The Weekly Noticias (9): Show No.9 – 19th July 2017

Here’s a link below to the podcast of Show No.9 of The Weekly Noticias, hosted by me and broadcast on Weds 19th July 2017 on Radio Kanal Barcelona, with guests Chris Groves, Stephanie Figueira, Neil Stokes, Jon Groves and Mario Pedrol Echternkamp.

In the show, questions come up (among many others) about: Pedro Sanchez, Mariano Rajoy, Carles Puigdemont, Dr.Who, Roger Federer, olive ‘ebola’, Game of Thrones, Ed Sheeran, Donald Trump, Brigitte Macron, Daft Punk, Barcelona’s foreign population, Don Quixote, Winnie the Pooh & Xi Jinping, Jeremy ‘Jezza’ Corbyn, Clint Eastwood, Brexit, ‘Liz & Phil’, au pairs, low-cost flights, Sir Francis Drake and the Spanish Armada, Benedict Cumberbatch, Garibaldi, speedos and Quasimodo …

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El Punt-Avui TV (9) – Felipe VI, Luton airport, and an ‘undemocratic comment’ about Gibraltar …

I was invited back on ‘The English Hour’ again on El Punt-Avui TV this afternoon, a local Barcelona TV channel, hosted by Matthew Tree, alongside two other guests, Jordi Vilanova and Patricia Gabancho. We chatted about Felipe VI, the King of Spain, and his 3-day ‘state visit’ to London, via the very glamorous Luton airport, (innit). I tried to make sense of why it was announced beforehand that he would be making a comment about Gibraltar during his speech at the Houses of Parliament – why he felt the need to make any comment about Gibraltar at all – and, most importantly, how he managed to ‘ignore the existence’ of the most important people and voice of all: the people of Gibraltar. We also spoke about the former Spanish Minister of Interior, Mayor Oreja, who has recently compared the Catalan independence process to ETA. And we spoke about ballot boxes, too … and the possibility of buying some from Gibraltar. Here’s the link: El Punt-Avui TV (9).

Here are some links to previous appearances on the same programme:

El Punt-Avui TV (8)

El Punt-Avui TV (7)

El Punt-Avui TV (6)

El Punt-Avui TV (5)

El Punt-Avui TV (4)

El Punt-Avui TV (3)

El Punt-Avui TV (2)

El Punt-Avui TV (1)

The Weekly Noticias (8): Show No.8 – 12th July 2017

Here’s a link below to the podcast of Show No.8 of The Weekly Noticias, hosted by me and broadcast on Weds 12th July 2017 on Radio Kanal Barcelona, with guests Chris Groves, Xavier Castells, Jess Klingspor, Viveka Nilsson, Jon Groves, and Swedish musician & singer Andreas Lundstedt from Alcazar’.

In the show, questions come up (among many others) about: Felipe VI & Letizia, Ivanka Trump, Swedish meatballs, ‘crying in the discotheque’, Julio Iglesias, paternity suits, Sting, the fruity Spanish Foreign Legion, Wayne Rooney’s pyjamas, the number of Swedish Miss Universes (3), reindeer, Pamplona, Iberia Airlines, Messi’s salary, Orangemen, the Rolling Stones, frog’s legs, the Eurovision Song Contest, Gibraltar, Brexit, and why The Queen is replacing the Duke of Edinburgh with Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah. And our resident Spanish comedian makes a logical sentence out of the words ‘sex appeal (sexapil), downtown, bromance, staycation, equerry, pancake (panqueque) and orange’.

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The Weekly Noticias (7): Show No.7 – 5th July 2017

Here’s a link below to the podcast of Show No.7 of The Weekly Noticias, hosted by me and broadcast on Weds 5th July 2017 on Radio Kanal Barcelona, with guests Chris Groves, Charlie Pee, Jaume Pamies, Francis Wardley & Frank Blunt (aka Rick Broadbent).

In the show, questions come up (among many others) about: Wimbledon, strawberries, Jeremy ‘Jezza’ Corbyn, WrestleMania (CNN & Trump), cannabis in Catalonia, Cristiano Ronaldo’s twins,  Messi’s wedding dance, Annie Lennox, text-walking lanes in Antwerp, Deep Purple and ‘Els Segadors’, bleeding badly from face-lifts (thanks to Trump’s Tweets), Estonia’s ‘eResidency’ permits, monkeys in silk dresses (and wearing ties in the Houses of Parliament), Arthur Ashe, Venezuela, colonies, the length of a giraffe’s tongue, and Clint Eastwood’s Adam’s apple.

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The Weekly Noticias (6): Show No.6 – 28th June 2017

Here’s a link below to the podcast of Show No.6 of The Weekly Noticias, hosted by me and broadcast on Weds 28th June 2017 on Radio Kanal Barcelona, with guests Xavier Castells, Chris Groves, Tori Sparks, Andrea Moreno, Jon Groves, Viveka Nilsson, Henk Cortier Victor Palomo.

In the show, questions come up about: San Juan, Thomas Jefferson & 4th July, The New York Times (Mariano Rajoy & the Catalan Referendum), the Spanish Women’s Basketball Team, Feliciano Lopez, Salvador Dali, the water in Majorca, Belgian beer, Jeremy ‘Jezza’ Corbyn, Glastonbury, wrinklies, moustaches, sharks, Theresa May & the DUP, Justin Trudeau, rainbow flags & socks, a fool and his money, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Mel Brooks, sewers and breweries, as well as the world’s ugliest dog – which happens to be a Neapolitan Mastiff called Martha, weighing 57Kg.

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The Weekly Noticias (5): Show No.5 – 21st June 2017

Here’s a link below to the podcast of Show No.5 of The Weekly Noticias, hosted by me and broadcast on Weds 21st June 2017 on Radio Kanal Barcelona, with guests Xavier Castells, Chris Groves, Frida Palsson, Fred Fairbrass from Right Said FredJon Groves Viveka Nilsson.

In between alot of I’m-Too-Sexy banter between our Swedish Bond-girl and pop-icon guests, questions also come up about Emmanuel Macron, Mariano Rajoy, Helmut Kohl, David Davis, Michael Barnier, Brexit, Leonardo DiCaprio, Prince Philip, Donald Trump, Cuba, Cristiano Ronaldo, Deeply Dippy lyrics, heatwaves, James Bond, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, how speaking French can cure a blinking disease, and how you say ‘a near miss doesn’t kill a hare’ in Swedish. Believe it or not, Xavi Castells also comes up with a sentence using all terms from the week’s new ‘Word Wheel’: heatwave, blink, delinquent, grotesque, tantrum, hare & tomorrow.

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El Punt-Avui TV (8) – Pro-indy flags & ballot boxes are ‘illicit material’ … but not Lord Buckethead.

I was invited back on ‘The English Hour’ again on El Punt-Avui TV this afternoon, a local Barcelona TV channel, hosted by Matthew Tree, alongside two other guests, Daniel Kahl and Louis Lemkow. Poor Daniel explained how he’d been banned from a Madrid football stadium simply for carrying a pro-independence Catalan flag. We then discussed how Catalan officials are being charged with ‘disobedience’ for buying ballot boxes … deemed as ‘illicit material’. And if all that isn’t ‘Monty Pythonesque’ enough, we then turned our attention to the UK elections, Lord Buckethead, Theresa May, and her shaky alliance with the anti-gay, anti-abortion, non-dinosaur-believing Democratic Unionist Party. Here’s the link: El Punt-Avui TV (8).

Here are some links to previous appearances on the same programme:

El Punt-Avui TV (7)

El Punt-Avui TV (6)

El Punt-Avui TV (5)

El Punt-Avui TV (4)

El Punt-Avui TV (3)

El Punt-Avui TV (2)

El Punt-Avui TV (1)

The Weekly Noticias (4): Show No.4 – 14th June 2017

Here’s a link below to the podcast of Show No.4 of The Weekly Noticias, hosted by me and broadcast on Weds 14th June 2017 on Radio Kanal Barcelona, with guests Xavier Castells, Chris Groves, Adam Fields, Lara Selva, Jon Groves Viveka Nilsson.

In the show, questions come up about: Pep Guardiola, Carles Puigdemont, Mariano Rajoy, Theresa May, the Monster Raving Loony Party, Lionel Messi, Rafael Nadal, Banco Popular, Adnan Khashoggi, manspreading, Batman, Marbella Council, the Interior Ministry of Spain, Melania & Barron Trump, Jerome K Jerome, Captain Bligh, why hedgehogs cross the road, how fast hippos can run, and what the girl oyster said to the boy oyster … among many other topics. Believe it or not, the guests also try to make a coherent sentence using all of the following words & phrases: hung parliament, manspreading, camp, queue, Tweet storm, yield & mutiny.

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Letter from Barcelona (11): ‘We Catalans are victims of political persecution,’ says Pep Guardiola. Did you hear that, Mr.Rajoy?

My Spanish isn’t perfect, but I’m seriously worried about Mariano Rajoy’s English. Despite every British newspaper headline of the past two days lampooning Theresa May’s disastrous election results (‘She’s had her chips’ from The Sun; ‘May stares into the abyss’ from The Times; ‘Coalition of Crackpots’ from The Daily Mirror; & ‘Bloody Idiot’ from The New European being among the best), Rajoy took it upon himself to Tweet a message of congratulations to May for her ‘victory’. Congratulations? To Theresa? That must have cheered her up. The ‘Queen of Denial’ is what the London Evening Standard put as their headline alongside Mrs.May … and Rajoy himself must be the king (or prince) of denial, too.

This is the man (as summarised brilliantly on The Weekly Noticias), who only wanted to testify by videoconference in the corruption case of Gurtel because to go to court requires a 23km journey. But travelling 1,968km to Cardiff for the Champions League Final was no problem at all …

Rajoy has certainly kept his head in the sand on all matters relating to his government’s corruption scandals – and he’s also denied the Catalans any dialogue at all in relation to their request for a referendum. I’ve written about this before, for The New European, and also in a blog here and here, among others.

Today, however, in the centre of Barcelona, and in front of a crowd of many thousands, I’m hoping that Rajoy will have at least received a transcript of Pep Guardiola’s impassioned speech, delivered in Spanish, Catalan and excellent English, calling on the international community ‘to stand by us in defending the rights that are under threat today in Catalonia, such as freedom of political expression and the right to vote. To face up to the abuses of an authoritarian state.’

This is serious stuff, Mr.Rajoy. On top of all the corruption scandals that have ties to your Partido Popular, this is also a terrible image for Spain. Stop sending Tweets of congratulations to Theresa May, as she’s not going to be in power for much longer. Sort out the issues in Spain. And in the words of Pep Guardiola, stop ‘politically persecuting’ the Catalans. Let them vote.

Here is Pep Guardiola’s speech in full. Strong words:

“We are here today to make it clear that on 1 October we are going to vote in a referendum to decide our future. We will vote even though the Spanish state doesn’t want us to. We have tried to reach an agreement 18 times and the answer has always been “No”. With this response, they are ignoring the support for a referendum of 80% of the population, and showing contempt for the large majority in favour of it in Catalonia’s Parliament. We have no other solution. The only possible answer is to vote. Today, we Catalans are victims of a state that is carrying out political persecution unworthy of a twenty-first century European democracy. An interior minister who conspires to destroy our health system; political police units that fabricate false evidence against our political leaders; banning from office and prosecution against the President of the Catalan Government for having held a ballot. We all know about the attempts to destroy the Catalan school system, a foundation of our social cohesion. And the blockage on investments in our infrastructure, such as ports, airports or railways. Today Spain even persecutes political debate. This threat affects all democrats: the Catalan government, the parliament, the president of parliament and her deputies. Even our civil servants and business people are being pressurised by the prosecution service and the judicial police. This is unheard of and democratically unsustainable. This scandalous political situation can only be responded to with more democracy. For that reason we call on the international community to help us. We appeal to all democrats — in Europe and around the world — to stand by us in defending the rights that are under threat today in Catalonia, such as freedom of political expression and the right to vote. To face up to the abuses of an authoritarian state. We Catalans are going to vote this 1 October.”

The Weekly Noticias (3): Show No.3 – 7th June 2017

Here’s a link below to the podcast of Show No.3 of The Weekly Noticias, first broadcast on Weds 7th June 2017 on Radio Kanal Barcelona, with guests Xavier Castells, Chris Groves, Steve O’Brien, Silvia Sparks and Jon Groves.

In the show, questions come up about: Carles Puigdemont, Mariano Rajoy (and the distance between Madrid and Cardiff), Zinedine Zidane, Girona Football Club, Don Quixote, Terry Gilliam, Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Donald Trump, Ariana Grande, Millwall, silent pavements, covfefe, Sadiq Khan, sick tourists, Benidorm nightclubs, Manuela Carmena, same-sex traffic lights, Spanish proverbs & tongue-twisters, and what you call a pig that does karate …

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