the Pregnancy Diaries, Victoria Jelinek

 “Never go to your high school reunion pregnant or they will think that is all you have done since you graduated.” Erma Bombeck

A son is (nearly) born; a Happy Christmas to all our readers

Almost there
my belly
  huge and swollen

Drive for more teachers

The socialist government is making good its pre-election promise to recruit more teachers by launching Ambition Enseigner – a drive to up the numbers by 60,000 over the next five years.

Education Minister Vincent Peillon has also promised to improve teacher training but has not promised to up teachers' wages.

Maths, French and English teachers are the most widely sought after. Anyone interested in applying for a post can find out more here.

furore over "suicide essay"

A collège teacher in the Charente has been suspended after asking troisième students to imagine they planned to commit suicide and asking them to write an essay saying why they wanted to end their lives, describing their self-disgust and the events in their lives which had lead to it.

the Pregnancy Diaries, Victoria Jelinek

I told my dentist my teeth are going yellow. He told me to wear a brown tie.
Rodney Dangerfield

It seems as though I’ve spent this entire pregnancy in doctor’s waiting rooms.
Even so, I’ve had a toothache for about six years and if there’s one pain I can potentially get rid of right now, then I’m going to try.

internet suicides

Much to his delight, Jerome, an excellent but shy pupil in terminale received a message on his Facebook page from Sylvie, one of the most popular girls in the school. She told him that she had been watching him for some time but was scared of approaching him because he was so clever, etc. etc. Their online correspondence went on for several months, Sylvie insisting that it remain secret, eventually becoming quite erotic. Finally, Sylvie persuaded Jerome to strip for her in front of his webcam.