Sunday, 26 December 2010

Listen to this wonderful music

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3dXGy7WqDU
Ruby
Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté


Yosemite Park (USA): We are really small compared with Mother Nature

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Eguberri On- Merry Christmas

Peace is coming to the Basque Country. Next year has to be the beginning of a new age.
The Basque people still maintain their dolmens and cromlechs as remembrances of our history but we have to look forward.
Old fights must be forgotten and weapons must be silenced.
Children wait for us to be able to build a better future.
We are going to need everybody to help us not only Basque people but also the rest of the world citizens.
Give peace a chance.

Eguberri On (Merry Christmas) and Urte Berri On (Happy New Year) Maddalena, Peter, Angeline, Nevin, Odia, Brizmus, Maggie, Anne Marie, … and everybody.
Thanks for reading my posts and comments.
Thanks for having so amazing blogs and for letting me share your experiences and feelings.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgSi5uLGv_E

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Are Women Defeating Men?

Some weeks ago I read an article in Newsweek on manhood nowadays.
There are a lot of interesting ideas in this text. The first one is that men’s share of the labor force has declined. According to Newsweek as the U.S. economy has transitioned from brawn to brain over the past three decades, a growing number of woman have gone off to work.
The second idea is that women have matched or overtaken men as a percentage of students in college and graduate school.
And what have men done? Some men have turned to old models and mores of manhood for salvation. As a result the term “retrosexual” is replacing “metrosexual”. And this impulse transcends race and class.
As Newsweek says, in my opinion this reaction only perpetuates the problem. What men of the world should do is to look for models which help them to adapt to times.
Men must look at Sweden where they maybe can find the model for the new man.
Our society has got a new woman and now need a new man. We are going to need laws and rules which must help us to build a better world.

Newsweek
September 27, 2010

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Lisbeth Salander Blues- Millennium, trilogy

Some years ago, I gave up reading detective stories, especially if they were bestsellers. So I should have not started to read the trilogy called Millennium written by Stieg Larsson.
There was a huge media campaign on these books which, of course, it influenced on my decision of reading them. Moreover, I read a review on this novel written by the recent Nobel Prize Mario Vargas Llosa. For him, this is a good book and his reasons encouraged me to read the book.
Besides, I was given the first two tomes as a present and I felt obliged to read them (or, at least, to try to read them). So I started and… I can not continue after the page 40,… It appeared to be too boring, too much foreseeable. So I surrendered.
However, one day I talked with a friend who was keen on Millennium and she talked me that the first pages were the worst and that if I continued reading, I would enjoy the book. She is a good friend and I trust on her so I gave the book another chance.
She was right. The story caught me and I have not been able to stop reading until I have finished the third part.

Although it is true that there are too much stereotypes in the plot, there are also some original ideas. I especially like the main character, Lisbeth Salander, a little and dark woman who is asocial, punk, bisexual, violent if necessary and incredibly strong. She is a little woman who is in war against the world. She appears no to need anybody because she knows how to take care of herself. She does not want to be helped.
And the first question which an intelligent reader must be made is what is the reason why Lisbeth is this way.
Do you want to know what is the reason? If so, you have to read it.

(And, please, tell me your comments)

  


Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Leuven- Lovaine

You can leave your bycicle, don't worry, this man keeps watch.

Just a woman and a man

They thought they were alone.

But there are always thousands of eyes spying the love

Friday, 10 December 2010

Ice Botanique, Brussels


It appears that this woman wanted to take a bath but water was frozen and then she also turned into ice, in fact into stone. She transformed into a statue.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Ghent Can Wait

Regarding Ghent, my piece of advice is not to visit this town. I mean not to visit it just now. The reason is that all the town is 'in contruction'. Streets and roads are opened as after a bomb attack and there are a lot of scaffolds which hide the facades. 
It is better to wait for another chance. My recommendation is to let these people finish their works. Maybe in summer time...


By the way, I have not been able to avoid taking this photography. As you can see McDonalds does not respect anything. They do not mind to destroy the harmony of a beauty square with one of their horrible restaurants.