Derek HainesDerek Haines is an author of a number of books, however, he spends most of his time blogging, making technology go wrong, and being a rather senior ESL English teacher.

Born in Australia, but now living in Switzerland with his wife and his black Cocker Spaniel, he spends most of his time trying to make technology work again, after inadvertently breaking it. It’s a painful process, yet it is such an effective self-study method to acquire new technology skills. With a number of WordPress blogs to maintain, the learning curve never ends, as technology rarely stands still for more than a few days.

As I’m a writer – I can change adroitly into the first person, and say that I love what I do and where I live, and also, that I am a Douglas Adams fanatic, bordering on a tragic. So much so, that by some spooky coincidence, my street address is 42. That’s a little more impressive than simply owning a towel and having ready access to peanuts and beer.

I should add here too, that as a writer, I also quite like commas. The Oxford type, or otherwise – but I do try to avoid colons and hyphens where possible. However, my main weakness is in spelling long words, so I tend to give words of more than seven letters a wide berth.

As an ESL teacher, I am a firm believer in the Direct Method, which means that I prefer my students to do all the hard work and not me.

Most of all, I enjoy life and gladly take each breath as it comes.

Welcome to my website, and I hope you enjoy your visit.