A Nossa Terra

Até ao final do ano de 2014, 5600 reformados franceses tinham comprado residência em Portugal e as estimativas apontam para que durante 2015 o número ultrapasse os 20 mil. Até há menos de um ano ninguém diria a Daniel Bremaud que em breve trocaria a sua casa numa pequena vila na Côte D’Azur por outra vila de paisagens igualmente amenas e igualmente “linda, também ao lado da água”. Mas hoje Daniel, um ex-polícia de 68 anos que trabalhou no Mónaco, chama casa ao Seixal.

Estamos sentados numa esplanada, com uma garrafa de água mineral a borbulhar, em frente à rua que desce a pique em direção ao rio, tal como a cabeça do francês borbulha de pensamentos acolhedores, ao descrever a vida no Seixal e as vantagens de morar na Margem Sul. “A panorâmica que dali se avista é magnífica, e depois sempre que quero vir a Lisboa desço ao cais e faço uma bela viagem de barco que em menos de vinte minutos me põe no centro de Lisboa. Isto não tem preço”, sublinha, acrescentando que os lisboetas não conhecem o Seixal. “Nem sabem o tesouro que têm mesmo em frente à capital, onde se podem descobrir casas muito mais baratas para comprar.” 

Pascal Gonçalves, fundador da agência imobiliária Maison au Portugal, confirma a tendência. “Os franceses que agora chegam não têm nenhum preconceito em relação à Margem Sul. Para eles é apenas mais um sítio tranquilo para viver.” Ele sabe do que fala. Em poucos meses, já vendeu mais de 14 de apartamentos à beira do Tejo, com vistas rasgadas para Lisboa, a franceses reformados.

Oscar Wilde

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Battle of Grozny (1999–2000): two Russian soldiers resting amid the ruins of Grozny, capital of Chechnya.

Buy The Parthenon

Greece is $380 billion is debt. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has responded to an EU-IMF reform-for-aid plan by announcing that the “Greek people should be proud, because the government is not going to give in to absurd proposals.” So everything’s on track for a midsummer collapse. But Britain, if so inclined, could help stave off disaster for the beleaguered Greeks.

For the last few years, amidst her financial crisis, Greece has flirted with the idea of selling off state historical assets. The UK should ease Greece’s debt problem and buy (the rest of) the Parthenon. Britain could offer an enormous (many-billion-pound) cash payment, along with an even larger, very-low interest loan, for which the British government could surely get extensive private sponsorship.

Very far-fetched, perhaps, but there is some precedent. It wouldn’t be the first such structure to find its way to a museum. The Pergamon Museum in Berlin has the massive Pergamon altar from an acropolis in Asia Minor and the Ishtar gate from Ancient Babylon. The Metropolitan Museum in New York has an entire Roman-period Egyptian temple named Dendur, brought to Manhattan from the banks of the Nile. And the British Museum already has the Nereid monument, the facade of a Classical Greek tomb. The Parthenon would obviously be a big step up, but not an altogether incomprehensible one. It could be safely displayed in a new, gigantic gallery of the British Museum, and make it an even more popular tourist attraction.

[Joshua Gelernter (2015), Standpoint]

O Glorioso

O Benfica exerceu um domínio absoluto em 2014/2015, sendo campeão nacional no futebol e nas principais modalidades de pavilhão: basquetebol, futsal, hóquei em patins e voleibol; falhou apenas o pleno por culpa do andebol. Contando com o atletismo, onde também reinou, ganhou 15 das 21 principais provas oficiais do desporto português.

You Think Political Correctness is a Game?

Sir Tim Hunt, who was awarded the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine in 2001 and who was knighted in 2006, has resigned from his position as honorary professor at the University College London after his recent comments in a science conference in South Korea: “Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab: you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them they cry.” Speaking to BBC Radio, Sir Tim said: “I’m really, really sorry I caused any offence, that’s awful. I certainly didn’t mean that. I just meant to be honest, actually. It was a very stupid thing to do in the presence of all those journalists“.

Following a broad backlash over his support of California‘s gay marriage ban in 2008, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has stepped down. Mitchell Baker, executive chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation, the nonprofit best known for its Firefox browser, announced Eich’s resignation in a blog post, apologizing to users for its slow response. “We’re sorry. We must do better,” she said. Known as the father of the programing language JavaScript, Eich donated $1,000 in 2008 to support Proposition 8, a California constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage.

E Nós Sabemos

Quarta-feira, 18 de Novembro de 2009, Estádio de França, Paris. Decorria o 103º minuto, quando Thierry Henry ajeitou a bola com a mão e assistiu para o golo de Gallas que deu o apuramento da França para o Mundial de 2010 na África do Sul.

Delaney, presidente da Associação Irlandesa de Futebol, muito criticou Joseph Blatter por toda a polémica, mas os dois acabaram por chegaram a concordância rapidamente: “Fui ter com ele [Blatter] e disse-lhe o que sentia e houve uma troca de insultos, mas chegámos a um acordo.” Cinco milhões de euros e a Irlanda fechou a boca.

Nós sabemos, sempre o soubémos; mas comemos e iremos continuar a comer. Gostamos de ser enganados, é a nossa natureza.

American Apartheid

Since her book “On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City” was published last year, Alice Goffman has achieved a measure of fame that is rarely visited on a young sociologist. “On the Run” won attention because of its timely subject matter, the lives of low-income black men and their interactions with the police based on six years of immersive fieldwork. But all that enthusiasm has curdled somewhat, as critics, in published reviews and anonymous online critiques, have debated not just her facts, interpretations and methods, but the fraught politics of privileged white outsiders’ studying minority communities: another story about a white lady come to study young black men, who thought this was a good idea?

Hey white American lady, the USA is your country, color is your citizenship.