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Teach a man to fish and he'll still vote for the guy that gives him a fish.
Toggle Commented Dec 2, 2014 on My Monday Funnies: 1.12.14 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
With some shameful delay (mañana and all that, you know), allow me to join you in your celebration. Waiting for the 75 years purple heart or something like that. When asked for the secret of a long marriage, George Harrison's widow said: not to divorce. I think that sumes it quite well. Congratulations again! We´ll make toast for both of you with some good spanish bubbles. And do not worry: I personally will take care of emptying your cups.
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2014 on Today's the day at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I do not like explanations where the others (russians, palestinians) have 'no other alternative' but we (the west) can choose. Sociology for them, ethics for us. So, only one part can ever be guilty.
He would certainly enjoy my, ejem, garden. Totally multicultural, no trace of pure races there.
Mrs. Gove said something in the way of: 'Cameron will live to regret this day'. If she's made of the same stuff of his husband plus the known extra coming from the female of the specie, maybe Mr. Cameron should be a little worried.
http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/charles-moore/2014/07/charles-moore-weve-just-seen-the-worst-reshuffle-in-25-years/
By the way. http://youtu.be/yHx8y1rFjdk
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2014 on Your Monday Funnies: 14.7.14 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
One of the many jewish jokes inluded in Freud's 'The Joke and Its Relation to the Unconscious'. The wife to her husband: when one of us dies, I'll go to live in Paris.
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2014 on Your Monday Funnies: 14.7.14 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
If it were as Marnham says, the french people could as well have voted the Left Front (Front de Gauche), wich is as much anti-globalization, anti-EU, anti-american, and proposes similar things to the ones he ascribes to Le Pen's party. The main, and probably decisive difference is the position towards inmigration, mainly the muslim one.
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2014 on The Sunday Rumble: 8.6.14 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Well, I guess I'll have to accept that you've choosen the greeks over us. Maybe next time you may decide to come somewhere near Barcelona? The paella will be on me then. Have a good time and be careful. The resinato can be quite treacherous.
Retsina instead of Rioja? Mmmmmm... JK, About nationalism, I happen to live in Barcelona, so don't get me started.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2014 on "This scept'red isle" at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I think I cannot agree with you there. Of course, I cannot talk about the rest of Europe, even less about the UK, but I've never felt or heared of any grunge against English people here in Spain. I mean, people do not love you, to use your words, but neither do they love french, italians or danish. We have here a particular kind of tolerance (the wrong kind, in my opinion) which good side is a 'live and let live' attitude. Or am I wrong and your experience as a tourist, or that one coming from any of your fellow ex-pats living here, proves to you something different? Another thing would be the different history and political principles that differentiate your part of Europe from the Continent. This probably has something to do with the present shortage of understanding. About that point,and from my personal point of view, I do not care to tell you that my feelings are closer to envy than to hate. Any way, I hope you keep coming from time to time, with or without the need of a passport.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2014 on "This scept'red isle" at DUFF & NONSENSE!
See? Once you look closer, we're everywhere, leading World History from the dark. Well, under a heavy Sun, really.
The Spanish publisher of the book has been so kind as to upload the foreword of the book (just a dozen pages). It is from there that I point out some ideas that I think related to your argument. After Mr. Middelaar, the EU will never be what the founders hoped for: a single State. That will be 'heaven', and we are in purgatory. Not for some time, but for as long we can see, because this seems to be the nature of the EU. A place where decisions are taken by politicians fighting at the same time national and foreign problems. According to him, this view explains the facts better than any federal teleology. The 'founding fathers' idea was to establish a set of common rules, but that strategy proves to be faulty every time the members must face any problem together. Rules will be on continuous change. That has also been the case in the recent 'euro crisis'. Europeans do not feel Brussels politicians as 'ours' precisely because European politics are not made mainly there but in every country and among the governments of the countries who make up the EU. The EU means the creation of a 'market', which is not the same as a free trade zone. Those countries that most value the 'market' idea (UK, Netherlands and the Nordics) fail to see the difference. Although aimed at economic interests, the creation of a market needs to take deeply political decisions. I.e., if a British family goes to France to open a b&b, would they have right to medical services and the children to schooling? Who pays for the falling banks? One last point. The only country which does not have a written constitution is the one that more often appeals to the 'letter' of the Treaty, while many of the others, with written constitutions, say that what counts is the 'spirit'. And this 'spirit' is: we advance together. When British politicians complain that their partners change the rules they don't see that the rules will be always changing. Excuse the legth. I do not know enough to make it shorter. I hope it will be useful to you. And pardon my english!
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2014 on "This scept'red isle" at DUFF & NONSENSE!
More complete information here. http://passage-to-europe.eu/reviews
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2014 on "This scept'red isle" at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I agree 100% with you: UK is a different case from the Continent (just to mention one difference: non stop democracy in the past century) Until now, all the values we most respect were born from and defended by the nation state. The EU pretends to be something completely new in Human History, following the nation state, and that is quite a high order. Probably, it comes mainly from a big need to forget the last century (2 world wars, plus one cold). But...one wonders if, in many cases and even from a liberal (in the good, old, robust sense) point of view, for many countries it is not better the Union when compared to what we can imagine will happen to them were they on their own. Some days ago, was here Mr. van Middelaar. He is the one who writes Mr. van Rompuy speeches (wait, keep reading, please!) and he said the UE is the purgatory between the promised heaven at the start of the process and the hell of the continuous european wars. In case you want to read from him, http://www.presseurop.eu/en/content/blog/3629771-don-t-be-afraid-counter-democracy
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2014 on "This scept'red isle" at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Ok, Ok,... But where does the new PM come from? Spain, of course! Like the future's king nanny, and the, ejem, energetic teacher. And the new Major of Paris ! Next step: Germany. We'll have them dancing sevillanas in no time at all. She's lucky that Angela: her name has the same spelling in spanish. If she finds the right dots dress and it fits her, she may have a chance dancing in a flamenco tablao (since you've been in Majorca, no need to tell you what a horrible kind of torture this is).
See? First the courageous teacher with her adhesive tape. And now is this: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/prince-george/10713026/Norland-nanny-from-Spains-society-pages-for-Prince-George.html The future king of the UK is in spanish hands. Isn't that reassuring?
When they say: first woman to..., first black man to..., it simply means that a white man has been there before.
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2014 on The Sunday Rumble: 9.3.14 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
So, the only common sensical spanish teacher is gone tith you! I'm sorry to tell you that here in Spain the boys and girls are treated as poor litle things that cannot even stand a simple test. It would be too hard for their feeble minds and it will scare them for life! Enough to tell you that I really envy your Mr. Gove, who seems to be fighting the teachers into, well, teaching. By now, the battle is lost here. And, no, no relation with Ms. Ortega. But, you know, certain names, just like noblesse, oblige.
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2014 on Teacher of the Year at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Peter Brown's own 'Through the Eye of a Needle' is also very good. Best wishes for your wife!
¡Felices Fiestas y Próspero Año Nuevo! (I sent it before but it seems it got lost: hence the 'I forgot'). Good for your accent! Next time you order for 'sangría' maybe you won't get the toothpicks (again).
I forgot! Maybe you'll like it. http://9gag.com/gag/av0y2zq
Here we also have those kind of people: they have destroyed the educational system. For them, good intentions are the perfectly good substitute for not having results.
By the way. Well, more or less. “As you grow older you realize that there are bad lines in King Lear and it has survived.” —Robert Gottlieb