Skype and cheap calls give an illusion of closeness, but homesickness is still real

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Ian Jack: People are keener than ever to leave for new and faraway places; does technology keep them close to what they have left, or make them pine for it all the more?

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Sir Ken Robinson gives best talk yet at TED Talks Education

“Creativity and education expert Sir Ken Robinson delivered two amazingly popular TED Talks prior to 2013. His first talk —presented sans multimedia in the true Sir Ken Robinson style — was made in 2006 and is the most viewed TED talk of all time. His follow-up talk given in 2010 also has been downloaded millions of times. I have seen Sir Ken speak many times and he is always inspiring and engaging, but his latest TED talk, presented at TED Talks Education in April of this year, is my favorite yet. Good presentation is a balance of information, persuasion, and inspiration. Presentations related to leadership must necessarily light a spark and point the way. Sir Ken does not scream or jump up and down but he nonetheless ignites, provokes, and inspires his live audience, and anyone else who cares to listen to his presentation on line, in a meaningful and memorable way. Millions of people have seen his latest talk, but just in case you have not, please set aside about 20 minutes to watch this outstanding, albeit short, talk below.”

Advice Column: Loyalty to a friend

A reader has sent us a problem about loyalty and friendship. What do you think, dear reader?

My problem is a moral one. I’m between what is correct and loyalty to a friend.
A friend of mine has been dating a new girl for a month; her parents are very strict and don’t allow her to be out after midnigth. The problem comes when he leaves her at her home. He goes to meet his ex-girlfriend.
He says that he wouldn’t go back with his ex and I believe him.
What should I do? Should I tell his girlfriend what is going on?

Advice Column: “My moaning friend”

Our friend Scotfield has sent us the story of her friend who keeps moaning about her life. What advice can you give her. Send us your comments!

My friend is driving me crazy!!

Two years ago my friend, who is a very talented photographer,  got a job working as a babysitter just to earn a bit of extra money to start her own photograph business , but she hasn´t done anything about it. She just spends day after day complaining about how hard her life is, and how she would never get  her dream job, doing nothing to change it!! I´m worried about her and annoyed, but whenever I try to talk to her about it, she just ignores me and changes the topic.  What should I do?


Advice Column: “My best friend’s boyfriend”

A new case for our Advice Column section. What should our dear reader do? She wants to help her friend, but how?

Send your wise advice in a comment to our worried reader.

This is her story:

A year ago one of my best friends met a guy, and from that day they have been dating.

However  there is a problem, he is working in another province and when he comes back to Asturias to spend a weekend or on holiday, the last person he phones is my friend, instead of meeting my friend he goes out with his friends everyday…. Apart from that I have seen him with other girls while my friend stayed at home.

I don’t think she realises the situation, and I would like to talk to her and tell her what I really think of this guy, but I don’t know how I can do it. I don’t want her to feel bad because I’m sure she is totally in love with him.

Our Advice Column is back

After a few too many months of inactivity in our section Advice Column, we have received new cases for you, dear reader, to send your expert knowledge.

Don’t hesitate to take part, send your comments and help our distressed friends.

This is our first new case: “Is she my daughter?”

When I was a teenager I had a friend who, one day, told me that he was going to get marry because his girlfriend was pregnant. It was a surprise for me but I knew that he was in love with her and he had a good job so I didn’t see any problems. But a few years later, when their daughter was four or five the relationship between them began to get worse and worse everyday. For this reason they decided to get a divorce but there was a big problem: Who would have the custody of the girl? At that moment, the woman told my friend that he wasn’t the father of the girl. She told him that she had had an affair with another man when they were single and he was the father of the child. He was astonished and he couldn’t believe it so, for this reason, he decided to do the DNA test and it gave the reason to his wife. What should he do in that moment? Should you renounce to the child he believed for five years to be his daughter? How should his relationship with her be from that moment?