Should the King abdicate?


King of Spain faces calls to abdicate after elephant hunt


The 74-year-old monarch has faced a barrage of criticism over his extravagant lifestyle at a time when Spaniards are suffering harsh austerity measures in a nation mired in economic crisis.

Left wing leaders called for greater transparency of Royal accounts and one even suggested it may be time for the once popular monarch to give up his throne






Vocabulary:

to face calls -

to injure -

amid -

a barrage of criticism -

harsh (adj) -

to be mired in stg -

duty (n) -

a branch (of a party) -

to call for stg -

to set an example -

hardship (n) -

a lack of stg -

across the board -

a breakdown of its accounts -

in light of stg -

to sum up the feeling -

to be discharged from hospital -




Comments

lucia said…
I hope Juan Carlos gives up his throne.

bye.
Anonymous said…
Okay Lucía. See you. José.
Anonymous said…
Good evening Graham:

Yesterday I went to Soria, I climbed to mountain of Cebollera. It was could, the sun shone in snow and, suddenly, I saw an elephant, it´s one of my favourite animals, after the lamb, of course. There was a man shooting to elephant, then I saw that the man had two tusks and he wear them instead of his arms. The man couldn´t shoot and the elephant approached him and it said to man: “you are a cowardly man”. The man begged to elephant took its tusks and the elephant thought that his wife was not guilty and it wore its tusks.

The cowardly man went to hospital and asked for other arms. In the hospital, the doctors put him two arms of ivory. When he went across the street everybody looked at his arms which shone as diamonds. Some people said that thank the elephant this man can live and this man was a friend of animals. LOL.

See you soon. José.
Graham said…
José - you are a man of riddles.

This one is too difficult for me to solve. :-)

... I climbed THE mountain of Cebollera. It was cold, the sun shone and THERE WAS SNOW ON THE GROUND and, suddenly, I saw an elephant, it´s one of my favourite animals, after the lamb, of course.

There was a man SHOOTING THE ELEPHANT, then I saw that the man had two tusks and he WAS WEARING them instead of his arms. The man couldn´t shoot and the elephant approached him and it said to THE MAN: “you are a cowardly man”. The man BEGGED THE ELEPHANT to take its tusks and the elephant thought that his wife was not guilty and it wore its tusks.

The cowardly man went to hospital and asked for other arms. In the hospital, the doctors ATTACHED two arms of ivory. When he went across the street everybody looked at his arms which SHONE LIKE DIAMONDS Some people said that THANKS TO the elephant this man can live and this man was a friend of animals.
LOL.

If we have time, you can help me decipher this story.

C u in the morning.
Anonymous said…
Thank you very much Graham:

I think you certainly know I meant it but you want I confirm it. There are horns, wife, mountain, sun and snow. An elephant is a big animal. The world is huge and anybody can´t hide. When the people pleads guilty voluntary or without obligation about an act is because he hides another wore act. In Latin it says: “excusatio non petita, accusatio manifesta” (more o less).

Also there are people that pretends to be friend of animals and he shoots them without be necessary. The animals are essential for the human beings.

See you. José.
Graham said…
Honestly José, the post about elephants in Soria was the trickiest yet. :D

I AM CERTAIN YOU KNOW WHAT I MEANT but you WANT TO MAKE SURE. There are horns(I thought there were tusks), A wife, A mountain, THE sun and snow. An elephant is a big animal. The world is huge and NOBODY CAN HIDE. When PEOPLE PLEAD guilty TO DOING SOMETHING, EITHER voluntary OR without obligation; IT IS because he IS HIDING another PREVIOUS WRONGDOING. In Latin THEY SAY: “excusatio non petita, accusatio manifesta” (more OR less).

Also there are PEOPLE that PRETEND to be A friend of animals and he shoots them NEEDLESSLY. ANIMALS are essential for the human beings.


It was easier to correct what you wrote today.

See you in the morning! (I'll probably be more BLURRY-EYED than usual)