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.
Sur in English reports:
A sighting of a three-metre-long blue shark caused alarm on the beaches of Fuengirola on Sunday, forcing a four-hour ban on swimming.
Several bathers warned of the presence of a shark only several metres from the shore in Torreblanca at around 12.15pm.Following the spread of several different videos on social media, the Guardia Civil sent out a patrol to find the shark, but failed to locate it.
The red flag was raised until around 5pm, when it was downgraded to yellow. According to several sources, the authorities tried to capture the shark and return it to deeper waters, but were unsuccessful in their search.
Malaga’s marine rescue service, Aula del Mar, said that the presence of blue sharks is not uncommon on the Malaga coastline. Juan Jesús Martín, biologist and director of the centre, explained that this species is the only type of shark that regularly ventures in shallow waters. “It’s not common, but it can happen,” he said.
Martín clarified that the blue shark is one of more than twenty species that live in the Alboran Sea, and although it can venture into areas with bathers, there has never been a documented encounter between the two.
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Sur in English reports:
Pablo Iglesias, the high-profile national politician who is leader of the Podemos party that grew out of an anti-capitalist street movement, was under fire on social media and in the press this week for acquiring a luxury 540,000-euro home.
The purchase, made with his partner and fellow Podemos politician, Irene Montero, has come as a surprise to many, including those within his own party, due to Iglesias’s outspoken criticism of the supposedly comfortable life of MPs.
Back in 2012, Iglesias commented on the decision of a minister to spend a similar amount on a home by Tweeting: “Would you entrust the country’s economic policy to someone who spent 600,000 euros on a luxury penthouse?”
The new home of the radical Podemos couple is in the hills behind Madrid and is on a 2,000 -metre plot, including swimming pool and guest house. Iglesias has justified the decision saying he has earned the money and it is for living in and not speculating on. The couple are expecting twins and face a 1,600-euro-a-month joint mortgage.
Iglesias currently lives in a 60-metre-square flat.
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A tree hugger is a colloquial expression often used to describe environmentalists in a negative way. However, despite the negative connotations of this idiom, everyone should be a tree hugger. So folks, put down your gadgets and go and hug a tree, plant a tree or prune a bush.
There are 1000 of reasons to learn a language, and just as many reason to give up. However, what impresses me the most about people who learn a second language is their ability to open my brain and show me the world from a different perspective.
Manuel and Juan, congratulations on your achievements; you are amazing. So, throw caution to the wind and go mental this week, you deserve to let your hair down and do some disco dancing. I am chuffed to bits for you both!
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Linked In is a professional online networking tool that allows you to connect with similar professionals across the globe as well as generate business, and for the jobseeker, it can be a very useful resource.
However, I usually connect to get a good brain shake. Linked In is a great place to challenge your ideas and opinions, and to learn new things about trade, business and innovation.
If you´re tempted, why not check out a CEO´s opinion about leadership?
Race for Life is the UK’s biggest women-only charity fundraising event. It brings together women and girls from all over the UK to walk, jog or run 5 or 10 kilometers to raise money in order to:
- Increase awareness about cancer
- Support cancer research
- Help cancer patients and their families
- Subsidise clinical trials
- Support preventative measures
- Lobby governments and politicians
Do you want to get involved? If so, why not join me and thousands of other women and girls on Sunday April the 22nd in Málaga. It costs 8 euros and the distance is 4 kilometers, so, even if running isn´t your cup of tea, you can walk the distance and do something to help the billions of people who are affected by this disease. To sign up, click this link.