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    Happy Christmas

    From HRC and The Donald https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql4YDKaKqVA
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    Football Star Lionel Messi Accused Of €4M Tax Fraud

    I have to be honest when a friend mentioned this to me today I immediately thought of course he's guilty...tax evasion is as much a part of Argentine culture as a choripan. No comment on the rights or wrongs of it in Argentina or in Spain but it really hit home on the post I raised earlier this...
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    Spain - Asset Declaration Requirements

    Yesterday the deadline expired for Spanish and expats alike to make their online declaration of worldwide assets inc. pensions, property, shares, bank accounts etc. totalling 50kE or over The reasons for the Spanish govt. so doing are both clear and uncertain in terms of how the data will be...
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    And They Wept..

    The story of Marita is such a sad one for life & freedom in Argeintina and moreover for the justice that was today denied her mother. This story makes me weep as a mother but also just as a person who loves Argentina. Cynicism aside expts this is a sad day for Argentine justice and CFK should...
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    No linkages?

    The papers are full of sarcastic comments linking CFKS increase in child allowance and family allowance to the planned marches today. Surprised no expats have posted on such a calculated attempt to calm the heat...
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    want whatever she's having...

    CFK has such a miraculous ability to make money..she MUST share her tips with us all..
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    Taking the michael...

    Ok so Ive already mentioned that my kids eat at McDonalds as the very last resort but pre cinema we decided to go here in Bsas last week. The "Caja Feliz" should be called "Caja Mouuyyyyy Deprimida" since it comes as a plain red box (no drawings/quizzes) a teeny weeny chip offering of 10 chips...
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    Argentina to disrupt Olympics

    Today's Sunday Times headline at: http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/ Favourite line is the last in this quote: The Argentine committee insists its team will conduct itself “in the proper spirit of Olympism in all we do in London and elsewhere”. However, a senior source with a militant...
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    Immigration checks on work visas

    This week we received a surprise visit to the office from Immigration officials who wanted to meet all our staff and check their IDs and immigration status. We believe this was precipitated by a recent visa sponsorship we have made for a new expat employee. Once all was checked, including...
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    Personal shopper

    Guys Im ooo Bsas until 2012 and rather than battle customs to send meaningful Christmas gifts for my friends Im wondering if there is any baexpat out there who's offering a gift shopping, wrapping & delivery service - and I mean as a proven paid service rather than a favour? All such searches on...
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    New FB office in Bsas

    If this article is to be believed FB will be making a significant investment with their new office to open in Bsas: http://www.ieco.clarin.com/economia/Facebook-planea-oficina-Buenos-Aires_0_575342534.html Great news for the city and the region but I wonder if they're reading govt. stats when...
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    Zoo moving?

    Just spotted the local Palermo mag. suggesting the rumors that Palermo zoo will moving to Villa Soldati grounds end of this year. That's 123 years potentially wiped off the map in favor of 4 constructionists competing for the prime real estate. Ok so the more cynical among you will say, so what...
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    Is it all down to lack of respect???

    My husband attributes all Argentina's woes to a basic lack of respect between individuals..from crazy driving to scamming your best friend the idea of solidaridad is nothing more than that..an idea. On monday this week we received a school note advising us that our son's teacher was leaving, the...
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    BsAs -take 2

    Today I had breakfast in Palermo Viejo, just enjoying the sunshine, the prettiness and the fact that everyone at the tables was speaking English...it was like living in a parallel universe. Life would be so easy and pretty if this was my ordinary life..so now I remember why so many new OPs LOVE...
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    Sound off. No use whatsoever!

    Forgive me for this sound off, which will likely have no use whatsoever for expats but I`m torn between tears and anger and bewilderment. Metrogas came to my house and cut off the gas on the long holiday weekend, yes on Thursday 24th March between 10am and 3pm. What efficiency! The...
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    Now I know!

    I`m a bit of a foodie, a cake snob if you were who has garnered a reputation in my friends circle for amazing pastries & cakes...it hasnt been difficult, I just use high quality ingredients and European receipes that never fail. Today I was running late for a mate at home date with friends..no...
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    Joke of the day!

    The Labor Ministry employees are on strike today demanding 40% pay increases....that the Ks don`t see the irony in that is hilarious!
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    Subsidios no more

    Ok so we've been living a dream with our electricity bills at 700 pesos per 2 months subsidized by the govt..today's reality check bill arrives for 1384 pesos for 2 months electricy - we have a central aircon system for our 4 storey house so I can hardly complain but this does mean Bsas is at...
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    Service by numbers

    I have often wondered why basic life issues here seem so draining and time consuming and today's MetroGas saga has really helped me understand the service by numbers process that exists in Bsas. In my own humble Ireland the gas company who provides your gas will do so, update your metre etc as...
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    Memories of Irish Halloween rhyming...

    In Ireland we never used to go trick or treating but rather Halloween rhyming. Forget fancy costumes, we wore our anoraks back to front reciting the typical rhyme to get money out of our neighbours, " Hallowe'en is coming and the goose is getting fat. Please to put a penny in the old man's hat...
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