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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Windsor TEFL and Paul Lowe - Truth will Out


It seems that young whippersnapper Sandy McManus has got himself into a spot of bother again. It would appear that Windsor Tefl and Mr Paul Lowe are in need of a another good cucumbering. The Inspector has received this request for help and as always your beloved sleuth will go where angels fear to tread.


Read part one of the Windsor-Tefl saga here....
And after a good slug of fermeted yaks milk (on the rocks) read part two

Oh dear! Please do your best to publicise this ... or something!!

"Sandy"

Blog-City Ltd wrote:
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2007 12:38:21 +0100
From: Blog-City Ltd
To: teflsandy@yahoo.ie
Subject: [blog-city] Legal Requirement

Hi Sandy,

We've had correspondence from Edwin Coe LLP on behalf of a Mr. Paul Lowe. As you can well imagine from the first sentence of this email, he's not writing to wish us well :)

Could you please, as per our terms and conditions in this matter, remove ALL references to Mr Lowe and his "Windsor TEFL" company.

All references need to be removed within 24 hours or we have to do it
for you. We are not obliged (even though asked) to give any information
about you whatsoever, we can only hand over such information to a law
enforcement agent. We need only take down the defamation until a court order says we have permission to put it back up.

If you would like the name and address of the solicitor to press for a
court process, I can oblige. Bear in mind however at this moment they do not know who you are or where you live and if you contact them, this information will be used to press charges against you I suspect.

If you can let me know when all references are removed, I will confirm
via email I concur you have complied willingly.

-Mayoress,
Blog-City Ltd.

_________________________________________________________

Inspector McHammered of the Lard in Pamplona, Spain


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3 comments:

Wally Windsor said...

And now, to cap it all, it appears that he has a brother who is a multi-millionaire and lives in Monaco! No wonder Paul Lowe has been doing his best to rip off every prospective punter who so much as places a foot near his door - it's a case of sibling rivalry!

Anonymous said...

Excellent progress-Wally Windsor on his site has announced that the press-and we're talking Fleet Street by the looks of it,has taken interest in our friend Mr.Lowe.If he ends up in nick,though,a quick 'phone call back to London will suffice,and he will-i repeat will be crying to be put on segregation with the other pondlife.Even my wife,a very gentle and kind woman [unlike the good Baron who looks and acts rather like the infamous Mark Chopper'Reed]busted her pretty little farting-strings laughing about it!

Alex Case said...

If you could put this up as its own post or spread the word it any other way, would be much appreciated:

"An appeal to TEFLers everywhere

I would be grateful if you could help me and TEFLers everywhere by sparing ten minutes to read this and do one of the actions suggested below

Some background: 2 weeks ago a certain Paul Lowe of Windsor Schools/Windsor TEFL came out of nowhere and into my life by threatening to sue me and the owner of the site my blog,TEFLtastic, is on. Obviously boosted by the success this effortless method had in shutting down Sandy McManus's TEFLtrade blog and Wally Windsor's site, he didn't even think it was worth spending a few minutes checking what TEFLtastic had to say about him before firing off a threatening email. I can say that with full confidence because before I reprinted his email mentioning legal action there was not one reference to Paul Lowe or Windsor Schools on my blog.

So, why should you care? Apart from the specific loss of a couple of blogs, I would argue that there is a major principle at stake here, one that could affect all of us and one that we are approaching a critical period with.

The TEFL world on the internet is rapidly changing from one where a quick Google search can bring up a full and colourful range of views from teachers, students, trainees and the occasional crank, to one where any TEFL related searches will find you yet again on Cactus TEFL or i-to-i TEFL. My accidental brush with Mr Lowe has helped me come up with a plan to tackle that loss of our influence. Whether it will be a successful last stand or not I can't say, but here's how to go out with our guns blazing:

My proposal is to make a lesson of Mr Paul Lowe of Windsor Schools/Windsor TEFL that other school owners and TEFL training organisations can learn from by making sure that everyone who searches for him on the internet hears what we have to say, and making sure there are enough of us saying it that he has to give up the use of unjustified threatening emails to silence us. As diversity of voices is the whole point, I won't even suggest what you could say about him, but here are some simple and time efficient ways of using this opportunity to show the TEFL big boys we won't be gagged:
- Paste this and/or your own comments into an email and send it to everyone you know, especially people in TEFL
- Leave a brief message of support here or anywhere else he or his school get a mention
- Google him or his school and only click on the pages that give an independant viewpoint
- Give links to such pages in your blog, MSN page, Facebook page, email signature etc.
- Paste this post and/or make a comment in your blog with suitable tags, or in any of those other places mentioned above
- Start a new thread on this topic in TEFL and other forums
- Start a suitably titled new blog with info and links on Paul Lowe and Windsor TEFL-it takes literally 5 minutes to set up a free blog on Blogger or Wordpress,and if I can anyone can!
- Write to Paul himself at paul@windsorschools.eclipse.co.uk and let him know what you think

I hope I have convinced you that by making our voices heard in this way we can all benefit in the longer term, or at least that I am genuine in my attempts and worth 5 minutes of your time to help.Any help at all would be much appreciated

Thanks

Alex Case, TEFL teacher and blogger.
TEFLtastic blog- 'All the truth that's fit to teach'- www.tefl.net/alexcase"