A few years ago we used to host some pieces written by Martin Wolff and Niu Quiang about their experiments in trying to teach English in new ways in China, which have since evolved into the China Holistic English site (link broken).
Later, Martin wanted to move the pieces to a new site with someone and asked us to take them down. We were experiencing some technical difficulties and couldn't do it as fast as he wanted, so he launched a breach of copyright complaint against us, even though we managed to do things in a couple of days.
He then fell out with the person on the new site and later regretted having made the move. He was a complex and prickly character who rubbed many people up the wrong way, but he also made a lot of friends.
He and I continued to communicate by email after our difficulties, and I always enjoyed his sarcasm and wit. His papers were also peppered with it. Many disliked his ideas, and I disagreed with plenty, but they were heartfelt and thought-out. He was never dull and often had a lot to offer. I was saddened to receive an email from a colleague of his that informed his mailing list that he had died recently, and I wish Holistic English well.
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