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Columnistas  |  15 mayo de 2019  |  12:00 AM |  Escrito por: James McCarthy

Never too late

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James McCarthy

An 81-year-old Irish woman was overjoyed after meeting her birth mother for the first time after searching for her for more than 60 years. Eileen Macken, who grew up in a Dublin orphanage, in the 1930s and 40s, had been searching for her mother since the age of 19 without success. Last month she travelled to Scotland to meet her 103-year old mother for the first time. Elizabeth turned 104 the other day. A happy ending, it's never too late for anyone in the same situation, if you want to find your biological parents.

Ageism and Sexism

For those of us young enough to remember the 1980s, (not many) Madonna changed the face of pop music without a shadow of a doubt. Now, 2019, BBC Radio has banned airplay of her new Album and single with Maluma, on the grounds she is too old at 60. She told British Vogue magazine: "People have always been trying to silence me for one reason or another, whether it's that I'm not pretty enough, I don't sing well enough, I'm not talented enough, I'm not married enough, and now it's that I'm not young enough. This is what happens when out-of-touch, over-paid middle-class, pompous nitwits run a corporation like the BBC. Guinness World Records listed Madonna as the best-selling female recording artist of all time, with more than 300 million records sold during her career, and a net worth of $590 million.

Pompous: Arrogant or conceited. Nitwit: A silly or foolish person.


Neanderthal, (unintelligent) seems to be the only word to describe Vicente Fernández (homophobic) as to why he refused a liver transplant in fear of being gay. If he had been informed properly he would have found out a Hetero, Bi or Gay donor isn't the problem. More worryingly: all donatable organs, from blood to kidneys are routinely checked for the AIDS virus. What people are afraid of is the short period directly after infection in which the virus is already in the blood but cannot yet be detected. This offers the virus a window of opportunity. It isn't common, but it still happens, according to the National Action for Organ Donor Registration. “ay ay ay papí”.

Idioms: Body Parts (1)

Have egg on your face: If you've said or done something wrong, and it's made you feel embarrassed or stupid. Your hands are tied: If you're prevented from doing something that you'd normally have the power or the authority to do.

Your heart goes out to (someone) you feel great sympathy for them. Your heart is in the right place: You try to do the right thing, even if things don't always work out for the best. Your heart isn't in it: You don't really want to do something or be with someone anymore, lost interest. A bad hair day: Everything seems to be going wrong for you. A gut feeling: You sense something about a person or a situation, without knowing why. It can be a good or a bad feeling. A head start: You start something ahead of others or with an advantage over others. A kick in the teeth: Something bad happens to you or you feel that you've been treated poorly.

A pain in the neck/ass: Someone is a pain in the neck if they annoy you, or something is a pain in the neck if you don't like doing it. A pat on the back: Give someone a pat on the back if you've told them they've done something well, or done a good job. A shot in the arm: Something is a shot in the arm if it gives a person or an organisation renewed energy or enthusiasm. A sight for sore eyes: You are glad to see them. A skeleton in the cupboard/ closet: You have a secret in your past which could damage you if it became known. A slap on the wrist: You are given a mild punishment for making a mistake or doing something wrong. It can also be verbal.

A slip of the tongue: You make a small mistake when speaking. A weight off your shoulders: If you no longer have to worry about something or deal with something difficult. An eye-opener: Something's an eye-opener if it's made you realise something you hadn't been aware of before. Behind someone's back: Do or say something behind someone's back, you do it without letting them know about it.

Bite your tongue / hold your tongue: You force yourself not to say something you really want to say (impossible for me). Break your heart: When someone causes you a lot of emotional pain by ending a romantic relationship, or by deeply hurting you in some other way. By word of mouth: If something becomes well-known, it is because people are telling each other about it. Caught red-handed: Someone caught in the act of doing something wrong or illegal. Come to your senses: You see things clearly and begin to act sensibly after a period of confusion and unwise behaviour. Dig your heels in: You stubbornly resist something or refuse to change. Drag your feet / drag your heels: You do something slowly because you don't really want to do it. Ear to the ground: If you have your ear to the ground, you know what's really going on in a situation.

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