Monthly Archives: January 2012

New York Cosmos – Why the Cosmos can be the best thing that ever happened to U.S. soccer

Re-posted from June, 1st, 2011

As a soccer fan living in New York City, I am very excited to see The New York Cosmos coming back to life. As a matter of fact, I see the Cosmos coming back as the best thing that ever happened to U.S soccer, besides of winning the World Cup. Not only does this create the first serious soccer rivalry in American soccer, Cosmos also has the ability to draw international business attention to American soccer. Not only that, but the opportunity to attract superstars and increase the sports national and international “flair” will dramatically increase. Unlike other major sports in the U.S. such as “football” and baseball, soccer is a sport that is catching Global attention and for U.S. soccer catching that kind of attention would be an incredible business opportunity. That, in the long run, can’t be met by “football” or baseball. Continue reading

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Today, in our “Talent Pictures” section we are honored to interview Simon Harris, the author of “Going Native in Catalonia, a book that draws on his 25+ years experience as an expat in Catalonia.  This man of many talents, married a Catalan woman, appeared on TV as a musician, become a father, taught English since 1988 in the Catalan capital and eventually become a University lecturer.  Always looking for new challenges and relying on an extensive experience of many successful projects, he is now working on Spain Football and on his own language consultancy business in Barcelona “Barcelona Language Learning for Learners, Teachers, and Translators of English, Spanish and Catalan.

Barnatalent: Simon, what are you passionate about? 

 Simon Harris: Life, love and laughter!

Barnatalent: Why did you choose to live and run your business in Barcelona? 

Simon Harris: I didn’t choose Barcelona but rather…

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David de Gea and Manchester United’s biggest Problem

With today’s loss Manchester United leaves another important competition and increased the pressure on the team and Manager to stay in the race for the Barclay’s English Premier League title. Continue reading

Dark Clouds over Manchester

Saturday’s FA Cup match between Liverpool and Manchester United put some expression of concern of all Manchester soccer fans’ face. While it was United that lost and excused themselves from the FA Cup, on the blue side of town things are no less a concern. Both clubs started into the season with hopes and ambitions in different competitions. And, a number of “pots” was expected on both sides and in the soccer world, not only in the English, in general. Now, for both, there are two opportunities left” The Europa League and the Barclay’s English Premier League Title. Continue reading

You are what you eat!

I am hungry!


“After 30 years in Paris (France), I moved to New York where I love, live and work since 2006
My main interest in life is to observe humans in urban spaces.
How they work, breathe, interact,
How they walk, eat and mourn
Where they find the soft, the poetic, the soothing
Where they hide their secrets.
My purpose is not to invade but to share.”
Stéphanie de Rougé

“Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es.”
[Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are]
Anthelme Brillat-Savarin 

What if your house was burning?
Au coin de ma rue
Food alphabet
Belly rules the mind
Rainbow food

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50’s me up!



Spring Siesta

Luisa Bianchin was photographed by amazing Peruvian photographer Alexander Neumann and styled by Vanessa Bellugeon for L’Officiel Paris Feb 2012. Makeup artist Sergio Corvacho and hair by Enrico Mariott were beyond essential to make a statement in a very beautiful and glamourous 50′s style!


Ladylike and the other
Tiiu Kuik shines in Peru
My purple Sunday!
Soviet Fashion Times
Me gusta!

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Gotta keep the Humor…

THE_new-twitter-avatar-working_normal.jpgThe Next Web (@TheNextWeb)
1/27/12 9:13 AM
Google receives a €450 fine after its Street View car parks illegally in an Irish street by @TGW_Paul on @TNWgoogle

Social Marketing Predictions

SMT_profile_normal.pngSocial Media Today (@socialmedia2day)
1/27/12 9:30 AM
Social Marketing Trends in 2012: Predictions from Top Marketers by @BostonMike *

Explosive Meeting…

iWC_logo_normal.pngi World Cup (@iWorldCup)
1/27/12 9:42 AM
QPR defender Anton Ferdinand is considering refusing to shake hands with Chelsea captain John Terry before Saturday’s FA Cup 4th-round tie.

Red Bull New York

New_York_Red_Bulls_normal.pngRed Bulls Update (@RedBullsUpdate)
1/27/12 9:32 AM
Rooney departs NYRB to join former Everton star Heath at Orlando City


Adrienne_normal.jpgAdrienne Carter (@adriennecarter)
1/27/12 9:34 AM
i have learned a new financial term thanks to mark scott and the unicredit rights offering, “tail-swallowing”

You Tube Changes – Again

mashable_video_avatar_normal.pngMashable Video (@mashablevideo)
1/27/12 9:35 AM
Building off its December homepage redesign, @YouTube is rolling out design updates to other aspects –

US GDP grows by 2.8%

fbtimes_normal.jpgLA Times Biz News (@LATimesbiz)
1/27/12 9:03 AM
U.S. GDP grows at a modest 2.8% rate in 4th quarter

Facebook Timeline for Brand Pages

BI-icon-twitter2_normal.pngBusiness Insider (@businessinsider)
1/27/12 9:31 AM
Facebook Preparing Launch Of Timeline For Brand Pages by @Jim_Edwards