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The Eye 20.6.13
SOUTHLANDERS' TALES -- NEWS FROM SOUTHERNERS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
Wimbledon, a pickled egg
and a Netherlands surprise...
Tripping around: Mark Calder on one of his weekend trips to Sicily from his new home in London.
Southlanders are a globe-trotting
bunch, so we have started a new
series called Southlanders' Tales.
We're looking for Southlanders
overseas doing interesting things,
or living in interesting places.
We'd also look at former
Southlanders achieving real
success elsewhere in New
Zealand. If you know of anyone,
please get in touch with us at.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Facebook post on: facebook.com/
A Southlander's early highs and lows from his big OE
Mark Calder headed
back to school this year,
but instead of sitting
behind a desk, he's in
front of them. Reporter
Louise Berwick caught
up with Calder and his
life during his big OE.
European life: Mark Calder enjoying beer in Belgium during one of his weekend
trips to the European country.
Where are you?
What are you doing there?
The typical Kiwi thing -- my
Why did you choose to go
It's kind of the Kiwi rite of
passage: it's a good place to base
yourself for the mix of
employment and seeing the rest of
How long have your been living
I arrived here at the end of
January this year.
Was it hard to get a job?
No, not at all. I'm very lucky in
my profession, teaching, in that
it's something you can travel the
world with. I'm a daily supply
teacher and have had work almost
every day since arriving.
What is the weirdest, or coolest
thing, you have seen while you
have been there?
Wimbledon would be the coolest
thing I've seen so far. I'm not
really a huge tennis fan but the
tour there gives you access to
areas that you would think you
wouldn't be able to see, like the
press room where the players are
interviewed after each match. You
can sit in the chairs where
Federer and those guys have been,
which is pretty surreal.
What is the worst and best
thing you have eaten?
Worst -- a pickled egg from the fish
and chippie down the road. Even
worse than the mushy peas. Also,
the time I attempted to replicate
onion soup mix dip using double
cream. I don't know why I thought
that would work.
Best -- raspberry tarts from the
French deli (also down the road).
What does your typical day
Most days I've been pre-booked
for work, so I get ready and jump
on the tube or train to travel to
work, which is usually about an
hour away. Some days I get to
practice being a proper Londoner,
sprinting and jumping into the
carriage a split second before the
token ''mind the closing doors''
message. Sometimes you pull it
off, sometimes you don't, and you
get the bruises to prove it. Then I
have a 10-minute look at the
lesson plan left for me, which can
be on subjects from discussing
Hinduism in Religious Education
or explaining the difference
between similes and metaphors to
6- and 7-year-olds.
I've taught at a mix of high
schools and primaries; the high
schools are very different to home
-- security guards at the schools
etc. Some days are definitely
easier than others. I'm really
enjoying the experience though.
After school, I do marking until
4.30 or 5pm and then I'm back on
my way home. Then it's eat, gym,
sleep and do it all over again the
What do you miss about
Jimmy's pies. Oh, and my family.
What was the hardest thing to
get used to over there?
The difficulties in finding onion
soup mix ingredients (see above).
Probably the hardest thing to get
used to is how busy it is, and how
much of a needle in a haystack
you are -- you're totally
Do you have an accent?
Just my rolling Rs.
How does the cost of living
compare to New Zealand? Is
Food is one of the easy things -- it's
a lot cheaper here. We cooked a
roast New Zealand lamb for tea
tonight, which was £4. You can get
a week's worth of meat from the
butcher for £20, and veges are
cheap too. Food's not the worry,
rent is. We pay more than £700 a
month for one bedroom in a flat,
not including bills.
Have you travelled anywhere
else? If so, where was your
favourite place and why?
To South America on the way
over; Barcelona; Belgium; the
Netherlands; and Sicily so far.
Maastricht in the Netherlands is
my favourite so far.
We had low expectations -- had
never heard of it before booking
flights -- and it totally surprised
me. It was a place where you don't
have to tick off the sights, you can
just enjoy it for what it is.
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