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!


Film vocabulary

There are lots of different types of films

Going to the cinema, or watching films and DVDs at home is definitely one of the most popular pastimes of the last 50 years.

Watching movies is an easy way to learn new things, to switch off, to be entertained, and if we are lucky, to be inspired.

Are you keen on going to the cinema? What are your favourite film genres?

  1. Comedies
  2. Animation Films
  3. Science Fiction Films
  4. Thrillers
  5. Horror Films
  6. Action Films
  7. Westerns
  8. Documentaries
  9. Crime and Gangster Films
  10. Adventure Films
  11. Dramas

To take a rain check

can i take a rain chackTo take a rain check is an informal expression which means you can not accept an invitation but you intend to do so at a later date.

For example, last week I was invited out for dinner but because I was working I asked if I could take a rain check.


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.

To swap something for something else

To swap is a verb which means to take part in an exchange.

You can swap anything, for example books, time, knowledge, clothes, music, technology, gadgets, and even your home.  This is a great system if you need to tighten your belt, or you have stuff that you don´t want or use anymore.


Expressions with hit