Sunday, January 29, 2006


The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German. As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as "Euro-English".

In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy.
The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of "k". This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter. In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.
Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.
Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent "e" in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.

By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v".
During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensi bl rite n styl. Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.

Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.

If zis mad you smil, pleas pas on to oza pepl.

( Warning: Don’t take this story very seriously, as an enthusiast for BOTH the English and the German language I just had to laugh with all that. Thanks to the distinguished journalist
Ms Polymeridou in Athens, who e-mailed me the story…)

Thursday, January 12, 2006


Believe it or not, Alex Tew, a 21-year-old kid from Wiltshire, England, has earned his first million $ on the Internet in only 5 months !

Alex Tew's crazy idea :, a billboard divided into 1.000.000 pixels costing only one dollar each and sold in blocks of 10, mainly in the U.S. and in Europe, with a minimum investment of $ 100.
Alex Tew's starting capital : $ 80 for a basic web-hosting package plus $ 1.000 ( borrowed from his parents ) for a press release.

Now, why should a U.S. company buy pixels on this site ?
For the simple reason that it may place ads on the purchased space and link web users to its own homepage for a fraction of usual Internet advertising cost.
‘I don’t believe it, it doesn’t make sense’ Alex Tew told the BBC Interactive News in September 2005. Today his Homepage is a million-dollar-business, CNN calls it ‘an online Times Square’ and Alex tells the BBC :
‘It snowballed. As I made money, more people talked about it and the more people talked about it, the more money I made’ !


Es un análisis original : En sus libro “Brasil y la economia social de mercado”, Emilio Fontela y Joaquín Guzmán analizan el probema social brasileño y proponen soluciones desde el punto de vista de las experiencias de los países nórdicos.
La elección de Brasil como ‘case study’ es clara, porque en Brasil la distribución de la renta es la más desigual del mundo ! Además, en el proceso de globalización, todos los países hacen frente a nuevas problemas. Hoy no tenemos un conflicto entre capitalistas y obreros, sino entre integrados y excluidos. Los autores estiman que la ortodoxia economica no garantiza un desarrollo social. Por eso, buscan “un compromiso nacional” para reducir la exclusion y proponen que el Estado intervenga directamente para mantener el desarrollo social y la redistribución de renta !

(Fuente : Guillermo de la Dehesa, presidente del ‘Centre for Economic Policy Research’ sobre “Brasil y la economía social de mercado”, El País, Diciembre 2005).