Archive for category LIFE IN SPAIN

More changes in less time, generation by generation


where are we, the world, heading? I have always referred to the generation of my grand-parents as one that has experienced so many changes, technologywise, real leaps of development, from the telegraph, trains, the combustion engine, charter-travelling by plane, telephone, even the mobile phone… and they assimilated all, and got well used to it. Some […]

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La gente está harta de politicos y sindicatos


recibí un e-mail con esta imagen y lo publico aquí porque, aparte de la sonrisa que nos provoca, pienso que es representativo de un sentimiento entre mucha gente en España ahora mismo, en lo que se refiere a las cabezas visibles de los sindicatos. Y esta es otra expresión de lo mismo, aunque sobre los […]

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Demonstration vs Strike


Although the spanish unions claimed that close to 80% of all the working population joined the strike, I am absolutely convinced that this was not the case! Most people in fact chose to not follow the strike. Maybe because the Unions have lost all credibility with their cheating and fraud on public subsidies, their leaders […]

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Spanish intelligence services alerts on financing of islamic groups


El País, the leading Spanish newspaper, on August 1st this year, wrote an article with alarming news about who is controlling the financing of the activities of the 1,2 million strong muslim community in Spain. The intelligence report, written by General Félix Sanz Roldán (Head of the CNI – National Intelligence Center), notes that these […]

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Chocolate con Churros – or Porras for that sake


It is probably not really healthy, to eat at lot of it, basically due to the fat in which the churros and porras are fried. And because chocolate, cocoa, itself is kind of a fat. But, it is really good. Good when some caring soul (often the family father, or some nice friend) goes buying it early in the morning to bring […]

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WHY ARE KIDS IN SPAIN AND NORWAY GETTING FATTER?


The traditional Mediterranean diet, based on good and healthy raw materials, vegetables and fruits are no longer that much of a base in most household, contrary to what Spaniards themselves like to think. Up north in Europe, in Norway, the fiber-rich breads, the old traditional dishes as well as the raw materials used by the […]

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CURSING AND BAD LANGUAGE


In all languages you find swearing, cursing and other kinds of intentionally bad manners or negative attitude pronounced to or about something or someone. One thing that I have found though is that the intensity and effect of what’s been said varies a lot according to where you are at the moment. For instance, if […]

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JUST A GOOD BRAIN IS NOT ENOUGH


Image via Wikipedia A Spanish magazine recently published an article about the sound shapes of Leire Pajin, the Minister of Health. While the author of it had the healthy looks in mind, other media soon started to criticize what they – in different words – thought to be disgraceful and less nice. We like to think that we […]

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COFFEE-CULTURE AND COFFEE IN CULTURES


It’s a long way, physically and mentally, from the warm cups of coffee that my grand-dad used to drink, sugar cube between his front teeth, in Norway, to the coffee with ice that we often drink after a summer lunch in Spain. Or to the Nespresso in the image of George Clooney and John Malkovich. […]

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Elections or not elections – THAT’s the question


If the government is already changing its members, in a temporary fashion, due to election-preparations, why not just call for general elections straight away? Felipe González, a grand old man of the Spanish PSOE labour party, said that to his party it would really be an advantage to have election as soon as possible (say […]

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