Monthly Archives: May 2018

What is language?

The ability to understand how a language is constructed definitely has it´s merits.  However, from my point of view, this only tells me that you can follow some rules and join a lot of dots together; seriously, how dull is that?!

What´s the point of using a colour by numbers book when you could allow your imagination to take you on journey without rules and without limitations.

OK, having said all that – here you go:

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Phrasal Verbs: Out

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Phrasal Verbs: Down

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Phrasal Verbs: Off

Irish abortion referendum: The people travelling #HomeToVote

Irish voters from around the world are returning to cast their ballots in today´s referendum on whether or not to repeal the country’s Eighth Amendment. That clause in the Irish constitution which in effect outlaws abortion by giving equal rights to the unborn.

Abortion is only currently allowed in Ireland when the woman’s life is at risk, and not in cases of rape, incest or foetal-fatal abnormality (FFA).

I am pro-choice. I am unapologetic about my opinion. I understand it´s an emotional topic.  I get why people are vehemently on one side or the other.  I get why many people don´t want to express their opinions on this issue for fear of being physically or verbally bullied, threatened and abused. I get it´s uncomfortable. I am pro-choice.

If you want to read more about the referendum, then check out this BBC news report. 

Bathing banned on Fuengirola beaches following shark sighting

Sur in English reports:

A sighting of a three-metre-long blue shark caused alarm on the beaches of Fuengirola on Sunday, forcing a four-hour ban on swimming.

Several bathers warned of the presence of a shark only several metres from the shore in Torreblanca at around 12.15pm.Following the spread of several different videos on social media, the Guardia Civil sent out a patrol to find the shark, but failed to locate it.

The red flag was raised until around 5pm, when it was downgraded to yellow. According to several sources, the authorities tried to capture the shark and return it to deeper waters, but were unsuccessful in their search.

Malaga’s marine rescue service, Aula del Mar, said that the presence of blue sharks is not uncommon on the Malaga coastline. Juan Jesús Martín, biologist and director of the centre, explained that this species is the only type of shark that regularly ventures in shallow waters. “It’s not common, but it can happen,” he said.

Martín clarified that the blue shark is one of more than twenty species that live in the Alboran Sea, and although it can venture into areas with bathers, there has never been a documented encounter between the two.

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Left-wing Podemos leader under fire for his 540k home

Sur in English reports:

Pablo Iglesias, the high-profile national politician who is leader of the Podemos party that grew out of an anti-capitalist street movement, was under fire on social media and in the press this week for acquiring a luxury 540,000-euro home.

The purchase, made with his partner and fellow Podemos politician, Irene Montero, has come as a surprise to many, including those within his own party, due to Iglesias’s outspoken criticism of the supposedly comfortable life of MPs.

Back in 2012, Iglesias commented on the decision of a minister to spend a similar amount on a home by Tweeting: “Would you entrust the country’s economic policy to someone who spent 600,000 euros on a luxury penthouse?”

The new home of the radical Podemos couple is in the hills behind Madrid and is on a 2,000 -metre plot, including swimming pool and guest house. Iglesias has justified the decision saying he has earned the money and it is for living in and not speculating on. The couple are expecting twins and face a 1,600-euro-a-month joint mortgage.

Iglesias currently lives in a 60-metre-square flat.

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British people are becoming teatotalers!

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) more British people are giving up alcohol than ever before. The research does not suggest why this decline in alcohol consumption is occurring. However,  I hope that the main reason is connected to health improvement.

If you want to read more about this piece of research, then take a look at the online publication, The Conversation.

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How do you arrange to meet someone?

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To grow up