March 31, 2011

A collection of great Easter Greetings Postcards

Hello my friends!

Easter is still an important Christian festival for Portuguese people. In the north is taken very seriously. Nocturnal, silent, candle processions are held at specific religious towns like Braga. Braga, has been a diocese since the 3rd century and religion continues to play a dominant role at the community. The procession that features the Farricocos - barefooted men dressed in purple tunics tightened at the waist, hooded and carrying torches,- is quite impressive. 

Good Friday is the bank holiday and people do not eat meet. When I was a child this is what I remember: the houses would get spring cleaned for Easter Sunday. On Easter Sunday, after lunch,- roast goat/lamb is the traditional dish - the local priest would visit my parent’s house with the cross for us to kiss. The priest helper would carry a bell and I remember hearing it on the streets. Streets were decorated with high cross draped on purple cloths. Some houses had cloths hanging from the balconies. My mother would set out a table with cakes, sugared white and pink almonds and a bottle of Port wine to offer the visitors. The traditional Easter cake is called a "folar" which is a yeasty mix with whole boiled eggs, including the shell, in the middle. My godmother in baptism gave me gifts and sent me a postcard with rabbits. I still keep it!

In this post I gathered a few great Zazzle Easter Greeting Cards. Hope you enjoy my sellection!

Happy Easter card
Happy Easter by AV_Designs
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Rabbit Easter Card card
Rabbit Easter Card by nyxxie
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Easter Time Card card
Easter Time Card by elenaind
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girl bunny with basket card
girl bunny with basket by petitpaintpaintdraw
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Easter eggs card
Easter eggs by myhome71
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COLLAGE ART BUNNY card
COLLAGE ART BUNNY by artbya
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Easter Tulips card
Easter Tulips by Spice
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The truth about the Easter Bunny card

Chocolate and Bunnies card

March 30, 2011

How to prepare and cook a lamprey the Portuguese way

Lampreia Festival April 1-10 Montemor-o-Velho, Coimbra.
Lamprey Festival advertising poster.
Lamprey is not a fish and have cartilaginous skeleton. Local fishermen tie the lamprey by the head and pour it in and out of boiling water several times to kill it. Then they scrub the skin up and down with the help of hard cloth to remove dirt but to keep the skin intact. They remove a nerve in the head and they make an incision in the animal’s belly. From there they make several cuts in tail’s direction along the surface of the lamprey’s body. This will help to reach and remove intestine and bill through the first incision. This is a delicate operation. The flesh will taste bitter and the dish will be spoiled if they don’t remove it intact. They keep the blood that drains to a recipient. The blood will be used to prepare this famous dish. They pour a glass of wine or vinegar in the recipient so the blood does not coagulate. This dish is typical from Baixo Mondego region-lampreys go up this river that meets the sea at Figueira da Foz. Rice production takes place in Baixo Mondego fields. This region offers a magnificent changeable landscape along the year due to different rice cultivation stages. From February to April restaurants from Baixo Mondego offer this highly prized and expensive dish and attract people from everywhere.


White spot = Baixo Mondego's region
BAIXO MONDEGO’S LAMPREY WITH RICE
Recipe for 3 persons
Half a lamprey
A glass of fresh blood
5dl of red wine
4 garlic tooth
A small onion
Parsley
Salt
White pepper
For the rice
150 gr of rice
One medium onion
2 dl of olive oil
Nutmeg in powder to taste
Pepper to taste
Salt to taste

PREPARATION
Cut half lamprey in sections and put in recipient. Add minced garlic, parsley, and a small onion in pieces, white pepper and salt. Cover with red wine. Join the glass of fresh blood supplied by the fisherman. Let it rest for six hours in that “marinada”.

In a saucepan over the heat get the olive oil and the minced onion and let it fry until it looks kind of “blond”. (Cover the minced onion with oil.)Then add the lamprey sections and let it fry for 10 minutes. Keep turning the chunks in the saucepan. Add the “marinada” slowly, the juice where the lamprey has been resting. Let it boil slowly in low fire. Use a fork to assure the flesh is cooked; if it’s tender it is good. Now it’s time to check the flavoring- the “tempero”- and add more salt or pepper if necessary. Add the powder nutmeg. Nutmeg is main spice of this dish so it must be used generously.

Now for the rice: in a new saucepan pour some of the cooked lamprey’s sauce. Get all the sauce you can but do not leave the lamprey without any. Join water that is enough to cook the rice.(1 portion of rice/ 4 portions of water) Check the flavouring again and adjust salt, pepper and nutmeg if necessary. Let the rice cook for 15 minutes. The rice must be served very hot and soaked. It can be served separately or you can add the lamprey chunks to it.

Enjoy! Bom apetite!

Online cooking measures converter here

#9/9 How to promote your store on Facebook

It might be a surprise to you. Because of the importance of trademarks, improper use can damage a company’s valuable trademark rights and create confusion among consumers. Owners of famous brands, like Facebook, must take steps to ensure that their brands are not misused. So here’s what they came up with. And theres’s more to read about the use of logos and screenshots at Facebook Help Center if you have the time. “You can make a reference to Facebook (online and offline) to describe your presence on Facebook and your use of our products and services. Your reference must be truthful, and cannot suggest that you are affiliated with, sponsored, or endorsed by Facebook. Textual references to Facebook should never be hyperlinked to anything but the Facebook.com login page. Never combine your name with our name. Facebook should be in the same font size and style as the other content. When referenced in text, Facebook should be capitalized. When inviting users to like your Page, say 'like our Page' or 'become a fan by clicking Like on our Page'. Do not invite them to 'friend' your Page - users can only become friends with other users. Do not use Facebook, or any other of our trademarks, as a verb. And don’t pluralize them either. Trademarks may not be modified in that manner. When referring to Facebook as the method by which you are organizing an event, you must make it clear that you, and not Facebook, are responsible for the event.”

March 29, 2011

THE FRESH AIR FUND : HOST FAMILIES ARE IN NEED FOR 2011 SUMMER DAYS!

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I've been supporting this project for a few years already. The Fresh Air Fund does great work with children. That's why I accept Sara's invitation to write about it every year. Please read carefully, follow the links, watch the videos. It's not  a waste of time.

THE FRESH AIR FUND, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Nearly 10,000 New York City children enjoy free Fresh Air Fund programs annually. In 2010, close to 5,000 children visited volunteer host families in suburbs and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada. 3,000 children also attended five Fresh Air camps on a 2,300-acre site in Fishkill, New York. The Fund’s year-round camping program serves an additional 2,000 young people each year.
If you or someone you know is able to host, please sign up now. In 2010, The Fresh Air Fund's Volunteer Host Family program, called Friendly Town, gave close to 5,000 New York City boys and girls, ages six to 18, free summer experiences in the country and the suburbs. Volunteer host families shared their friendship and homes up to two weeks or more in 13 Northeastern states from Virginia to Maine and Canada.



Thanks to host families who open up their homes for a few weeks each summer, children growing up in New York City’s toughest neighborhoods have experienced the joys of Fresh Air experiences.

Friendly Town host families are volunteers who live in the suburbs or small town communities. Host families range in size and background, but share the desire to open their hearts and homes to give city children an experience they will never forget. Hosts say the Fresh Air experience is as enriching for their own families, as it is for the inner-city children. There are no financial requirements for hosting a child. Volunteers may request the age-group and gender of the Fresh Air youngster they would like to host.

Read HOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS here!

Stories about real Fresh Air host families and their New York City visitors are just a click away! Read what the family Sulouff, Hurst, Van Horn and others have to say about their experience and get inspired!

March 28, 2011

Congratulations to Souto Moura's Pritzker Award 2011 … a great honor for Portugal!


Eduardo Souto Moura, the 58-year-old architect based in Oporto opened his practice in 1980. He worked on his earlier years at Alvaro Siza’s office, another Pritzker Laureate (1992). Since then he has completed over sixty buildings, most of them in Portugal, and also in Spain, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom and Switzerland. He has just been awarded the Pritzker Prize 2011. Read Archdaily's very compreensive article on it!


The prize takes its name from the Pritzker family, whose international business interests are headquartered in Chicago. Their name is synonymous with Hyatt Hotels located throughout the world. The Pritzkers have long been known for their support of educational, scientific, medical, and cultural activities.Many of the procedures and rewards of the Pritzker Prize are modeled after the Nobel Prize. Laureates of the Pritzker Architecture Prize receive a $100,000 grant, a formal citation certificate, and since 1987, a bronze medallion. Prior to that year, a limited edition Henry Moore sculpture was presented to each Laureate. Read more about it at Pritzker Price site, here.
Books and DVD on the Pritzker Price



March 24, 2011

#8/9 How to promote your Zazzle store on Facebook

Notes allow you to share blog posts and pictures with your friends. You can use these features to post content about your Zazzle store especially if you have a blog. These are the steps:

Go to the main Notes application page by typing "Notes" into the search box at the top of the screen. Then lick the Import a blog link on the right side of the page. Enter the URL (web address) of your blog into the text box, and check the box underneath that states that you agree to our Terms of Use. To complete the process, click on "Save Settings." Once you do this, your previous posts will appear as notes and any new posts you make will automatically display. Unfortunately I can’t make it work! I also tried to enter the feed directly in the box but it still does  not work.
When you publish a note Facebook allows you to “tag” that note with the names of your friends who are “included” in it. When you “tag” a friend in your note, he/she gets a special notification. You can “tag” photos of your Zazzle store products too.


March 23, 2011

Learn a children Japanese song! 童謡アニメ「うさぎのダンス」 自作のへっぽこ変なflashアニメ



I found this song in a Zazzle Store from Japan. Can't understand a word but it's irresistable.Video comes with lyrics. Translation, anyone?

March 22, 2011

Thank you subscribers of A Portuguese Love blog!

This is a very short post. I usually do not check my Feed so I was so surprised, today, when I did. I found that lots of people subscribed to A Portuguese Love already! It made me really happy. As you might have noticed I do not get a lot of comments so I don’t know if people are enjoying the blog or not. This is mostly a promotional blog for my little business at Zazzle but I am trying, very hard, not to be a bore. I really want this blog to have good content, to be useful, or funny at times and to please my readers. ( I accept suggestions!) As you might also imagine it’s very hard for me to write in English. As I wrote in many places I have learned it in high school and I am so very grateful to my English teacher- I had the opportunity to tell her this, years later, and she was pleased. John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Elizabeth Taylor, Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Al Pacino and many others helped me too!  English language opened many little worlds for me. But I suck at it. I am continuously searching for mistakes in my posts…and I find it! LOL! As I am very proficient in the use of Portuguese I always feel a poor English user. But these numbers are quite an incentive to keep posting. And to keep learning better English. Thank you all!

New Zealand one month after earthquake and Harold's hedgehog book!


Harold's book!

My nephew reading Harold's book!
The mail package image!
Article from Herald on Sunday-NZ
One month ago New Zealand suffered one of its worst natural disasters when a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck second-biggest city called Christchurch on 22th February. Maybe you have already forgotten about it. 17 days after Earth rocked again, in Japan. Horrendous consequences are known from all of us. News from Japan engulfed all media as much as the tsunami has made for the shaken land. I am saddened for both countries. Today I am again writing about New Zealand for different reasons. After Mardi-Gras-Fat Tuesday – I got mail, real mail in my postal box, not in my email box. That is quite a happening by itself! I got a parcel from New Zealand, another one form UK and another one from Taiwan, via Oporto. Today I will show you what the postman brought me from New Zealand: a beautiful book about Harold, one of two hedgehogs that Ross gave shelter. I met Ross through Zazzle. When he asked for my address to send me a book I never imagine such a gorgeous book. Nice paper, big photos. It’s marvelous that he had done this book to celebrate Harold’s passage through his life. The little animal returned to visit him after first hibernation on the wild. How wonderful is that? Don’t forget that Ross’s has T-shirts to help raising money for Christchurch Relief Fund. You can find it here. Find two examples bellow.
The mail package had a cute drawing in it and I scanned it to post here because it’s a Kaitiaki illustration by Ngataiharuru Taepa. That’s the word in Maori for protector or guardian. That design represents Tiaki (care) and New Zealand’s Post’s role in watching over mail as it travels from one destination to another. Very nice graphic detail.
Ross also sent me Herald on Sunday, 100 hours – A tribute to courage. I took some notes out of it:“There is a gentle groundswell for the Cathedral to be rebuilt – not just as a symbol of restoring the brick-and-mortar heart of the city, but as a symbol of restoring the human soul of the community.”

It’s strange but I can understand this perfectly. I’m not a religious person but when I saw the damaged cathedral I was moved. It has stood for 100 years and it's a beautiful building. I really would like to see it rebuilt and I'm at least 30 hours flight from there!I'm sure they will do it.
This news supplement has stories of rescuers, survivors, photos and columns with words from prominent personalities, like the Mayor of Christchurch, Bob Parker: “It was like a freight train coming through the front door. No warning, no rumble, no chance of escape.” Zara Potts wrote: “It’s like a disaster movie set. It doesn’t feel real.” Mary Ann Jackson: “I ran for my life. I had seconds. I thought it was the end of the world. I could feel the building breaking up. It was seconds and the building was flattened.” Her colleagues died inside the building. One thing I tried while reading and looking at Herald’s photos was to put myself on the shoes of survivors with their uninhabitable homes, without a working place maybe for months and dealing with loss of family members, co-workers or friends on top of it. “It takes a huge toll on the human spirit to see your home in ruins. You can’t complain because you’re one of the lucky ones.” – Kerry Woodham.
One month after Christchurch Eartquake already, read how things are going on this link: TVNZ

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March 21, 2011

Roger Waters - The Wall Live

Photo taken by pedro Timóteo, March 22, Lisbon concert

"30 Years ago when I wrote The Wall I was a frightened young man. Well not that young, I was 36 years old. It took me a long time to get over my fears. Anyway, in the intervening years it has occurred to me that maybe the story of my fear and loss with it’s concomitant inevitable residue of ridicule, shame and punishment, provides an allegory for broader concerns.: Nationalism, racism, sexism, religion, Whatever! All these issues and ‘isms are driven by the same fears that drove my young life.
This new production of The Wall is an attempt to draw some comparisons, to illuminate our current predicament, and is dedicated to all the innocent lost in the intervening years.
In some quarters, among the chattering classes, there exists a cynical view that human beings as a collective are incapable of developing more ‘humane’ ie, kinder, more generous, more cooperative, more empathetic relationships with one another."
I disagree.In my view it is too early in our story to leap to such a conclusion, we are after all a very young species.I believe we have at least a chance to aspire to something better than the dog eat dog ritual slaughter that is our current response to our institutionalized fear of each other."

Roger Waters

Roger Waters is performing tonight and tomorrow night at Lisbon!Yeahhh!!

Vectoriel: buy and sell vectors, photos and illustrations online


Vectoriel is still a young platform based on France but its growing fast. This database is dedicated to visual communication professionals, such as graphic designers, illustrators and photographers. Vectoriel enables all members to upload vectors, photos and illustrations as well as buy licenses of use to illustrate all professional works (adverts, press, posters, stickers, web, T-shirts...). The registration on Vectoriel is free.

If you are an author, Vectoriel enables you, free of charge, to:

• Deposit vectors, photos and illustrations works without any limit in number.
• Benefit from your portfolio online.
• Spread your work throughout the world.
• Guarantee your works’ visibility 24/7.
• Define your sale conditions.
• Receive royalties of 50% soon your first sale.
• Diffuse a link to your site from directory page.
• Benefit from a multitude of ways to forward your work.
• Progress in the Vectoriel ranking and increase your prices.
• Join an international community of artists.

Vecto are the credits on Vectoriel -1 Vecto = 1€ . There are 3 types of Vecto:

Bought Vecto: they enable you to acquire License of use for each file you want to download. They are valid for 2 years starting from the date of purchase.
Won Vecto: They are added to your account for each sale on the Vectoriel website. Offered Vecto: Vectoriel can offer you Vecto. They are valid for 1 year starting from the sending date. In order to access to the files proposed on Vectoriel, you need to have an editing software which enables you to read and use EPS files for vectors and/or JPEG for photos and illustrations.

If you're a buyer on Vectoriel, the selling prices of proposed licenses of use vary according to four points (Pricing and Licensing):

1. The artists rancking.
2. The type of file.
3. The exclusivity given or not to Vectoriel.
4. The license of use.
A license of use defines what kind of rights and bond you have regarding the use of the files you have downloaded on Vectoriel. In order to better satisfy your needs, Vectoriel proposes you different licenses.

There are 5 types of licenses on Vectoriel:

1. Private License: you can use the downloaded file in a private end. Examples: internal communication of a company, talk illustration, personalize T-shirt...
2. Promotional License: you can use the downloaded file in a promotional end. Examples: internal communication of a company, posters, flyers, stickers, commercial pen...For this license the number of reproductions is limited to 500 000 copies.
3.Extension1: it enables you to have an unlimited number of reproductions of the promotional license. Extended License: you can put the downloaded file on medium intended to be sold. Examples: T-shirt, mugs, posters, postal cards, templates... For this license the number of reproductions is limited to 2 000 copies.
4. Extension 2: it enables you to do an unlimited number of reproductions of the extended license.

If you’re an author you can commission Vectoriel for to grant, on your behalf and for your account, licenses to use of your files to other Vectoriel members. Thus, you remain the only owner of your works. For now, Vectoriel accepts three file types:


1. Vectors under the EPS format compatible with Adobe Illustrator 8©.
2. Photos under JPEG format.
3. Illustrations under JPEG format.

On Vectoriel, the selling prices of proposed licenses of use vary according to four points (Pricing and Licensing):
1. The artists rancking.
2. The type of file.
3.The exclusivity given or not to Vectoriel.
4. The license of use.

Once one of your files is download by a Vectoriel member, your personal account will be credited in Vecto of the corresponding amount that you are owed. You will able to monetize these Vecto once you get to 71 Vecto. Once you account reaches 71 Vecto through your sales on Vectoriel, you will be able to monetize your earnings from your personal menu by clicking on "My wallet", then "situation". Two secured systems of payment are at your disposal: By Bank transfer or Paypal. For reasons of security and logistics, the totality of banking transfers is done on a set date, the 20th of each month (working day) starting from the date of your request. First steps on Vectoriel, here.

March 20, 2011

Should my nephew be an illustrator when he grows up?



When my nephew comes to stay with me he keeps asking for drawings to fill with color. Gormitis, he asks. This time I said yes, but with a special request: he should create an original Gormiti. And he did! Gabriel is 8 years old and I don't have a clue on what he wants to be when he grows up. I think it's too soon to guess and too soon to ask...!In the meantime, Gormitis rule, yeah!

Portuguese Music Research and Information Centre: rebranded site!

From the MIC site:" With a brand new design, direct links to the most popular sections as well as easier and more attractive navigation the Portuguese Music Research & Information Centre hopes to contribute even more to the international visibility of Portuguese music. The renovated mic.pt website has new areas: the monthly "in focus" section as well as a direct connection with the "New Music Review Lounge", among others. Explore all the innovations."

March 19, 2011

Olhares sobre o Porto - Guarda sul Porto - Regards sur Porto - Views on Oporto


My Oporto  Facebook photo album
Just a few things I like at Oporto - River Douro - Gustave Eiffel's Dona Maria Bridge - Rem Koolhaas' Casa da Música - Port wine and wine cellars at Gaia - Lello’s bookshop - Riverfront at either side of the Douro river - São Bento Train Station's tiled walls - Charismatic old quarters - Soares dos Reis’s Art Museum - The gigantic shovel by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen at Serralves - Shopping on the street stores and not at shopping centres – Festival of Saint John's Day - The bronze cube surrounded by coffee tables at Ribeira - Bolhão market - Café Majestic - Sweets from Arcádia - Siza Vieira's Serralves Museum and its exhibitions that have included "Andy Warhol: A Factory," "Francis Bacon: Caged - Uncaged," and "Paula Rego." - The way people talk...my Oporto friends.


March 18, 2011

Songlines Music Awards Nominees 2011: ANA MOURA for Best Artist!

Ana Moura is the celebrated Portuguese Fado singer that sang No expectations with Mick Jagger at Alavalade XXI Stadium, in Lisbon. She also performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall and that will go down in history as the first Portuguese act held there. Now she has been nominated Best Artist by Songlines,the magazine that looks at the world through its music. The winners, to be selected by the Songlines editorial team, will be published in the June issue (#76), on sale April 29. Songlines Music Awards aim to recognise and celebrate the wealth of outstanding musical talent from across the world that has been reviewed in Songlines. Deolinda's, a Portuguese band, were 2010's Newcomer artist nominee. Explore 50th sold out issue of Songlines here. Watch and listen to Ana Moura's here.

BEST ARTIST
•Ana Moura (for the album Leva me Aos Fados on World Village)

•Cheikh Lô (for the album Jamm on World Circuit)
•Femi Kuti (for the album Africa for Africa on Wrasse)
•Youssou N'Dour (for the album Dakar-Kingston on Universal)
BEST GROUP
•Bellowhead (for the album Hedonism on Navigator)

•Hanggai (for the album He Who Travels Far on World Connection)
•Lepistö & Lehti (for the album Helsinki on Aito Records)
•Terrakota (for the album World Massala on Ojo Musica)
CROSS-CULTURAL COLLABORATION
•AfroCubism (for the album AfroCubism on World Circuit)
•Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal (for the album Chamber Music on No Format)
•Kronos Quartet with Alim & Fargana Qasimov and Homayun Sakhi
(for the album Rainbow - Music of Central Asia Vol 8 on Smithsonian Folkways)
•Vishwa Mohan Bhatt & Matt Malley (for the album Sleepless Nights on World Village)
NEWCOMER
•The Creole Choir of Cuba (for the album Tande-la on Real World)
•Raghu Dixit (for the album Raghu Dixit on Vishal & Shekhar Music)
•Syriana (for the album Road to Damascus on Real World)
•Tamikrest (for the album Adagh on Glitterhouse Records)


#7/9 How to promote your Zazzle Store - FB tips

Creating an Event is also a good way to promote your Zazzle store. Once again Facebook warns you about what may be considered spam. Instead of repeatedly sending the same message to friends, posting a link to promote an event on the wall you should use the Event feature.  Read about it:” After clicking Create an Event you can then fill in all the necessary information for the event and invite all your friends using the invite feature within the event. You can also utilize the "Message All" feature, which allows you to message all guests that have RSVP’d ‘yes’ to the event. “I only tried it once just to see how it worked. Use it to promote marketing events for your Zazzle store, for example, when you have new products you can create official launches and create some buzz around it. When you create Facebook Events they are automatically promoted on your Facebook Page. Plus, when Facebook users RSVP to your event their friends see the updates on their profile or news feed. Remember that you need is to give potential customers a compelling reason to Like your Page. This means good content.  Try to create an Event that’s exclusive like a give-away. This will attach value to your page. Users will join your Page more easily and they will help you spreading the word. Probably they will write about it on blogs. Or Tweet it. You can show your design products before they are published on Zazzle. You can ask their opinion on it. That’s just an idea.

March 16, 2011

My Facebook profile with PicBadge

I have created a PicBadge for Facebook Profile. Let's turn Facebook red and white for Japan. Go to PicBadge and adopt my badge, pick another one or create a new one. If you like my badge, you can use the widget on your right to get one. My badge has the word HOPE written in several languages, the date of the disaster and an origami swallow. I picked a swallow because it's a bird that announces Spring. Japan will be reborn and from misfortune will come a new Spring. That our thoughts be with Japanese in this grim hour of their History.

March 13, 2011

Portuguese youth last Saturday demonstrations


Photos taken by Isabel Camarinha, my friend, at Oporto, where at least 80.000 people gathered to protest. 
Called onto the streets by a social media Facebook campaign a total of 300.000 thousand people marched in a dozen Portuguese cities last Saturday to vent its frustration at grim career prospects. This was one of the biggest demonstrations ever held in Portugal. After a decade of feeble economic growth Portuguese are now facing hard austerity measures with reflections on every life sectors from education to health. Demonstrators were mostly on their 20s -30s but their middle-aged parents were present too and even older people in their 60s already. On Facebook´s Manifesto young organizers stated that this demonstration would be from unemployed and other poorly paid slaves disguised as workers and its aim was to trigger a qualitative change in Portugal. The organizers aspire to a decent future with stability and security. The generation with the highest level of training the country's history, they have stated, has no means to use their potential but believes to have the resources and tools to create a better future for Portugal. Right now the jobless rate stands at a record 11.2 percent. Half the unemployed are under 35. With no jobs prospects or very badly paid jobs they can’t afford to leave parents home and postpone starting a family even if they have a college education. A song called "Que parva que eu sou/ What a fool I am" by Portuguese band Deolinda has become kind of an hymn for this generation that has entitled herself “ Geração à rasca” meaning desperate generation. Deolinda’s recorded performance in Oporto’s Coliseu was uploaded on Youtube and become viral:

"I'm from the generation without pay
and this condition does not bother me.
What a fool I am!
Because it’s bad and will go on,
I’m already lucky if I could get an internship.
What a fool I am!
And I'm thinking,
what a silly world this is
where to be a slave one must study."

It gave origin to a large debate by Portuguese society, common citizens, opinion makers, politician analysts and politicians about young people condition.  This debate will go on now as Facebook's Manifesto results were better than organizers expected. Demonstration numbers also made clear that internet and social networks are a powerful tool. In my opinion the causes to this grim situation are complex. The economic crisis does not explain it all. It was bad already before economic crisis, now it is worse. Lack of Government vision and Education planning led many youngsters to invest their time in superior education courses that can’t match the society needs. My course is a good example. I went to Law School back in the 80s. Back then Coimbra’s University admitted 400 new Law students every year. I don’t know how many Law Schools we have in Portugal, too many, I’m afraid. High percentage of those qualified boys and girls can’t find a job in their expertise area. I also believe that Portuguese are not trained in entrepreneurship and still rely very much on getting a job instead of searching opportunities to create a job. My parents’ generation was obsessed with the idea of getting a higher education for their kids as they saw that an automatic passport to a better life. Not anymore. Things have changed. I also feel that this is a sign of death of capitalism. The system is dead. What will come next?
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