Amazing news coming from Denmark. First bicycle highway. Really bicycle friendly city.
Unfortunately we dont learn from them in Southern Europe. Some links below.
So Deportivo lost this Saturday to Valencia and got relegated to second Division. Yes, it was a very sad Saturday. I’m still trying to get used to it after twenty years playing in La Liga BBVA. There are many reasons why this happened, among them the referee mistake in Gijon one single point would have kept Deportivo in the Liga BBVA. Anyway Deportivo didn’t got relagated because of that mistake it was only one match and the Liga has thirty eight matches. Lotina was a losing coach, he didn’t had a clear eleven through the whole season, he played for the 0 – 0 and if lucky maybe winning the match because of some mistake.
I personally liked the football they made. For me the critical match was the one against Germany. Watching how the germans defeated “the boludos” was scary. At that moment for me Germany was a clear candidate for the World Cup. But Spain made a hell of a game against the germans. They kept the ball and gave almost no opportunities for the germans to score.
The referee was pitiful. De Jong should have been off the pitch after the kick he gave to Xavi Alonso. Looks like the dutch were not willing to deploy total football, but more total karate. It was the referees responsibility to stop this and it was quite clear he didn’t.
I would like to mention the coach Vicente del Bosque. I feel amazed at how he keeps a low profile. He looks like the same person whether he wins, loses or ties. Looks like nothing moves him, always has the right word, not a bad word about the rivals. I wouldn’t say he is politically correct, but really humble. We all should learn a little from him.
Twenty per cent unemployment, a old job market, a fiscal deficit of around ten per cent, a failed economic model among other things are the problems the Spanish state faces. Really tough problems, no doubt about it. Let the spaniards celebrate today. They are already facing really tough problems. They needed something to cheer them up.
I am subscribed to The Economist. Yes, it’s a conservative publication but I believe people should have open views.
I am going to take a few minutes to give my point of view on this weeks Charlemagne article. Asides from the fact of making the interview to Francisco Granados which has been involved on a espionage scandal. I believe the article is pretty accurate. Why simply passing an exam gives you the right to have a job for life? Why do public servant work from eight to three? That’s seven hours of work taking into account no time is taken to have a cup of coffee or anything else. Meanwhile most of the employees from private companies have to work eight hours. It is also funny the behavior of the unions. When unemployment is at 20% they didn’t said anything about a general strike, but when public servants salaries face a payment cut of 5% they go on a general strike. What about the rest of the society? Doesn’t it matters for the unions?
To me is quite easy. If your employer(which in the public servants case is the government) faces a deficit its employees (public servants) should do its part and accept a pay cut to control the deficit. The government deficit belongs to all of us. It is money that has to be paid with peoples taxes. Don’t we all take care of our finances? Well, then the government should also take care of its finances.