Daylight Robbery

daylight robberyJimmy Choo WHO?
As many of you know I can’t stand shopping and the worst of the worst is shopping for clothes, shoes and accessories. Truth be told, I’d rather go to the dentist, eat the eye of a goat or pick up cow pat all day. Seriously, it’s such a pain in the buttocks but I didn’t realize that it could be such a pain on your bank account as well.

Last week someone directed me to the British high-fashion designer Jimmy Choo website and I couldn’t believe my eyes, a pair of black high-heels cost: €657.00 and although that’s daylight robbery in itself, unbelievably they are on sale! The price before the discount was €1,095.00. a robber

I’m sorry, but I’m sure if I searched hard enough on  I could buy a small island for the same price. Yes, daylight robbery; in my book when Jimmy Choo sells a pair of shoes a serious crime has been committed.

So, in your book, what things cost an arm and a leg, an even worse what is daylight robbery? Yes, I agree: ENDESA, they’re having a laugh at our expense!


To bump into someone or something

bump intoTo bump into is a common phrasal verb which means you meet someone by chance, by accident, i.e. not planned. In fact, at the gym on Saturday morning I bumped into someone that I’ve not seen for 7 months. It was such a lovely surprise to see them and catch up on their news.

Don’t you think it’s always great to bump into old friends? Now, when am I going to bump into George Clooney?

Siblings: Are you like your brothers and sisters?

ocarrollsI have 3 siblings, 2 sisters and one brother and the truth is that although we are not a very close family, we all get on like a house on fire and we look forward to seeing each other at family gatherings. I think our strong bond is as a result of our differences rather than our similarities. My elder sister is focused, analytical and professionally ambitious; my brother is caring, thoughtful and emotionally intelligent, and me, well, I’m somewhere in the middle.

So, how about you? Are you and your siblings like chalk and cheese or are you like two peas in a pod?

A Competition. To compete: What drives you?

ironman competition ukGenerally speaking, the majority of my close friends are mad about competing in sports competitions. My sister competes in, at least, one triathlon a year and she used to be a rower and competed in national regattas. My brother competes in national tennis competitions and an ex-university mate is competing in the UK Ironman competition this month. So, what drives them to get out of bed in the morning, put on their trainers and go running for 20 miles? What possesses them to endure the physical and mental challenges that competing entails? Is it because they need psychiatric help, i.e. they are a few fries short of a happy meal? Or, perhaps it’s because they are ambitious and they want to do better and be better at something. Whatever the real reason, in my opinion a mixture of ambition and craziness is life-affirming and it’s completely hot; in deed it’s the full package.

Don’t believe me, check out this video, look me in the eye and tell me you don’t feel alive.

To be or not to be, that is the question. So, what are you?

We use the verb to be to say what things are. For example:

  • Q: What is an apple? A: It’s a type of fruit.
  • Q: What is an adrenalin junkie? A: It’s a type of person who is keen on doing adventurous and risky activities.

Janette is a welcoming hostessImagine my surprise when I googled this question: What is Janette? and Google said: Janette is a very welcoming hostess!?! My brother, whose name is Dave, was informed by google that he is one of the following:

  1. Dave is a fearless stunt driver.
  2. Dave is a fridge.

Hilarious! So, my question to you is: What are you?


sunset malagaThe sunset is when the sun goes down. Last night the sunset at 21:33pm and it was one of the most magical sunsets that I have ever seen since moving to Spain.

What’s you favourite time of day, sunset or sunrise?

Are you a philospher or a rock star?

descartesAccorElvisding to the well-known philosopher Descartes we can prove our existence because we THINK;  remember his theory: ‘I think, therefore I am’.

However, according to the King of rock and roll Elvis Presley we can prove our existence because we DO; remember the lyrics: ‘ a little less conversation, a little more action’. Well, on balance, I believe thinking is overrated and that life is more fun if you are a doer and not a thinker.

How about you?  Are you an armchair philospher, or are you moving and shaking with the rock stars?



I can’t bear cooking. I can’t bear washing up

I can't bear cookingIt is said that cooking helps people chill out.  However, I say, cooking is a pain in the ass – it’s an evil necessity and I personally, can’t bear it, what I mean is, I dislike it intensely.

In fact, last year, someone showed me how to make lasagne and despite the fact that I’m smiling I felt stressed and completely out of my comfort zone. Everyone has their likes and dislikes, for instance, I’m very keen on eating, but I can’t stand cooking, chopping, boiling, frying, baking, squeezing, grating, mixing or washing up.

How about you? What are your pet hates?

To workout. A workout

The phrasal verb to work out usually means to do physical exercise over a period of time in order to get or keep fit. A work out, the noun, describes the physical exercise you do over the period of time.

For example, despite the fact that I’m naturally a couch potato with a sweet tooth, I try to work out at my local gym 5 times a week. My work out usually consists of  some cardiovascular stuff (spinning or running on a treadmill) some free weights and some pilates. Over the last few weeks I have been working out harder than usual and I was so over the moon with my efforts that I emailed some close friends in the UK to tell them all about physical achievements. Imagine my surprise when I received this photo and one sentence that said: Don’t bother me work outtelling me about your sweat, what about the eye candy?

Seriously, some of my friends are skin deep and they are about as profound as a limp lettuce leaf!

To chill out

Chill outTo chill out is a common phrasal verb which means to relax. As I’m a bit of a beach bum and an adrenalin junkie I can chill out by sunbathing at the beach or by doing a risky sport such as scuba diving.

How do you chill out? Perhaps you’re a book worm and you chill out by reading a page-turning bestseller.  Or, if you’re a bit of a culture vulture, you might chill out by visiting an art gallery or a museum.

The English language has a lot of different ways to describe the action of relaxing, for example:

  • To switch off
  • To take the load off
  • To lay back
  • To unwind