Ever since I moved to Brussels, or no – actually ever since I moved to Switzerland in 2002, my main news provider has been BBC* News (+ Euronews in Brussels). I watch it on TV and I keep their web-site as my “home” page on my computer. I never watch CNN, but MSNBC is the “neighbouring” channel on TV in Puerto Rico so sometimes I check the news from an American perspective… But I still prefer the British view on news!
My favourite news presenter is Mike Embley, I don’t know what it is but I feel that the news are in good hands when delivered by him! I guess that he could be compared to Claes Elfsberg for you Swedes or Patrick Poivre d’Arvor (PPDA) in France (another favourite!).
So, why am I writing about BBC News today? Well, because there are some really interesting news stories today (and I am not referring to 9/11, which of course is very interesting as well!):
- Researchers have found that women are more prone to nightmares than men. This article caught my attention since I have been suffering from reoccurring nighmares for the last 4-5 years! Well, I did have nightmares quite frequently also when I was a child, especially when I had a fever (which was often!) but I seemed to have “grown out” of them.
But then I moved to Brussels and in my second apartment I started having horrible dreams about the ceiling falling down on top of me in my bed! I would wake up screaming and quite a few times I jumped out of the bed and rushed out in the living room. Once I didn’t realise (wake up?) until I had unlocked the front door! You would think that the nightmares would stop when I started sharing the bed with O… But nope, I would terrified sit up in the bed in the middle of the night and he would have to calm me down – or I would rush to the window and open the curtains!!
I was starting to think that there was something wrong with my bed room and even tried moving the bed to the opposite wall but it didn’t work. So, maybe it was the whole apartment? However, the nightmares have continued in Puerto Rico, a little less frequent but still happening! The problem is that I have real problems falling back to sleep after a nightmare, so I always wake up very tired in the morning 😦
- The Dante Alighieri Institute in Italy is protesting against the increasing use of English words and expressions in the Italian language – just like the Academie Francaise did a few years ago (regarding English words in French, of course). The article made me laugh, not because I don’t agree with the protests, even though I believe that this is how languages have evolved since the beginning of time…
No, the reason for my amusement is that this discussion reminded me of the very funny confusion there seems to be concerning the Italian word for internship. When I lived in Italy, all my Italian friends would refer to internship as un stage, which is a French word (or at least it is the same word in French, I don’t know the linguistic history behind the word) – however, everybody would pronunce stage as in English!! Regardless of if this word is the correct Italian word for internship** but why is it pronunced in English? I mean, my Italian friends thought that it was the correct word for internship also in English… And by the way a theatre stage is a scena in Italian 🙂
- Marianne and I missed watching The Real cities… Cairo last weekend – but maybe we will remember to watch the same programme this weekend; it is about Stockholm! I first saw the trailer today and couldn’t at first understand why Papa Dee was on BBC News – but he, and Helena Bergström among others are showing their favourite places in the Swedish capital!
Check out the programme this weekend on BBC World News on Saturday 13th September at 1430 GMT. Repeating on Sunday 14th at 0830 and 1730 GMT and on Monday 15th at 0130 GMT (that is 10.30 on Saturday morning in Puerto Rico and the US East coast).
I will leave you with a short youtube clip with Mike Embley:
*) How I miss BBC 1 and 2, which we could watch in Brussels. Here in Puerto Rico we have all the American tv channels (or networks as they are called in American) but actually I am not following any tv-series as I can never remember when and where they are showing!! And the commercial breaks just drive me crazy anyway…
**) According to wordreference.com it is correct to say stage (it doesn’t mention the pronunciation though) but my Swedish-Italian dictionary lists tirocinio or apprendistato which sound more Italian to me!