Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Obituary: Stephen Hawking

"There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark." Stephen Hawking.

Read more here.


Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Saving the albatross

‘They are loving, sensitive and graceful,’. Photo: Chris Jordan

"Jordan is fascinated with these majestic birds. With no natural predators on Midway, Laysan albatrosses show no fear of humans, so his footage provides an authentic bird’s-eye view: “Albatrosses are so mysterious because they haven’t been on our radar. They live in places humans just don’t go – yet when we look closely, they are unbelievably magnificent,” he says."

Photograph: Chris Jordan

... "Chris Jordan believes the focus should be on forcing people to have a stronger emotional engagement with the problems plastic causes. His famous photographs of dead albatross chicks and the colourful plastic they have ingested serve as a blunt reminder that the planet is in a state of emergency."

Photograph: Chris Jordan

"“They are loving, sensitive and graceful – when you look at any creature this closely, it becomes amazing,” says Jordan, who believes we would fall in love with any animal if we only stopped to look at them with a similar childlike sense of awe."

 Read the full article here.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

8th March: Strike

"Ain't Got No (I Got Life)"
I ain't got no home, ain't got no shoes
Ain't got no money, ain't got no class
Ain't got no skirts, ain't got no sweater
Ain't got no perfume, ain't got no bed
Ain't got no mind

Ain't got no mother, ain't got no culture
Ain't got no friends, ain't got no schooling
Ain't got no love, ain't got no name
Ain't got no ticket, ain't got no token
Ain't got no God

And what have I got?
Why am I alive anyway?
Yeah, what have I got
Nobody can take away?

Got my hair, got my head
Got my brains, got my ears
Got my eyes, got my nose
Got my mouth, I got my smile
I got my tongue, got my chin
Got my neck, got my boobs
Got my heart, got my soul
Got my back, I got my sex

I got my arms, got my hands
Got my fingers, got my legs
Got my feet, got my toes
Got my liver, got my blood

I've got life, I've got my freedom
I've got the life

I've got the life
And I'm gonna keep it
I've got the life
And nobody's gonna take it away
I've got the life

And two poems.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

8th March

Women's Strike 8 March 2018, read more

Women across Spain prepare 24-hour strike at work and in the home

Spanish women are planning to down tools to mark International Women’s day on Thursday to prove that "if we stop, the world stops".     The Local

Read more.

International Women's Day 2018: History, strikes and celebrations BBC

Clara Zetkin founded International Women's Day in 1910

International Women's Day

All about IWD at UN

Friday, 23 February 2018


NY Times on free speech in Spain, here.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Pikin and Appolinaire

"Pikin, a lowland gorilla, had been captured and was going to be sold for bushmeat but was rescued by Ape Action Africa."

Thursday, 8 February 2018

11th February

International Day of Women and Girls in Science
11 February

Read more here.

And, from a previous post in blaspyjamas:

Margaret Hamilton, lead software engineer, Project Apollo

"This is a great photo I just ran across on the internets. It said it was “Margaret Hamilton, Apollo program”, but it didn’t say who Margaret Hamilton was.
Margaret Hamilton was the lead software engineer for Project Apollo."

"In the photo above, she is standing in front of the printouts of the code for the Apollo guidance system (1969)."
Read more.

Ever heard of Alan Turing and Bletchley Park?

"The Bletchley Park codebreaking operation during World War 2 was made up of nearly 10,000 people (about 75% of this number was women). However, there are very few women of that are formally recognised as cryptanalysts working at the same level as their male peers."

Read more.

Turing's letter to W. Churchill in 1941.

Hedy LamarrGrace Murray Hopper and so many more...

Hedy Lamarr, shown in this studio publicity still for the 1938 movie "Algiers," developed wireless technology still in use today.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

WOTY 2017

The Collins Word of the Year 2017 is...

 fake news

 ... not surprisingly. Read more.

And these have been some runners-up:

 Gig economy

Echo chamber 

See the full list here


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The movie

Possibly, the best you can get at cinemas these days, don't miss it. (V.O.S.E., of course).

Thursday, 11 January 2018

We (all) won

Some of you will remember this issue as we discussed it in class last year. Well, there's just been an answer to it, a positive one indeed. There you go, this is the outcome:

Sexual discrimination

Schweppes and modeling agency face fines over Barcelona Open miniskirt scandal


Companies accused of sexual discrimination for forcing models to wear uniform in cold, wet weather


El Pais in English


 Azafatas Conde Godo


Read the full article here.



Monday, 8 January 2018

To begin with

Happy 2018

Just a few tips for the newly born year, inspired by what I've been watching recently.

You can't miss this one. And it's just won the Golden Globe for the Best TV Series of the year:

I like the cold, you know:

(Season 1 is great, but season 2 is... too much?)

And, for a bit of true-to-life comedy, what about this one?:

Monday, 1 January 2018

Saturday, 30 December 2017

New Year's Eve

The door was open I was seething Your mother burst in it was freezing She said it looks like it's trying to rain I was lost I felt sea sick You convinced me that he'd left You said keep talking but don't use any names I scolded your driver and your brother We are old enough to know how long you've been hooked And we've all been through the war And each time you score Someone gets hauled and handcuffed and booked It felt like four in the morning What sounded like fire works Turned out to be just what it was The stars looked like diamonds Then came the sirens And everyone started to cuss All the noise was disturbing And I couldn't find Irving It was like two stations on at the same time And then I hid your car keys And I made black coffee And I dumped out the rest of the rum Nick and Socorro broke up And Candice wouldn't shut up Fin he recorded the whole thing Ray he said damn you And someone broke my camera And it was New Years And we all started to sing Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind Should auld acquaintance be forgot for the sake of auld lang syne I was leaving in the morning with Charles for Las Vegas And I didn't plan to come back I had only a few things Two hundred dollars And my records in a brown paper sack I ran out on Sheila Everything's in storage Calvin's right I should go back to driving truck Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind Should auld acquaintance be forgot for the sake of auld lang syne 

Tom Waits

Happy 2018


Sunday, 24 December 2017

Monday, 18 December 2017

A better option ...

... adoption!

There are many shelters around, but you can try these:

Remember, this Xmas:

Monday, 4 December 2017


"This map, inspired by a Reddit thread with a similar map, shows the national days of the world's countries. As you can see, the world is mostly divided between countries that celebrate a national independence day and countries that celebrate a national unification or revolution day. The outliers are a tiny minority, and only two countries have no formal national day at all. 
... Spain celebrates Columbus Day (yes, the holiday is a little controversial there as well, although not as much as in the U.S.), ... , in Greenland, they celebrate the longest day of the year." The Washington Post.

Continue reading.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Colour-coding children

November 2017

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


Pics and vid of the event, thanks all for turning up.

November 2017

November 2017

November 2017

November 2017

Sabía Leer el cielo from Carlos Plusvalias on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

This is the real thing...

... and this is the dubbed version:

Or else...

... and...

So, which one do you prefer?

Monday, 30 October 2017


... scary, spooky, frightening, terrifying...

One of the most uncanny films ever...

... definitely unmissable.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Communication failure

From BBC capital:

Native English speakers are the world's worst communicators

In a room full of non-native speakers, ‘there isn’t any chance of understanding’. It might be their language, but the message is often lost.

... “A lot of native speakers are happy that English has become the world’s global language. They feel they don’t have to spend time learning another language,” says Chong. “But… often you have a boardroom full of people from different countries communicating in English and all understanding each other and then suddenly the American or Brit walks into the room and nobody can understand them.”

Continue reading...

Monday, 2 October 2017

The International Picture

From The Guardian, Sunday 1 October 2017

Editorial: The Guardian view.

On Sky News:

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Seas in trouble

A small estuary seahorse, Hippocampus kuda, drifts in the polluted waters near Sumbawa Besar, Sumbara Island, Indonesia.

“It’s a photo that I wish didn’t exist but now that it does I want everyone to see it,” he wrote on Instagram. “What started as an opportunity to photograph a cute little sea horse turned into one of frustration and sadness as the incoming tide brought with it countless pieces of trash and sewage. This photo serves as an allegory for the current and future state of our oceans.”

Read more.

Saturday, 16 September 2017