A helicopter has broken all height records by managing to land on everest. How cool is that? I would feel a lot safer now if ever I decided to climb it….. hmmmm…..
Ten minutes before cinema
One of those hectic days characterised by translations and more translations.. and trying to fit in a driving lesson and a morning ‘job’ teaching (without actually teaching but hanging around a lot…)
So I’m off to see the Revenge of the Sith, although I have to say that I could live without it… I’ve got a podcast to make god dammit! Maybe when I get back. Continuity is the key! It’s 28 degrees outside, at half past eight-ish (p.m.). Just got an email from a friend of ours in London, a Spanish girl who has just moved over there with her husband. She says “Por cierto. En tu pais hace muy mal tiempo!!!” – By the way, in your country the weather is terrible!!! Poor girl, she doesn’t know the half of it – this is May, wait until she gets to November 😦
OK, off to the cinema, the podcast will be coming very soon…. on the off chance that someone actually listens…
In the meantime, if you’re bored, check out flickr and have a look around.
These links all appear in my technology article in June’s In Madrid newspaper – there’s some good stuff in here:
www.wikipedia.org – the people’s encyclopedia
www.flickr.com – nose through the worlds photos
www.ourmedia.org – show your great grandchildren your talent
www.ebay.com – beats the Corte Ingles
www.bbc.co.uk/radio – for BBC Radio Player
www.elmundo.es – best free news in Spain
www.boingboing.net – the weird and wonderful
www.guardianunlimited.co.uk – award winning on-line news
www.newsgator.com – control your news feeds
www.bloglines.com – choose your news, search endless blogs
www.blogger.com – start your own blog / column
www.blogspain.com – join in Spain
www.audible.com – at least two free books
www.skype.com – the future of the telephone is here
www.scripting.com – the blog for net people, podcasters and bloggers, like me
Been away at a wedding in Italy for the past 4 days so there has been a bit of a blog-gap (is this the excuse I need to get some kind of wirelss pda, for airpost hotspot blogging? – the wife thinks not…) Anyway, back now, so hope to get things back on track….
Podcast No. 2 – Football at the green bar
It’s another Notes from Spain podcast! This one is basically a sound seeing tour taking in:
- A trip on the Metro
- Football at the green bar
- Prostitution on the Calle Montera
- Saturday night at the Puerto del Sol
Click here to listen (20mins, 9mb).
Barcelona win La Liga
I suppose they probably deserve it….
England vs Spain
This may just be a Reading thing, but I have a feeling it’s pretty widespread in the UK these days.
On the other hand, it’s quite nice to go to the pub, and not leave stinking of cigarette smoke. It’s quite nice to see cars slow down when they see a traffic light changing to Orange. It’s quite nice to see some decent television without 20 minute adverts on the BBC. And there’s something wonderful about driving along empty country roads at seven o’clock on a bright, spring Sunday morning, past green fields, and towering sunlit trees. England is a beautiful country, but these days it’s becoming a little too ‘Reading station’ for my liking…
Perhaps the new agentes are helping a few more double-parked cars to get towed, but the whole city seems just as blocked up as ever. Hence my joy every morning when I get on my Scooter and weave my way to the front of the hooting masses. There is disquiet amongst the motorcycling community however, as it seems that a debate is afoot as to whether we should still be allowed to park on the pavement.
National law claims that this is illegal, and nowhere else in Spain is this allowed. So the Madrid council has produced a ‘municipal order’ saying that in fact it is OK, we can park on the pavement. The trouble is that national law wins over municipal orders, making it still illegal. Whatever the case may be, it seems that the agentes de movilidad have been told not to fine us for now, clearly meaning that the Madrid council sees itself as being above the law. Perhaps the Mayor also knows that if he revoked his municipal order he would have to find parking spaces for 160,000 pissed off motorbikers, one of whom recently claimed, ‘if they start fining us for that we’ll come out in mass protest and collapse the transport system….’
This reminds me of the taxi drivers dispute a couple of years ago. They threatened that if they were forced to obey speed limits and wear their seat-belts they would collapse the transport system by staying strictly within these lawful speed limits for a whole week, at which point, they argued, chaos would ensue. They would show us who’s who by not breaking the law for a while….
Is there anyone in Spain that doesn’t think they are above the law? Certainly not our Mayor or his beloved taxistas…
Old W.B. Yeats
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”
Always nice to come Back to Madrid
No idea what to put on the blogspain home-page. Maybe a survey/pole thing asking people what should go on the home page…