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Barcelona moving on up [ Friday, 06 Oct 06 | 20:48 ]
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London has increased its margin over Paris as Europe's leading city to locate a business according to European Cities Monitor (ECM), the annual location survey of Europe's leading companies carried out by global real estate consultant Cushman & Wakefield.

European Cities Monitor is based on interviews with senior managers and board directors in charge of location of 507 top European companies. It looks at factors regarded as important by companies when deciding where to locate, and then compares the performance of 33 of Europe's leading business cities on each factor. Communication factors are seen as the most important, followed by cost and then quality of life.

Last year Barcelona overtook Amsterdam to take 5th position in the overall ranking, which was the first time that the top five had changed since Cushman & Wakefield had first carried out the survey in 1990, when Barcelona was in 11th position. This year, Barcelona takes one more upward step to leapfrog Brussels and take 4th position, with Frankfurt retaining third place.

"The Catalan capital has been one of the fastest risers in the ranking since ECM was first launched in 1990," says Elaine Rossall, head of European business space research at Cushman & Wakefield. In addition, Barcelona comes top in terms of doing the most to improve itself as a business location. "This goes to support the view that the more a city is perceived to promote itself, the more it will be perceived as a good business location," adds Elaine.
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From: tkn1114
Monday, 09 Oct 06 | 07:42 (UTC)

Hola papi!

Hi, found you through another blog. So impressed so thought to say hi. I'm Thanh. Don't post much but have updated user's info page if you're curious.

I can't get over your blue eyes :) Como se dice "Quels tendres yeux bleus" = Que dulces ojos azules? You're cuter than Hemingway, for Heaven's sake! Is it my imagination or does Spain agree with you in more ways than one? You look tidier, in better shape now than only a few years ago? Between 2003 and 2005 = BIG difference! Whereas before the all-white Santa Claus look of 2005 you looked "genericslly American" however sympathetic, from 2005 to present - esp. the Sitges pix (I dripped!) you look distinguished, worldly and slender, like an expat should :0) What gives? How lucky to look better as one gets older.

Hope to make friends, porque el senor Charles Fisher parece "one of these intriguing finds that are so finically rare"! Como se dice todo esto in espanol?

PS: I consider this a "fateful" encounter, because I've begun formally studying Spanish this fall :-) Porque l'alma de Neruda no se disolva bueno in Ingles, verdad?
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Friday, 13 Oct 06 | 16:54 (UTC)

Thanks!

I had redacted an article that I found on-line. Many people have asked me "Why Barcelona?" So when I find surveys like this one, I post them. The business climate here is not why I moved here. I went into much detail about my reasons in some of my earlier posts.

Oh, and we normally don't use papi here. Instead, guapo is more popular. In that vein, eyes are not usually considered "sweet" (dulce) in castellano, rather lindo or bonito.

And yes, Spain agrees with me in several ways. I exercise (walk) more here, but still am overweight. Retirement and less stress helps me look less typically American. My many conocidos here say that I am already part español or catalán.

As for the one of these intriguing finds that are so finically rare, I would say uno de estos descubrimientos que son tan raros.

Chuck
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From: tkn1114
Saturday, 14 Oct 06 | 01:42 (UTC)

Re: Thanks!

But I meant to say Papi :0) as in Daddy as per America's hispanics. Eres guapo tam bien! Pero un guapo papi para mi :0)
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Saturday, 14 Oct 06 | 16:59 (UTC)

Re: Thanks!

Lo entiendo. Aquí en España hay maduros, pero no hay papis. Nadia nunca me llama "papi" aquí.

Carlos
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From: tkn1114
Sunday, 15 Oct 06 | 06:15 (UTC)

Senor Carlos :0)

Ay no! Maduro parece mucho viejo! Papi es mas lindo, no? Me gusta tus fotos. Pareces como Picasso en eso icon :0) Cuanto tiempo que hablas espanol? Hablas otras idiomas?
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Friday, 20 Oct 06 | 14:01 (UTC)

Re: Senor Carlos :0)

La cultura aquí en España es diferente que en las Américas. Para ser un maduro no es un problema como en los EE.UU. Y un maduro no es un anciano. Y como te dije antes, los españoles no usan la palabra "papi", pero es común con las sudacas. También "señor Carlos" es un poco formal (pero los funcionarios a Jazztel me llaman "don Carlos!")

Hablo el castellano por muchos años, pero ahora es mucho mejor que en el anterior. No tengo otra opción, es necesario para hablar la lengua oficial! También sé unas palabras catalanas y cuando fui un estudiante en el colegio y la universidad, hablé ruso.

Carlos
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From: tkn1114
Friday, 20 Oct 06 | 18:13 (UTC)

Re: Senor Carlos :0)

Que lindo quando uno habla las lenguas extranjeras, no? esp. un guapo papi Americano como tu! LOL Es mucho sexy, no? (OMG, I'm shameless! But you're so cute, I can't help it. Are you very serious or playful by nature?)

"flirt" es una cosa que entienden bien las almas que hablan idiomas romanticas, no?
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Monday, 23 Oct 06 | 18:57 (UTC)

No hay papis en España!

The word "uno" in Spanish means the number "one". Not "one person" as in English. So in Spanish you would say "cuando una persona habla..."

Americano is any person from the New World. It is more correct to refer to me as estadounidense.

Y recuerdes, ¡no hay papis en España!

I can be both playful and serious, as you can see by my posts here.

Also, idiomas románticas or Romance languages merely refers to their origin being vulgar Latin. It has nothing to do with romance or la lengua del amor.

Carlos
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From: tkn1114
Monday, 23 Oct 06 | 20:00 (UTC)

Re: No hay papis en España!

Ma por que NO??? Eres tu, lo digo tan! LOL

As for "estaounidense", I'm aware of the word, but it's too hard to even think it let alone write. So, we say "Americanos", or would you prefer "gringos"? :0) Cuz we're A-MAH-RAH-CANS = we TALK like A-MAH-RAH-CANS. Remember that wherever you are! herherher...

See, you don't know: Ok true, it should have been "idiomas romanticos" instead of "cas" (cuz then it would be sex talk like you say) but unlike English and the Anglo mindset, "romance languages" NEVER shun sex or sex talk! Only anglo puritans do that. So, cosa dice de este, huh? Papi! :0)

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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Monday, 23 Oct 06 | 20:37 (UTC)

Re: No hay papis en España!

¡No soy un papi!

"Yanqui" is more popular here than "gringo", which is common with chicanos.

For a little cultural geography lesson, people from US and Canada are considered norteamericanos Likewise people from Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, etc are centroamericanos. And of course from Colombia to Chile they are suramericanos. So guess from which country americanos come?

Not just "anglo puritans" shun sex or sex talk, a number of cultures or groups do as well. Most people from the States think that Spain is a very Catholic country. That was true in the past, but not now.

Carlos
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From: (Anonymous)
Monday, 23 Oct 06 | 21:42 (UTC)

Re: No hay papis en España!

. refusal to accept papi status = ok. But we'll revisit... :0)

. The geography lesson: And where do you suppose TACO QUEENS live? LOL!!!

. True that Spain is now secular because the whole of Western Europe is now secular. But that the Anglo world remains the MOST puritan is STILL a FACT. yes or no? Nowhere is this more evident than the US and UK. true or false?
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From: tkn1114
Monday, 23 Oct 06 | 21:44 (UTC)

Re: No hay papis en España!

Sorry, that was me. I'm in a rush :0) HUG!
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Tuesday, 24 Oct 06 | 09:05 (UTC)

Re: No hay papis en España!

Refusal to accept papi status = ok. But we'll revisit... :0)

Insisting on labeling someone who abhors the label is not a good way to make friends.

The geography lesson: And where do you suppose TACO QUEENS live? LOL!!!

I have no idea. Never heard the term.

True that Spain is now secular because the whole of Western Europe is now secular. But that the Anglo world remains the MOST puritan is STILL a FACT. yes or no? Nowhere is this more evident than the US and UK. true or false?

It's true that some Christian fundamentalists refer to Western Europe as being "post-Christian". But viewing a number of countries with the same label is an oversimplification. Spain is less religious than "secular" France, Italy or Portugal, for example.

I would agree that the "Anglo world" is puritanical, but there are other cultures that are vying for the title of "MOST puritan", for example in Africa and Asia.

Chuck
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From: tkn1114
Tuesday, 24 Oct 06 | 20:59 (UTC)

Re: No hay papis en España!

You ARE serious, aren't you? Why be so bothered by a harmless word? Words cannot hurt you unless you arm them with the power to do so? I was just ribbing. Did'nt know such *ill* effect. Sowy!

Speaking of which, taco queens are those who like hispanics as in rice queens are those who like asians. Surely, having lived in SF you can't not have heard the terms? But tell me, are you very PC like SF can't wait to be? I find that amusing and such an easy button. It seems they can't wait to throw a fit when they see red meat or something...?

Otherwise, how eww? :-)



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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Wednesday, 25 Oct 06 | 15:10 (UTC)

Queens

I have been aware of the term "rice queens" since the time Asians were called Orientals. I would have thought that taco queens would refer to people who preferred chicanos specifically and not Hispanics in general.

I am not PC nor racist. I do have a lot of opinions though.

I don't think the word papi has any special power, I just prefer not to be called one. There are other similar terms which I self-identify like maduro or oso polar.
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From: tkn1114
Thursday, 26 Oct 06 | 00:18 (UTC)

Re: Queens

Oso polar = polar bear? You wanna be called polar bear?
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Thursday, 26 Oct 06 | 06:15 (UTC)

Re: Queens

Vale.
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