365 days of gratitude

Learning another language helps you understand another culture, part of which is humour.

One of the bonuses of learning Spanish has been the introduction to Argentinian cartoonist Joaquín Salvador Lavado, who is better known as Quino, and his creation Malfalda.

She’s a feisty six-year-old with a love of the Beatles, a hatred of soup and a strong social conscience.

She makes me think and she makes me laugh and I’m grateful for that.

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The Beatles! How can you like them if you don’t understand what they say?

And? Half the world likes dogs and to this day, no-one knows what they want when they say woof.

My Spanish isn’t up to understanding all the cartoons word for word, but I get the gist of most of them and when I don’t can resort to English translations.

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I have to do my homework. I have to make a delivery for the shop. And I have to go watch my TV programme. 

So we’ve only got time to play nuclear war, right? Yes.


This modern life makes our games even shorter.

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From this humble little chair I make an impassioned call for world peace.

Anyway, these days I think the Vatican, the UN and my little chair have the same powers of persuasion.


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