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Success Story: Fabián FCE Cambridge B2

Inglés Málaga says: Congratulations Fabián. You have passed your Cambridge FCE B2 exam, and I am on cloud 9 for you.  Without a shadow of a doubt, you should feel over the moon with your success and achievements.

Finally, good luck with your next objective to become a high school teacher; you will be amazing. The children of Andalusia will be lucky to have a teacher like you who has experience of working in the private sector, and a natural talent for engaging and inspiring people.

My journey with you has been an honour!



Film Directors

Film Directors:

Have you ever wondered who your favourite film director is? No?!

romeoWell, the brilliant, Australian director, Baz Lurhmann, really ‘floats my boat’. This is very curious because in general I can’t stand musicals. It’s just not normal to be walking down the street and then start belting out a tune.

On the whole, I think these kinds of movies are a sandwich short of a picnic. Luckily, Baz Luhrmann has, up to a point, changed my mind as one of my all time favourite films is his musical Romeo and Juliet. Although his version is based on Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, the film is set in modern times and the tragedy of the star-crossed lovers unfolds against a backdrop of guns, drugs and fast convertibles.

If you haven’t seen this movie yet, then I suggest that you see it immediately. Check out the official trailer here.
tangoSo, despite the fact that musicals aren’t my cup of tea, music is definitely a part of my life that I couldn’t give up. With that in mind, when I first watched Moulin Rouge I thought I had died and gone to heaven.

Yes, it’s a musical, and blow me over, yes, it’s that good! Seriously, the soundtrack is second-to-none, and in my opinion mixing the song Roxanne by The Police with the Tango to emphasize the raw emotions of love, passion, betrayal, jealousy and suspicion was a stroke of genius. Not seen it? Click here

The main characters, Christian and Satine, are played by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman; and their acting is priceless. So, although this love story didn’t break my heart of stone it definitely caused a mini crack.

Happy International Women’s Day!

international-womens-day-2015Today is a day to celebrate all women, and to remember the unfortunate fact that there are, regrettably, a lot of countries where women still don’t have financial independence, they don’t have the right to vote, to drive, to file for divorce, and many who live in constant fear for their lives.

Gender equality has a long way to go, but today I am celebrating and raising a glass to all the women and men who came before me, and the women and men ahead of me who have devoted their lives to ensure that I can do what I want, when I want. It’s time to say a huge thank you!


Mobile pet grooming business

Businesses for sale!

Are you looking for a change? Are you bored with your life? Do you want to be your own boss? If the answer to these questions is yes, then why not buy an existing business?  You could even buy a gentleman´s club.  However, my first question is:” What is that? And, why does it need bedrooms?”

OMG, I am so, so, so, very naive!

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.

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.

Join a Málaga Meetup group!

If you are not part of a Málaga Meetup group, then I would thoroughly recommend that you join one .  It is, by far, the easiest and most entertaining way to network, learn something new, and practise your language skills.

In fact, I am a member of several groups, as they contribute to my professional development, and enable me to switch off, recharge my batteries and have fun with like-minded people.


Why are talented people discriminated against?

Talented people and jobsYes, it’s time for us all to wake up and smell the coffee; just because we all don’t fit into the ‘square box’ doesn’t make us any less intelligent, creative, productive or human.  It’s time for everyone to recognise that difference is what makes life interesting, progressive and innovative. Read the full article here.

Worryingly, I had never heard about Asperger´s syndrome until the issue was tackled on Boston Legal, one of my favourite USA TV series. Indeed, if you have some spare time, I would wholeheartedly recommend watching this show because it deals with very topical and controversial issues in a very humourous way. Not to mention, the second-to-none acting and the ground-breaking script.