April 1st: This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.
- Mark Twain
My name is Simon. I acquired the nickname Spud when I was a tiny tot due to my fondness for mashed potato.
I was born in 1973 in Stratford-upon-Avon, which most definitely was the birthplace of the world's greatest writer, in spite of what some people might say.
Since 1997, I have been teaching English as a foreign language. I have lived and worked in Turkey, Poland and Japan. Since 2003, I have been teaching children in a small private language school in a village in northern Taiwan.