Saturday, 30 August 2014

felicidade

Não sei se acontece com mais alguém, mas ás vezes quando em Portugal e com certas pessoas tenho de "mentir" quando perguntam como as coisas estão... se disser que está tudo bem, que o trabalho corre bem, que tenho férias marcadas e montes de planos para o futuro, parece de alguma forma injusto para as mesmas, parece que é preciso dizer que viver fora de Portugal é dificil e complicado para elas de alguma forma te aceitarem...não sei bem explicar, mas gostei de ler o texto abaixo:

Ninguém tem pena das pessoas felizes.
Os Portugueses adoram ter angústias, inseguranças, dúvidas existenciais dilacerantes, porque é isso que funciona na nossa sociedade. As pessoas com problemas são sempre mais interessantes. Nós, os tontos, não temos interesse nenhum porque somos felizes. Somos felizes, somos tontaços, não podemos ter graça nem salvação. Muitos felizardos (a própria palavra tem um soar repelente, rimador de «javardo») vêem-se obrigados a fingir a dor que deveras não sentem, só para poderem «brincar» com os outros meninos.
 É assim. Chega um infeliz ao pé de nós e diz que não sabe se há-de ir beber uma cerveja ou matar-se. E pergunta, depois de ter feito o inventário das tristezas das últimas 24 horas: «E tu? Sempre bem disposto, não?». O que é que se pode responder? Apetece mentir e dizer que nos morreu uma avó, que nos atraiçoou uma namorada, que nos atropelaram a cadelinha ali na estrada de Sines.
 E, no entanto, as pessoas felizes também sofrem muito. Sofrem, sobretudo, de «culpa». Se elas estão felizes, rodeadas de pessoas tristes, é lógico que pensem que há ali qualquer coisa que não bate certo. As infelizes acusam sempre os felizes de terem a culpa. É como a polícia que vai à procura de quem roubou as jóias e chega à taberna e prende o meliante com ar mais bem disposto. Em Portugal, se alguém se mostra feliz é logo suspeito de tudo e mais alguma coisa. «Julgas que é por acaso que aquele marmanjo anda tão bem disposto?», diz o espertalhão para outro macambúzio. É normal andar muito em baixo, mas há gato se alguém andar nem que seja só um bocadinho «em cima». Pensam logo que é «em cima» de alguém.

 Ser feliz no meio de muita gente infeliz é como ser muito rico no meio de um bairro-de-lata. Só sabe bem a quem for perverso.
 Infelizmente, a felicidade não é contagiosa. A alegria, sim, e a boa disposição, talvez, mas a felicidade, jamais. Porque a felicidade não pode ser partilhada, não pode ser explicada, não tem propriamente razão. Não se pode rir em Portugal sem que pensem que se está a rir de alguém ou de qualquer coisa. Um sorriso que se sorria a uma pessoa desconhecida, só para desabafar, é imediatamente mal interpretado. Em Portugal, as pessoas felizes sofrem de ser confundidas com as pessoas contentes.

Miguel Esteves Cardoso, in 'Os Meus Problemas'


Felicidade é:

um passeio no parque a dois depois do trabalho...

 
dizer que a partir de agora vou poupar para as férias e em vez disso ir ajudar o comércio local...


ir ao ginásio...


cheirar bem...



Friday, 29 August 2014

geek sister

Há uns atrás ensinei a minha irmã a mexer no paint e no word, depois lá convenci os meus pais a deixarem a bebé sair de casa e ir para a universidade lá longe... e agora sou eu que a chateio-a com perguntas destas tecnologias que pouco percebo e que ela agora domina. Foi convidada a vir falar para as meninas geeks de Londres e nós fomos ver claro.
Quarta-feira, hora de ponta em Londres (Liverpool Street) é sempre interessante, mas nós tinhamos tempo... O jantar foi no The Dinner, 3 anos depois de termos experimentado a primeira vez em Camden :)




Thursday, 28 August 2014

wales

Fim semana prolongado = alugar carro e conhecer sitios novos. Destino Wales.




Abergavenny

«Nestled between seven hills close to the Welsh/English border, Abergavenny truly is a "Gateway to Wales". A visit to Abergavenny can really feel like a break away from it all - you can almost feel time slowing down as you unwind and take in the fresh mountain air and beautiful scenery.»




Brecon Beacons

«Travelling around the Park, you may find yourself stopped in your tracks by the beauty of the scenery - to the extent where you have to stop and get out of the car to take a picture. This happens to people who live here all the time»




Brecon
Brecon is a long-established market town and community in southern Powys, Mid Wales, with a population of 7,901. Historically in Brecknockshire, it was the historic county's county town; although its role as such was eclipsed with the formation of Powys, it remains an important local centre. Brecon is the third largest town in Powys (after Newtown after Ystradgynlais). It is situated to the north of the Brecon Beacons mountain range, within the Brecon Beacons National Park.



Llangorse Lake

Llangorse Lake is the largest natural lake in South Wales, and is situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park, near to the town of Brecon and the village of Llangors.
The lake is famous for its coarse fishing (particularly pike), watersports, the afanc (nicknamed 'Gorsey') and the only example of a crannog in Wales. Llangorse Lake is also one of the most mentioned sites in Welsh folklore. It is a site of international conservation importance.






Rhossili Bay beach

«The first beach to be awarded Britain’s Best Beach by TripAdvisors Travellers’ Choice for the second year running, not to mention the 3rd best beach in Europe and 9th best in the world!»













Recomendamos: Avergavenny Hotel (NP7 5HH)
Nantyffin Cider Mill Inn Restaurant (NP8 1SG)
Visitar Llangorse lake
Para chegar a praia - SA3 1PP


Friday, 22 August 2014

if you are scared of spiders read no more

Era uma vez um sabado de manha em 2013, a CR acorda, vai a cozinha por comida as gatas e ve uma aranha preta muito grande no balcao da cozinha. Grita pelo MP. O MP vem a cozinha, a aranha nem se mexe e ficamos com pena dela. Decidimos nao matar a aranha e po-la do lado de fora na varanda “vai aranha, vive!”. A aranha desaparece. Passado uns tempos comecamos a ver aranhas bebes. Huumm, parece que a aranha encontrou o amor. Que bonito, la la la la
NAO, nao é bonito. Meia volta temos aranhas, a vizinha tem aranhas, o jardim tem aranhas e eu acho que elas moram no nosso loft e eu acho a culpa foi minha desde aquela primeira aranha que salvei.. Se eu vou abrir aquela tampa que tenho no tecto e confirmar? Nao, nao vou!! Agora mato-as, com a vassoura, com o aspirador, com veneno, com o que tiver a mao ou ao pe.
Ahh tens gatas, elas apanham e assustam as aranhas… nao, nao confirmo.
 




 Viver no campo tem destas coisas, mas… elas andam ai… 2014 UK News:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nada de exageros va:
 
 
How to kill spiders (source wikihow)
 
Part 1: Identifying Dangerous Spiders


1.1 Learn the common types of dangerous spiders.
In North America, the most common types of dangerous house spiders are the black widow and the brown recluse, but learn the types of venomous spiders in your area and how to distinguish them from harmless house spiders.
Female black widows have shiny black colouring, with a distinctive red hourglass-shaped pattern on their underside. Males have a mixture of whitish dots on the upper abdomen, are typically about half the size of female spiders, and are not as dangerous as the female.
The brown recluse is a small sandy-brown spider with a violin-shaped body found primarily in the Midwest and South. They typically reside in tight, out-of-the-way spaces.
In Australia, the redback spider is a common and dangerous spider that ends up in people's houses. Other spiders to watch out for might include the hobo spider and the wolf spider.

1.2 Study the webs.
Fresh webs, as opposed to old dust-covered cobwebs, are signs of current spider activity. By learning a bit about the webs of the particular kinds of spiders you're looking out for (or the lack thereof) you can prepare your plan of attack for undesirable spiders.
Black widow webs are usually irregularly shaped and somewhat thicker than other spider's webs, and usually located within one foot of the ground. The webs of black widows are typically in dry corners and other safe areas, not out in the open and easy to find, and usually look somewhat erratic, with a tunneling feature where the spider hides during the day.
Brown recluse webs are loose and sticky, with an off-white colour. You won't see them strung between tree branches or in the corner of the house, but in "reclusive" spots like under boxes, in woodpiles, or other unused out of the way areas.
Large and intricate webs are the hallmark of the harmless orb-weaver spider, a helpful bug-catcher. Leave these spiders alone, or gently migrate them elsewhere.

1.3 Learn the spider's behaviour.
Black widows are typically nocturnal spiders and the brown recluse rarely comes out of hiding. If you've got a large brownish hairy spider building a conspicuous web in the middle of the day, you probably don't need to worry.
If you're worried you've got a dangerous spider, check the webs in the middle of the day when the spider will be dormant. At this point, you can either lay out liquid or powder insecticide, or you can come back at night to kill them directly if you want to be sure.

Part 2: Getting Rid of Spiders

2.1 Migrate harmless spiders and kill dangerous ones.
Most spiders you encounter on a daily basis will be harmless. Move them outdoors where they can do more insect-catching good by trapping them in a jar or sweeping them onto a piece of paper and dumping them outside.
Get a large bowl or pan and sweep the spider into it with a broom. Use a magazine or newspaper large enough to cover the bowl to keep the spider from escaping prematurely, and then release it outside, far from your house if you wish.
If you want to kill the spider without smashing it, you can fill your bowl or pan with insecticide, killing the spider as you capture it. You could also spray the spider at this point with insecticide or hairspray. Only do this if the spider is harmful.

2.2 Lay out insecticide.
Available in dry dusting and liquid spot varieties, you can lay this out when you find the webs during the day. This is an effective method that doesn't require you to actively run around squashing spiders with a flashlight.
Dust applications like Drione Dust and Delta Dust are best for out of the way areas where only spiders will go, like under staircases or in attic spaces. Apply these insecticides with hand brushes in wall voids near the webs to make the locations uninhabitable for the spiders.
Liquid spot treatments like Demon WP and Cynoff EC can be used to spray under beds and in dark corners. These are usually sold in powder form, with specific instructions to mix with water and form the spray.
For a natural alternative, try diatomaceous earth, which consists of the powdered fossilized remains of diatoms. It is harmless to people and other pets, and is even used in some foods and cat litters, but dehydrates the exoskeletons of insects and arachnids.
After you've eradicated your spiders, it's not a bad idea to treat the areas with insecticide as a preventative measure. Spiders tend to pick the same areas to colonize, so you might cut them off at the pass by spraying or laying some insecticide down.
  
2.3 Vacuum the spiders up.
A good vacuum with a hose attachment means you can get rid of your spiders without ever having to get too close to them. Even if the spider is hiding in its tunnel, you can use the vacuum to suck out all the webbing and the spiders within it.
This is also an effective method for vacuuming up lots of house spider hatchlings that would be difficult to kill or migrate otherwise.
Once you've vacuumed spiders, remove the vacuum bag and seal it in a plastic garbage bag, and put it outside in the garbage.

2.4 Squash it.
Sometimes you've just got to go old-school and use your shoe. If the spider is in its web, use a broom or stick to sweep the spider out into the open and use a shoe, rolled up newspaper, or book to smash the spider. It may be inelegant, but at least you'll be sure you've got it.
Black widows might have a tendency to head toward you if you miss, so be quick and keep your distance from dangerous spiders.

Part 3: Keeping your home Spider-Free

3.1 Clean frequently. 
Since spiders like dark and undisturbed areas to build their webs, keeping a clean house is the best way to avoid infestation. Regularly sweep and mop your home, as well as vacuuming out small cracks and wall gaps. From the outside, power wash your windows to keep critters from congregating.
In the attic, basement, or anywhere you have lots of stuff and boxes stored, regularly move things around and vacuum to avoid creating spider habitats. Remove unnecessary clutter and stay tidy to eliminate the kinds of habitats spiders love. Consider spreading insecticide in those areas if you're worried about cultivating habitats.
Outside, trim back shrubs and other foliage around your house, especially nearest entrances. If you have firewood stacked anywhere near the house, consider moving it elsewhere. These are places spiders tend to congregate, and if they have easy access to the house, they'll be able to make the jump quickly.

3.2 Check your doors and windows for cracks.
Plug any gaps with weather stripping to make sure you've got a secure home and aren't letting unwanted pests easy access to your house.
Consider spreading some insecticide into any cracks before you seal them. Use stick-on weather stripping or caulk to create the seal.

3.3 Use natural deterrents in your home and yard.
Natural spider repellents are easy to make, use, and will ensure that your home stays spider free, so you won't have to worry about killing them or moving them elsewhere.
Add 3-5 drops of an essential oil like tea tree, peppermint, or lemon to a quart of water to clean your house with. These are harmless to people and pets, but create a undesirable scent for insects and spiders.
Plant eucalyptus and spread horse chestnuts. Many people believe that eucalyptus is a natural spider replant, and some studies have shown that saponin--a naturally-occurring chemical found in horse chestnuts--repels spiders.
 
3.4 Make a spider spray.
Make a spider spay for spraying on the outside of windows and doors, and along fences and mailboxes. Mix and pour the following in a spray bottle:
·1 cup vinegar
·1 cup pepper
·1 teaspoon oil
·1 teaspoon liquid soap.
 

Sunday, 17 August 2014

sabado cultural

Este fim-de-semana voltamos a Londres. Desta vez as bicicletas eram gratis por isso lá atravessamos Hyde Park para o nosso primeiro destino, TPOTY. Seguimos para Covent Garden e almoçamos pela primeira vez num Nando´s (huumm a comida estava boa mas isto de ter ir buscar os pratos e os talheres e assim não me convenceu muito - não sei se é assim nos outros). A tarde foi passada no National Museum que ainda não tinhamos visitado, e onde aprendi que: Madonna no museu não é a cantora, é Maria, mãe de Jesus; e que gosto de van Gogh, esse ao menos pintava paisagens, é que ja estava farta de ver nudez e pinturas perversas dos cinquecentistas.









 







Friday, 15 August 2014

maidenhead at the movies

Este fim-de-semana temos cinema ao ar livre:

FRIDAY 15 AUGUST:
11am The Lion King (89mins)
1.30pm Monsters University (104 mins)
4pm The Lego Movie (100 mins)
6.30pm Who Framed Roger Rabbit (104mins)

SATURDAY 16 AUGUST:
11am The Croods (98mins)
1.30pm Frozen (102mins)
4pm Iron Man (126mins)
6.30pm Hairspray (117mins)

SUNDAY 17 AUGUST:
10.30am Despicable Me 2 (98mins)
12.30pm Breakfast at Tiffany's (115mins)
2.30pm Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (224mins)
7pm Forest Gump (20th anniversary of the film) (142 mins)

Eu como tenho muitos dias de férias, tenho tirado sextas para descansar, e como sempre o almoço é com o MP na cidade. Hoje fizemos picnic no parque. Comprei o almoço na loja Tailandesa, levei a toalha de praia e o cenário foi Monters University.



Saturday, 9 August 2014

ride london

Hoje foi assim:

This summer’s Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle on Saturday 9 August offers a brilliant opportunity to get the whole family together to experience the fun and freedom of cycling around an 10-mile traffic-free route in central London. The route features many of the capital’s world-famous landmarks, from Buckingham Palace in the west to the Tower of London in the east via the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s. London’s greatest sights will create an inspiring backdrop for a memorable day of cycling.



Saimos de casa bem cedo, pela fresca, e ainda bem, chegamos a Londres antes de toda a confusão, alugamos as bicicletas em Hyde Park e fizemos o percurso todo, sim TODO, antes do almoço, Depois almoçamos numa rua paralela a Oxford Street (precisava de passar la numa loja), longe da confusão (James Street) - Burgers and Cocktails - http://www.giraffe.net/burgers/locations - pessoal super simpatico e optimo menu.
Dali (  so depois de termos conseguido desviar da manifestação em Oxford St. - Free Gaza) seguimos para Nothing Hill, Portobello Market - onde queria ver se encontrava umas peças antigas - a visita foi curta pois o MP já tem uma certa idade e estava a precisar de dormir a sesta (ihihih), acabamos a tarde em Little Venice a beber um smoothie fresquinho.

And this is London...