The Art Of Spanish Guitar

Jorge & Lorenzo plus guitarYesterday I attended a friend’s wedding in Fuengirola and at the reception we were treated to several guitar and song performances by two local artists: Lorenzo Ruíz and Jorge. I have had the pleasure of seeing Jorge sing and play guitar before with my friend and ex-workmate Enrique. It amazes me how he manages to play seemingly without any effort at all but then that’s due to his experience and natural talent. What surprised me is how humble he is and during his breaks from playing, he mixed with the rest of us dancing and chatting. The same can be said of Lorenzo, who I just met for the first time yesterday.

Guitar, Rumba & Music Box – What A Combo!

Lorenzo took the lead in singing and sat atop the music box, a very popular instrument here in Andalucía, whilst Jorge astounded us with his dexterity on the guitar. Below are two videos recorded live from the event, that will hopefully give you a taste of what we enjoyed. They were recorded with an iPhone 4 so the quality is not great (as a side point, I’m slowly being converted over to the Dark Side in favour of a Samsung Galaxy S4 if anyone has one that they want to give away)!

Tápame

Tápame Lyrics:

(Chorus) Tápame con tus manos…que tengo frío…
Porque ya no me dices cariño mío
Y acurruca mi cuerpo entre tus brazos
Y déjame que crea… que estoy soñando. (Bis).

No quiero que se pierda nuestro cariño
Y si no te apetece no estés conmigo
Siento que el amor nuestro se está enfriando
Y a solas me pregunto, ¿Qué está pasando?

(Chorus)

No sé por qué motivo me has olvidado
Ni quien en tu camino se te ha cruzado
Por que cuando te hablo estas ausente
Dime si me queda algo por ofrecerte.

(Chorus)

La vida que me queda yo te la ofrezco
Por si salvar pudiera este amor nuestro
Pero no me traiciones con tus mentiras
Que el amor verdadero no se mendiga.

(Chorus)

Pot Pourri of Spanish Rumbas

Yolanda’s Star Trek Uniform

When Star Trek Becomes Reality!

Imagine my surprise today at work when my work colleague Yolanda is there sat at her desk, mobile in hand, dressed in what I can only describe as a Star Trek: Next Generation officer’s uniform. Both Yolanda & Kelly have very modern dress sense but today, Yolanda shot to number one in my opinion. Sporting a gold and black two-tone dress, it resembles the command colours from the TV series “Star Trek: The Next Generation”.

After taking a photo (what Star Trek fan wouldn’t?) just so I could show my friends, I decided to put my limited Photoshop skills to use and show a ‘before & after’ picture. I’m quite pleased with the result but decide for yourselves.

Yolanda - Star TrekThanks again to Yolanda for her unending patience with me and my photography & Star Trek obsessions! As always, comments are welcome. The original photo is shown below so that you can compare the two. Just click on it to see full size.

Yolanda in Star Trek Dress

Curriculum de un gitano andalú

Aquí va un post en español, especialmente para vosotros quienes están quejándose que no escribo mucho en el español jeje. Hace tiempo alguien me envió este curriculum de mentira y me hacía tanta gracia que no podía olvidarlo. Así que, ya que hemos avanzado en el mundo de tecnología, os dejo dicho curriculum vitae (o CV como suelen decir en inglés). Por supuesto, está hecho con buen humor y su propósito no es insultar ni degradar. Un beso grande del ‘Gitano Blanco’.

CURRICULUM BITE

curriculum foto yo 1988

Foto real al 12 de junio del 1998

JOSE MARIA HEREDIA VARGAS

EDAD: 31 AÑOS
ESTADO CIVIL: CASADO 3 VECES
SITIO DE NACIMIENTO: BADAJÓ
TIPO DE SANGRE: ROJA NORMAL SIN SIDA
OJOS: UN POCO VERDES Y ESPRESIVOS
CABELLO: A LA MODA
COMPLECCION: ATLETICA O TIRANDOLE A CACHAS
ESTADO DE SALUD: UN POCO RESACOSO PERO BIEN GRACIAS A DIOS
DOMISILIO: BARRIADA DEL ALAMBRE. LA CASA CON LA PUERTA AZUL AL LAO DEL BAR JOSETE
TELEFONO: 9520000 ES DE DOÑA CONCHA ME DEJA RECAO. ES MI VECINA.
ESTUDIOS: SI QUE ESTUDIE, SE LE JURO SEÑORITO

OTROS ESTUDIOS:

  • CURSO A V ANZADO DE PLASTILINA
  • COMO HASERSE UN PORRO CON UNA SOLA MANO
  • PRIMEROS AUSILIOS EN LA CRUZ BERDE
  • GUITARRA FASIL DEL CCC

ESPERIENCIA LABORAL EN TRABAJOS:

  • TRABAJE EN EL CIRCO RINGLIN DANDOLE DE COMER A LOS MONOS
  • LOS FINES DE SEMANA ME TOCA LAVAR LA COCINA ENTERA EN DONDE EL PROYECTO HOMBRE
  • UNA VES ME CONTRTARON UNOS SEÑORES PARA PARTIRLE LA BOCA A JORGE LEIVA PERO NO PUDE PORQUE ME PERDI
  • PARTICIPE EN UN PROYECTO DE IRRADIACION GAMMA CON COBALTO 60 EN EL INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACION NUCLEAR DE GUADALHORCE PERO DESDE ENTONCES ME DAN ATAQUES EPILEPTICOS
  • TRABAJE EN EL CARREFUL LLEVANDO CARROS DE LOS SEÑORITOS

AFICIONES Y JOVIS:

  • SOY DEL MADRI DE CORASON
  • ME GUSTA IR AL MERCADILLO LOS DOMINGOS CON LA CHONI A VER A LOS COLEGAS, BUENA GENTE
  • COLECCIONO CUENTOS DE ESPIDERMAN (EL OMBRE ARAÑA POR SI NO SABEN INGLES)
  • LOS FINES DE SEMANA DE BOTELLON EN LA PUERTA DEL BURRI KING CON TODA LA BANDA DE COLEGUITAS, BUENA GENTE

BUSCO CURRE DE:

  • POR LO MENOS DIRECTOR GENERAL DE EMPRESA INTERNACIONAL
  • SE FIRMAR DOCUMENTOS IMPORTANTES
  • MANDAR A LA SEÑORA QUE LIMPIA A UN CAFELITO
  • CALMAR BRONCAS
  • SE MANEJAR COCHE, MOTO, BICI Y PATINETE
  • MODELO  PROFECIONAL
  • MATON DE ALGUNA ARTISTA COMO EN LA PELICULA DEL GUARDAESPALDAS
  • AMANTE PROFECIONAL DE VIEJITAS SEX SIMBOL
  • DE LOS QUE DICEN LO QUE HAY QUE HACER

POR FABOR NESESITO TRABAJO DE LO CONTRARIO TENDRE QUE BOLVERME DELINCUENTE Y NO VA CON MI IMAGEN.

GRACIAS.

Spock and Spock – The Ultimate Challenge

spocks and audi

Two Spocks, an Audi and a Mercedes. You may think that there’s a type-o there but then you’d be wrong. The latest video from Audi for their S7 features not one but two Mr. Spocks from the famous Star Trek franchise. The following video in lovely High Definition presents us with Leonard Nimoy’s Spock (from the Original Series) and Zachary Quinto’s Spock from the new JJ Abrams films. Both actors (or Spocks, for those of you who often confuse fiction with reality) agree to a challenge in which the loser will buy the winner their lunch.

Which Spock Is Better?

That is likely to be an eternal debate, almost as heated as ‘Which is better: Star Wars or Star Trek?’! However, the video presents both actors interpreting the same role and in a light-hearted setting, thus providing not only a touch of humour but should keep fans happy, both of  the Original Show and the New Films. Enjoy and don’t forget to comment. Thanks.

Yolanda In Summer

I have a good friend at work called Yolanda who is the latest addition to our small family team at Ideal Country Property. She is one of those fortunate people to be loved by the camera. I came across this photo the other day on her desktop and instantly fell in love with it. I’m already in awe of Yolanda’s amazing & luxurious hair but in this photo it is accentuated and the whole shot has a lovely summer feel to it. In fact, it’s like something you’d see on one of the old Sunsilk Shampoo UK adverts from the 80s. What do you think?

Spring & Yoli
Click photo to see full size.

The photo was taken by the artist MISA MEDINA.

Morph Flashback

Seeing a friend’s post on Facebook this morning reminded me of this wonderful character: Morph. One of Scotland’s famous exports to the States, Glenn Gibson, made his own model of Morph, which then suddenly brought back loads of childhood memories of watching BBC afternoon TV with my grand-parents.

Who Is Morph?

If you’re asking then then you’re more than likely under 35. Morph was a character made out of reddish plasticine and then animated using stop-film animation by the production company Aardman Animation, later famous for their “Wallace & Gromit” series. He appeared on the BBC children’s show “Take Hart” with the artist Tony Hart. He lived in an artist’s brush box and appeared for brief moments throughout the show, often interacting with Tony himself. The show first started in 1977 and later on other characters appeared, most notably his mischievous friend Chas (pictured below). They often changed themselves into different shapes or imitated other objects, hence the name Morph.

Morph & Chas

So who sent their photo into the show hoping to get it featured on “The Gallery”? In case you’re wondering, I did. Oh and the music that was played during the Gallery section was “Cavatina” by Stanley Myers.

The Swedish Chef Bork Bork Bork!

It is no secret that I’m a big fan of The Muppets (the original ones from the 70s, from when Jim Henson was still alive and voicing Kermit) and have a special place in my heart for them, like most people of my generation that had access to a TV whilst growing up. One of the most iconic and most imitated characters is the Swedish Chef, whose cooking sessions more-often-than-not ended in disaster! We are so used to seeing him in his chef’s outfit that I thought you would be as pleasantly surprised as me to see him dressed by Versace, as featured in the September 2008 issue of the UK’s POP magazine (shown below).

Swedish Chef by VesaceIn my search for all things ‘Swedish Chef’ I came across a brilliant site that actually ‘translates’ anything and most sites into this Muppet’s language. CLICK HERE TO VISIT The Dialectizer Site.

As an example of what it does and of how easily I am amused, here’s how it translated the my WordPress biography: “I em a generelly iesy-gueeng chep, ooreeginelly frum Nutteenghem (UK) boot elsu a Spuneesh Neshunel. I’m stoock in zee 70s/80s vhee it cumes tu mooseec und em a greet fun ooff sceeence-a-feecshun und I hefe-a a fery beezerre-a sense-a ooff hoomuoor. Hurty flurty schnipp schnipp! I oocceseeunelly pley zee ecuoosteec gooeeter. Hurty flurty schnipp schnipp! I speek Ingleesh, Spuneesh & BSL (Breetish Seegn lungooege-a). I’m zee Edmeen Esseestunt & IT gooy et Ideel Cuoontry Pruperty. Bork bork bork!

Star Trek Predicting The Future Since 1966

Star Trek: More Than Just A Sci-Fi Thing

Star Trek Predictions

Credit where credit’s due: well I would love to give the credit for this montage to someone but I cannot find the original source that this came from. Even though it’s meant as tongue-in-cheek, the reality is that Star Trek has been a forerunner when it comes to predicting future technology. Even the PADDs are called iPads; maybe Paramount can take them up on that and force Apple to display the Starfleet emblem on the back of every iPad.

Publicidad Personalizada – Personalised Adverts

Aparentemente en el mundo moderno en lo cual vivimos, existe una cosa llamada “publicidad personalizada”. Consiste en mostrarte publicidad relacionada con lo que estás viendo actualmente. Eso dicho, quiero saber ¿qué tiene que ver el trailer de la nueva peli de Star Trek con 3 restaurantes de lujo de Barcelona y Madrid? ¡Algo falla en alguna parte! je je.

Star Trek Trailer & Adverts Screenshot

Apparently in this modern world in which we live, there’s a thing called “personalised advertising”. Basically it means that you are shown adverts relating to what you are actually looking at. That said, I would love to know what the new Star Trek film has to do with 3 swanky restaurants in Madrid & Barcelona. Something is not working somewhere! ha ha