Category Archives: Reading

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.  What I do know, however, is that it´s a great event to spend the night on the beach, let your hair down and go swimming under the moon and  stars.

What should I drink when it´s boiling hot?

What, something alcohol-free!  Indisputably, that´s not a serious suggestion, is it?

Ok, some friends sent me an SMS with the following suggestions:

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

Remember that I´m hopeless in the kitchen so which of the above do you think is, by far, the easiest to make?

What should I do when it´s boiling hot?

The summer is here, and OMG, it´s boiling hot. It´s definitely the season to hang up your trainers, throw on your bikini, dust off your cool box and spend as much time as possible at the beach.

Ok, if you aren´t a beach bum, don´t worry, you can take advantage of the outdoor summer cinema festival.

Madrid tackles ‘el manspreading’ on public transport with new signs

The British newspaper, The Guardian, have been following the growing problem of El Manspreading:

Transport authorities in the Spanish capital want to encourage men to respect boundaries on bus seats and keep legs closed.”

Really, seriously, are you pulling my leg?!  In the great scheme of things, does anyone really care?  I for one, have more important things to worry about than a geezer´s knees.  OMG, get a grip!

If you want to read more, check out the full report here.

Growing use of smart drugs by students could be a recipe for disaster

The Conversation reports on the growing use of taking ‘smart drugs’ to cope with the pressure of exams.  So, is this a problem? Well, according to Simon Cotton, a senior researcher at The University of Birmingham, the answer is yes.

If you want to read more about the risks and the long-term effects of pill popping, check out the full article. 

Refugees welcome? How UK and Sweden compare on education for young migrants

Mahatma Gandhi said: “The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members”  So,  how does the UK fare against this barometer?  In a nutshell, the simple answer is: disgracefully. 

Read about how, The UK, the world´s fifth richest economy welcomes, or does not welcome refugees. The findings of this piece of research makes my soul hurt.

Looking at buildings can actually give people headaches – here’s how

As a city girl, under no circumstances would I move to the countryside; there is just too much nature in the countryside.  However, have you ever considered the alleged fact that looking at buildings can be bad for your health?  No, you´ve never considered it.  Well, neither had I until I read a thought-provoking scientific article on the brilliant online publication: The ConversationCheck it out here.

 

Gender equality and miniskirts!

Sur in English reports:

Six fired for ‘refusing to wear miniskirt at work’ The workers at a petrol station near Cordoba had been asked by the owners to wear a miniskirt as part of a fresh look.

For more information, read the full article.

Number of homes burgled on the Costa shot up in first three months of 2017

Sur in English has just reported that home break-ins have risen by 26.2 per cent across the Malaga province, the only area of Andalucía to see an increase, with the largest rises recorded in coastal resorts.

Read more on the Sur in English online newspaper.

The happiness equation! Is someone pulling my leg?!

Recently, I blogged about how some kids defied Newton’s equation of the law of motion, and yesterday I read an article on the Internet which suggests that mathematically you can predict happiness.  Seriously!  Well, according to these researchers, the mathematical equation for happiness is as follows:

happiness equationAnd, based on this premise, if you can predict happiness, then logically speaking you can learn how to make yourself and others happy.

Ok, I get why so much time, effort and money is put into researching this idea. It’s obvious: ask most people what they want out of life and they say: ‘I want to be happy’. And, despite the fact that we know a lot about the consequences of this emotion, for instance it’s a well-known fact that happiness improves our mental and physical health and therefore our lives in general, generally speaking, we don’t have a clue about what makes us and keeps us happy. If we did, ‘Big Pharmaceutical’ would already be cashing in and ripping us off. magic_roundabout

(Ok, as an aside, for those of you who spent their university life popping ecstasy pills, eating magic mushrooms and watching re-runs of the TV kids show, The Magic Roundabout, this doesn’t count – yes, it’s true, these drugs usually make you feel happy but this type of happiness isn’t sustainable, nor practical if you want to function in the given constraints of modern society, i.e. you want to be a law-abiding citizen, and or, earn a living!)

So, if we have to exclude legal and illegal medication, what does this formula mean, and, how can we use it to have a happier life?

Well, according to the research, happiness and different levels of happiness is proportionately linked to the achievements of our expectations. So, for example, if you expect to achieve something and you don’t, then you are not going to be happy. However, if you expect to achieve something and you do, then you are happy, but, and most importantly, if you don’t expect to achieve something and you do, then you are over the moon with happiness and uncontrollable bliss.

scienceOk, I have 2 responses to this research:

  1. OBVIOUSLY, no shit Sherlock Holmes, Elementary my dear Watson!
  2. WHO funded this research? Moreover, why didn’t they pay me for some simple common sense?

In addition, I have one piece of practical advice for everyone who wants a happier life: Expect nothing and you will always be happy!

Seriously, that can’t be right!

Expect nothing, or lower your expectations and you’ll be happier. For example, according to this mathematical equation, if I think my boyfriend is a thoughtless waste of space, I’m always going to be happy with him because, well because if he does something, or once in a blue moon he engages his brain cells, then he has overachieved my expectations. Really, seriously, I’m sorry, but that’s just not acceptable!  Surely, happiness is much more complex than a correlation between expectation and reward.

So, if you want to read more about happiness, then click here. On the other hand, an easier solution might be to go out and drink a beer.