Turkish Tales: Roll Up! Roll Up! Running Away to Join an English-speaking Circus!

(7 customer reviews)


Re-live JD Morgan’s teaching adventures in the Middle East as he started out from a legitimate language school, fresh-faced and newly trained, with all best intentions. Then slowly, but surely, when the reality of long, arduous working hours with no days off gradually began to kick in, JD, too, began to take short cuts in his preparation and delivery and, eventually, became sucked into the “‘Roll up! Roll up! Circus Bonanza”, which every teacher joined, sooner or later – usually for sanity’s sake! It is anticipated that this humorous take on ‘life at the chalk face’ will appeal to many ‘ex-pat’ English-speaking teachers who have worked in the private sector abroad and been privy to journeying down the same penniless, precarious route! (2,450 words)


Is it possible to live within an illusion to the point that, eventually, you begin to become a part of it?…

It was the height of summer, and I was making my way towards the city centre of a world-famous capital known by locals for its very own certain type of airless, blistering heat. The wealthy and more affluent among its elites had already retreated to the nearby lakes or headed south to the Mediterranean, while those who remained were forced to continue earning a living or studying in an environment that was not conducive to either. As for me: well, I knew that within half an hour or so I would be sitting in my small, stuffy classroom on the seventh floor of a building whose façade had been dirtied by decades of slow-moving, foul-smelling, petrol-fuelled traffic – cars, taxis, buses, coaches and government limousines – each using this famous lengthy boulevard as if it were their own. Day and night – non-stop – car horns beeping, hot brakes screeching, tyre rubber burning, male drivers cursing – the din never stopped, and, of course, this was all tolerated and accepted in the name of the nation’s progress and, needless to say, economic and financial betterment.

7 reviews for Turkish Tales: Roll Up! Roll Up! Running Away to Join an English-speaking Circus!

  1. Simon F.

    The whole atmosphere is skilfully given life in a very tangible way.
    It’s not long before jd discovers his teaching position is a mere illusion,
    Then like most of us, he goes along to get along.

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    • admin (verified owner)

      Thank you for your comments. I have taken them on board. I am extremely wary of copyright and keeping to a tight budget so that I can donate as much as possible to the UK Firefighters’ Charity. However, your opinion is valid.



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    • admin (verified owner)

      Thank you for taking the time to comment!

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    • admin (verified owner)

      In reply to Malissa.
      Thank you for taking the time to comment! I use WordPress & 123Reg.

      Please tell your friends and feel free to follow me on Twitter @jdmorganstories

      Also, on Google @ jdmorgan.co.uk

      Very kindly,

      JD Morgan

  5. Jim

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