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.

 

Petition for plastic free supermarkets

Lisa lives in Málaga, but was born in the south of England. She´s a professional belly dancer, a teacher, and an ardent activist, supporting a wide range of local and national charitable organisations.  She has adopted 4 stray dogs on the streets of Málaga, and is always willing to lend a hand to people in need.

What´s on her mind?

 

Muti-nationals don´t pay enough tax

Alice Bailey is a childhood friend. She spent most of her youth breaking rules, challenging institutions, and corrupting me into the wild word of binge drinking and underage clubbing. She is a DJ, broadcast journalist, and is currently the senior press officer for Welcome to Yorkshire.

What´s on her mind?

Hipster room for rent in Berlin

OK, I don´t use Facebook very often, but I have decided to make an effort in order to touch base with some of my life-long mates.  Anyway, I thought, why not share the lives of my international mates with you, as there is no better way to gen up on colloquial English.

Espin is my cool, singer-songwriter cousin.  He lives in Berlin, and his last post was about a hipster room for rent. It´s hysterical!

 

Vegetable Shake: Under no circumstances

The craziest suggestion to cure your hangover is to make yourself a vegetable shake. And, although I´m a vegetarian, and I love a great spinach and celery juice, under no circumstances am I going to turn on the blender to pulp a load of greens when my head is already about to explode. It´s a ridiculous suggestion!

So, what’s your hangover cure?

Hair of the dog: hangover cure

bloody maryMy brother and elder sister have a completely unhealthy attitude to hangover cures. They swear by the hair of the dog method. This means, they wake up, and drink a bloody mary. A bloody mary is a drink made with vodka, tomato juice some Worcestershire sauce and a stick of celery to stir it with.  It´s totally disgusting!

 

Hangover cures for Sunday mornings

hangover cures worldMost of us have woken up the morning after a wild night painting the town red with a banging headache. You know it’s going to be a bad day when you can’t lift your head off the pillow without your brain screaming at you: ” Call a doctor, you are dying” Yes, you’ve got a hangover from hell, and you probably only have a vague recollection of what happened the night before.

So, with this in mind, what are the best hangover cures?