The Liebster Award

Anna at A Wondrous Bookshelf has been kind enough to nominate my blog for the Liebster Award. Honestly I do not know the merits, if any, that she has seen to grant me this distinction, but in any case I am very much grateful. Apparently the Liebster award is a chain award that was created by bloggers and is a tradition to make new friends in the blogging community. I’m not much in favour of these chains but I would make an exception in this case. I kindly request my blog readers to refrain to nominate The Game’s Afoot from this type of blog chains in the future.

Here’s how it works:

– Link back to the person who nominated you (done)

– Give 11 random facts about yourself (see below)

– Answer 11 questions from your nominator (see below)

– Nominate 11 new and obscure bloggers (any blogger included in my blog roll on the right hand side of my blog can participate voluntarily. I don’t want anybody to feel obliged to participate)

– Come up with 11 questions for them to answer (see below)

– Inform your nominees (If you want to participate just say you have been nominated by Jose Ignacio at The Game’s Afoot)

11 Random Facts:

1. My first name is José because the doctor who attended my mother in childbirth was called José.

2. I was born with the umbilical cord around my neck and the doctor out of fear that I had to die without being baptised, gave me his name and he baptised me.

3. The name, chosen by my parents would have been Francisco Javier.

4. When, later on, I was Christianised in my parish, my father added Ignacio to my name, since he studied with the Jesuit fathers. 

5. The formula used in my second Baptism was: In the event you had not been baptised.

6. My father, following and ancient tradition in his family, also added several other names to José Ignacio.  

7. I was baptised with a total of nine names. Pablo Picasso, by the way had eight. The Eight Names of Picasso by Rafael Alberti.

8.  Among my ancestors there is only one José and he was born in the UK. His name was Joseph Broadbent. He arrived in a convict ship to Australia  in the early nineteenth century.

9. When I was a child, my younger brothers used to call me ‘Chacho’ at home.

10. When I first visited Germany (West Germany at the time) I used to pronounce my name without accent and sounded as Hose, everyone thought my name was Trousers.

11. During most of my working life, I was called ‘Nacho’. I needed a wire name, José is too common in Spain and could lead to confusion with other colleagues.

 Questions from my nominator:

  • Have you read any books recently by an author whose new to you?

Several. You can find here my latest post about new-to-me-authors. And more recently I’ve read my first book by James M. Cain and have discovered Hans Olav Lahlum and Kati Hiekkapelto.

  • Is there a single item, a treasured possession that you never leave the house without?

For practical reasons my set of keys. I’m afraid I’m not a fetishist; but now that I think about it, maybe my mobile phone.

  • The typical physical book vs ebook vs audio book debate, which do you prefer?

I’ve turned myself into a fervent e-book reader and, maybe, into a compulsive buyer of e-books

  • What is one place you’ve always wanted to travel to? (This can either be a fictional or non-fictional place)

Ushuaia (Argentina)

  • Favourite quote from a book you’ve read recently

“There are a good many people who at some point in their lives have experienced something so painful and traumatic that they never get over it. They become human flies and spend more or less the rest of their life circling around what happened.” (From The Human Flies by Hans Olav Lahlum).

  • Which book genre do you prefer above all others?

Without hesitation crime and mystery fiction with a touch of ‘noir’.

  • Which author would be your best friend?

As someone said, if I enjoy an author I’d rather have no knowledge of his private life.

  • If you could pick an era to live in which one would you choose?

The Age of Enlightenment.

  • Do you have any bookish habits?

I start reading from the first page and, generally, I don’t usually combine two readings at the same time

  • How do you organize your books?

I don’t organise them. 

  • Who is your favourite book character and why?

Once I did mention Bari’s lawyer Guido Guerrieri by Italian author Gianrico Carofiglio, and I’ll stick with him. To elaborate further you can read my review of A Walk in the Dark, here

My 11 questions:

Copy and paste the same questions as above.

OT: La Hiruela

Last Thursday, together with my hiking group, I toured around La Hiruela, a municipality located in the Sierra Norte de Madrid, offering a great number of routes and paths. You can read more here (in Spanish). Here below you can see some of my pictures. We did ignore the threat of rain and we were fortunate that it did not rain, or not much at least.













Film Notes: Calvary (2014) directed by John Michael McDonagh

Esta entrada es bilingüe, para ver la versión en castellano desplazarse hacia abajo

IE-UK /102 minutes / color / Reprisal Films, Octagon Films, Lipsync Productions, Irish Film Board Dir: John Michael McDonagh Pro: Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez-Marengo, James Flynn Scr: written by  John Michael McDonagh Cine: Larry Smith  Mus: Patrick Cassidy Cast: Brendan Gleeson (Father James), Chris O’Dowd (Jack Brennan), Kelly Reilly (Fiona), Aidan Gillen (Dr. Frank Harte), Dylan Moran (Michael Fitzgerald), Isaach de Bankolé (Simon), M. Emmet Walsh (The Writer), Marie-Josée Croze (Teresa), Domhnall Gleeson (Freddie Joyce), David Wilmot (Father Leary), Pat Shortt (Brendan Lynch), Gary Lydon (Inspector Stanton), Killian Scott (Milo Herlihy), Orla O’Rourke (Veronica Brennan), Owen Sharp (Leo), David McSavage (Bishop Garret Montgomery). Release Date 6 March 2015 (Spain).

Synopsis: Calvary’s Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and to help members of his church with their various problems, he feels a foreboding sinister force closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.

As a follow up of my previous blog entry, here, Begoña and I had the opportunity to see Calvary last week. Despite some flaws, primarily because I found that most characters were quite conventional, I enjoyed the film mainly due to the performance of Brendan Gleeson. And therefore I recommend it.

His Turn With the Past John Michael McDonagh Carves His Own Niche With ‘Calvary

Calvary Official Website

Notas de cine: Calvary (2014) dirigida por John Michael McDonagh

Sinopsis: El padre James de Calvary (Brendan Gleeson) es un sacerdote bueno que tiene que hacer frente a circunstancias preocupantes provocadas por un miembro misterioso de su parroquia. A pesar de que continúa consolando a su propia y sensible hija (Kelly Reilly) y ayuda a los miembros de su iglesia con sus diversos problemas, intuye como una fuerza angustiosa y siniestra le asedia, y comienza a preguntarse si tendrá el coraje de enfrentarse a su propio calvario personal.

Como continuación a mi anterior entrada del blog, aquí, Begoña y yo tuvimos la oportunidad de ver Calvary la semana pasada. A pesar de algunos defectos, sobre todo porque he encontrado que la mayoría de los personajes eran bastante convencionales me gustó mucho la película debido principalmente a la interpretación de Brendan Gleeson. Y por tanto la recomiendo.

OT: Madrid Green Routes From Public Transport Stations

The green routes from public transport stations is a program carried out jointly by Consorcio Regional de Transportes de Madrid and Metro de Madrid, to promote walking and bicycle riding on natural spaces and parks within our region from public transport stations. The green routes information is offered through posters in public transport stations that give access to such routes. These posters display the number of kilometres, difficulty level, number of stations giving access to the route and the profile, i.e. if it is for walking, adventure or sport, so each citizen may decide which is the most interesting to them or which adapts better to their physical status. Furthermore, for each route, the Consorcio Regional de Transportes de Madrid has prepared a route book, which can be downloaded on PDF format. Access time for bicycle to public transport is from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM and from 21:00 PM to closing on working days, and during all day on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Additionally, folded bicycles have no limit when accessing the network. La Ruta Verde “Monte del Pilar” de Majadahonda can be downloaded here (in Spanish)

(Source: Consorcio Transportes Madrid)

I took this pictures today in the Green Route at Monte del Pilar, Majadahonda.





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