Saturday, January 21, 2017

Donald Trump / A man baby in the White House

Donald Trump 


He’s a 70-year-old man with the emotional maturity of, well, perhaps not a newborn, but certainly a spoiled elementary school brat

John Carlin 
20 January, 2017

When your average Spaniard suffers one of their usual attacks of indignation the first phrase that tends to come out of their mouth is: “¡No es normal!” (“This is not normal!”), followed with repetitive emphasis by a: “¡Esto no es normal, joder!” (“This is not bloody normal!”). The expression, odd given that it is based on a notion of unanimity around what constitutes normality, is not heard so much in other Spanish-speaking countries, nor, as far as I know, in other languages.

Friday, January 20, 2017

How celebrities will protest around Trump's inauguration

Cher, Common, Katy Perry and Chelsea Handler are all planning to protest. Composite: Rex Features

How celebrities will protest around Trump's inauguration

Stars from Katy Perry to Cher will be involved in protests, telethons and concerts to show their lack of support for the new US president

Adam Gabbatt
Tuesday 17 January 2017 16.36 GMT

There won’t be many celebrities at Donald Trump’s inauguration on Thursday. But there will be plenty protesting against Trump on his second day in office.
Scarlett Johansson, Katy Perry and Trump’s longtime adversary Cher will be among those taking part in the Women’s March on Washington on 21 January, the day after the inauguration.

George Soros / Theresa May won't last and Donald Trump is 'would-be dictator'

George Soros said Theresa May would not last as prime minister and Donald Trump would hurt financial markets. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

George Soros: Theresa May won't last and Donald Trump is 'would-be dictator'

Billionaire investor delivers bleak Brexit forecast at World Economic Forum and says Donald Trump is ‘gearing up for trade war’ but will fail

Theresa May will not remain in power long as Brexit cripples her government, while Donald Trump is a “would-be dictator” who is “going to fail”, the billionaire investor George Soros has told the Davos world economic forum.

Natalie Portman / ‘JFK was a great proponent of civil rights. Trump is taking us backwards’

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman: ‘JFK was a great proponent of civil rights. Trump is taking us backwards’
The Oscar-tipped star of Jackie talks about playing the widowed first lady of the progressive president and why the new inauguration is an ‘upsetting moment’

Rory Carroll
Thursday 19 January 2017 15.24 GMT

Natalie Portman enters the screening room wearing black shoes, a black dress and a black cape. The effect is stylish, if sombre. She could be in mourning. Or maybe Darth Vader has lured her to the dark side after all.
Natalie Portman
Photo by mark abraham
The effect dissolves when she extends a hand, flashes a blinding smile and reveals a sizeable belly bump. She plonks down in the front row, taking the weight off her legs. Portman is seven months pregnant and taking the radiance business seriously. She looks great.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hans Christian Andersen / The naughty boy



A fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen

A long time ago, there lived an old poet, a thoroughly kind old poet. As he was sitting one evening in his room, a dreadful storm arose without, and the rain streamed down from heaven; but the old poet sat warm and comfortable in his chimney-comer, where the fire blazed and the roasting apple hissed.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hans Christian Andersen / Thumbelina


A fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen

Andersen / Pulgarcita (Cuento en español)
Andersen / La Petite Poucette (Cuento en francés)
Andersen / A princesa Thumbelina (Cuento en portugués)
Andersen / Mignolina (Cuento en italiano)

There was once a woman who wished very much to have a little child, but she coul not obtain her wish. At last she went to a fairy, and said, "I should so very much like t have a little child; can you tell me where I can find one?

"Oh, that can be easily managed," said the fairy. "Here is a barleycorn of a different kind to those which grow in the farmer's fields, and which the chickens eat; put it into a flower-pot, and see what will happen."

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hans Christian Andersen / Little Ida's flowers

Photo by Natalia Deprina


A fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen

Little Ida's flowers

"My poor flowers are quite dead," said little Ida, "they were so pretty yesterday evening, and now all the leaves are hanging down quite withered. What do they do that for," she asked, of the student who sat on the sofa; she liked him very much, he could tell the most amusing stories, and cut out the prettiest pictures; hearts, and ladies dancing, castles with doors that opened, as well as flowers; he was a delightful student. "Why do the flowers look so faded to-day?" she asked again, and pointed to her nosegay, which was quite withered.