Happy Andalusia Day!

Love AndalusiaA few years ago, the then King of Spain gave a public speech encouraging young people to leave Spain in order to find work experience abroad, and we  responded to this defeatist message of long-term talent drain with the words:  ‘’Shame on you‘’

JuanmiWithout a shadow of a doubt Andalusia isn´t economically the richest county in Spain, but we are a great county.

The history of our creative power, our sporting strength, and our artistic influence could be told through the words and work of some of our home-grown talent such as: María Zambrano, Francisco Suarez, Pablo Alborán, Pablo Picasso, Eva Yerbabuena, Vicente Aleixandre, Carlos Álvarez, Antonio Banderas, Jesús Navas, Sergio Ramos and Isco.

However, the significance of our region belongs neither to the famous personalities nor the notable historical figures. The true value of Andalusia belongs to us; ordinary, everyday people. The true value of Andalusia belongs to the fabric of our identity which is based on a history of cultural diversity, a tenacious pride in the soil we fertilise, our friendliness, and our generosity of spirit. andalusiaThis is who we are, and we will not be encouraged to leave, and we will not be bullied by quick-fix austerity measures, or disheartened by corruption. We say to our fellow Spaniards and the international world: ‘’Come to Andalusia and we can teach each other how to make our great county even greater.’’

It is with great pride and joy that I can say to you: ”Happy Andalusia Day”  My blood maybe British, my nationality Irish, but my heart will always be part Andalusian.VIVA ANDALUSIA.

 

Setting goals and achieveing them!

According to behavioural psychologists, if you want to achieve your goals and objectives, you have to make them SMART.

This is, by no means, a new concept. Furthermore, it´s completely logical. However, it´s amazing how many people and businesses don´t use this simple methodology to help them succeed.

So, from my point of view, if you want to achieve something, your first step should be to use the SMART model, as you are bound to succeed if you do.

To swap something for something else

To swap is a verb which means to take part in an exchange.

You can swap anything, for example books, time, knowledge, clothes, music, technology, gadgets, and even your home.  This is a great system if you need to tighten your belt, or you have stuff that you don´t want or use anymore.

Success Story: Elena Bi-lingual Biology

Inglés Málaga says: Congratulations Elena, your new teaching post as a bi-lingual Biology teacher is awe-inspiring news.  I am over the moon for you, and extremely proud of your achievements.

Your journey to achieve your ambitions has not been easy, and you have overcome a lot of challenges and adversity with grace and determination.

Your pupils are lucky to have access to your incredible intellect, wisdom, and the way you communicate complex knowledge. Today Elena, I bow down to the goddess in you.  You have inspired me.

How much? Is someone pulling my leg?!

House hunting is time-consuming and extremely stressful.  In addition, when you are broke, it is also thoroughly soul-destroying.  How do you get on the property ladder when you can´t get a mortgage, and you don´t want to live in matchbox?

285,000 euros, seriously, someone is pulling my leg!  This is what I call daylight robbery.  And, as importantly, what is the local council doing to ensure that cities provide affordable property for local residents?

As an aside, Edward Elgar is a well-known, and much-loved, British composer from the 20th century. He composed one of my all time classical favourites, so if you want to switch off, chill out and forget your daily problems, then why don´t you listen to Elgar´s Nimrod; it is a life-affirming piece which will warm even hearts made of stone.