21 julio 2019

¿Qué he visto? La conspiración de Pedro Olea


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OPINIÓN

Ayer domingo vi La conspiración en RTVE, dirigida por Pedro Olea, una película que llevaba ocho años olvidada en algún cajón de RTVE y ayer, por fin, logramos visionar. Decir que la película es muy interesante para saber cómo se fraguó el golpe de estado en 1936 y conocer los entresijos del levantamiento militar contra la República recién instaurada. 
La cinta se centra en el general Mola, magníficamente interpretado por Manuel Morón, que es el «director» que toma las riendas para planificar el golpe militar y es el que coordina a la mayoría de los generales para poner fin a la República por la fuerza. Un levantamiento que terminará con la Guerra Civil Española.
También se deja entrever cómo los dirigentes de la época no supieron ver el peligro que suponían los generales conspiradores, Mola, Franco y Goded y solo tomaron medidas cautelares contra ellos, dejándolos que siguieran con sus maniobras para derrocar a la República. Si hubieran tomado medidas más drásticas, como hicieron con Sanjurjo, quizás nunca hubiera ocurrido tal levantamiento.

FICHA TÉCNICA

Producción: Elías Querejeta / ETB / IDEM Producción Audiovisual / ETB.
Dirección: Pedro Olea.
Guion: Elías Querejeta.
Fecha: 2012.
Reparto: Manuel Morón, Silvia Marsó, Jorge Sanz, Álex Angulo, Alicia Borrachero, Mikel Tello, Aitor Merino, Iñaki Miramón, Antonio Valero.
Duración: 120 minutos.

SINOPSIS

El general Mola es trasladado, forzosamente, a Navarra como represalia a una pasada conspiración militar contra la República. Una vez allí, continúa con su proyecto de derrocar al poder legalmente establecido y organiza el levantamiento militar que tuvo lugar en julio de 1936.

20 julio 2019

Reading and time

Source: own
A good book is always a good excuse to spend a day at the beach because reading transports us to places we have never visited and activates processes that no other activity does.
I love to read on the beach and when the good weather arrives, I don't think about it much and I go to the beach in search of the tranquility necessary to lose myself, for a few hours, in the seas of good reading.
This man is clear, he looked for a quiet place to have a cigarette, a pleasure for many, took off his clothes, took a book and began to read while the sun warmed it and lessened, a little, the cold of the north wind that blew with intensity.
It seems that he was enjoying the beach day. I don't know if he would take a bath in the cold waters of Las Canteras beach; I would have done it, slowly and with good handwriting.
Yes, there is no doubt that we have to look for those moments for ourselves, move away from the worldly noise, from the chaos that sometimes is to live and have a few hours to give to ourselves that we also need.

19 julio 2019

Bicicletas y ciudades


Fuente: propia
El cambio ya está ahí y muchos no lo quieren ver, un cambio de paradigma que modificará la forma que tenemos de movernos por los centros de las ciudades, pasando del uso mayoritario del coche, al uso de la bicicleta y de los transportes públicos. Un cambio obligado, claro está, por el empuje de una mentalidad más sostenible, que nos llevan a un concepto de ciudades más respetuosas con el medio ambiente y pensadas para el disfrute de los ciudadanos, donde el automóvil desaparecerá de forma paulatina.
Sin embargo, hay ciudadanos que se resisten, como los de mi ciudad, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Una ciudad dominada por la dictadura del coche, que está siendo cuestionada por los responsables políticos que saben que necesitamos una ciudad más amable y más sostenible en todos los sentidos.
Cierto es que hay alternativa y no es otro que fomentar el uso del transporte público. Un transporte público que en la actualidad no es eficiente y no lo es porque tiene un enemigo que impide que lo sea, y ese enemigo no es otro que la multitud de automóviles que colapsan esta ciudad a todas horas, menos por la noche, que hace que su puntualidad y su horario se vayan a la basura y jamás se cumplan.
Los dirigentes políticos han diseñado una alternativa para paliar, en parte, el daño de los colapsos automovilísticos y esa alternativa se llama Metroguagua. Un sistema de transporte que contará con un carril exclusivo que atravesará la ciudad de punta a punta, sin afectarle los posibles atascos. Sin duda es una apuesta decidida que van en el camino adecuado para ofrecer un trasporte público eficaz.
Fuente: Youtube
La otra alternativa es el fomento y uso de la bicicleta. Este medio de transporte está demostrado que es una alternativa válida al coche y, más, en una ciudad como Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, donde el clima favorece su uso en todas las épocas del año.
Los poderes públicos lo han comprendido y están fomentando su uso con la implementación de carriles bicis en la ciudad. Unos carriles bici que están soliviantando el ánimo de muchos ciudadanos porque no aceptan el cambio de paradigma y quieren seguir bajo el yugo del automóvil, atacando a los ciclistas urbanos, diciendo que muchos no respetamos las normas de circulación, pero quizás, estos solo ven la paja en el ojo ajeno y no ven la viga que tienen en el suyo.
De lo que no cabe duda es que una ciudad con menos coches es una ciudad mejor y en el mundo existen claros ejemplos y nosotros, los ciudadanos de esta ciudad, tenemos que aspirar a eso.

18 julio 2019

143 years of Latin Sailing boats precede us

Port of Las Palmas, 1857. Canarian Museum
143 years of Latin Sailing boats preceded us, but I am convinced that the competition between Latin Sailing boats is previous and we should add a few more digits to that figure.
It has been established that the official date of the competitive origin of the Latin Sailing boats is July 24, 1904, in a regatta that was held on the occasion of the patron saint festivities of the neighborhood of San Cristobal in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. However, this date is clearly incorrect because, prior to this date, there were many races between boats that had the rank of official and some were also held upwind. 
It should be noted that from the point of view of the theory of the origin of sport, the origin of a sport is established at the point at which there is evidence of the first manifestation of the sport, and of course the date of July 24 does not meet this requirement, because there are many regattas held earlier that would meet it.
What is clear is that the configuration of the structure of a sport is not established overnight, because this structural configuration is made with the practice of sport, which is polishing the configurating elements of the sport in question.
What's more, not even the regatta held on the aforementioned 24th of July, had all the configurating elements that give shape to our sport, but rather those elements were added as the different sporting competitions were carried out.
The Latin Sailing boats are no strangers to this principle; the Latin Sailing boats had to undergo an evolution from the first competitions in the mid-nineteenth century to its current configuration. 
Perhaps the date that fulfills the mentioned principle would be the regatta that was celebrated the 1 of May of 1876 that has faithful reflection in the press of the time: "Day 1. To the five of the afternoon, maritime cucañas, and regattas of boats with several prizes, during whose games there will be music in the dock of this city (The Press, 1876)". It also appears in the program of the celebrations for the commemoration of the conquest of Gran Canaria: "Day 1: At five o'clock in the afternoon, maritime cucañas and regattas of boats with several prizes, during whose games there will be music in the dock of this city.
This regatta, which was held on the day of San Pedro Mártir, 29 April, was organised by the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Town Hall, in which prizes were established for the best and in subsequent years official regattas continued to be held on the same dates.
But I am convinced that before this date and held boat races, as evidenced in the press of the time, and in 1874 was published: "In the afternoon maritime cucaña on the dock and boat bargaining from that point to the port of La Luz, with three prizes to be distributed in this way: the boat more walker, that is the first to reach the port, eighty pesetas, the second, forty, and the third, twenty. (The Truce, 1874)". Note that the regatta course is from Las Palmas Quay to Puerto de La Luz, that is, from South to North, which suggests that the regatta is also planned against the wind.
This proves that a sport is configured with the different sporting manifestations until it acquires the definitive structure that characterizes it, as has happened with the Latin Sailing boats.
What is clear is that all the regattas held before 1934, when the first boat championship organized by the Sociedad Deportiva Ahemón was held, contributed to give shape to the sport as we know it today, because it is Ahemón who establishes the first formal structure of the competition, bringing together all the elements that shaped the sport that had previously emerged.
This formal structure, established by Ahemón, has reached us to the present day with the evident transformations that have been included from the sixties to the present day, because the Latin Sailing boat competition is a living sporting manifestation and, therefore, open to competitive and formal modifications.
Apart from these sporting events that show that more than 143 years ago there were already boat races, there are other data that corroborate what was said in the press of the moment or in the party programs.
 These other data can be found in the Las Palmas Ship Registry and are provided by José Daniel Rodríguez Zaragoza in his blog "Notes on the maritime history of the Canary Islands". In his entry: "Así comenzó todo. 1.- Los botes de vela latina canaria", he states that in 1866 Latin Sailing boats were already being built exclusively for recreation. So Rodriguez tells us:
"following the track in the Las Palmas Ship Registry, the first boat that appears as strictly made for recreation in the fourth list of the Las Palmas Ship Registry, [...] was the one that appears in folio 14, it was built in 1866, and it was a boat, that was called, curiously, "Eolo". It was built by the riverside carpenter Don Antonio Herrera."
Continuing with Rodriguez's article, we find that the register of boats for recreation and bargaining does not stop there, since in 1872 another boat is registered, the Neptune and 1874 another, Christopher Columbus with similar dimensions.Later, in 1876, two boats were registered that already sound more familiar and are not others than El Canario, which is 5.90 meters long, 1.88 meters wide and 0.74 meters long and the Marino, with 6.15 meters long, 1.94 meters wide and 0.71 meters long.
These data from the Las Palmas Register of Ships, provided by José Daniel Rodríguez Zaragoza, show that the competitions between Latin Sailing boats were already taking place in the middle of the 19th century and that there was a group of amateurs who built boats no longer to work, but exclusively for sporting competition.So, to conclude, it must be said that the sporting origins of Latin boat sailing should be established in the mid-nineteenth century, because there are not only journalistic proofs of these sporting events, but also proofs of registration seats of the boats that were built to participate in these competitions. 

17 julio 2019

¿Qué he leído? Ese mundo desaparecido de Dennis Lehane


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OPINIÓN

Ayer terminé de leer «Ese mundo desaparecido» de Dennis Lehane. Me pareció un libro interesante y muy bien escrito, que te va llevando por el mundo de los mafiosos de los años cuarenta en Florida. La trama está bien narrada, directa y con pocos recovecos, que hacen que la lectura sea agradable y te vaya llevando, a buen ritmo, por la vida del mafioso Joe Coughlin, que tiene que enfrentarse a las conspiraciones internas de su familia y a una velada amenaza de muerte.
La novela va de menos a más, con un ritmo pausado al principio, hasta que va cogiendo ritmo a medida que vamos conociendo a Joe Coughlin, a todos los que le rodean y los entresijos de la mafia de la que forma parte.
En definitiva, una buena novela, entretenida y muy bien escrita.

FICHA TÉCNICA

Formato: EPUB.
Páginas: 352.
Editorial: Salamandra.
Lengua: CASTELLANO.
ISBN: 978-84-15631-67-5

SINOPSIS

Joe Coughlin es un mafioso más o menos retirado, que se dedica a gestionar empresas legales, pero, al mismo tiempo, es consejero del jefe del clan mafioso de los Bartolo. Al tiempo le llega el rumor de que quieren acabar con él, el Miércoles de Ceniza, lo que hace que comience a averiguar quién quiere acabar con su vida.

16 julio 2019

What have I seen on Netflix? Losers

OPINION
I loved this documentary series because it talks about the supposed losers, in a society in which personal and collective success is valued too much. In the eight episodes of the series its protagonists tell us about their failures as athletes and how that failure helped them to be better people.

Each one of them is an example of what it is to fight to reach the goal, regardless of success or failure, because they have realized that what is important is not to achieve success, but what is important is what is learned during the journey to achieve it, regardless of whether you get it or not.

The series begins with the story of Michael Bentt, a boxer who did not want to be a professional boxer, but who became a world champion, but that a KO caused brain damage, which forced him to leave boxing and from there changed his life because he found his true vocation as a film actor coach.

Another example is Aliy Zirkle, a dog sled runner, who has participated in the races of the prestigious Iditarod, Alaska's largest dog sled race and never won it. However, Aliy continues to participate since 2001 without missing any, because for her the race is a test of overcoming.

It's a documentary series to sit down and watch carefully because I'm sure we'll learn something.


Source: Netflix official website on Youtube.
TECHNICAL DATA SHEET
Production: Distributed by Netflix.
Leadership: Mickey Duzyj.
Date: 2019.
Duration of each chapter: Between 24 and 37 minutes.

SYNOPSIS
This documentary series of eight chapters speaks to us of failure as a catharsis for personal and collective change.

15 julio 2019

La eutanasia: un debate controvertido, pero necesario.


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Ángel Hernández ha sido detenido por ayudar a su mujer, María José Carrasco, a suicidarse. Ella padecía esclerosis múltiple desde hace más de treinta años y, en los últimos años, esa enfermedad la había deteriorado de forma irremediable. Había manifestado que no quería seguir viviendo en esas condiciones.
María José lo dijo en multitud de ocasiones, que quería suicidarse; una vida en sus condiciones no merecía la pena vivirla, tenía derecho a morir dignamente y Ángel Hernández no hizo otra cosa que ayudarla a comenzar ese camino.
El vídeo que se ha difundido prueba que la intención de ella era clara; no quería seguir viviendo y que para Ángel Hernández no ha sido fácil, pero que, por encima de todo, estaba el deseo de su mujer de tener una muerte digna y el no ha hecho otra cosa que hacer posible ese deseo.
El caso del María José ha puesto sobre el tapete la necesidad de regular la eutanasia, para que nadie se vea en la tesitura en la que se ha visto Ángel Hernández; tener que jugarse su libertad por ayudar a morir dignamente a la persona a la que amaba, sin importarle las consecuencias legales.
El debate es necesario. Los poderes políticos tienen que tomar cartas en el asunto y buscar los acuerdos necesarios para regular la eutanasia que tiene muchas aristas que hay que discutir, pero hay que hacerlo.
La sociedad española es lo suficientemente madura para resistir este debate y, además, una gran mayoría está a favor de que se regule en los casos de enfermedades terminales e incluso para enfermedades graves o irreversibles .
Lo que no puede ser es que forcemos a las personas a dar pasos dolorosos e innecesarios, a incumplir la ley porque los poderes públicos no quieren entrar a dar respuesta a un tema tan complicado y, al mismo tiempo, tan doloroso.
Ya es hora de que la eutanasia entre en la agenda de todos los partidos políticos, que se sienten y se pongan a trabajar para regularla y dejemos de asistir a este tipo acontecimientos que tanto nos afectan y nos duelen.