Monday, May 8, 2017

Have your say! - The best country in the world

From: Myrian Miranda
Date: Wed, May 3, 2017 at 10:53 AM


Hi guys,

Today is my turn of have your say. In this occasion I am going to use a video that a friend sent me a days ago by whatssapp. I did not know if it was part of some kind of campaing or it was a real video, I mean, a real debate in wich someone dares to tell the truth. More when the person who says it is a known actor. That is what impressed me the most. I researched a little and now I know what the video is part of. But, what about you? What is your opinion? real or not?

I hope you enjoy it!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Have your say! - Do all the movie posters look the same?

From: Emilio Molina
Date: Mon, May 1, 2017 at 10:55 AM

The original post that made me write about this was in Spanish but I found the version in English: .
(The Spanish one includes more interesting information, so I can share it with you if you are interested).

The blog entry shows the similarities between a bunch of movie posters and the innovation, or lack of it, in cinema, specially in Hollywood.

But is this shortage of freshness something deliberate? We all would agree that putting all these images together creates the sensation of multiple copies of the same poster, same category and sometimes even the same movie. But Hollywood is not a new business, and if there is any concept they know well, it is marketing. Most likely these posters are the best and quickest way to tell the potential spectator what he or she will see in the cinema. The main goal is to get as many people as possible to the cinema, not to win an award to the most original poster. 

What is your opinion? Should they be more artistic or creative? Do the poster designers think we are dummy? Do a poster determine your choice when going to the cinema?... Your insights are welcome!

Emilio Molina

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Have your say! - "Spain drought"

From: Cris RS
Date: Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 7:38 PM

Hello everyone!
I want to talk about the droughts of Spain. This is the source of my contribution.

I have chosen the spoken version so, if interested, please listen to my clip:

Transcription, just in case it is needed because of my poor pronunciation: 

Hello everyone!
I want to talk about the droughts of Spain. This topic gets my attention because in Spain there are big problems when it comes to water supplies but, surprisingly, there are not policies which deal with it. On the contrary, we are a country that tent to waste water even when we are in a period of drought.

If you have a quick look at the website I have shared, at the very beginning you can read the following sentence referring to the most immediate changes with regards to water we are going to have as a result of climate change:

Most studies on water supply and demand conclude that annual water availability would generally increase in northern and northwestern Europe and decrease in southern and southeastern Europe.

I think these studies should be taken under consideration.

If we scroll down we can read some orientations for future actions. Most of them are addressed to the Government, but there is one that we, as citizens, can consider:
Fostering the emergence of a water-saving culture in Europe

Every day we can contribute to such purpose by saving water in our daily activities. Closing the tap when brushing your teeth and having a shower instead of having a bath are quite obvious, but we can do more. Less washing of our cars; collecting the water that runs before it is enough hot/cold and using it to water the plants or do the dishes; eating meat products which require less amount of water in its production process… There are many possibilities, be original and come up with some more or just google it and find more ideas.
Thanks for listening!

Have your say! - New Yorkers March for Science on Earth Day

From: Jimmy Jimmy
Date: Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 1:19 PM

A calendar full of silly things to commemorate is as useless as an old calendar.

But, attached is what I think can be a wake-up call for raising awareness about the importance of keeping giving public funds to scientific research after the cuts in budget that governments have made using recession as a pretext.

Hundreds of people ´had their own say´ on past Saturday just to claim for more public resource to be invested for the sake of everyone.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Have your say! - Palm oil: What are the issues?

From: Javier Gomez
Date: Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 1:47 PM

This article of the BBC gives a lot of information about palm oil including what is palm oil and how it is produced, reasons of why it's see as a good thing or bad thing and finally possible solutions to deal with the problems of producing massively it and the massively use of it in all kind of products.
In my opinion, I agree with the fact that we shouldn't stop buying products which contain palm oil but, its production should be oversee to guarantee that is sustainable and these products must be properly labelled in order to inform the customer about what is he buying.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Have your say! - Vegetarians against new notes

From: Alberto Sanchez 

The new five pound note in the U.k. is made with fat, specifically with tallow (a substance derived from fat and used in candles and soaps).
After this decision, by The Bank of England, vegetarians and vegans are rising  their voices over this outrageous choice.
The company that makes the banknotes, Innovia, said that this substance gives to the notes properties, that they are necessary. Some of them are: anti-static and anti-slip properties. The company denotes that many products contain tallow.
My point of view also is this product is recyclable, and it´s one mark to consider. Thus it´s possible to decrease oil by-products, that always are very contaminated.
On the other hand, the attitude of vegans and vegetarians are respectable. Their choice is a way of life, and nobody change their values.
What do you think?
You can read the article in this link.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Have your say! - Homelessness

From: Jorge GQ
Date: El mié, 25 ene 2017 a las 13:10

I usually find at least 5 homeless when going to work. It´s so sad and I usually think "How can I help them?". It´s not fear!. I usually buy them some food, I give my old cloths as well as I give them alms. I feel that I have to do more. Although we pay a lot of taxes, neither the Government nor the municipality are going to solve the homeless problem, nevertheless, this news is a glimmer of hope. Utah set itself an ambitious goal: end chronic homelessness and It does the best job.
Rightly or wrongly, chronically homeless are the most vulnerable. Moreover, there´re people who have been living on the street for years. I don´t manage to find a solution by myself to the problem, there´s no doubt that together we can give it our best.
Apparently, Government of the Basque country wants to carry out something similar and in my opinion, Madrid should be at the forefront of human right too.
To sum up, we become so consumed with our troubles, we need to be reminded of the less fortunate and I wish this project, First Housing, arrived soon here.