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Hacer puente Barcelona

I’m in Barcelona for a long weekend. Came over to surprise a friend. Writing this at Casa Almirall bar in the El Raval area. The people I’m staying with are at work so I’m sitting watching the world go by. Barcelona is a wonderful place and I feeling totally at home here. Beautiful architecture, friendly people, fantastic galleries/museums, mouthwatering food and inebriating beers and wines. I haven’t felt this relaxed for years. Someone give me a few hundred thousand euros so I can move here!

Glad to be away from Newcastle-upon-Tyne for a while – especially on a Bank Holiday weekend which tends to bring out the worst in people (at least it does in my nevk of the woods). I don’t have to sit in my local and hear morons spouting bile about refugees, immigrants, Muslims etc. Not having to hear some bigot say “F##king n#####’s coming here coming here – claiming benefits and taking our jobs”. This is the Schrodinger’s Immigrant Paradox. It’s normally spouted by some chav in a tracksuit who’s never done a days work in their pathetic lives. Sadly I’ve got to return to the UKIP tomorrow (Monday).

Hacer puente means ‘to make a bridge’ and it’s a metaphorical way of describing taking a long weekend off.


An Open Letter to Rev. Franklin Graham from a “Small Church” Pastor

Source: An Open Letter to Rev. Franklin Graham from a “Small Church” Pastor

“I have to say, though, that I was a little confused by your summons. Of all the things that worry me, loss of religious freedom for Christians in America isn’t one of them. I can’t say I have ever experienced anything in this country that could reasonably be called a restriction on my religious liberty, much less persecution.  When you started talking about attacks on Christianity, I thought you might have been referring to the racially motivated slaying of pastors and lay people at Mother Emmanuel church in Charlotte some time back. Or I figured you were referring to the slaughter of Coptic Christians in Egypt this past Palm Sunday. That’s what I call persecution. But having to pay a judgment for refusing to bake a cake for a same sex couple in violation of the law against discrimination? This you call persecution? There’s a letter in the Bible, written by the Apostle Peter (ever heard of him?). He’s an expert on persecution, having been on the receiving end of it more than once. He says you don’t get divine kudos from suffering the consequences of breaking the law-even if you are a Christian. Moreover, there is a Christian fellow named Paul (aka Saul) who wrote a letter to a church in Rome nearly two thousand years ago. He said that if your enemy is hungry you should feed him (that’s in the Bible too). So wouldn’t it have been the Christian way to have baked a cake for the same sex couple in your example, even if you deem them enemies (another assertion I don’t quite understand)? I’m confused.”