Monday, November 20, 2017

Have you say! - Eco-friendly fashion

From: Josefa Lloret Llaneza
Date: Sat, Nov 18, 2017

Vivienne Westwood, the British fashion icon, does it again. In 2010, this everlasting young woman, takes the scene wearing marvelous rags.
As an energetic activist, she denounces the excessive consumption that rules the capitalist society. " Buy less, choose well and do it yourself ".
The outstanding designer demonstrates that style is not a question of money but of compromise. It is possible to defend important values by getting dressed, even ecology. Use a strong character, lots of conviction and be completely shameless.
Vivienne shows herself proudly got up in the best outfit: her message.
She is always that generous. 

Have your Say! - Let's talk about Gender

From: Antonio A. Caballero Gálvez
Date: Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 2:07 PM

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Have you say! - How democratic a country is ...

From: Jimmy Jimmy
Date: Wed, Nov 15, 2017

These days, we have been hearing – by the separatists in Catalonia -, that Spain is not such a democratic country because ´they - only them -  cannot decide what belongs to every of us and not just to them´ .

I wouldn't  want to open a debate about this subject because we have been having enough for many months and it may be boring and useless.

But, the question itself made me wonder if you can measure how democratic a country is …

And, voilà ! This is the result of my research:

There are scientific studies from the most reputed institutions in the world that have been ranking countries for many decades depending on many factors that may contribute to this finale outcome.

And, we can be proud, because Spain is, after the Scandinavian countries in Europe, one of the most democratic States in the world, even above France, the UK or the USA.

Do this as an exercise : Try and enter a country in the box and you'll find its score fluctuating all along the years.


Have Your Say! - Air pollution in numbers

Date: Wed, Nov 15, 2017

The main picture of this article is quite significant. It shows a group of Asian riders affected by a large column of smog, produced after the burning of waste materials in a town of Bangladesh. The fact that international press focuses more and more on pollution matter reflects at what extent the protection of the environment  is considered one the great challenges on which the current world must takle.

According to The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, nine million people die every year as a result of air pollution around the planet. The majority of deaths happen in poor countries while in other developing nations a quarter of all deaths are caused due to quick industrialization, urbanisation and globalisation.

Futhermore, the study reveals that trillions dollar´s worth of lethal damages of contamination and emphasizes the connection between air pollution and some diseases like lung cancer, dementia, diabetes or kidney diseases. Contrary to what some lobbies argument about the negative effects of pollution control policies on Economy, many researches tell that the environmental rules help to improve people´s health and increase the domestic GPD.

Therefore, the solutions to overcome pollution depend on the political will of Governments. Therefore, ¿how can we contribute to turn our congested world into a more sustainable habitat? I firmly believe that recycling and using public means of transport can be some effective steps to start with. What´s more on?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Have Your Say! - Life Expectancy

From: carolina duro
Date: Sun, Nov 12, 2017

As all of you probably know, life expectancy has been increasing during the last few decades. However, are you sure that you are awareness of what that fact means?

As you can see in the video, many countries in the world are trying to improve the evolution in medical treatments in order to make our lives not only pleasant but also longer. It goes without saying, that our country is one on the top of the list of those who provides more life expectancy. Consequently, we are getting closer to a situation with ageing society that could not be sustain for unlimited period.

Don´t get me wrong, I really really want people to life more but, we have to keep in mind that also death is part of the life. Just think about it, knowing that we are going to die one day, is what shows us that we have only one life to live and that we have to live it now. 

The link of the video:  

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Have your say! - Would you be afraid of a Kangaroo?

From: Isabel Madruga Torremocha
Date: Wed, Nov 8, 2017

Would you be afraid of a Kangaroo?


What do you know about Australia and the life there?  Since I was a child I really have liked Kangaroos, that animal with so small arms and a pouch. A marsupial!  That animal was a symbol for me of tenderness in primary school. I found so cute a kangaroo mother with her breeding within her pouch.  Sometime after, I learnt that the Kangaroo is the symbol of Australia.
Last summer I have met some girls from Australia and my knowledge about  Kangaroos  have been increased. Not only was it a shocking surprise for me to know that people in Australia eat Kangaroo meat but also to discover that the increasing population of  kangaroos is generating a problem to Australian people.
The article I have chosen shows us different aspects about these animals. First, the way they behave when confronting a risk. Second, besides their hopping across open landscapes they can also swim. Finally, my idyllic image of Kangaroos has completely disappeared when I saw the gaze of the roo in the Mid-water standoff.
Do you like Kangaroos? Would you feel thrilled or be frightened if you stumble across a Kangaroo when you were walking in the countryside?

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Have your say! - TV Series

From: susana ronco
Date: Sat, Nov 4, 2017 at 1:28 PM

I have realized TVseries is a trend topic and a way to connect with the people. Threre are a lot of series you can see on the TV and even on your mobile phone and tablets.The main advantage of TVseries in comparison with cinema is that they are more accesible and cheap.On the other hand, I like watching movies in the cinema because the big screen is a better way to enjoy and appreciate the images and the quality of the sound.

I am in two minds. Could you help me? Can you choose?

I have heard that TV series are more free and open-minded nowadays.The scriptwriters are daring because producers let them to introduce controversial topics such as homosexuality, dysfunctional families, alcoholism, transsexualim,drugs dealing, and so on.They think that all the society deserve to appeare in a show.It is said to be the place where you can see our real problems and changes.

Furthermore, some famous and prestigious directors have introduced their hands inside this field like Steven Sorderberg or Ron Howard.Nicole Kidman or Glenn Close have made that respec and quality are new coments applicable to the small screem programs.

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. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Have your Say! - The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

From: lola Montesinos
Date: Sat, Jan 21, 2017

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an enormeous amount of trash located rougly between Asia and America. It is like a big island. This marine mass of plastic extends over 1.400.000 km2, nearly triple that Spain.

Plastic is not biodegradable which means that it is not able to descompose naturally, just breaking into timier and timier pieces, called microplastics. Millions of fishes eat those microplastics.

What kind of things could we find there? Mainly household waste like plastic bags, plastic bottles, syringes, computers and all you can imagine.

Watching the video, you are going to learn how all these plastics arrive there and why it is possible.

I hope you think twice when you do not recycle.



Guys, comments welcome below!