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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Buenos Aires is Rocking

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Alist of up and coming events to make your visit to Buenos Aires Unforgetable.
 
Eric Clapton in Buenos Aires:
Friday 14th Oct Eric Clapton at the Riverplate Stadium
 
Deep Purple in Buenos Aires
Until the 16th of Oct Deep purple will be rocking Luna Park in downtown Buenos Aires.

Rod Stewart in Buenos Aires
Thurs 20th of Oct the fantastic Rod Stewart will be lighting the Velez Sarfield stadium in Bueno Aires with his many timeless hits.
 
Aerosmith in Buenos Aires
Not everyones cup of tea and certainly not mine (sorry) but on the 28th of oct This group will be in el Unico en  La Plata

Buena Vista Social Club in Buenos Aires
25th oct Luna Park Get a taste of old Cuba with the fantastic Buena Vista Social Club

On the 12th of November all of the Museums of Buenos Aires will be open free of charge and all night in what is fast becoming one the the most popular theme night laid on by the city.
Check out the link below because with free subte passes and free bus passes it really is a night to remember.
La noche de los museos........very soon
El próximo 12 de noviembre se realizará la 8ª edición de La Noche de los Museos.

http://www.lanochedelosmuseos.gob.ar/index.htm

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Suspended Tevez returns to Argentina

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On a blustery windy day more remeniscent of Manchester than Buenos Aires the suspended (ex) Manchester City footballer arrived back in Buenos Aires. While here he can kick back and relax and wonder just how much Manchester City are going to sue him for. If he wants a word of advice he should not turn on the radio or the TV because he will find almost nobody that has any sympathy for what he did and the position he now finds himself in. Pelotudo which means idiot is about the kindest thing said but Boludo which means dxxkhead is far more common. Tevez had probably never heard of the former Chelsea player Mutu before but the whopping $21million dollars awarded to Chelsea against Mutu will surely being giving Tevez many sleepless nights from now on.
John Boyle
Buenos Aires

Monday, September 26, 2011

Should English football be on public TV free of charge as in Argentina

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   At what point in time did our political leaders assume the right to hand our national game to Rupert Mudoch BSKYB and News Corp.   As we now know Murdoch has had them trembling in fear for decades and it is only now with the fall out from the Milly Dowler phone hacking scandel that our spineless ones are finally saying enough is enough.
   Well if we are going to go for Murdochs throat why not do so The Argentine way.  Let me take you back to 2007. Cristina Kirchner had just won the election to become president of Argentina, The world was enjoying a boom in commodity prices and Argentine farmers were reaping huge rewards.
   So Cristina hiked the taxes paid by the farmers on their exports and the showdown began, from early 2008 for four months the farmers blocked all the motorways of Argentina and supported by the right wing press they almost suceeded in bringing down the demorcratic elected government of Argentina.
   In the end the Government battered and bruised had to roll back the taxs hikes and looked like a lame duck in front of the crowing farmers and the press.
    THE PRESS THE CLARIN GROUP
   The clarin group is Argentinas Rupert Murdoch. They own 70% of the media and cable TV of Argentina and had the same deal as bskyb regarding the football. But they had just infuriated the government and revenge was on its way. In one swoop the goverment anounced that football was the birth right of every Argentine and cancelled Clarins Groups contract overnight and put football on public tv free of charge every match.
  At first there was a dip in the number of people going to the matches as they were now on TV but that was followed by a surge in support for the smaller clubs such as Tigre who are based in the north of Buenos Aires. People have been able to reconect with their local football team,first by watching them on TV and now by attending the matches.
     IF ENGLAND DID THE SAME WHAT WOULD BE THE IMPACT
    Well the English football team would benefit for a start. If your really honest you will admit that the last time England had a decent team in a world cup was in Italy 1990 and in 1986 before that. The premiership began in 92 and a tidal wave of foreign players swept into all the top flight clubs. The result was that the English players were squeezed out and combined with the fact that most English managers only pick players from 4 or five clubs meant they were now fishing for talent in a very small pond. Do you remember  the world cup USA 94 England did not even quailify and have been woeful ever since.
    COMMON SENSE IN THE WAGE MARKET
   Imagine if players were to only earn £10,000 a week instead of the £1million a month that some of them command. Would the players quit the game?.Would they go into medecine and invent a cure for cancer? Of course not! most are barely literate and just happen to be good at football. 10 grand a week would still amount to 5 million quid over a ten year period, so abit of sanity would be good for the game.
   CHEAPER BEER AND LESS PUBS CLOSING
 How much does a pub have to pay to have sky sports? Yes its thousnds of pounds per year and if they do have it they have to charge it on the beer. If they don,t have it they lose customers and face closure. (3 pubs a week are closing in the UK)
  CHEAPER TICKET PRICES
  If the wages were sane the ticket prices could drop and fathers would again be able to attend matches with their kids. Does British society need that???? To watch Tigre in Buenos Aires is £8 pounds for adults and £3 pounds for children. And it is very much a family club with scores of kids running everywhere.
    People talk of broken Britain well why not start fixing it by first showing that odious Aussie the door and secondly by taking the peoples game and giving it back to the people.
FREE OF CHARGE THE ARGENTINE WAY.
   

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Buenos Aires Marathon 2011

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                                                        The Buenos Aires Marathon 2011 oct 9th By John Boyle

     Just two weeks to go until the biggest single challenge of my life.  42km of road running through the streets of Buenos Aires. The training is almost done, it involves running about 60km per week.
Since setting my target at the end of Feb which was originaly to lose 11kilos,i have since run in many 10k races and done the half Marathon in Rio De Janiero 1hr 51mins and Buenos Aires 1hr 45mins and lost 8 of those kilos along the way. I have also brought a swanky watch that tells me how fast i am running how far and how many calories i am burning. A great toy that i would reccommend for any runner. Results to follow wish me luck
   

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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Taxi scams Buenos Aires

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TAXIS SCAMS BUENOS AIRES


BY A BUENOS AIRES TAXI DRIVER



Allow me to introduce myself. I am John Boyle of BATaxis.com.

Mine is a company that does bilingual transfers to and from Buenos Aires International Airport (EZE). And it is in that capacity that I have heard of the many little scams and tricks used by Buenos Aires cab drivers in order to part tourists from there money.

Many are simple with the amounts trivial some are more crude and aggressive.

Here I will give you a list of common scams, followed by a list of tips to help you avoid falling for them.

NEVER PAY WITH $50S OR $100S

1) The first of the scams come from the fact that the driver is sitting front left of the car and you are in the back. He turns to take your money with his left hand ,he then turns to face the front and you can no longer see the money. If you have given him a $50 or a $100 he can now switch that note for a fake one and claim that you gave it to him. Chances are you will take his fake note and give him another, and the chances are the rest of your change will also be fake.

2) He may give you back a note that has a corner missing just implying that he can’t accept it. You probably won’t even realize that your good note is in his top pocket and you have just accepted his fake and paid him again.

3) That he takes your hundred and starts to look through his wallet in an exasperated manner, he then announces no tengo cambio (I have no Change) If you fumble around and find the right change he give you back a fake 100 or if you don’t have the change he will then shout at you throw you what you think is your hundred and tell you to get out.(Believe me you won’t need Spanish to be able to understand him) You may stroll off down the road thinking that you have just had a free ride. When you try to hand over the $100 pesos bill that you now have in your wallet you will discover this was not the case.





ALWAYS KEEP YOUR SMALL BILLS FOR TAXIS.



A good way to limit your exposure is to pay the driver with small bills as close as is possible to what is on the meter. If you pay him with a 10 a 5 and some twos ,there is no way he can switch the money to pull his scams. Its all about him having easy access to his top pocket and switching the money in the blink of an eye.

Remember if you hand him a twenty he may turn to the front switch your twenty for a ten and turn back and say you only gave him a ten. You know what hes done but what are you going to do about it. The chances are you will hand him another ten as I did and leave furiously.

When handing over money make eye to eye contact and state the amount.

If the driver won’t put the light on while the payment is being made then get out of the car and do it by street light.



TRY NOT TO LOOK LOST PLAN YOU JOURNEY



Most streets in Buenos Aires are one way only for traffic.

So for example if you are in Palermo Soho and wish to take a taxi to the Micro Center (downtown) Don;t stand on Charcas or Honduras or Cordoba and flag a taxi. By doing so you would have automatically told the driver that you don’t have a clue where you are or where your going. And at the very least he is going to choose the slowest route. Paraguay or Santa Fe would be the best bet for heading into town.

Checkout Google Earth Buenos Aires it show all the streets and the direction the traffic flows. A few minutes planning will make you look like a smarter passenger and make the driver think twice.



MAKE SURE THE DRIVER AND THE PICTURE ARE ONE AND THE SAME.



All black and yellow cabs are supposed to be licensed by the council. And each driver must have his picture and council permit on view. If this is not the case say thanks but NO thanks and look for another cab. When you get in have a quick look at the photo and say Hola Goerge Gonzalez or what ever his name is. Now he knows he has a smarter traveler in his car. He is very unlikely to try his silly scams with someone who knows his name.



Q……WHY DO THE DRIVERS DO IT???

A…… BECAUSE THEY THINK NO ONE WILL CALL THE POLICE



The tourist police of Buenos Aires are located on Corrientes 436

Tel 43465748 or 08009995000

They have more than 30 officers that speak English French Italian and even Japanese.

Tourism has become a huge source of income for Argentina and these police officers are there to protect and look after the tourists.

If you don’t call them they can’t help you.



And remember it really is just a small percentage of drivers that are giving Buenos Aires a bad name. The vast majority are normal decent people just making a living.



Yours John Boyle
http://www.buenosairestaxis.com/












Friday, April 8, 2011

The Buenos Aires Hash House Harriers first international run

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Sunday 10th of April we are off to Uraguay to join our Hashing cousins from across the river.
See details below all are welcome

http://buenosaireshashhouseharriers.blogspot.com/

Thursday, March 24, 2011

35 YEARS AFTER THE MILITARY COUP IN ARGENTINA

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No body can sum up the full horror better than Robert Cox  of the Buenos AIres Herald.
http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/62460/the-35year-question

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

ST PATRICKS DAY HASH HOUSE HARRIERS

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ST PATRICKS DAY HASH HOUSE SPECIAL


LOCATION ....ACASSUSO..... AGAIN!!!!

DATE SUNDAY 13TH MARCH

TIME MEET AT 11AM TO RUN AT 1130AM

WHAT TO BRING PLATE KNIFE AND FORK AND DRINKING VESSEL.

WHAT TO WEAR.... SOMETHING GREEN

COST $20 PESOS..... KIDS FREE



THERE IS A POOL SO BRING SWIMING GEAR IF YOU WISH.





EDUARDO COSTA 1098

HOW TO GET THERE ....

BY TRAIN FROM RETIRO OR BELGRANO CENTRAL ON THE MITRE LINE.

TAKE TRAIN TO ACCASUSO(ITS ON THE LINE THAT GOES TO TIGRE)

GET OFF TRAIN AND CROSS THE TRACKS AND YOU WILL BE ON EDUARDO COSTA

LOOK FOR NUMBER 1098 AND YOU HAVE ARRIVED. IT IS 2 BLOCKS FROM ACASSUSO TRAIN STATION AND FACING THE TRACKS.



BY CAR FROM CAPITAL TAKE LIBERTADOR UNTIL 14500 AND TURN LEFT AT PEPINOS. DRIVE UNTIL YOU REACH THE TRAIN LINE AND TURN RIGHT

(DO NOT GO UNDER THE BRIDGE) THE HOUSE IS ON THE RIGHT 2 BLOCKS.

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