My name’s Ian James and I’m a teacher of English as a foreign language. Originally from Cardiff, I now work at the Foreign Language Service of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. I have also taught English at International House and the British Council. I arrived in Barcelona in 1988 after graduating in Political Science at Leicester University.
Self-taught in HTML, CSS, Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Flash, I flirted with web design in the late nineties and early noughties. However, I threw in the towel when it became clear that everybody else had become a web designer too. Apart from things techie, my other interests include music (Ron Sexsmith, Rufus Wainwright, The Divine Comedy, Sufjan Stevens etc), photography, collecting thimbles and pricking balloons. I also have a weekend retreat (known as The Ruin) deep in the Catalan Pre-Pyrenees where I enjoy chopping wood, hugging trees and drinking wine on the terrace in front of the house.
I hope you find the blog useful,