My name is Jack and I am English. I was born in Sheffield and have lived in lots of different places in England and around the world. I’ve been working as an English teacher for nearly 20 years and have been working on online learning materials since 2008.
I live in Ludlow in England. Ludlow is a small town in the west of England, quite near the border with Wales. The town centre is very old and has a castle, a big church and lots of other old buildings. Some of the buildings have timber frames and are very pretty. In the past, the castle was very important and Ludlow was important because there was a lot of wool traded here, but today, the town is known for food. Once a year, there is a food festival and people come to Ludlow to taste the local produce. There is even a sausage trail - each of the local butchers competes to produce the tastiest sausage and people trek from one butcher to the next to sample the sausages and vote for their favourite.
I live with...
...my wife and two young sons. My wife is from Indonesia so Ludlow is quite cold for her. We have been here for a few years and she really misses Indonesian food. There aren’t many Indonesian restaurants in the UK, but there are some Indonesian expats who sell food online so we get parcels of spicy tempeh (an Indonesian soya bean cake) and crispy krupuk (a type of cracker).
My parents live nearby in a small village so we see them regularly and they help out with the boys. Once a week, we meet for a drink in the Ludlow Brewery. A brewery is a place where beer is made. It is a nice place to catch up and enjoy a pint and a packet of crisps.
I have two sisters, but they don’t live here. One of my sisters lives in London and the other lives in Dubai. When my sisters come to visit, we go for walks in the country and eat out in the local restaurants. One of my sisters has two children so when she visits, the house is noisy and lots of fun.
In my free time...
I like to go out riding and taking photos. I have a little seat on the back of my bike that I can sit my boys in. They really like going out for a ride when the weather is nice.
In Ludlow, there is a local football team, but I don’t follow them. I support Arsenal so I watch matches on TV. I would like to see them at the Emirates, but it’s a long journey. When my sons are old enough, we will all go up to London for a game. Most people in Ludlow support Aston Villa or Wolverhampton Wanderers so it’s rare to find an Arsenal match playing live in a pub.
My football hero is...
...an Arsenal legend and distant relative. Although I have never met him, John Radford was an important character from my childhood. He played for Arsenal between 1964 and 1976 and scored 149 goals. He stopped playing for Arsenal before I was born, but my grandfather was very proud of the family connection and always had the football on.
I'd really like to ask him...
...what he thinks about the way football has changed since he was playing. Today, footballers are paid lots of money and everything is very professional. I’m sure that the atmosphere at Highbury, the old Arsenal stadium was exciting when he was playing and I’d like to know if the atmosphere at the Emirates on match day is the same.