Tag Archives: C2

How much? Is someone pulling my leg?!

House hunting is time-consuming and extremely stressful.  In addition, when you are broke, it is also thoroughly soul-destroying.  How do you get on the property ladder when you can´t get a mortgage, and you don´t want to live in matchbox?

285,000 euros, seriously, someone is pulling my leg!  This is what I call daylight robbery.  And, as importantly, what is the local council doing to ensure that cities provide affordable property for local residents?

As an aside, Edward Elgar is a well-known, and much-loved, British composer from the 20th century. He composed one of my all time classical favourites, so if you want to switch off, chill out and forget your daily problems, then why don´t you listen to Elgar´s Nimrod; it is a life-affirming piece which will warm even hearts made of stone.


Unemployment statistics do not show the real truth!

working contractsAlthough, statistically speaking, the UK has the lowest unemployment rate (5.8%) in the last 6 years, what actually does this really mean?  Well, according to these researchers, absolutely nothing good! If you have enthusiasm, you can read the full article here.



Why journalists have an obligation to challenge power

”You can kick Jorge Ramos out of your press conference (as Donald Trump infamously did in 2015), but you can never silence him.

A reporter for more than 30 years, Ramos believes that a journalist’s responsibility is to question and challenge those in power. In this compelling talk — which earned him a standing ovation midway through — Ramos explains why, in certain circumstances, he believes journalists must take sides.” (In Spanish with English subtitles)

The 3 Kings / Wise Men are coming!

I have ants in my pants because I hope The 3 Wise Men bring me a divorced George Clooney wrapped in a red ribbon.  However, I wish I had been a better person in 2017 because it´s highly likely that they aren´t going to give me anything.

  1. I hope + present tense= a DESIRE
  2. I wish I had been (wish + past perfect) = a REGRET

In recent years, I have received some very bizarre presents!


Left brain, right brain, which are you?

Yemen: On the brink of starvation

Millions of men, women and children are starving in Yemen. Hunger is the Yemen´s silent killer. Food is unaffordable, unavailable, and humanitarian aid is hindered or blocked by a country devastated by war and genocide.  What? Where? Why? Improve your listening skills by watching this video report.  At the same time, ask yourself why this video has only had 3,350 views, while a video on how many girls Justin Bieber has dated has received over 1.7 million hits.

Disgustingly, the British and the USA governments directly support the war in the Yemen by capitalising on the sale of weapons, arms and bombs.

It´s time for us all to stop looking the other way.  Donating money might help in the short term, but using your voice to lobby governments and hold them accountable for their actions is bound to have a longer lasting effect.

Don´t let governments use your tax to sell weapons. Don´t let your governments justify this heinous action in the name of national economic prosperity. Don´t let the childish behaviour of politicians distract you from the ‘real’ issues.  Don´t let the lawyers and academics cloud your sense of moral and ethical justice with legal and intellectual debate.  Perhaps, I don´t know, or don´t have the intellectual capabilities to truly understand all the issues.  And, quite frankly, I don´t care; selling arms for economic and political gain is just wrong.

To have a heart of gold

heart of goldTo have a heart of gold is a common idiom which means:  to be kind or generous or friendly

EG:My mother has a heart of gold: she is always willing to help a stranger and donate to charity . Furthermore, she has supported me with every good, and every terrible decision I have made in my life. So, do you have a heart of gold or a heart of stone?

What young Britons really think about Brexit and their prospects outside the EU

Avril Keating, Director, Centre for Global Youth, UCL Institute of Education, UCL, reports:

In the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum, much was made of how devastated young people were by the result. A survey by Lord Ashcroft suggested that over 70% of young people aged 18-24 voted Remain, while almost 60% of over 55s voted to Leave.

In my ongoing research, I’ve found that this view is too simplistic: in practice, young people’s reactions and views are much more diverse and tricky to categorise.

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All Saints Day

All Saints Day is celebrated across Spain on 1st November, and is a National holiday in the country. The day is celebrated in order to remember the departed friends and relatives, and pay respects to them. People visit the cemeteries and offer flowers, especially chrysanthemums, on the grave of their deceased relatives. Churches hold mass for the occasion. The atmosphere is family friendly and people not only remember the deceased, but also celebrate just being alive

What next for the Catalans? The criticial choices to be faced this week

Sur in English reports:

Carles Puigdemont refuses to deviate from his independence plan while PM Mariano Rajoy rules out considering using a mediator

This weekend Spain appeared to be at its most important crossroads since democracy was restored forty years ago.

Despite attempts by central government to disrupt the unconstitutional referendum on independence organised by the Catalan regional government, the vote which went ahead anyway last Sunday has spurned regional leaders, led by Carles Puigdemont, to carry on with their plan to convert Catalonia into an independent state.

What happens next in Catalonia is likely to be clearer on Monday when the Catalan regional parliament is due to meet for the first time since the illegal vote.

Although Spain’s constitutional court has put a temporary ban on that meeting as well, separatist MPs, who hold a majority, are still expected to attend.

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