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Lexitronics Courses and Donations to ESK

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

When we set up our courses at, we fairly classically and perhaps hopefully included a ‘donate’ system. We also decided to send 50% of any donations to charity, though we were a little unsure as to how to do this and who to go with. We wanted ideally to feed back something into education, and we wanted to feel that any money sent would be well-used. Further, we wanted to contribute to something that was concrete and visible. Not easy. Karolina’s work with the ESK School in Burma solves the problem, and any voluntary donations we receive through Lexitronics courses will be directed accordingly.

This does not of course prevent anyone contributing directly and solely to the ESK Project, and bypassing us completely.  See the ‘How to Help the ESK’ section at: for how to do this.

For Hugh Cory

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Although Steve never met Hugh, he has heard a lot about him from Nilgun and John! Enough indeed to send the following:

Just saw a documentary on BBC WORLD about the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Hugh’s untimely departure makes these two verses quite relevant, even though they were written over a thousand years ago.
Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,
Before we too into the Dust descend;
Dust into Dust, and under Dust to lie,
Sans Wine, sans Song, sans Singer, and—sans End!

But helpless pieces in the game He plays
Upon this chequer-board of Nights and Days
He hither and thither moves, and checks … and slays
Then one by one, back in the Closet lays

Although I didn’t know him, I suspect Hugh would have been sympathetic to this one as well.

“Did God set grapes a-growing, do you think,
And at the same time make it sin to drink?
Give thanks to Him who foreordained it thus–
Surely He loves to hear the glasses clink!”

ESC School in Burma

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Hugh Cory, who suddenly passed away last year, was a colleague of John and Nilgun’s in Cyprus. After Hugh left Cyprus he co-founded the ESK School in Burma. We’re delighted to hear that Karolina Gacke, a friend and colleague of Hugh’s from Poland is continuing his work there. You can find out more about this project and how to help out  from: