Government forces banks to pay mortgage-loan notary tax

Well, it´s been a great week for the big guns.

So, prime minister Pedro Sanchez says, when it comes to Catalonia we respect and abide by the judgement and process of the Spanish judicial system, but, when the judicial system doesn´t do what I want because it´s not good for my political standing, I´m going to pull out my Executive guns and say: No.

OK, nothing new here then!

However, having said that, I agree with Sanchez, and more to the point, what the hell is this tax for? I´ve consulted Mr Wikipedia and Mrs Fiscal Impuestos in both Spanish and in English, and all I can deduce is this: it´s a tax levied on pieces of paper that the Banks want, stamped by someone who isn´t obliged to read them, but the government thinks is law-abiding. ( They usually charge you for the oxygen you´ve wasted by being in their office)

Alternative solution: Get rid of the tax.

 

Putin and Málaga

No, no, and more no.

So, I bit my tongue when Burger King opened opposite Málaga´s beautiful Roman amphitheatre, I bit my tongue again when Málaga´s landmark historical square became host to the soulless multinational Costa Coffee, and I nearly bit my whole hand off when Starbucks opened.  I justified all these narrow-minded, legacy building decisions of Mr Paco de la Torre in the context of an economic crisis, eye-watering unemployment, boring party politics, and the fact that you are everywhere.  Everywhere I went, you were there, business meetings, cultural events, concerts, and educational workshops. I believe you love Málaga, and I understand you have a thankless job where everyone will hate you, at least some of the time. But, this is just too much, in the words of the deceased American senator, John McCain: “Vladimir Putin is a thug and a murderer and a killer.” ”Frankly, I would never accept an award from Vladimir Putin because then you kind of give some credence and credibility to this butcher.”

Mr Paco de la Torre, the Russian museum is a wonderful space, Russian culture, as all culture, enriches, educates and inspires, and I am grateful, and honoured that The Russian Museum is in Málaga. But, Vladamir Putin does not deserve the respect that you have afforded him. I would suggest that you reevaluate your team of advisers, as your moral compass is in jeopardy.

The level of hypocrisy knows no bounds

Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the first world war armistice. Dignitaries, politicians and the general public gathered to pay their respects. They made speeches to honour the 16 million lives lost, and they took part in a wide variety of events to commemorate the end of World War I.  Many politicians used this opportunity to talk about the fragility of peace, and to increase awareness about the rise in, and dangers of, self-centered nationalism, xenophobia, and the growing global levels of sociopathic behaviour.

And yet, in the very same week the British government are securing deals with Saudi Arabia to sell 48 Typhoon fighter planes. Indeed, since 2015 Britain has sold billions of pounds of weapons that have been used by Saudi Arabia to bomb Yemen.  Could anything be worse? Well yes, it could. The UK has a list of 30 countries which, through its own analysis, have committed the greatest number of human rights atrocities, and yet, the UK government is still happy to sell arms to 66% of them.

So, in a nutshell, how am I supposed to reconcile the difference between acts of peace, and facts of war? How are educators supposed to teach children anything about ethics and morality when the bottom line, since time immemorial, clearly demonstrates that money and power will always outtrump the value of peace and humanity.

The British government is putting blood on my hands, and my ignorance to the level of this hypocrisy has made me more than just an innocent bystander. Today, I am ashamed of myself.

 

EOI B2 & C1 Summer Success Stories: Well done Inma & Cristina!

While most people were at the beach sunbathing, or avoiding jellyfish, Cristina and Inma were busy preparing to resit their EOI exams.  Passing an exam requires effort and determination, an effective exam strategy, and a lot of practice. Consequently, I´m on cloud 9 to say that both Cristina and Inma passed their exams. It´s time to celebrate success!

Are you preparing for the official Escuela Oficial de Idiomas exams: B1, B2, C1? If the answer is yes, then The EOI 120 Workout will help you prepare for the speaking exam.

EVENTOS SOCIALES: INGLÉS MÁLAGA: PASAPALABRA TWISTER

INGLÉS MÁLAGA: PASAPALABRA TWISTER

Inglés Málaga Pasapalabra Twister is a word game which will liberate your mind, improve your vocabulary, and ensure you laugh your pants off.

Can you describe a crazy octopus playing the drums? Do you have the linguistic dexterity to express a happy pirate frying fish? Can you help your team win the Inglés Málaga Pasapalabra Twister trophy?

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be an Inglés Málaga Pasapalabra Twister contestant, and improve your English communication skills at the same time, why not take part in an Inglés Málaga Pasapalabra Twister event?

To apply to be an Inglés Málaga Pasapalabra Twister contestant, please complete the contact form or email Janette, Senior Pasapalabra Twister Sister: info.inglesmalaga@gmail.com

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EVENTOS SOCIALES: INGLÉS MÁLAGA: CLUEDO SUSPECTS

INGLÉS MÁLAGA: CLUEDO SUSPECTS

Inglés Málaga Cluedo Suspects is a murder mystery game which will test your English language skills. You will use your investigative skills, improve your vocabulary, and ensure that, at least, one murderer is off the streets of Málaga.

Everyone suspects you. But, did you really do it? You are convinced that you were nowhere near the hall. Moreover, you have never even laid an eyeball on Miss Scarlet. And, as you are a little bit twisted, your weapon of choice would certainly have been a rope.

Are the police officers complete nutjobs?

Do you have the deductive powers and linguistic abilities to work out the clues, solve the murder, and prove your innocence?

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be an Inglés Málaga Cluedo Suspect, and you want to improve your English communication skills in an entertaining way, why not take part in an Inglés Málaga´s Cluedo Suspect event?

To apply to be an Inglés Málaga Cluedo Suspect, please complete the contact form or email Janette, Senior Nutjob Police officer: info.inglesmalaga@gmail.com

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EOI English C1 Exam Success: Congratulations Lola!

The summer is nearly over, the kids are preparing to go back to school, and here at Inglés Málaga we are celebrating the success and achievement of summer clients.

Congratulations Lola, you have passed your EOI C1 level exams. ! You gave your brain a severe mental workout during your intensive prorammeand  I am chuffed to bits for you

So, what do Inglés Málaga clients say about us? Well, read a few testimonials and you´ll get a good idea.

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EVENTOS SOCIALES: INGLÉS MÁLAGA SPEED DATING

INGLÉS MÁLAGA SPEED DATING 

With the Inglés Málaga Speed Dating event there is no better way to practise your abilities to ask and answer questions in English.

If I went speed dating, these would be my questions:

  1. Do you have a passport?
  2. Do you have a pet?
  3. If you had to be an animal, would you be an ant or an anteater?
  4. If you could be a superhero, who would you be?
  5. It is said that smart phones make smart people dumb, and dumb people smart. Would you agree?
  6. According to the popular film character Forest Gump, ”life is a like a box of chocolates”. So, with this in mind, are you a strawberry delight, or a chocolate toffee finger?
  7. How often do you talk about food, and say: ”mmmm…..yummy” when you eat?

If you want to take part in an Inglés Málaga speed dating event in order to practise your English, ( we are not a pick-up-joint) then please send an email to Janette, Senior Speed Dating Director: info.inglesmalaga@gmail.com

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