|Me on cruthces, not a good combination.|
|The pressure bandage on my leg. The doctor told me to remove the nail varnish but as my friends on FB think it's sexy I have decided not to heed the doctor's words.|
|Wonderful 4 hour epic Bollywood film|
I have also been watching a lot of television, mostly the news programmes. The biggest piece of news in Spain this week has been the abolition of bullfighting in Catalonia on the grounds that it is cruel and outdated. Critics in Madrid and elsewhere claim the ban has little to do with animal rights and more to do with asserting political independence from Spain's capital. Be that as it may, I personally think that bullfighting is terribly cruel. I see it as a similar sort of spectacle to the Roman gladiators which is just not admissible in these times. This is a big issue in Spain as many people make their living from bullfighting and banning it for example in Andalucía where people live and breathe the sport seems impossible today. However the Catalans, as the Canary people before them, have paved the way for an eventual end to this stupid cruelty which fewer and fewer Spaniards relate to and which has become more of a tourist attraction.
|Bullfigthing was banned in Catalonia this week. Hopefully this will be the beginning of the end of this cruel spectacle.|
This was the week the new and much acclaimed iPhone 4 was launched in the Spanish market. The launch comes after the “antennagate” issue where there have been complaints about the reception and coverage of the device. Amazingly enough Steve Jobbs (Apple’s CEO) admitted to the failure and has offered customers free plastic cases which he says should put an end to the issue. Apple is so popular, consumers still want the device despite the problem and this week when it was launched on the Spanish market there were apparently huge queues of people anxious to buy Apple’s latest little miracle device. I was a little skeptical about the queues and you will wonder why. When I worked with Nokia I did the PR in Spain when their famous games phone, the NGage. We created a lot of hype around its launch and one of the things we did was to hire a queue. That was when I found out how these things work. The agency we hired the queue from admitted they also hired out queues to the Spanish department store, El Corte Inglés on their first sales day in January. So now you understand why I was skeptical about the queues reported for the iPhone 4 launch in Spain this week.
|Don't always believe launch queues as they are often hired as a marketing gimmick.|
|We stopped off at Palacio de Bornos in Rueda for ham and wine on our way to Montrondo, as we always do.|
|Olivia with baby Noa this weekend in Montrondo.|
|The 4 of us in Hawaiian dress at the annual gathering in Montrondo on Saturday.|
|Dear Norah just before her bath this morning.|