Petition for plastic free supermarkets

Lisa lives in Málaga, but was born in the south of England. She´s a professional belly dancer, a teacher, and an ardent activist, supporting a wide range of local and national charitable organisations.  She has adopted 4 stray dogs on the streets of Málaga, and is always willing to lend a hand to people in need.

What´s on her mind?

 

Hair of the dog: hangover cure

bloody maryMy brother and elder sister have a completely unhealthy attitude to hangover cures. They swear by the hair of the dog method. This means, they wake up, and drink a bloody mary. A bloody mary is a drink made with vodka, tomato juice some Worcestershire sauce and a stick of celery to stir it with.  It´s totally disgusting!

 

Hangover cures for Sunday mornings

hangover cures worldMost of us have woken up the morning after a wild night painting the town red with a banging headache. You know it’s going to be a bad day when you can’t lift your head off the pillow without your brain screaming at you: ” Call a doctor, you are dying” Yes, you’ve got a hangover from hell, and you probably only have a vague recollection of what happened the night before.

So, with this in mind, what are the best hangover cures?

 

How long does it take to pass an official English exam?

How long does it take to pass an official English exam? This is a common question that I am asked. And, truthfully, there is no simple answer as there are a lot of factors to take into consideration, including:

  1. Your language learning background
  2. The intensity of your study
  3. Your motivation for taking an exam
  4. The amount of study/exposure you do outside of lesson times

However, Cambridge give the following hours as a conservative guideline:

 

Málaga Fashion Week

For those of you who know me, you know that I´d rather watch paint dry than go shopping for clothes.  That being said, last Saturday, I had a blast watching the catwalk models show off the latest collections of some well-known designers. If you´re a shopaholic, it´s great to visit Málaga.

A-levels vs the International Baccalaureate: which makes a more rounded student?

Lecturer in Education, University of Bath

Few would disagree that a good education means more than just exam results. The benefits of non-academic experiences – from sports competitions, charity events, or school plays – have been shown to lead to more than just happy memories.

Evidence shows that taking part in extracurricular activities can support academic attainment, even into adulthood, as well as bringing personal benefits such as social skills, improved well-being, and self-confidence.

Interested in reading more?

Can one person make a difference?

Elin Ersson has restored my faith in mankind.  Her single-handed, non-violent act of bravery last week prevented the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker from Sweden to Afghanistan.

Many people have pointed out that this victory will be very short-lived as the Swedish government will just eject asylum seekers in more covert ways. However, I would argue that her act of defiance has already had more effect than many organisational lobbyists, as she has raised global awareness of the plight of asylum seekers in Sweden. Thank you Elin, I am indebted to you, and you will be my heroine for many, many years to come.

If you haven´t got a clue what I´m talking about, then please read about her and pass it on. Knowledge is a powerful tool, and just because our governments want us to be dumb, it doesn´t mean we have to oblige.

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!

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.