It´s absolutely lovely today with wall to wall sunshine beaming down from our mountain to our views of the Mediterranean. Well there are a few clouds but after our recent weather we´ll not quarrel over a few clouds! I´ve just been down to Benidorm and the Brits are out and about in their shorts. It could mean that we´re in for a spell of better weath and settled weather……….
Strangely, the following caught my eye as the service was offered to me last year to recoup a debt. I didn´t take the offer up as I think the British will not feel quite as guilty as the Spanish would appear to feel over a debt. I wonder would you agree?
Embarrassed when a man in a tuxedo and top hat follows you into a restaurant and silently joins your lunch date?
Mortified when a trio of rotund men dressed as superheroes asks your neighbors for donations to help your financial situation?
Juan Carlos Granda sees his job as almost done.
The recession has hit Spain hard, with official figures showing the unemployment rate has reached 19.3 percent, one of the highest in Europe. Close to 4 million people are out of work — the same number of jobless as France and Italy combined.
One business that is booming: debt collection.
And no one does debt collection like El Cobrador del Frac. Story
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Spanish colonization of the Florida peninsula began at St. Augustine in 1565. The Spanish colonists enjoyed a brief period of relative stability before Florida came under attack from resentful Native Americans and ambitious English colonists to the north in the 17th century. Spain´s last-minute entry into the French and Indian War on the side of France cost it Florida, which the British acquired through the first Treaty of Paris in 1763. After 20 years of British rule, however, Florida was returned to Spain as part of the second Treaty of Paris, which ended the American Revolution in 1783. Full Story
recorrer reh-ko-rrer’ (transitive verb)
to cross, to travel through/across, to go around; to look over, to search, to scour; to cover (distance)
Recorrí toda España en el año pasado. – I traveled all over Spain last year.
Recorrimos toda la ciudad y nunca pudimos encontrar mi gato perdido. – We scoured the whole town and failed to find my lost cat.
A lot of vaccine was created around the world to combat Swine Flu. The rebel doctor has views on the future…..
Pandemic panic hits World Health Organization
I’m sure by now you’ve noticed that swine flu is nothing more than a sniffle…and if you fell for the phony panic and got yourself vaccinated, well — maybe next time you’ll listen to me.
But don’t just blame yourself — blame the disease-mongers who’ve been trading in swine flu fears and vaccines futures. The pandemic may have been fake, but the multibillion-dollar bill was real…and the trail of dirty dollars leads right to the World Health Organization.
European officials have been asking the kinds of questions our own lawmakers have been avoiding, almost certainly because they’re knee-deep in this conspiracy, too. And the WHO is putting the “D” in denial.
“The world is going through a real pandemic,” the organization said in a statement. “The description of it as a fake is wrong and irresponsible.”
Naturally, they’re also denying that they changed the definition of pandemic to fit swine flu. And there’s a reason they rushed to change that definition. You see, after the bird flu panic hit a few years ago, health officials around the world made a deal with the devil. According to Time magazine, they told Big Pharma that if a real pandemic hit, they’d buy up vaccine just as fast as it could be made, according to the magazine.
Is it clear yet?
As I’ve already told you, some of the WHO’s leading flu experts have ties to the vaccine makers. Even the Council of Europe is looking into Big Pharma’s influence on the WHO’s swine flu decisions.
Here’s what I think they’ll find: Big Pharma leaned hard on the WHO and its so-called experts, knowing that once the “P” word was uttered they would be swimming in pandemic dollars.
WHO made the call…and we got the bill.
They figured everyone would get vaccinated in the resulting panic. Then, when the mass casualties failed to materialize, they could claim it was because the program worked — they got everyone vaccinated in time.
Nice one, guys. Too bad not all of us fell for it.
Tens of millions of people got suckered into those vaccines…more than 60 million in the United States alone. But even more people told their docs and health officials where to stick those needles.
If the WHO was right, we should have seen body bags lining the streets, hospitals overflowing with patients, and a depleted workforce as millions of people fell victim to the virus.
You can’t stop the truth now — it’s all coming out, and this is just the beginning. Pull up a chair, this is going to get interesting.
William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.
A woman was in town on a shopping trip. She began her day finding the most perfect shoes in the first shop and a beautiful dress on sale in the second. In the third, everything had just been reduced by 50 percent when her mobile phone rang.
It was a female doctor notifying her that her husband had just been in a terrible car accident and was in critical condition in the ICU. The woman told the doctor to inform her husband where she was and that she’d be there as soon as possible. As she hung up she realized she was leaving what was shaping up to be her best day ever in the boutiques.
She decided to get in a couple of more shops before heading to the hospital.
She ended up shopping the rest of the morning, finishing her trip with a cup of coffee and a beautiful chocolate cake slice, compliments of the last shop. She was jubilant. Then she remembered her husband.
Feeling guilty, she dashed to the hospital. She saw the doctor in the corridor and asked about her husband’s condition.
The lady doctor glared at her and shouted, ‘You went ahead and finished your shopping trip, didn’t you! I hope you’re proud of yourself! While you were out for the past four hours enjoying yourself in town, your husband has been languishing in the Intensive Care Unit! It’s just as well you went ahead and finished, because it will more than likely be
the last shopping trip you ever take! For the rest of his life he will require round-the-clock care. And he will now be your career!’
At this the woman broke down and sobbed.
The lady doctor then chuckled and said, ‘I’m just pulling your leg. He’s dead. Show me what you bought.’
Music Stuff February 23rd
1961, Petula Clark had her first UK No.1 single with ‘Sailor’.
1969, ‘If Paradise Is Half As Nice’ by Amen Corner was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, The Move were at No.2 with ‘Blackberry Way’ and Peter Sarstedt was as No.3 with ‘Where Do You Go To’.
1972, Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla were legally separated. The couple had married in 1967.
1974, Suzi Quatro was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Devil Gate Drive’
1974, Rebel Rebel by David Bowie entered the UK chart, the single reached No.5 the following month.
1985, Stevie Wonder was arrested during an antiapartheid demonstration outside the South African Embassy in Washington
1989, Isaac Hayes was jailed by an Atlanta judge for owing child support and alimony.
1995, American singer Melvin Franklin of The Temptations died of a brain seizure aged 52.
1998, all members of Oasis were banned for life from flying Cathay Pacific Airlines after “abusive and disgusting behaviour” during a flight from Hong Kong to Perth, Australia.
1999, Oasis guitarist Paul Arthurs was arrested and jailed overnight for being drunk and disorderly. Police found the guitarist outside a Tommy Hilfiger store in London.
2002, The Bee Gees made their last ever concert appearance when they appeared at the Love and Hope Ball, Miami Beach, Florida.
2003, Howie Epstein bassist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers died of a suspected drug overdose in New Mexico.
2003, The News Of The World reported that Michael Jackson had undergone scores of painful operations to strip his body of black skin until he appeared white. And that surgeons at a Santa Monica clinic eventually refused him any more treatment.
2003, Norah Jones cleaned up at the 45th Grammy Awards, held at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Birthday Boys and Girls
1944, Johnny Winter, guitar, vocals,
1944, Mike Maxfield, Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas,
1950, Steve Priest, guitar, Sweet
1955, Howard Jones, singer, songwriter, keyboards,