Day out fishing
Fishing trip in the south of England.
We had some Pollocks. On the way back to land was very fogy and at some point was really dangerous because was impossible to see a thing, specially a little island that look like a submarine.
sábado, 10 de noviembre de 2012
|US embassy in UK. Election Night|
This time I was incognito, because on the last occasion, when people discovered that I was a Cuban from Cuba, they immediately ran away. At one point, I thought that I had some disease.
Despite the music, canapes and drinks I could feel the tension everywhere. People were quiet and talking nervously, at the TV screens displayed all over the building.
I am sure that for Obama the last four years have been a challenge to kick-start a system that was in bad shape.
|Four more years.|
From the beginning of the election campaign, I, personally, disliked Mitt Romney’s declarations about immigration, the right to abortion and the necessity of a stronger America in international policy. For those reasons, I was supporting Obama's possible victory with all my heart.
|Almost all night neck to neck.|
I think that Romney's main mistake was that he disregarded the growing power of the minorities: Latins, blacks, young people and women.
Although he won the first debate on TV, he was unable to repeat the Denver triumph in the following two contests and was forced to take a step back from campaigning just a week before election day when Storm Sandy hit the US East Coast.
At 3:00 am we left the Embassy, with both candidates still neck to neck in the race for the presidency; at 6:00am, I was one of the happiest men on earth after listening to Obama's victory speech on the BBC website.
“While the road has been hard, while the journey has been long … we know in our hearts, for the United States of America, the best is yet to come,” Obama told supporters in Chicago early on Wednesday.
|Obama's supporters celebrating|
martes, 30 de octubre de 2012
I Recently started a new job. It is not the job of my dreams, but in times of crisis it is good to know that at the end of the month one will have some money to contribute to the family expenses.
The job has some drawbacks, I have to get up very early in the morning, receive the minimum wage, and my colleagues speak all the time in their own language, Pakistani. This was very annoying at firs but It is alright now because I discovered that I can focus on my job and learn the process faster .
However , that doesn't mean that we have a bad relationship. On the contrary, they now call me Chacha Arnold, which means Uncle Arnold,in Pakistani, because I'm the oldest.
That friendly treatment began when I started to learn some words in their language.
In all the years living here, I have learned that the best way to build a relationship in an immigrant environment is to trying to learn, at least, a few words in your colleagues' language. That has always worked and it is working now.
I have also discovered that the majority of them are well educated. There are some people writing their PHd dissertation and my supervisor was a member of his country's national shooting team which is very impressive.
I still don't understand how it is possible that 70 percent of the shop staff are immigrants. The proportion is divided between a majority of Pakistanis and Indians and a few Caribbean Africans. The rest are European with only two British people.
This is surprising in a country where people are looking for work, shops and business are closing down and the unemployment figures are rising.
Maybe it is the survival instinct witch that drive every immigrant to work no matter what. Maybe that survivor instinct breeds dreams success.
This phenomenon not only happens in the developed countries but also in the developing countries where one can find specialist personnel from the countryside fighting to make their livings in the big cities.
So, despite right wing's comments and racist comments in some of the press immigrants labor are the backbone of this country. Does Britain need more of us?. Who knows?