruck, Aus­tria, with a glass of Ch­ablis at hand.

Another happy teacher pal was bat­tling through the books with his new fi­ancée in Bu­dapest as they cel­e­brated their en­gage­ment.

And the afore­men­tioned Gill and sev­eral oth­ers had spent the hol­i­day fort­night hol­i­day­ing, get­ting pissed and wak­ing up late.

Yes, ev­ery­one de­serves a break. But not a sin­gle one of my teacher friends posted a dis­mal snap of them eat­ing a gnarled turkey sand­wich while labour­ing over a home desk piled high to the rafters with un­marked books.

By the time you read this it’ll be even fewer than 29 days to go be­fore the half-term week off.

Then another six weeks un­til the Easter fort­night. Yet ANOTHER six be­fore the fi­nal half term and half a dozen more again be­fore they break up for sum­mer.

And they also have the tra­di­tional Septem­ber strike to look for­ward to – the one in­volv­ing no plac­ards, don­key jack­ets or burn­ing bra­ziers, but plenty of thick du­vets and lies in.

To be fair, it must be re­ally knack­er­ing for teach­ers, hav­ing to re­mem­ber how of­ten they’re off work.

But never mind, Gill… soon be Christ­mas!

Amanda Holden Jasmine


CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS to Stephen Fry, 57, on his en­gage­ment to stand-up comic El­liot Spencer, 27, af­ter a whirl­wind ro­mance. In en­tirely un­re­lated news, re­mem­ber that footage of a sea lion rut­ting a pen­guin?

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