When He Cries…

1With all the new technology regarding fertility recently, a 65-year-old friend of mine was able to give birth.

When she was discharged from the hospital and went home, I went to visit.

‘May I see the new baby?’ I asked.

‘Not yet,’ she said. ‘I’ll make coffee and we can talk for a while first.’

Thirty minutes had passed, and I asked, ‘May I see the new baby now?’

‘No, not yet,’ she said.

After another few minutes had elapsed, I asked again, ‘May I see the baby now?’

‘No, not yet,’ replied my friend.

Growing very impatient, I asked, ‘Well, when can I see the baby?’

‘WHEN HE CRIES!’ she told me.

‘When he Cries??’ I demanded. ‘Why do I have to wait until he CRIES?’


What the EU Does with Your Money

Occasionally it is possible to see a little way ahead and already it looks clear that 2014 is going to be an \”annus horribilis\” for the European Union [EU]. With voters going to the polls in May 2014 and the recent opinion polls showing not so much Eurosceptic as simply anti-EU parties in the lead in most major European countries, there will likely be a lot of things on the minds of the Eurocrats in the coming months: disaster emergency planning, location of escape-exits, pension and retirement plans to name but a few. But as the European tables look set to start turning, there is one thing that voters ought to keep right at the forefront of their minds.


The Colorful Human Tower Builders of Catalonia

Concurs De Castells – the Human Tower Festival

Every year in Catalonia, Spain, a beautiful tradition of castell building, or human towers consisting of up to 500 people, takes place in October. The custom dates back to the 18th century and is celebrated and practiced in festivals throughout the Spanish provinces of Catalonia. The most important castell building event of the year is the Concurs de Castells, a biannual competition that is held in the city of Tarragona. The castell teams meet there to compete and produce the tallest and most difficult human tower.


Iran’s “Helpful” Response to Diplomacy

It was to be expected that the negotiations between Iran and six world powers would run into problems sooner rather than later. What is surprising is how soon: barely six weeks after Iran and the so-called P5+1 – the United States, France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China – reached a deal on November 24, 2013 in Geneva, aimed at freezing parts of Iran\’s nuclear program in exchange for easing some of the international economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic.