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21 abril 2012 6 21 /04 /abril /2012 13:24

 

My boots are made for walking, my boots are made for walking, these  boots are made for walking.


Who was it, who sang to the boots. I found out afterwards, it was Nancy Sinatra, oops....


 

In any case she was alright. That is what I thought the other day from my seat at the Cercanías train (local train)

 

going to Passeig de Gràcia, in Barcelona, and this is the case of my old navy blue boots, the ones I was wearing.


 

They are much more than three years old, actually I don’t remember what year I bought them,

 

gosh,  they have walked a lot and they never abandoned me, they're still comfy.

 

We walked together long hours in Toronto, these boots took me to the heat of

 

Egypt and led me to the posh London Reform Club.


                              Long life to my old navy blue boots, you’re made for walking.

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15 abril 2012 7 15 /04 /abril /2012 19:27

 

 

Three months after having left Toronto I find myself today at home making my English homework.


Sorry dears but it is boring.

 

I joined last term of the year an Advanced class at British Council in Barcelona.

 

Teacher is alright. He is an Irishman, sometimes difficult to understand but this is the threat I don’t worry for.

 

But believe me,  the class in general is boring.

 

We’re some fifteen people, none of them overpassing the thirties, if so.


Actually my course colleagues might have the same interest I have, to get an official well appreciated qualification, the

 

Advanced Level of the British Council, but they are posh Spanish youngsters.

 

I say posh, please excuse me If I'm offending someone, because of the prize one has to pay for some twenty classes

 

in all, some twenty discounting Easter holidays and other days that I might not been able to go. I had to pay 700 Euros.

 

An amazing lot.


Anyway I joined and I’ll finish but nothing to do with the three months I joined Toronto’ s Ryerson University. I miss all

 

my colleagues there even tough their faces are beginning to fade.


I’m not going to get sad. I’ll go on here but it’s boring. I could not join the Escuela Official de Idiomas where the course 

 

is much cheaper but it was to late in the year when I arrived in Barcelona. Maybe next year, who knows now


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30 marzo 2012 5 30 /03 /marzo /2012 22:46
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28 enero 2012 6 28 /01 /enero /2012 23:07

Scotland has oil, we haven’t, Scotland will have a referenda on independence, we will not

   Scotland has oil, we haven’t, Scotland will have a referenda on independence, we will not

 

   I’m happy for Scotland and the Scottish people.  Alex  Salmond, the Scottish First Minister, promised a referendum on the independence of the country and they are going to have it. It seems that it will be hold on 25th January 2014, birthday day of Robert Burns, the Scottish national poet. The question they will ask is not clear yet. David Cameron does not have the same idea for it as the Scottish have.

  I wonder when Catalonia will have a referendum like that, we are far away from it. Even though the idea arises every now and then but referenda in Spain is a banned matter. Only a matter or question of State. And we don’t have oil. Believe me or not, this is an important point. The 80% of the North Sea oil is Scotish. Yet we don’t have a Catalan Premier League. Scottish do.

   Four million people live and work in Scotland and Salmond want to ask the vote of young people aged 16 and 17. Why not if an Scottish of this age can marry,  join the Army and pay taxes.

   Scottish Premier makes his point saying that the referendum will be hold not because he thinks that Scotland is better than any other country, just because “we are as god as others”, he says.

  One of the interesting proposals already announced for the alleged new country is a Scotland free of nuclear weapons. For the time being they have Trident  submarines.

  So good luck people from the Loch Ness and the Scottish tild, I still remember when I married in Brussels that one of the guests came for the occasion with this knee-length garment with pleats.

  Please Mr. Salmond prepare a good referenda, if you can skip  10 Downing Street and remember that Quebec lost it in 1995 for a little percentatge, 49,42% of the votes said yes.


 


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21 enero 2012 6 21 /01 /enero /2012 21:46

 

MARTA GRAHAM SAID THAT MOVEMENT NEVER LIES, "IT IS A BAROMETER THAT EXPLAINS SOUL CONDITION"

 

I came back to the good weather, leaving behind many degrees below zero. Yet  I left as well some people that I will have in my heart. Bye bye Daniel, bye bye Christian, bye bye Radin and many others, hope to see you again at some point, I really miss you all.

A sort of Indian Summer welcomed me. I have been walking in the beach with Trufa. Trufa is my doggie, she missed me as well, my daughter is happy to have me back, so are some of the friends I'm seeing tomorrow Sunday, at least I hope so.

After all Christmas festivities that here last a lot, till the 6th January, the Holy Kings, and having been eating a lot, routine is here again. I'm trying to get back to work as soon as possible, we will see because it seems they don't want me to work till summertime. 

Routine could be a good thing and I have choosen it because I said no to Margarita's proposal of going to Tahiland. She is there in a nice beach. I couldn't afford it in many terms, in money and in energy. The possibility of going forward, beyond the border to Burma, rang me a bell because I've been admiring and following "The Lady", she is now sixty-six I think and maybe she will be next President of the country after defeating the militaries next April. I'll keep an eye to it.

Meanwhile, here I am. Nuriainbarcelona. I was in Toronto as a mature student. I'm in Barcelona as a citizen, as a worker, as a journalist, as a mother, as a doggie owner, as, as, as, as...

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8 diciembre 2011 4 08 /12 /diciembre /2011 20:38

 

 

   When I decided to work part-time the main question was if it would result in a decline in my career. The answer was clear for me. Maybe it would be considered a decline on the terms of our competitive society, only welcoming people who are hurrying in the morning to take public transport or drive in a jam-packed road to arrive on time at the workplace.   Yet, for me, more hours of sleep is a privilege I can afford now not working the long hours I used to.

   Even if I'm getting less money I have gained in spare time, a concept that cannot be quantified in Dollars or Euros. I'm now richer. Time is gold and every hour is a treasure I get. Moreover I am richer in sleep.

   But, generally, these days, we are increasingly sleep-deprived and women even more so. Single working women and working moms don't have a minute for themselves. More sleep is out of their reach. So was it to me years ago.

   I learnt the lesson and now I get as much sleep as I can. Time is gold and sleep is healthy and relaxing. You lose consciouness, slow down various functions of the mind and recover from the effects of daily activity.

   With a good sleep your mind appears to be clearer, unclouded.

   I already knew how important sleep is in our lifes. When I was working long hours with the perspective ahead of making my job part-time, peers kept on asking me what I would do when I had more time. My answer was: "sleep as much as I can, with no alarm-clock".

   And this is what I have been doing.

 

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8 diciembre 2011 4 08 /12 /diciembre /2011 18:58

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/thumbnail_570x321/2011/09/shame-image-michael-fassbender-2.jpg

 

I have seen the other side of the coin, on a cinema and on television. Why do I say that, because I saw a film and I watched a television series about male nudity, the first, and male prostitution, the second.

Acustomed to female nudity and prostitution on the screens and everywhere here in Toronto where they have a lot of prostibules and "clubs" with women calling to enter and pay a ticket for whatever they show, a male nudity and a male prostitution story on the screen was a novelty.

It has been after i followed on local television and on the main news of the country how they were speaking about a film called "Shame". For that reason I  decided that the film was a "must" for me and I went to the cinema.  More media ink has spilled on "Shame" that on any other movie. The star is Michael Fassbender a very attractive men and the director is Steve Mc Queen, a British artist turned to filmaker. "Shame" explains how a guy has compulsive sex with strangers and shows its "frontal" nudity, the television news reporter stressed. Yes, it shows it but explains as well that the film character is incapable of relationships and has a dark childhood.

It is a movie about sex addition and I wonder if thit is considered a pathology. Used to see on the screen and on the ads women naked or half naked I wonder why a male nudity is that shocking. Besides explaining how bad the guy feels about not being able to have sex with comitment the whole plot is presented in a very let us say delicate manner, beautifully photograped showing the beauty of nudity, with no weapons, no computer graphics, slow moving and with a largely silent dialogue. No matter the director is an artist. 

It is not pornography as they are trying to present the film on the mainstream media here in Toronto. So, please why you don't do a film like this with a female main character that does not lean towards pornography as all do.

I have seen as well some episodes of an HBO tv series called "Hung". It explains the story of a suburban Detroit high school baseball coach who goes to male prostitution and guess who are his pimps, two women that at some point compete to get the most of him, in" business terms ", of course. One of them, the ugliest, seems to be in love with him, at least this was my impression. A male "Pretty woman", who knows. I'll have to wait till the series arrives in Spain, if it arrives, to see what focus they put in the new episodes.

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21 noviembre 2011 1 21 /11 /noviembre /2011 17:01

AS A JOURNALIST I AM AND AS A VOTER I FOLLOWED SPANISH ELECTIONS. YET I HAVE TO SAY THAT I COULD NOT VOTE BECAUSE MY BALLOTS DID NOT ARRIVE ON TIME. EVEN THOUGH PLEASE LOOK HOW "THE GLOBE AND MAIL", ONE OF THE LEADING CANADA'S PAPERS, SAYS ABOUT THE NEW LEADER TO GUIDE SPAIN. NEVERTHELESS IT IS A REUTERS DISPATCH, I SUPPOSE WRITTEN WITH BRITISH GUIDANCE AND STYLE .

IT SAYS:

 

 

MARIANO RAJOY, WHO WILL BECOME SPAIN'S NEW PRIME MINISTER AFTER A SWEEPING ELECTION VICTORY, IS A CAUTIOUS MODERATE WHO MAKES AN UNLIKELY CRISIS MANAGER FOR A COUNTRY ENGULFED IN THE EURO'S ZONE'S CRISIS.

   THE COLOURLESS 56-YEAR-OLD FORMER INTERIOR MINISTER STRUGGLES TO CRACK A SMILE AND HIS OVERWHELMING VICTORY WAS BUILT MORE ON MISTAKES BY THE SOCIALISTS IN POWER FOR THE PAST SEVEN YEARS THAN ON HIS OWN VISION OR INSPIRATION.

 

VERY WELL WRITTEN LEAD GIVING THE CLUE OF THE WHOLE THING.

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http://www.canadafreepress.com/images/uploads/AUNG_SAN_SUU_KUYI,_home_arrest.jpgFOLLOWING ALL PIECES OF NEWS THAT I CAN GET ON SUU KYI I JUST FOUND THIS AFP DISPATCH:

   MS. SUU KYI HINTED THAT SHE WOUD STAND FOR OFFICE AT A MEETING OF PARTY DELEGATES ON FRIDAY WHEN THEY DECIDED TO RE-REGISTER AS POLITICAL PARTY AND CONTEST ELECTIONS AFTER BOYCOTTING LAST YEAR'S VOTE, MYANMAR'S FIRST IN 20 YEARS. 

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