Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Biz-women; Cataluña; Rajoy's English; Spanish time; The baugan from which . . ; & I said what!?

Here's a fascinating bit of good news:- A record 800,000 businesses have been set up by women in the past five years. Women now account for 40% of all new business owners in Spain, double the proportion seen before the onset of the economic crisis. The new businesses have been set up despite the notoriously bureaucratic start-up process in Spain. I wonder what accounts for this.

Talking about prominent women . . . The EU's VP for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Viviane Reding, has stepped into the Madrid-Barcelona stand-off and characterised the former's approach as 'autocratic'. And as establishing a 'red line' which she feels should be replaced by 'open, adult discussion'. This is patently true - and one hopes it's taking place in secret - but Ms Reding isn't going to be thanked by anyone for poking her nose in.

One could be forgiven for thinking it can't be true, but it's emerged that the Spanish President, Sr Rajoy, fits in 3 hours of English lessons per week. I must offer him some conversation when he comes to Pontevedra, his home town, for the bullfights in early August. He admits that he struggles, which is hardly surprising. I doubt he has time for homework and 3 hours a week won't get you anywhere, if you're serious about it.

Time, time, Spanish time. I went to see an endocrinologist last night, to see whether I have the hypothyroidism that bedevils all the females in my family. The appointment was for 7.20 and I got there at 7.10. I was called at 9.10 and came out at 9.55. Understandably, the receptionist had gone home while I was with the doctor. But there were 2 more patients waiting to be seen. At 45 minutes each, the second will have gone home around 11.30.

Which reminds me . . . The doctor last night inevitably said she'd studied in English years ago but had lost it all. She then referred to something called 'baugan'. I was going to let it go - as I wanted to go home and eat - but I caved in and asked what this was. She referred to an English program offered by a company under this name, whereupon I realised she was referring to the 'Vaughan Method'. Not good with foreign names, the Spanish. Especially the un-phonetic English ones.

I left someone a voice-mail message yesterday and immediately received a text of what I'd said. Which was this: Soc el Josep tejedo-perque-ara(?) la reunio amb la mama no-sa'n(?) recorda enviar me un mensajito cuando puedas. This is my first experience with this new technology and my conclusion is that either it needs a lot more work on it or my Spanish accent is far worse than I thought. But, anyway, there's a huge prize for anyone who can figure out what I actually said. I'm at a complete loss myself.

Finally . . . Isaac Newton is one of the giants of science. Here's how he saw himself, not long before he died:- I don't know what I may seem to the world but, as to myself, I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

The Environment

January: 31 days. On which it rained: 28 - 93% 

February: 25 days. On which it has rained: 25 - 100%.
So, 53 out of 56 - 95%.


sp said...

The cad Vaughan pronounces his own name "vorgan", so what do you expect?
Btw: I am trying to read your posts on the Android version of Feedly and I haven't been able to open them for a couple of weeks. I don't have this problem with any other blogs I follow. For you I have to use a browser. Given your technical renown I wondered if you had changed something.

paideleo said...

O texto que recibiches é unha mistura de catalán e español.
" Soy el Jose Tejedo porque ahora la reunión y la mama no se ha recordado enviarme un mensajito cuanto puedas ".
Espero que che faga máis fácil enterder a mensaxe.

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