Thursday, 30 October 2008
(Dudo siquiera que los gallegoparlantes lo entiendan todo. Por si acaso, los gallegos están excluídos de mi promesa.)
Por otra parte... ¿le suena a alguien esta canción de algo?¿La crisis o algo, digo...?¿No? Entonces es que no ven ningún medio de comunicación español.
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Saturday, 25 October 2008
Las inversiones, sin lugar a dudas.
Un par de ejemplos:
La corrupción ha devorado miles de millones de cooperación sin resultados - Las inversiones chinas y un nuevo tipo de ayuda occidental empiezan a sacar al continente del pozo. (03/12/07)
¿Cómo lo veis?
El regreso de cerebros, el fin de algunas guerras y cierta democratización empiezan a dar frutos.¿Puede la región seguir el ejemplo de Asia? (06/10/08)
Thursday, 23 October 2008
- Oiga, yo quiero hacerme la vasectomía.
- Pero bueno, hombre, no diga eso usted tan a la ligera... Es una decisión muy seria. Lo habrá hablado con su mujer y con sus hijos, ¿verdad?
- Por supuesto que sí. De hecho, lo hemos sometido a votación:
- Listen, I want you to make me the vasectomy.
- But, good man, don't say it so gladly. This is a serious decision. You've talked about it to your wife and children, I assume. Am I wrong?
- No, sir. Of course I did so. As a matter of fact, we voted it:
- Escolti, jo vull fer-me la vasectomia.
- I tant, senyor doctor. Ho vam sotmetre a votació, de fet:
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
25. It is illegal for a cab in the City of London to carry rabid dogs or corpses.
24. It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.
23. It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upside down.
22. In France, it is forbidden to call a pig Napoleon.
21. Under the UK’s Tax Avoidance Schemes Regulations 2006, it is illegal not to tell the taxman anything you don’t want him to know, though you don’t have to tell him anything you don’t mind him knowing.
20. In Alabama, it is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while driving a vehicle.
19. In Ohio, it is against state law to get a fish drunk.
18. Royal Navy ships that enter the Port of London must provide a barrel of rum to the Constable of the Tower of London.
17. In the UK, a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants – even, if she so requests, in a policeman’s helmet.
16. In Lancashire, no person is permitted after being asked to stop by a constable on the seashore to incite a dog to bark.
15. In Miami, Florida, it is illegal to skateboard in a police station.
14. In Indonesia, the penalty for masturbation is decapitation.
13. In England, all men over the age of 14 must carry out two hours of longbow practice a day.
12. In London, Freemen are allowed to take a flock of sheep across London Bridge without being charged a toll; they are also allowed to drive geese down Cheapside.
11. In San Salvador, drunk drivers can be punished by death before a firing squad.
10. In the UK, a man who feels compelled to urinate in public can do so only if he aims for his rear wheel and keeps his right hand on his vehicle.
9. In Florida, unmarried women who parachute on Sundays can be jailed.
8. In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon more than six-feet long.
7. In Chester, Welshmen are banned from entering the city before sunrise and from staying after sunset.
6. In the city of York, it is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow.
5. In Boulder, Colorado, it is illegal to kill a bird within the city limits and also to “own” a pet – the town’s citizens, legally speaking, are merely “pet minders”.
4. In Vermont, women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth.
3. In London, it is illegal to flag down a taxi if you have the plague.
2. In Bahrain, a male doctor may legally examine a woman’s genitals but is forbidden from looking directly at them during the examination; he may only see their reflection in a mirror.
1. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast is legally the property of the King; the tail, on the other hand, belongs to the Queen - in case she needs the bones for her corset.
You can read the article on the official web.
What do you think about it?
Monday, 20 October 2008
¿Qué tiene esta entrada de especial?
PD: No, no, aunque muchos penseis que puedo estar engañándoos, esto no es falso. Es real como la vida misma, como que Islandia económicamente se ha hundido.
Saturday, 18 October 2008
'We need slaves to build monuments'
It is already home to the world's glitziest buildings, man-made islands and mega-malls - now Dubai plans to build the tallest tower. But behind the dizzying construction boom is an army of migrant labourers lured into a life of squalor and exploitation. Ghaith Abdul-Ahad reports:
What do you think about it?
PS: I found the article via Carlos en Arabia Saudí.
Thursday, 16 October 2008
More stunning is this:
This is a letter that an Icelandic journalist writes to a friend in NYC.
What do you think about it?
Dispatch From Iceland: ‘We Might Lose Our Country’
Iceland’s central bank today slashed its key policy rate for the first time since 2003 in an unscheduled announcement as the country remains perhaps the hardest hit in the financial crisis. The nation fell into crisis last week on concern that the Icelandic authorities couldn’t back up debt obligations of the struggling, almost entirely domestic-owned banking sector. Meanwhile, international trading in the krona has since all but stopped due to low confidence in the currency. Amid such broad turmoil, sometimes the plight of the average citizen gets lost. Sigríður Hagalín Björnsdóttir, an Icelandic journalist, writes from Reykjavík to a friend in New York.
Hallgrimskirkja, a modernist church in Reykjavik, Iceland. (Getty Images)
Thanks for asking how we are — we’re fine, although the situation here is very strained. It’s such a strange feeling, having your entire perception of reality changed so drastically in a few days. Until these past weeks, we were living in one of the richest countries in the world, and although we were a little worried about the economy, nobody would have imagined anything like this storm. Now, all our biggest banks are bankrupt, our currency is basically dead, it may be difficult to buy food, oil and other necessities from abroad, and we even fear that we might lose our country, just like happened to Newfoundland. Hundreds of people are losing their jobs, many more might be losing their homes, and people’s life savings are either lost or drastically reduced. People are scared for the future, that our state may actually go bankrupt.
Everybody is very tired — watching your country suffer like this is almost like watching someone you love become ill, it’s like suffering from a broken heart. Most of our tycoons seem to have left the country, and the government is under police protection — a first — but it doesn’t seem like people are angry or aggressive. We are stunned, very surprised, that this expansion adventure that made a few people very rich but didn’t really affect the general public, has turned out this disastrous. Yes, people here bought expensive cars, and allowed themselves an annual trip to Copenhagen or to a Spanish beach, but most of us kept working 10 hours a day and kept on as we have always done.
There is also a sense of hope and unity, even a sense of humor — people seem determined to go on with their lives, even if it will be a bit harsh for a while. You can hear people all around say things like: we survived the terrible volcanic eruptions of the 18th century, we survived the frost winter of 1918, we survived famines, Black Death, earthquakes, we’ll survive this. Families and friends are coming together for dinners and chats, at night there are candles burning in the windows in most houses here, and inside people are sitting together, talking, talking, talking. Most of us are hoping something positive will come out of this, that our greed, arrogance and materialism will be replaced by care and gratitude for the more important things in life.
My family and friends are not affected by the storm yet; most of us are government workers, teachers, doctors, journalists etc., and not part of the jet set. None of us have been particularly patriotic up until now, most have lived for long periods of time outside Iceland. Now, however, we feel fiercely loyal to our nation, basically a big extended family, grandchildren of farmers and fishermen, who lost their way on the international markets.
Saturday, 4 October 2008
As a matter of fact, I'm keen on storms, and bad weather (a.k.a. this), but maybe not too bad weather, because it is destroying the fields. But I hope there'll be storms, at least, about this whole week along.
The only bad thing is the fucking cold I've gotten of that. I cannot move, and I use to spend most of time on the bed... xD
According to El Periódico de Catalunya, between hail and water, it fell 51 litres per sq metre in Premià. Woaow!
(Si sigues leyendo, verás la entrada sobre China)
Al hablar de África, sí que decía que también había pobreza... Y al hablar de América Latina (I y II) pues lo mismo. Y bueno, China no se destaca precisamente por tener la riqueza per cápita de la gran mayoría de países occidentales. Evidentemente hay gente que cobra
Ese es otro tema estrella: el comunismo. Yo os voy a dar mi opinión, aunque la gente que me conoce sabe que procuro mantenerme neutral. No soy comunista, aunque hay algunos aspectos del comunismo moderado que si que están bien para los países pobres, pues se garantiza una educación y una alimentación, si más no, suficiente para vivir. Ahora que pienso... prefiero que me deis vuestra opinión vosotros (si alguien se digna, claro).
Entremos en materia... Allá van las fotos (la mayoría, como siempre, gracias a Wikipedia):
Ahora a plantearme cualquier duda, comentario, pensamiento, sentimiento, o cualquier cosa que me quieran decir.
PD: Un inciso, no pongo imágenes de Hong Kong ni Macao porque es obvio que ahí sí hay niveles occidentales, y lo sabe todo el mundo. Igualmente, si alguien quiere, pues que lo pida y veré qué puedo hacer.
PD1: Absolutamente todas las fotos provienen de la Wikipedia en inglés.