Posts Tagged ‘Spain’

Epic: Ginormous Pac-Man Christmas tree

December 23, 2008

Found in Madrid, Spain.  I wonder what the lady who has a Ms. Pac-Man tattoo on her head thinks of this?

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Spanish Tennis Team Also Photographed Posing with Slant-Eyed Gesture. Spanish Basketball Team Wants Credit for Starting the Trend.

August 14, 2008

Spain, in its continued quest to show the world how collectively insensitive it is, provided another example courtesy of their Olympic tennis team. Not to be outdone by the Spanish National basketball team the national tennis team is vying for Dumb Jocks of the Year award. The picture below was taken in February after the Spanish women’s team defeated Italy in the Federation Cup. Next up for the women’s team was the Chinese team in April. The picture below is still featured on the Spanish Tennis Federation’s website with the caption as of 8/14/08. The picture is still available here and amongst other Spanish team photos here. The caption below the picture reads:

“Estamos preparados para China”, which translates as “We are prepared for China”.

Spanish National Basketball makes a gesture that could dampen the Chinese collective goodwill

August 11, 2008

The Spanish National basketball team, pictured above, seems to be going out of its way to offend the host nation of this year’s Summer Olympics.  The team appears to be making a slanted-eye gesture in an advertisement that just ran in a Spanish paper.  What do you think?  Even if it wasn’t an overtly deliberate racist gesture, it doesn’t say much for the common sense of the team or pretty much anyone associated with Spanish basketball.  Was there not even 1 person who might’ve said, “Hmmm…uh, guys, I’m probably TOTALLY overreacting here, but this might, and I’m just saying *might*, be considered just a touch insensitive.  Maybe? ”

From The Guardian

Bulls defeat Matadors, still 2 games out of first place

July 16, 2008

He didn’t see this coming.

I never want anyone injured, but I find myself rooting for the bull every time.

He almost cleared it.

Just vicious.

Clifftop communities

July 6, 2008

Deputy Dog brings us a fascinating entry about communities that reside atop some very tall cliffs. I hate heights, but these places would be fascinating to visit.

Castellfollit de la Roca, Spain

The famous hanging houses, or casas colgadas, in Cuenca, Spain.

French ski resort Avoriaz

Bonifica in Corsica

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Cop promises victim she’ll catch (alleged)rapist, tracks him for 10 yrs.

June 15, 2008

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. —
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A rape victim in the high desert and the detective who brought her alleged attacker to justice 10 years later shared their story Friday with KNBC’s Mary Parks.

Celestino Payan was charged in 1998 with three counts of lewd acts upon a child and one count of forcible rape. He was arrested in Valencia, Spain, in April 8, 2008, and is currently waiting extradition back to California.

Deputies said family members bailed Payan out of jail in 1998. Then he disappeared for 10 years, Parks reported.
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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s detectives said Payan, then 74 years old, molested and raped a then-15-year-old neighbor girl. The abuse allegedly began when the girl’s parents started having Payan take care of the child.

“He stole my childhood,” said victim Jane Doe on Friday.

Doe said it was her faith in the detective working the case, Laurie Savage, and a “higher power” that gave her hope one day Payan would be captured.

“I’m strong enough now. It’s been 10 years and it’s been a while. (Savage is) someone I can lean on to just keep me sane,” Doe said.

Although the years went by and police moved on to other cases, Savage tracked Payan after he applied for a U.S. passport.

“Most rape victims go through this trauma that sometimes they never get over, and so I made a commitment to her, I was going to help her through this,” Savage said.

Savage recently retired but stayed on as a reserve deputy to finish the case.

“I have 23 years with the sheriff’s department and this is fantastic to be able to close like this,” Savage said.

Cell phones-the latest media-created “addiction”

June 14, 2008

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Two children are learning to live without their mobile phones after becoming so badly addicted to the technology they were admitted to a mental health clinic.

They were brought in after spending an average of six hours a day on their phones, talking, texting or playing games.

Their parents became concerned that the children, aged 12 and 13, were unable to carry out normal activities without their handsets. They were failing at school and deceiving relatives in an attempt to obtain more money for phone cards.

However, it may take a year to wean them off the “drug”, said Dr Maite Utgès, director of the Child and Youth Mental Health Centre in Lleida, north-east Spain, where they have been treated for the past three months.

“It is the first time we have used a specific treatment to cure a dependence on the mobile phone,” she said. “They both showed disturbed behaviour and this exhibited itself in failure at school. They both had serious difficulties leading normal lives.”

Both children had had their own phones for 18 months and were not controlled by their parents.

“One paid for their phone by getting money from the grandmother and other family members, without explaining what they were going to do with it,” said Dr Utgès.

At least two cases of phone addiction have been reported in Britain where young people who were obsessed with their phones and became depressed when the number of incoming calls or messages dropped.

Let’s get ripped…hit that speed dial.

Fireworks for Easter-churches battle it out: video

June 8, 2008

Two churches in Spain have a very unique Easter tradition: They launch thousands of fireworks at one another. Watch: Fireworks battle