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Congratulations France!

The 2018 World Cup is over, and I´m sad to say goodbye to a tournament which has been full of highs and lows, both on and off the pitch. The unexpected and sudden departure of some of the world´s highest ranked teams left the tournament wide open, and most football fans truly believed that anything, anything was possible.

I have felt a rollercoaster of emotions during this football campaign, and I watched the final with the hope of seeing some breathtaking football.  I was not disappointed. Congratulations France, you have earned your second star.

Finally, to the flash mob of young French supports in plaza de la merced after the match, thank you, you entertained me with you unbridled energy, flag waving, crazy dancing, and impromptu version of Robbie Williams’ world-famous song, Angels.  Well done – keep your passion alive –say no to racism – say no to homophobia!

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What should I drink when it´s boiling hot?

Not so curiously, everyone has an opinion on what to drink when it´s boiling hot. And, obviously, the healthiest option would be something  alcohol-free!  However, indisputably, that can not be  a serious suggestion, can it?

Anyway, after asking some mates to give me some advice the following is what they suggested.  You should drink:

  1. A Jamie Oliver Cosmopolitan
  2. A James Bond Vesper
  3. A white wine spritzer
  4. A fuzzy or pierced navel

Please remember that I´m utterly hopeless in the kitchen, so in your opinion which of the above do you think is by far the easiest to make?

World Cup quarter-finals 2018

The World Cup 2018 tournament has been dramatic.  I have seen some brilliant football and some awful football.  I have watched high-ranking world-class teams crash out of the tournament during the group stages and three agonising penalty shootouts. As a sport lover and a huge football fan, it´s simply impossible to describe the illogical emotions that you go through when you watch and will your team to perform to the very best of their ability.  It´s a raw emotion, that  brings out the very best, and the very worst in people.

In general, I´m crazy about watching football because you get lost in the moment, cognitive reasoning is thrown out of the window, nothing outside of the pitch matters, and for a brief moment, you allow yourself to believe that anything is possible.  Come on England, I believe.

How do you make a cosmopolitan?

cosmopolitanA cosmopolitan, or informally a cosmo, is a cocktail made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed lime juice or sweetened lime juice.  It’s delicious!

Want to make one?  No problem.  Watch the video here

Civil Hospital Málaga: You are second-to-none!

Janette´s review of the hospital service at the Civil Hospital in Málaga:

Bonfires, good luck and Mr San Juan

In Spain, the summer officially starts with the night of Mr San Juan.  Historically speaking, I have no idea about the origins of this festival, or if it means anything significant.  However, what I do know is that, not only is it a great event to spend the night on the beach, but it also is the perfect opportunity to  let your hair down and go swimming under the moon and stars.

EOI B2:2 Inglés Success: Congratulations Paco & Manuel!

Well done Paco and Manuel. The summer is here and you can start this period of the year celebrating your exam achievements. Your achievements were earned under your own steam, and I for one, bow down to your brilliance.  Well done!

Information about cursos inglés.

EOI C1 Inglés Success: Congratulations Paula & Ana!

Well done Paula and Ana, I´m so proud of your achievement.  Both of you are nothing short of brilliant. Spectacular!

”Hi Janette, I´m over the moon because I have just found out that I have passed my EOI C1 exam.  It would have been impossible without you.  Thank you again for your classes and for your support! I have had thousands of English teachers during my life, and you are by far the best. You don´t just teach English, you teach how to pass each part of the exam. In fact, I use your techniques to study the other foreign languages I am learning. It´s an honour for me having been one of your students, and I always recommend your classes.” Paula

World Cup 2018 is just around the corner!

The World Cup 2018 is just around the corner, and I have ants in my pants to get hooked on this world tournament.

I am excited to see the world´s top male football athletes push themselves to their physical and mental limits; I am excited to see individual talent working together as a team to achieve a collective dream; I am excited to support a tournament that has the potential to break racial, religious and cultural discrimination, and, I am excited to learn more about Russia. But, I will not forget the long list of human rights abuses that have been committed under Putin´s governance. So, do get excited with me and support your teams with pride, grace and dignity, but, say no to racism,  xenophobia and discrimination.

Spain in a nutshell!

Map of SpainLocated at the crossroads of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, Europe and Africa, Spain’s history and culture are made up of a rich mix of diverse elements.

Through exploration and conquest, Spain became a world power in the 16th century, and it maintained a vast overseas empire until the early 19th century.

Spain’s modern history is marked by the bitterly fought Spanish Civil War of 1936-39, and the ensuing 36-year dictatorship of General Francisco Franco.

After Franco’s death in 1975, Spain made the transition to a democratic state and built a successful economy, with King Juan Carlos as head of state.

The constitution of 1978 enshrines respect for linguistic and cultural diversity within a united Spain. The country is divided into 17 regions which all have their own directly elected authorities.

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